In 1996 mountain biking and triathlon met in a duel of the fittest on the island of Maui, Hawaii. The race was called Aquaterra. It consisted of an open-ocean swim, a mountain bike race, and a trail run. It represented a bold new racing format that attracted outdoor enthusiasts, mostly mountain bikers and triathletes. The mountain bikers brought their laid-back style and bold self-assurance. The triathletes brought their hard-core training and avid dedication. They soon discovered a common spirit and attitude that pulled them together. For as different as they are, neither could resist the challenges and thrills this new multisport offered.
Now one of the fastest-growing event brands in the world - what started with an action-packed, off-road version of triathlon has now become synonymous for outdoor adventure sports: trail running, mountain biking, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing and more. XTERRA adapts to its environment and now accounts for more than 200 events in 16 countries around the world.
The thrill of running on pure adrenaline through the mountains. The chill of open water waves streaming over a swimmer's back. The awesome view mountain bikers get at the top of a Rocky Mountain summit or a dormant Hawaii volcano. These are the elements of a race called XTERRA.
The XTERRA Global Tour
XTERRA also holds championship events in Saipan, Philippines, New Zealand, South Africa, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Brazil, France, Mexico, Japan, Switzerland and Germany. Top-ranking athletes from these national championships are invited to compete at the XTERRA World Championship with athletes who qualified in the U.S. series. Pros compete in the XTERRA America Tour and Global Tour for some of the richest pro purses in multisport. The most coveted title and largest purse is offered at the XTERRA World Championship.
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