XTERRA European Tour Finale Sunday in Denmark

The last of 11 events on the XTERRA European Tour takes place Sunday in Mons Klint, Denmark.

“They’ve found the only place in Denmark that isn’t flat,” exclaimed XTERRA European Tour technical director Nicolas Lebrun upon his arrival.

“Mons Klint is the translation for “Cliffs of Mon.” Completely white, made of chalk, you can see the impact of the Baltic sea. The highest point is 120m above the water and 6km long. On top of it there is a beautiful forest with huge beech trees and pastures with nice black cows that look almost like Buffaloes. The entire area is a protected nature reserve, and very popular area with tourists.”

You’ll find the signature spot on this course before the race even starts as competitors (and hardy spectators) will have to walk down nearly 500-steps of stairs to get to the swim.

“This is the “fun” part of the race, the already famous 487-stairs athletes will have to climb from the beach to T1,” said Lebrun. “It’s a perfect wooden path that athletes can do barefoot. And for the best, they can try to beat the fastest Strava time to the top, 2’47”.

Athletes get to do it again on the run, just before the finish.

In between racers will do two laps of a 14km mountain biking loop in a beautiful forest, with lots of small climbs and descents.

“It’s a lot of climbing for Denmark, and also a lot of corners that require technical skills to to break, turn, and shift at the same time.   It’ll be good for mountain bikers.”

There is a lot at stake in both the pro and amateur divisions as everyone tries to win their European Tour Championship title and custom jersey that goes with it. Read pro preview here.

XTERRA European Tour Rank – Name, Nationality

2 - Kris Coddens, BEL

3 - Sam Osborne, NZL

5 - Mauricio Mendez, MEX

6 - Francois Carloni, FRA

8 - Peter Lehmann, GER

9 - Jan Kubicek, CZE

13 - Roger Serrano, ESP

14 - Arthur Forissier, FRA

16 - Fabrizio Bartoli, ITA

17 - Maxim Chane, FRA

23 - Jan Pyott, SUI

25 - Dominik Wychera, AUT

31 - Markus Benesch, AUT

37 - Tim Van Daele, BEL

44 - Thomas Kerner, GER

58 - Simone Calamai, ITA

NR - Anders Bregnhoj, DEN

NR - Mikkel Johnsen, DEN

NR - Mark Hamersma, NED

NR - Glenn Wesseling, NED

XTERRA European Tour Rank – Name, Nationality

1 - Poór Brigitta, DEN

2 - Renata Bucher, SUI

4 - Carina Wasle, AUT

7 - Maud Golsteyn, NED

8 - Louise Fox, GBR

17 - Sandra Koblmüller, AUT

20 - Cecilia Jessen, SWE