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Get Lost Racing (GLR), hosted by Kyle M. Bondo, founder of and host of the Merchants of Dirt Podcast, will help you Master the Endurance Sports that make up Off-Road Racing by teaching you what they are, how they work, and what makes them great -- one discipline at a time!

Aug 1, 2017

Trek and Trail 11: XTERRA Triathlon

Get lost in the endurance sport of XTERRA Triathlon by explaining how it works, what gear you need, and where you can go to get lost racing it.

What the heck is XTERRA Triathlon?

The XTERRA Triathlon is a brand named version of a Cross or Off-Road triathlon series raced around the world.

The XTERRA is officially the creation of TEAM Unlimited LLC -- a company based in Honolulu, Hawaii. TEAM Unlimited started the series as the Aquaterra in 1996 and later renamed their version of the Cross Triathlon to XTERRA. Now with over 42 races in 33 different countries, XTERRA is the most popular version of the Cross or Off-Road Triathlon format.

The XTERRA Triathlon requires competitors to perform well in three equally difficult stages:

  • Open Water Swim
  • Mountain Bike
  • Trail Run

Since XTERRA is active in having its brand associated with endurance sports, many of their XTERRA triathlons also include a duathlon event consisting of:

  • Trail Run
  • Mountain Bike
  • Trial Run

The first trail run is usually an abbreviated course to roughly match the swim times, with the mountain bike and trail running stages the same as the triathlon. XTERRA has even branched out to include a XTERRA Trail Running series to coincides with its XTERRA triathlon series.

But for the sake of this episode of Get Lost Racing, I'm only going to focus on the XTERRA Triathlon series.

  • What the heck is XTERRA Triathlon?
  • Who can race a XTERRA?
  • How does a XTERRA Triathlon Race work?
  • What is XTERRA Culture like?
  • How do you get ready for a XTERRA?
  • What kind of gear do you need for XTERRA?
  • Where can I get help training for my XTERRA?
  • How do you get serious about XTERRA?
  • How do I race in the XTERRA World Tour?
  • Why do XTERRA?

XTERRA Gear and Info Links

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