XTERRA England, the country’s biggest off-road triathlon event and part of the international XTERRA race series, will return to the Vachery Estate in Cranleigh, Surrey, on 29-30 August 2015 for more muddy, off-road fun on the trails.
XTERRA England will once again be the final stop on the 2015 XTERRA European Tour and will also be its most celebrated as the championship distance event on 30 August has been designated the one-day European Championships race.
- XTERRA England European Championships (Open to all) (1.5K/30K/10K)
- XTERRA England Try-an-Xtri (750m/15K/5K)
- Brand new XTERRA trail runs (10K and 20K)
- US$25,000 prize pot for the elites
- 50 XTERRA World Championship Maui slots for age-groupers
- Age-group and professional European and National titles on the line
Early bird pricing closes on 31 December 2014. Race entries are limited to 500 in each, so athletes are advised to enter soon to avoid disappointment.
The title means more prize money for pros – a US$25,000 elite purse – and an opportunity for amateur competitors to stake a claim at being the best in Europe, on top of being the best in the UK.
With such a prestigious title and the biggest ever prize pot offered in the UK for an off-road triathlon, the event is set to attract international athletes and Olympians to the race, and offers amateur triathletes and first timers the opportunity to be on the course at the same time as their heroes.
It’s also the last chance in Europe for amateurs to secure one of the 50 remaining qualifying spots into the 20th edition of the XTERRA World Championship in Maui; and for elites it’s the final event in the 12-stop European Tour that dishes out an additional US$20,000 to the top performers in the series.
XTERRA England offers the rare chance to swim, ride, run, race, eat, sleep, and dance in the serene and seductive ancient wooded countryside of Surrey, all on a private estate where huge open fields of grass welcome hundreds of campers, bands, caterers and racers.
The championship distance is open to all triathletes and athletes of any ability and background and combines a 1.5K swim / 30K bike / 10K trail run on Sunday. There is also a half-distance sprint race option and athletes can join together to tackle either triathlon as part of a relay team.
Soon to be added and new for 2015, XTERRA England will host trail runs on the Saturday and rumours abound about a bonfire and movie night as well as live music and an atmosphere that has made it a must-do race that the whole family can enjoy.
The XTERRA England course starts with a swim in the strictly private and extraordinarily clean spring fed Vachery Pond. The bike course – devilishly designed by Surrey-bred XTERRA pro Sam Gardner (the UK’s most successful XTERRA athlete ever) – has riders twisting in-and-out and up-and-down the dense tree-lined forests.
The run is just as fun, crossing over creeks, hopping over logs. There is certainly a primal feeling for those being chased, as well as those being chased down by others through the dark, cool forest.
Spectators are in for quite a treat as well – as both the bike and run courses filter through the ‘arena’ several times making it quite easy to track the action.
The event was dubbed the ‘Woodstock of XTERRA’ in 2014 in large part due to the massive amount of camping available in the wide-open fields, and the organizers are expecting that atmosphere to get even better next time around.
To make things even sweeter, race weekend falls on England’s summer bank holiday (Monday off) and the annual Wings & Wheels celebration nearby treats the XTERRA crowd to aerial displays from the Red Arrows and others.