I know Xterra doesn’t have the following of the original, but this race has been going on for 22 years now.
I know I asked this in the facebook group, but those threads die down so quickly. Any other Xterra racers in here? I know I heard @Jonathan mention he was interested in doing one some day, and being there by Tahoe, there is still an annual race being held on the old national championship course is still there, with the bike portion having significant sections on the flume trail.
The sport definitely doesn’t have the swimming commitment as the road disciplines since there’s such a big separation between really good mountain bikers and average riders, while on the road that might mean 5-6 minutes, on trails that can mean 10-15 minutes. The swims are usually 1500m or less, but are supposed to be 30k on the bike for the big regional/national races. Although some of the swims can have their own challenges, as the old Richmond race usually had either flood stage levels, or you were dodging the rocks during a drought. And the Maui swim is a rough water beach start where there is a pretty crazy shorebreak, doing an Australian M, so you get to go through a 5-10 foot surf 4 times.