Early bird registration for the 2014 Off-Road National Championships is $75 until February 15.
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The Richmond XTERRA course is steeped in history. First developed in 1998, Richmond is the second oldest race on the schedule.
"We've worked with the James River Parks people since the beginning and played a big part in getting Richmond to twice be voted the best urban trail system in America. You'll be riding deep in the woods on great single track and suddenly pop out to look at 30-story tall office buildings" said Dave Nicholas, race director.
Sometimes the swim is a run and sometimes the run can get you wet; it all depends on what mother nature serves up in the way of spring rains.
The swim goes out from in front of the Tredegar Ironworks Museum, which made cannons and cannonballs in the Civil War and is a great place to visit. It goes out into the James River to Belle Isle where swimmers exit the water, run about 200m on a smooth path and re-enter the water below the Robert E. Lee bridge and swim back to the start. Definitely wave starts.
The bike is two laps of about 15k that crosses the river twice on each lap. Technical in some spots, full open power in others. The first river crossing is on the Lee bridge in a wide bike lane and is all power; within 2 minutes of getting off the bridge you are deep into the trails and technical riding.
The run is as unusual as everything else. The first mile is mostly on paths, then a great run up stairs to the Richmond flood wall along the river on the south side. At the end runners dip down across rocks and face "The Mayan Ruins" which are actually huge wood railroad ties that helped support the Manchester railroad bridge. That bridge was blown up by the Confederate army on their retreat south to Petersburg. To say this is a leg burner is an understatement. Back to flat trails for another mile before crossing a steel bridge over railroad tracks, down a staircase and along a gravel path then back on tight, twisty, rocky, rooty single track to the signature - The Dry Way. Here runners will leap over huge VW sized boulders to cross the southern branch of the James River. If the water is low, no problem; if the water is high you might get wet. At the end of the dry way is an ancient steel ladder that will take you onto Belle Isle and the last mile back to the finish.
Expect weather to be in the mid 80s and humid. Expect a great, historical city with dozens of neighborhoods, great restaurants and lots to see and do.
Team USA Qualification
Date: TBD 2015
- Qualification: Top 18 in each age group rolling down to 25th place
All athletes eligible to represent the United States must:
- Be a U.S. citizen OR
- Be a U.S. national – someone who has resided in the US for three consecutive years and has not competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year.
Team USA eligible athletes must not have competed for their country of citizenship in the prior year. Athletes who choose to be recognized as nationals who have competed for their country of citizenship in the last year may get dispensation by obtaining a letter from the National Federation of their home country allowing competition as a USA athlete.
Entry Fee: TBD
Event Date: Jun. 15, 2014
Location: Richmond, VA
Distance: 1000m swim / 32k mountain bike / 10k trail run
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