XTERRA has united its championship triathlons in Asia to create the XTERRA Asian Tour and will crown series champions at the season finale in Langkawi, Malaysia this May.
The five majors in the 2015 XTERRA Asian Tour are:
- XTERRA Philippines on 8 February in Albay;
- XTERRA Saipan on 28 March in the Northern Marianas;
- XTERRA Guam on 11 April in Piti;
- the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship on 18 April in New South Wales, Australia; and
- XTERRA Malaysia – which will double as the XTERRA Asian Tour Championship race – on 2 May in Langkawi, Malaysia.
The XTERRA Japan Championship in Hokkaido on 29 August will serve as the first race of the 2016 XTERRA Asian Tour.
The top 15 amateur, Asian-elite and professional racers at each event will earn points, with double points being offered at the finale in Malaysia. Racers will count their best three scores to determine champions in each division.
“Creating a point series for the XTERRA Asian Tour just like we’ve done in the US and Europe provides us the opportunity to reward the amateur athletes in the region, and the international pros who travel to several events – with more prize money and recognition,” said XTERRA World Tour Managing Director Dave Nicholas.
The XTERRA Asian Tour will award a prize bonus of US$10,000 to the top five pro men and women in the final standings (US$2,000 for 1st, US$1,500-2nd, US$800-3rd, US$400-4th, US$300-5th).
In all, more than US$100,000 in prize money for pros will be awarded on the XTERRA Asian Tour. There are US$15,000 payouts at the Philippines, Saipan, Guam and Malaysia races; and AU$50,000 awarded at the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia, plus the ‘10K bonus’ to the series’ top performers.
There is also a new athlete classification being introduced for the Tour – the ‘Asian elite’ division – enabling fast age group athletes from the region to race against each other.