2016 XTERRA Tsali

Date:  Sunday June 26th
Tsali Recreational Area - Bryson City, North Carolina
Located on National Forest Lands.
Gone Riding, Corp is an equal opportunity service provider and employer.  Gone Riding, Corp operates under a special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, Nantahala National Forest.  
Swim * Run * Bike

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USAT membership required, one day memberships are available onsite for $15.
  • Races start: 8am
    Awards Presentation: approx 11:30 am
    Awards available for the following groups:
    Men 15-29 / Men 30-34 / Men 35-39 / Men 40-44  / Men 45-49/ Men 50-59 / Men 60+
    Women 15-29 / Women 30-34 / Women 35-39 / Women 40-49 / Women 50-99 / Physcially Challenged.
    Pre-entry deadline of 10pm Eastern time on Friday before event = $50 Individual 
    Registration & pickup:
    Saturyday from 3pm to 5pm at Bryson City Bicycles from 1pm to 3pm
    Sunday from 7am to 8am at the race site


    USAT rules state that competitors may wear wetsuits if the water temperature is 78 degrees or lower.
  • USAT rules also state that if the water temperature is between 78.1 - 83.9 degrees, competitors may wear wetsuits but will not be eligible for awards.
  • If the water temperature is 84 degrees or above, participants may not wear wetsuits.
  • Water temperature will be tested on race morning.


    It all starts here at XTERRA Tsali

    New in 2016, for the first-time ever, XTERRA Regional Champions will earn a qualifying spot into the XTERRA World Championship on October 23 in Maui. And, if you can’t make it this year, you have an opportunity to defer your spot until 2017 to allow more time to get faster, fundraise, and plan your trip.

    Here’s what you need to know…

    XTERRA Tsali is in the South East Region. If you live in Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee or North Carolina you are in the South East Region and this race is IN YOUR REGION.

    How old will you be on December 31, 2016? The answer determines your age group. If you’ll be 45-years-old on December 31 (even if you’re 44 on race day) you’ll be competing in the 45-49 division all year. To win your region you have to score more points than any other athlete from the South East Region in the 45-49 age group.

    How to score:

    - You score points by finishing in the top 15 in your age group (75pts for 1st, 67 for 2nd, etc.)

    - You can do as many races as you want.

    - You count your best four finishes.

    - You must compete in at least one (1) race in your Region.

    - You must count at least two (2) races in your region.

    - There are three races –XTERRA Saipan Championship (March 12 in the Northern Marianas), XTERRA Oak Mountain (May 21 in Alabama), and XTERRA Beaver Creek (July 16 in Colorado) that offer 100 points. In those three you can get 100-points for 1st, 90 points for 2nd, and so on. If you do two or three of those races, just your best finish counts at 100 points, and others revert to 75-point scale.

    Other races in the South East Region:


    24-Apr        XTERRA Myrtle Beach                                             Myrtle Beach, South Carolina                         SE

    30-Apr        XTERRA Fort Yargo                                                   Winder, Georgia                                                   SE

    14-May      XTERRA Clemson                                                      Clemson, South Carolina                                   SE

    21-May      XTERRA Oak Mountain State Park                     Pelham, Alabama                                                 SE

    5-Jun          XTERRA Knoxville                                                     Knoxville, Tennessee                                         SE

    11-Jun        XTERRA Greensboro                                               Greensboro, North Carolina                            SE

    18-Jun        XTERRA Lock 4 Blast                                                 Gallatin, Tennessee                                            SE

    26-Jun        XTERRA Tsali                                                               Bryson City, North Carolina                              SE

    9-Jul            XTERRA Whitewater                                               Charlotte, North Carolina                                 SE

    31-Jul          XTERRA Panther Creek                                          Morristown, Tennessee                                   SE

    7-Aug         XTERRA Blackwater                                                 Milton, Florida                                                       SE

    20-Aug       XTERRA Auburn                                                        Auburn, Alabama                                                 SE

    16-Oct        XTERRA Hickory Knob (2017)                               McCormick, South Carolina                              SE



    Full XTERRA America Tour Schedule (PDF / Online)

    Full set of XTERRA America Tour Rules

    Live More!

Held on the famous Tsali trail system near Bryson City in Western NC.  This park is a perfect venue for an off-road Triathlon as it has some of the areas best lakes, a fun and fast trail system and a quiet comfortable setting. 

35degrees 24' 22" North - 83degrees 35' 04" West
The ½ mile lake swim will start off the event as athletes will begin on East shore and swim out to a point in the lake marked with buoys and then back to the beach.  After exiting the water the racers will face a short run to the transition area to begin the 5 mile run course on the "right loop alternate" trail.  The mountain bike leg, which consists of a 10 mile loop will take the riders around the popular “left loop” to the finish in the Transistion area. Trail maintance and parking volunteers thanks to Nantahala Area Sorba.






When making your arrangements don't forget WILDWATER RAFTING just down the road from the Tsali Trails.  WILDWATER RAFTING is offering 15% off all Rafting/Zip Line Tours/Yurt Lodging

during the Tsali Xterra weekend!

     alt WILDWATER RAFTING YURTS: (800) 451-9972 for Reservations.  The code for discounts including lodging as well as activities (Rafting/Zip Line Tours) is "biketsali".  All your participants need to do is mention this code at reservation time and all reservations should be made in advance.  They can be made online at our website or by phone at 1-800-451-9972.