XTERRA is a series of off-road triathlon races including swimming, mountain biking and trail running, which gives athletes around the world a chance to race in some of the most diverse, spectacular and challenging natural environments on the planet!
"Xterra is far from your ordinary triathlon in all aspects; instead of putting your head down and gritting your teeth to see who can just go the fastest over a certain distance, you’ll test your mountain biking skills and technique, your cognitive ability to keep your wits while physically navigating the obstacles on the course, your physical strength and fitness as your energy systems are constantly fluctuating from aerobic and anaerobic due to the changing terrain and your mental strength to keep pushing forward as your body fatigues. Xterra is your chance to play in the dirt, challenge yourself on difficult courses, and have fun doing it. You’ll swim in a lake, river, ocean or pond; any body of water is fair game. You’ll mountain bike on rolling hills, up and down mountains, through mud and swamps, over rocks, roots, grass and everything in between and then you’ll finish by trail running; twisty, turny, sandy, grassy, muddy terrain, water crossings, hills, and of course mountains! Every race course is different and utilizes the unique features of each venue so race with a smile and open mind to expect the unexpected!.." (www.graskyendurance.com).
XTERRA is booming in the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting this growth includes two established races within Australia:
XTERRA Great Ocean Road, located at the seaside town of Anglesea, Victoria, March 2014. The course features an ocean swim in the Southern Ocean, followed by a mountain-bike across rugged Australian bushland and finally a trail run on a mixture of soft sand, cliff face and headland. Distances based on a 1km ocean swim, 26km mountain bike and 10km trail run.
XTERRA Asia Pacific Championship, at the beach side town of Callala Beach, on pristine Jervis Bay, NSW, April 2014. The course includes an open water swim at beautiful Callala Beach,a mountain-bike featuring a combination of fire trail and single track through the eucalyptus forests of Nowra State Forest and trail run on a mix of single track with heavy growth under feet and undulating fire roads. Distances: 1.5km ocean swim (2 x 750m laps with a short beach sprint), 29km mountain bike and 12km trail run.
Xterra Great Ocean Road, March 2014
"Team Hoschke survived our debut attempt at Xterra off-road triathlon today! An eventful experience and character building sport including - Nige putting his wetsuit on backwards, I couldn't figure out how to do my mountain shoes up, dropped nutrition during early kms of the bike, crashed 3 times + face plant into a black boy bush, disliked single track A LOT due to very rough mountain bike skills (definitely need to work on this aspect!) and I forgot to take my bike gloves off for the run (rookie style). Nige very proud to have bragging rights on first to the post. Completely out of my comfort zone, what a friggin challenge! Full respect to the guys who thrive the adventure race and Xterra scene!"
"Team Hoschke both had a great time and very pleased to finish! Nige had a great race, loved the bike! And I managed to not fall off the mtn bike, still horrendous skills on single track, loved the run! Now enjoying a burger and coke..."
A special mention to Ben Allen and Jacqui Slack for their positive words of encouragement. Both amazing ambassadors and athletes who make a fantastic contribution to the growth and development of the sport. Also to good friends Michelle & Dale Hemley, and especially Nigel for motivating me.
Would I have another go? For sure! Next time with more training done on my mountain bike skills. I love a challenge, the sense of improvement, and learning from experience :-) Lots of areas I can work on over the next 12 months as I'd love to have another go next year.
Well done to all competitors involved. I'm inspired by everyone, all levels and abilities. Thanks for having us! Cheers Bec