XTERRA MALTA is the evolution of the Hellfire Extreme Triathlon featured here, with interest in the race from international race series Xterra, the event is set to become one of the most sought after challenges in Europe. The temperate climate of the Maltese springtime is perfect for racing, when the rest of Europe is still freezing cold. XTERRA gives athletes around the world a chance to race in some of the most diverse, spectacular, and challenging natural environments on the planet – from tropical jungles to snow-covered alps.
The Swim 1.5 km triangular swim on a 750m course requires a mass start and mid-way land sprint on the Golden Sands bay for two loops. This stunning venue is one of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful beaches, with golden coloured sand and crystal clear water. The sea temperature is around 16 Degrees Celsius and requires a wetsuit. Transition is up a flight of steps and around 300m to the bike rack area.
The 30 km mountain bike is a two-loop 15km route that passes through the Miżieb woodland area and alongside cliff edge trails in the Majjistral Park. This Natura 2000 site is a stunning natural reserve and habitat to some of Malta’s and the Mediterraneans indigenous species of plant, insect and birds. The carefully maintained trails create a stunning scenic route through the park and mix in some technical trails and fast flat pathways around the park.
The 11 km run is a two-loop 5.5km route on the Ġnejna plateau, overlooking Ġnejna and Riviera Martinique bays. These two smaller bays are some of the most photographed natural beauty spots on the island and the run route looks over these bays on cliff-edge trails 200m up. The route has some technical descents but is mainly flat, supported by hydration stops backed by 15th Century watch towers built by the Knights of Malta to signal and warn of invading turks.