Malta, Cyprus, Greece: Start your Season in the Mediterranean!

Missing the sun and the refreshing feeling of swimming in the crystal-clear water of the Mediterranean sea?

Coming off a solid winter of training or not, the first 3 races of the XTERRA European Tour is the best way to start your season in the beautiful, warm and sunny environment of southern Europe.

XTERRA Malta: Megaliths, medieval dungeons and Calypso’s Cave – The Maltese Islands are positively mythic. The Maltese archipelago lies virtually at the centre of the Mediterranean,

The archipelago consists of three islands: Malta, Gozo and Comino.

Malta is the largest island and the cultural, commercial and administrative centre. Gozo is the second largest island and is more rural, characterized by fishing, tourism, crafts and agriculture. Comino, the smallest of the trio, has one hotel and is largely uninhabited.

With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.

The Majjistral Nature Reserve and the Golden Sands Radisson Resort serve as headquarters to all the action.  The course itself features a nice sandy beach, clear blue water, a rocky, but not too extreme mountain bike loop, and one of the best run loops on the circuit.

For more information and registration please visit www.maltaxterra.com

XTERRA Cyprus: Located in the most southern and eastern part of Europe, the 3rd biggest island in the Mediterranean, is rich in history and culture and full of wonderful experiences, just waiting to be enjoyed.

Blessed with the beauty of nature’s best palette, the scenery of Cyprus unfolds across glittering coasts, rolling mountains, fragrant forests and rugged headlands.

The ritual of sharing good, fresh local cuisine is an important part of the island’s culture, and is intrinsically linked with every social event, from family gatherings and special occasions to religious festivals… each marked with its own distinct delicacies and recipes.

An air of romance and history carries through the naturally abundant and culturally rich region of Pafos (Paphos), home of the XTERRA Cyprus event. The actual race site is the beautiful Akamas National Park and Lara Beach – which is a breeding site for turtles, and the traditional fishing shelter of Latchi.

The athletes will start with a sea swim on the sandy beach next to the transition area,followed by a 2-loop mtb ride on a dry, sandy and rocky terrain. The run course is almost flat but not always fast. Some twisted parts of trail run on rocks will be tricky and you will have to focus on your feet and be precise and quick.

For more information and registration please visit www.xterracyprus.com

XTERRA Greece: Greece is a country in southeastern Europe with thousands of islands throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas. Influential in ancient times, it’s often called the cradle of Western civilization. Athens, its capital, retains landmarks including the 5th-century B.C. Acropolis citadel with the Parthenon temple. Greece is also known for its beaches, from the black sands of Santorini to the party resorts of Mykonos.

Vouliagmeni, the anchor point of the famed ‘Athens Riviera” home of the XTERRA Greece event was the site of the triathlon competition in the 2004 Olympic Games.

The city, is a perfect “island getaway” on Greece’s mainland because everything you can experience on a Greek island is right here— just a short drive from the city-center of Greece’s largest city. From world-class sandy beaches to scuba diving, to great “village” tavernas and stunning sea views and sunsets.

Competitors can expect some tough climbs, challenging and varied terrain, and water of about 19C (66F), with wetsuits optional. Both the bike and run courses feature great sets of steps that wind up the steep, Greek hills. The downhills are equally steep and incredibly fast. The race uses some side roads in Vouliagmeni that include bistros, restaurants, and of course, many cheering spectators.

For more information and registration please visit www.xterragreece.com