The race is on to sign-up for the first-ever XTERA Asia-Pacific Championship race with entries being accepted online this week at xterraasiapacific.com. Special early bird rates apply through to 30 November 2013, and team entries (2-3 persons) are also available in the full and sprint distance races.
The inaugural event is scheduled for 27 April 2014 at Callala Bay, a small town on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It is situated on the north shore of Jervis Bay, roughly 2 to 2-1/2 hours’ drive from Sydney or Canberra.
In October, TEAM Unlimited LLC, the owner and producer of the XTERRA World Tour, reached a three-year strategic partnership agreement with Destination New South Wales in Australia to host the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship off-road triathlon and accompanying sports festival in the Jervis Bay area.
Callala Bay and Jervis Bay are renowned for mountain biking, white sand beaches and clear turquoise water. The area boasts several national parks and is teeming with native wildlife as well as whales, dolphins and an amazing array of ocean life.
The main event will combine a one-mile swim with roughly 30K of mountain biking followed by 10K of trail running. The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race will double as the XTERRA Australia Championship, awarding national titles to locals and qualifying spots into the 2014 XTERRA World Championship.
The 26-27 April weekend will also include a sprint distance off-road triathlon (half-mile swim, 15K mountain bike, 5K trail run), plus stand-alone trail runs, ocean swims, kid’s races, camps, clinics, and social gatherings.
As the most prestigious event in XTERRA’s Asia-Pacific series that includes championship races in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Guam, and the Northern Marianas – the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship will offer US$50,000 in prize money to the sport’s top professional athletes; and two television shows will be produced for international distribution.
Those interested in racing around the region’s exotic destinations offered by the XTERRA Asia Pacific Tour have a myriad of scheduling opportunities from March through May 2014. Here’s a glance at the events docket:
- Mar 8 – XTERRA Motatapu, South Island, New Zealand
- Mar 15 – XTERRA Philippines Championship, Cebu
- Mar 29 – XTERRA Guam Championship, Piti
- Mar 30 – XTERRA Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria, Australia
- Apr 5 – XTERRA Saipan Championship, Northern Mariana Islands
- Apr 12 – XTERRA New Zealand Championship, Rotorua
- Apr 26 – XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship, NSW, Australia
- May 4 – XTERRA Malaysia, Putrajaya