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XTERRA Intro­duces New World Rank­ings

XTERRA Glob­al, LLC, own­ers and pro­duc­ers of the XTERRA World Tour, today announced the launch of the first-ever XTERRA World Rank­ings for ath­letes.

The new scor­ing sys­tem, devel­oped by for­mer XTERRA World Cham­pi­on Nico­las Lebrun, will assign points to every fin­ish­er at an XTERRA World Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing event in 2020 and beyond based on fac­tors includ­ing strength and depth of field, course dif­fi­cul­ty, and fin­ish­ing time.

An ath­letes’ XTERRA World Rank­ing is based on their sin­gle best points score over a rolling 18-month time peri­od. The XTERRA Welling­ton full dis­tance off-road triathlon on Feb­ru­ary 1, 2020 marked the start of the acqui­si­tion peri­od, thus the first ful­ly vet­ted rank­ing will be avail­able August 1, 2021.

“I’ve been feed­ing XTERRA race results into the sys­tem for two years now to test var­i­ous for­mu­las in order to come up with just the right cri­te­ria for XTERRA, some­thing sta­ble that will show an ath­letes’ lev­el in our sport,” said Lebrun, the direc­tor for XTERRA Europe and a 20-year-vet­er­an of the sport.

Lebrun used results from the test­ing phase to cre­ate a base­line for what the sys­tem will look and feel like, and those rank­ings – which are based on select com­pe­ti­tion results dat­ing back to August 2018 – are avail­able to view now.

Fol­low­ing inspir­ing per­for­mances on the sports’ biggest stage in Maui last Octo­ber, it’s no sur­prise reign­ing XTERRA World Cham­pi­ons Bradley Weiss and Flo­ra Duffy are the active men’s and women’s lead­ers.

“There are no awards or prizes asso­ci­at­ed with the XTERRA World Rank­ings at this point, how­ev­er, once ful­ly vet­ted in August 2021 I see them becom­ing an invalu­able tool for our ath­letes, announc­ers, and orga­niz­ers,” explained XTERRA World Tour Pres­i­dent, Janet Clark. “For now, it’s cer­tain to spark some live­ly con­ver­sa­tions and get our Tribe fired-up to do their best at every sin­gle event. I applaud Nico for all the thought and hard work he and his team put into the sys­tem, it’s real­ly a great tool.”

The sys­tem will be updat­ed after every XTERRA World Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fy­ing event to reflect the lat­est results and per­for­mances. The user-friend­ly web­site inter­face can be sort­ed by points, age group divi­sion, and nation­al­i­ty for both men and women. Dis­cov­er it for your­self at https://rankings.xterraplanet.com.