Everything that has rank and name in the European cross triathlon will be found in a few days at the XTERRA European Championships at Olbersdorfer See. Over 50 elite athletes have registered for the XTERRA European Championship / Germany on 08/21/21 and the majority of them will also start at the XTERRA Short Track Germany premiere on 08/20/21. For the men, Arthur Serrières (FRA), Rubén Ruzafa (ESP), Maxim Chané (FRA), Jens Emil Sloth Nielsen (DNK), Lukas Kocar (CZE) and Arthur Forissier (FRA) start. Arthur Serrières and Maxim Chané are considered hot favorites. Arthur was able to record victories at XTERRA Belgium, Switzerland and the Czech Republic this year and is also the defending champion at O-SEE after his victory at XTERRA Germany 2019. Maxim was able to celebrate first place in France and Italy this season and is also traveling in top form. From a German point of view, the multiple German champions Jens Roth and Peter Lehmann start. Both are always good for a surprise, as Jens 2019 proved with his 2nd place at XTERRA Germany.
The XTERRA Short Track Race is an additional challenge this year. In contrast to previous events, the sprint race in Germany takes place on the day before the main race and not after it. A new challenge for the elite, who want to be at the forefront of the Short Track on Friday, but also have to conserve their strength and material as best as possible for the fight for the European Championship crown on Saturday.
Winners 2019: Loanne Duvoisin (CH), Sandra Mairhofer (ITA), Solenne Billouin (FRA) and Eleonora Peroncini (ITA) are registered for the elite women. All of them were victorious in 2021. Loanne finished second at Olbersdorfer See in 2019, had a strong start to the season but then got injured in the Czech Republic and is now back in the squad for the first time. Let’s hope she has recovered well and can build on the form she was in before the injury. Also registered are Helena Karásková Erbenová (CZE), Morgane Riou (FRA) and Marta Mendito (ITA). Helena – the XTERRA Germany winner of 2019 – had actually already announced her retirement from active professional sport but is still in the foreground and we are happy to welcome her again. She knows the routes and trails like no other and is sure to attack again.
A total of over 650 athletes and teams have registered for XTERRA Germany and the O-SEE Challenge. Late registrations are still possible for all competitions on Friday, 08/20/21 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, 08/21/21 from 8.30 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. available. Please note the opening times of the organization office in the race schedule on the website.