From Ameland Island to Zittau, intrepid triathletes can explore events at sea level and altitude, with swims in lakes, rivers, and oceans – in big cities and mountain towns - from one end of the earth to the other.The season starts anew February 1 at the inaugural XTERRA Wellington Festival, a coastal gem on the North Island of New Zealand, then hops to Taiwan’s Kenting National Park, home to the highly acclaimed XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race in March.
In April, the tour heads back to New Zealand – this time to the Redwoods in Rotorua – before moving on to Argentina and Malta, across to Croatia for the first time, and over to Greece and the amazing Athenian Riviera.
May journeys to the jungles of Brazil, the horses of Golega in Portugal, the wine country in Chile, the barbeque in Alabama, the biggest lake in Italy – Lake Garda, and the majestic island of Moorea. XTERRA Belgium gets the party started in June with a race around the fortress in Namur, then it’s off to visit the cows in the rolling green hills of Vallee de Joux, Switzerland. In July, the action heats up with three European Gold events in a row - France, Czech, and Scanno – a big one in Beaver Creek, Colorado, and the first of five stops in Canada that crisscross the country from coast-to-coast with events in Victoria, Quebec, Sudbury, Canmore, and Thunder Bay. In August the adventures continue in the Tequila countryside of Tapalpa, Mexico, the wooded hills of Luxembourg, a new stop in southwestern France, an exotic one in the Dominican Republic, an important one at the European Championship in Zittau, Germany, and a must-do experience among the purple flowers of Kunming in mainland China.
Come September the Euro Tour finale takes place in the Netherlands, the Asia-Pacific Tour wraps up with races in Korea and the mountains of Marunuma, Japan, and the America Tour crowns its champions in Utah.
At each stop along with way amateur athletes can score points towards tour titles (every race counts!) and a qualifying spot to XTERRA Worlds, and for elites, there is more than $525,000 in prize money up for grabs.
The 14-stop XTERRA European Tour awards $187,500, the seven-stop XTERRA North American Tour awards $142,500, the six-stop XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour awards $92,000, and the stand-alone XTERRA World Championship dishes out $100,000.
Elites racing the European Tour will count their best eight scores, those competing in the North American Tour count their best four, and on the Asia-Pacific Tour the top three scores count. In each tour, it’s mandatory for elites to count their score from the tour championship race.