The 2016 XTERRA Switzerland Championship race to be held on 25 June in Vallee de Joux will double as the European Triathlon Union (ETU) Cross Triathlon European Championship.
“This is very good news for XTERRA Switzerland,” said race organizer Laurent Ardiet. “This means the various titles of European champion will be awarded right here at Vallee de Joux, providing yet another reason for athletes from across Europe to participate in this great event.”
This is the first time that the ETU, the European governing body for triathlon, has designated an XTERRA race as its cross tri title race.
XTERRA Switzerland is the fifth of 11 majors in this year’s XTERRA European Tour and falls a week before XTERRA France on 3 July, offering up an attractive two-race in one-week ‘race-cation” opportunity for amateurs and professionals.
On 20 August, XTERRA Germany will host XTERRA’s one-day European Championship race, which boasts a US$25,000 elite prize purse. The 2016 XTERRA European Tour concludes on 4 September at XTERRA Denmark.
Amateurs and professionals will count their best four Gold scores and three Silver scores to determine final standings in the XTERRA European Tour. New this year, athletes that race all five Gold events can count their best four scores at the 100-point Gold level and convert their lowest score to the 75-point Silver level.