XTerra Finland 2018
Next XTerra Finland Race: Sunday, 26/08/2018
Location: Holiday Club Saimaa, Lappeenranta, Finland
Series: Personal (PRO and age groups), as well as the team competition
Distances: 1500m swim, 30km mountain biking, 10km cross-country running
Route description swimming
Swimming in Saimaa, on a triangular track.
Route description MTB
The xTerra Finland 2017 cycling route consists of a track of approximately 10km that is rotated one or more times depending on the series. The route will be familiar to the Basecamp triathlon visitors of the previous year and is also part of the Imatra MTB race route.
The race starts from the transition area via the service road of Holiday Club Saimaa (the race center), up to the cycle path parallel to the Tiuruniementie road. From the cycle path the route turns into the terrain. This cycle path along Tiuruniementie acts as a garbage area.
At the beginning of the trail there are a few kilometers of easy and wide open-air routes. After crossing the Rauhan Aseman tie road, you pass to the coolest part of the route – a narrower single track. Part of the route goes on a broader ATV track and again to the trails along spectacular Ice Age eskers. The end of the route to the transition area or a new lap is driven on a good paved cycle path.
The route is not technically demanding and can be run on a basic mountain bike. The route, however, represents a modern mountain biking route. It is, therefore, a good idea for new mountain bikers to study the concept of wet roots and stones…
The track designer’s recommendation: Rigid or short-spring full suspension mountain bike with 29 “discs. The best choice for wheels are well rolling but tubeless ones with a large airspace.
Route description run
The XTERRA Finland 2017 running route has been rebuilt with a fair hand since the previous Basecamp triathlon races. The length of the trail is about 5 km and you run it once or twice, depending on the series.
The route enters the forest immediately after the transition area and the very first hill will tame the biggest hurry, if you have possibly saved some energy after the cycling. After the initial shock, the next stage will be a bit easier, followed by a wet part. Another tough rise will come soon enough and before the middle of the round, you will find yourself running through a nice boreal forest. Halfway through the circuit, you can visit the organizer’s service area. The final part is run on a harder surface, but seasoned with a few bumps. This last section may have obstructions and / or undercuts.
Track designer’s recommendation: Tie you shoelaces well!
Program and Schedule
Welcome to Lappeenranta, south-eastern Finland. The venue is the Holiday Club Saimaa, which creates a fantastic environment for the XTerra Finland competition.
How to reach Holiday Club Saimaa (the race venue)?
If you are flying to Helsinki Airport the best way to get here is to take a train from Airport to Imatra (takes around 2,5 hours). You can find train schedules and buy tickets here: https://www.vr.fi/cs/vr/en/frontpage
From Imatra Train Station you need to take a taxi to Holiday Club Saimaa. The local taxi central is aware of XTERRA Finland race and the fact that competitors might have bicycles with them. There are usually taxis waiting in front of the train station. But to be sure to have a taxi big enough for you, your equipment and your party, you can order a taxi by calling (+358)0200 164 64 (they speak English at taxi center). The price between Imatra train station and Holiday Club Saimaa will be around 20€.
If you are coming by car, just type the venue address to GPS-system. Journey from Helsinki takes approx. 3-3.5h.
The address of the location is:
The hotel reception is open 24h, tel. +358 30 686 1002
The competition is subject to the rules of the Finnish Triathlon Association and the ADT
Competitors are welcome to stay conveniently at Holiday Club Saimaa’s lavish accommodation. Reservations can be made via the number +358 30 686 1000 or through www.holidayclubresorts.com
All participants will receive a finisher’s medal as compliments. The winner of each age group will receive a qualifying slot to the XTerra World Championship in Maui, Hawaii (passes to the next among the top three, if the entrant does not redeem it), as well as different kinds of goods for the top three.
The PRO series winner will receive a cash prize.
A SLOT to the World Championship
The winner of each age group will receive a qualifying slot to the XTerra World Championship in Maui, Hawaii (passes to the next among the top three, if the entrant does not redeem it).
EXPO and partnership
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