Some of the biggest names in multisport are headed to New South Wales, Australia for the third annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship triathlon and accompanying trail running races at Callala Beach in Jervis Bay on April 23-24, 2016.
Callala Beach, Jervis Bay, NSW (April 14, 2016) – Some of the biggest names in multisport are headed to New South Wales, Australia for the third annual XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship triathlon and accompanying trail running races at Callala Beach in Jervis Bay on April 23-24, 2016.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres said: “NSW is Australia’s adventure capital, with so many fantastic landscapes and opportunities for athletes to test their skills and endurance. The South Coast is a wonderful location for XTERRA and I wish the athletes the best of luck.”
The main event starts with a 1.5-kilometer swim at Callala Beach, follows with 30-kilometers of mountain biking on trails through the Nowra State Forest, and finishes with a grueling 10-kilometer trail run that traverses Australia’s famous beaches and bushland.
As the most prestigious event in the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Tour that includes championship races in Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Tahiti, and Saipan – the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship race boasts the second-largest prize purse in off-road triathlon at $50,000 AUD, and will be filmed and edited into a sports special to be broadcast on ESPN International and throughout the U.S. via national syndication and Fox Sports Network.
The event will also serve as XTERRA’s Australian Championship – giving Aussies the chance to grab this very special national title – and award 50 qualifying spots into the XTERRA World Championship in Maui to the top performers. The off-road sports festival weekend also includes a sprint distance off-road triathlon, Xticer beginner triathlon, trail runs, and relay team competitions attracting more than 600 competitors of all ages.
There are 25 pros from 10 countries on the start list including the defending XTERRA Asia-Pacific Champion and XTERRA World Championship runner-up Braden Currie.
“I am looking forward to the XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship and a style of racing I know well and enjoy,” said the 29-year-old from Wanaka, New Zealand.
There are several strong contenders looking to take the title away from Currie, highlighted by the current XTERRA Asian Tour and XTERRA South Africa Champion Bradley Weiss.
“Very excited to be heading back after missing this event in 2015,” said the 27-year-old from Stellenbosch, South Africa. “Training has been going really well and after a solid start to the 2016 season I am looking forward to testing my form against some of the world’s best.”
Also on the start line is the reigning ITU Cross Triathlon Australian National Champion Ben Allen, a 17-time winner on XTERRA World Tour, the reigning XTERRA Saipan Champion Brodie Gardner, 2015 XTERRA Sweden Champion Sam Osborne, 2016 XTERRA Motatapu Champion Olly Shaw, XTERRA Philippines National Champion Joe Miller, Korea’s lone off-road elite Kaon Cho, Malaysia’s best off-roader Barry Lee, Hong Kong’s own Jason Hsieh, and Hayden Wilde, who at just 18-years-old is the youngest elite in the field (and winner of the 15-19 division XTERRA World Championship last year).
The women’s elite race will be equally exciting with reigning ETU European Champion Renata Bucher (who is also a 4x XTERRA European Tour Champion), XTERRA USA bronze medalist Catherine Sterling, 2016 XTERRA Saipan Champion Carina Wasle, 2016 XTERRA Philippines Champion Lizzie Orchard, reigning ITU Cross Triathlon Australian National Champion Penny Hosken, reigning XTERRA Australia Champion Jessica Simpson, and reigning XTERRA Asian Tour Champion Jacqui Slack.
For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call Elite Energy CEO Mark Emerton at 61 413 765 24 or visit www.xterraasiapacific.com.
The XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship is proudly supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. Presenting sponsors include John Paul Mitchell Systems, the world’s largest privately owned professional salon hair care company, Outrigger Resorts – one of the largest and fastest growing privately-held leisure lodging, retail and hospitality companies in the Asia-Pacific and Oceania regions, 220 Triathlon Australia/NZ, the Forestry Corporation of NSW, and XTERRA Wetsuits & Boards Australia – the official swim sponsor.
About TEAM Unlimited
TEAM Unlimited, founded in 1988, is the Hawaii-based television, events, and marketing company that brought off-road triathlon and trail running to the world under the brand name XTERRA. From a one-off race held on the most remote island chain in the world XTERRA evolved into an endurance sports lifestyle with worldwide appeal. Over the past 20 years XTERRA transcended its status as ‘just a race’ to become a bona-fide way of life for thousands of intrepid athletes as well as an emerging brand in the outdoor industry. In 2016 XTERRA will offer more than 200 off-road triathlons and trail running events in 30+ countries worldwide and produce 10 adventure television shows for international distribution. Learn more at xterraplanet.com and xterracontent.com.
About Elite Energy
Elite Energy is one of Australia’s premier event management specialists and have produced many of Australia’s leading multisport events. Their mission is to “make events memorable”. Quality is a vital component in the development of events and their goal is to satisfy the needs of sponsors, competitors, the triathlon industry and the public in a safe, healthy and memorable atmosphere. Visit their website here.