Good news Xterra warriors – next year’s Xterra England will double up as the Xterra European Championship, with more prize money for the pros and a chance for the amateurs to stake their claim as the best off-road duathletes in Europe.
The race will be held at the Vachery Estate in Surrey on 29-30 August, and will offer a $25k prize purse for the elites. For the age-groupers, it will be their last chance in Europe to secure one of the 50 remaining qualifying spots for the 20th edition of the Xterra World Championship in Hawaii.
“We’re thrilled to be able to host a race of this magnitude on the storied grounds of Vachery Estate,” said organiser Dave Nicholas. “Our experience last year was superb, from the course itself to the spectating. We felt like we established something special and are excited to share that with the worldwide endurance sports community.”
The championship distance will combine a 1.5km swim, 30km bike and 11km trail run. There is also a half-distance sprint race option and athletes can join together to tackle either triathlon as part of a relay team. New for 2015, Xterra will also host 5km and 15km trail runs on Saturday 29th, and rumours abound about a bonfire and movie night.
Conrad Stoltz (RSA) and Emma Garrard (USA) won this year’s Xterra England in perfect conditions, with Stoltz claiming his fiftieth Xterra title and Garrard her first.