How to Qualify for XTERRA Worlds

by SamJ on 05/04/2022

With the 2022 season off to a flying start, athletes are already looking to book their place at an XTERRA World Championship that is set to make history in its first-ever European location.
The XTERRA World Championship makes its European debut October 1, 2022, in Trentino, Italy.

It’s the hottest ticket in off-road triathlon, and exclusive to only those who qualify.

There is no longer an at-large pool barring a few new exemptions that have been put in place, but there are still a number of ways to earn that prestigious spot on the starting line at Lake Molveno.
The first and sure-fire way to qualify for the 2022 World Championship is to win your age group at any XTERRA World Championship qualifying event. But with 35 races in 16 countries to choose from, the hardest part might be choosing the challenge. 

Qualifying races span the entire season, from February through September, giving athletes multiple opportunities to take gold and reserve the right to punch their ticket to Trentino.

Some of the bigger races, like the XTERRA U.S. and European Championships, offer twice the number of slots and new this year across all events, every age group division that has at least 10 finishers in it will receive an extra qualifying spot. Plus, slots roll down to the top five or top 10 in each division depending on the race, so there are more opportunities than one might think.

Visit our Race Finder page for the complete list of qualifying events as well as the number of slots available.
As per tradition, the reigning 2021 XTERRA World Champions have been invited back to defend their title, and NEW this year, to honor the most active XTERRA athletes around the world, legacy spots will be awarded to those who have raced more than 15 events over the last five years. 

Also new is the formation of an XTERRA World Championship committee to consider geographic, media, influencer, and discretionary exemptions on a case-by-case basis.

The 2022 World Championship is set to be a landmark event in the XTERRA story. The combination of it being the first ever European World Championship, the XTERRA Trentino Dolomiti Paganella off-road triathlon being named the 2021 Event of the Year, and stiff competition amongst established and rising athletes has already set the stage for an epic finish to a season that has only just begun.
On race day nothing is ever guaranteed. But one thing that can be assured is that those who make it to Trentino will be part of a historic off-road event that will live on for many years to come. 

For qualifying specifics and more information on exemptions visit the XTERRA World Championship page.