The inaugural event is scheduled for March 13-14, 2021, and will include an XTERRA championship distance event, a half distance off-road triathlon, trail runs, a kids event, camps, clinics, and social gatherings.
The Australian-based operating team of Rapid Ascent–producers of multiple world class off-road events in the region–will serve as the local liaison for the event.
Janet Clark, the president of the XTERRA World Tour and an Aussie by birth, said, “We are absolutely delighted to partner with Rapid Ascent to bring a new exciting XTERRA World Tour event to Australia and the Lorne region of Victoria. Our athletes will be treated to a stunning, ocean-front setting and perhaps more importantly, a truly amazing adventure destination to explore and discover before and after the big event.”“The event center and transition area is set on soft green grass just 20 meters from the golden sandy beach,” said Sam Maffett, the General Manager of Rapid Ascent. “Behind that lies the main streets brimming with cafes, restaurants, shops and accommodation, most with views over the ocean. Lorne really is the ultimate place for an active ‘race-cation’ and the place just encourages you to get out there and experience the stunning surrounding environment.”
The main event will combine a 1.5km ocean swim with roughly 30-kilometers of mountain biking followed by 10km of trail running. The best athletes from across the region will be invited to compete for the XTERRA Australia crown and local athletes will be welcome to join in the fun and embrace the XTERRA motto to “Live More.”John Jacoby, Rapid Ascent Race Director and 4x World Marathon Kayak Champion, helped design the courses. “Lorne is a small holiday town nestled in a beautiful protected bay with easy access to local running and mountain biking trails,” said Jacoby. “The Otway Ranges rise up behind the township to provide some stunning and challenging terrain to both mountain bikers and trail runners. The trail running is some of the best running you will find anywhere. Tree fern lined tracks, towering eucalypt forests, waterfalls and coastal rock formations are all features of the trail run courses.”
Renata Bucher, who won a staggering 35 XTERRA championship races and four XTERRA European Tour titles in her illustrious 15-year career, had this to say about the courses:
Registration for XTERRA Australia will tentatively open in May, 2020. For more information on the XTERRA brand and worldwide event series, visit www.xterraplanet.com. Athlete inquiries may be directed to email@example.com.About Rapid Ascent
Regarded as Australia’s leading adventure sports event management company, Rapid Ascent organises off-road, adventure and niche sports events across Australia ranging from mass participation adventure races (the world’s largest!) to boutique mountain bike festivals and unique trail running events. Rapid Ascent conceive and host their own events and also offer other organisations and brands custom event management services. Learn more at https://www.rapidascent.com.au/
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