The team at leading international off-road triathlon series, XTERRA, have confirmed new developments for the XTERRA European Tour in 2016.
XTERRA Germany will host the 2016 XTERRA European Championship race on 20 August in Germany. The event will offer US$25,000 in elite prize money and 50 qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship for amateurs.
It has also been confirmed that the 2016 XTERRA European Tour will welcome two new races to the mix with XTERRA Belgium on 11 June and XTERRA Poland on 7 August.
“We are very pleased to announce Germany as the European Championship race for 2016,” said XTERRA Managing Director Dave Nicholas. “Benno Schwager and his team have operated fabulous events for XTERRA since 2010 as well as the ITU Cross Triathlon race in 2014. The area around Zittau and the park at Olbersdorf are perfect places to host this race.
“The area has dozens of great hotels and guest houses that are comfortable and affordable. The beach and lake are clean and pristine, the bike course, while not overly technical, is a true challenge with lots of climbing and fast descents. The run is a leg burner where you simply must go fast the entire way around. Perhaps as good as anything is a lot of tasty, cold and free beer at the awards and after party.”
2016 will mark the 16th year of racing for the O-SEE Challenge in Zittau.
“Everybody here is proud and excited that O-SEE Challenge got nominated to host the XTERRA European Championship in 2016,” said Zittau Mayor Thomas Zenker. “The international elites and age groupers will find excellent conditions, very friendly hosts, and a region giving full support. We can expect a great race because the regional organization and the XTERRA team are long-time partners with big experience, energy and creativity.”
Dr Klaus ‘Benno’ Schwager, the Event Director for XTERRA Germany and the O-SEE Challenge, added that he’s excited to see the best-of-the-best amateurs and elites race in Zittau for the European Championship. “We are delighted to be the heart of XTERRA in Europe next year,” said Schwager.
“The XTERRA European Championship is a good chance to create some changes in the bike and run course so we’ll go to work – and the racers can be surprised. And, of course, we are looking forward to the legendary party after the race. Live More!”
The XTERRA Germany Championship sold-out last year, and those interested in competing are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment.
Belgium and Poland join the tour
“[In 2016] We start again on Malta; Greece moves to the Olympic venue in Athens; we introduce new races in Belgium and Poland and the European Championship race goes to Germany,” summarized XTERRA Managing Director Dave Nicholas.
He continued, “Look for an exciting weekend in Sweden with multiple venues all around Stockholm. Denmark will finish the year outside Copenhagen with its usual fine organization. Relax for now and enjoy the Holiday season – but things get going early so make your plans for the warm weather in Malta, Greece and Portugal and start training after the New Year.”
As a couple of races are still yet to be added to the schedule, Nicholas said he will wait until the New Year to determine how the XTERRA European Tour point series will work for amateurs and professionals.
XTERRA European Tour (current schedule)
- 03 Apr XTERRA Malta
- 07 May XTERRA Greece
- 21 May XTERRA Portugal
- 11 Jun XTERRA Belgium
- 25 Jun XTERRA Switzerland Championship
- 03 Jul XTERRA France Championship
- 07 Aug XTERRA Poland
- 13 Aug XTERRA Sweden
- 20 Aug XTERRA Germany Championship – XTERRA European Championship
- 04 Sep XTERRA Denmark