The Monarch Crest Crank is a mountain bike event along one of the top mountain bike trails in the nation – The Monarch Crest. Join us for the 20th Anniversary of this historic fundraiser benefiting The Alliance on Sunday, September 16th!
The Crest Crank will be the final day of Salida Bike Fest, which includes several events for cyclists of all abilities and their families. End Bike Fest weekend with us for this bucket list ride followed by an after party at Riverside Park open for Crest Crank cyclists and the public.
Beautiful Lathrop State Park, three miles west of Walsenburg on U.S. Highway 160, is the site of the newly created Spanish Peaks Duathlon. This sprint distance event is comprised of a 5K (3.1 miles) run around the picturesque shores of Lake Martin on the jogging path (Cuerno Verde Trail), followed by a 20K (12.4 mile) bike ride on the asphalt paved park roads with the Spanish Peaks looming to the South, and a final 2.5K (1.55 mile) “down and back” run on the east side trail. (The freshly minted trail will consist of a concrete walking path with “shoulders” specially designed for two way jogging). The course is aligned so that both the run and bike legs begin and end in the immediate vicinity of the park office located at U.S. Highway 160 at 70 County Road 502 in Huerfano County, Colorado.
For those not inclined to biking, you have the option to run the 5K and end your competition at that point, while Duathlon participants will continue with their 20K bike ride. SPECIFY WHICH OPTION YOU ARE TAKING AT THE TIME YOU PICK UP YOUR RACE BIBS AS YOU CHECK IN FOR THE EVENT. (The Spanish Peaks 5K as well as the full Duathlon will both be included in the ongoing “RaBa Cinco” year long competition with additional information available at www.cocorelays.net) Registration cost is the same whether you do the 5K alone or the Duathlon.
Duathlon Information: The initial 5k run is essentially one lap around Martin Lake, returning to the starting location in the parking area on the east side of the Park Visitor Center building where your bikes will be stationed to await transition to your 20K ride. Riders will be directed first west bound from the Visitor Center to a brief out and back of one mile before making a left turn to begin four complete clockwise laps totaling another 11.4 miles of the paved park roads around Martin Lake, with completion of the bike ride back at the Visitor Center where the biking leg began. At this point, participants make the transition to the final 2.5K (1.55 mi.) run along the trail which mainly runs along the east side of Martin Lake (in the direction of the golf course). This is a “down and back” leg with the finish line back in the area of the Visitor Center.
USA Triathlon has developed an indoor triathlon program called USATri60 to introduce individuals to the sport of triathlon at a grassroots level. The purpose will be to expose participants to the sport of triathlon in a one hour, non-threatening setting and with a built-in support system built to drive the concept that ‘anyone can be a triathlete’. The YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region and the Rocky Mountain State Games are partnering to offer this event as a part of the 2018 State Games. All athletes will receive a USA Triathlon goodie bag and will compete for Gold, Silver, and Bronze Rocky Mountain State Games medals. A maximum number of athletes will be permitted to each event due to facility capacities. All participants will be assigned a race number that will be visible on all swim caps as well as marked on the top of each participants hand. All results will be listed on the Rocky Mountain State Games results page and the USATri60 results page after the event.
SWIM in the Cortez outdoor pool in the morning sun on the 4th of July. Then HOP on your bike and RIDE north of Cortez along paved rolling County Roads enjoying cattle and farming country. Wrapping up your race with gentle hills, RUN through city natural and groomed parks and pathways.
The Cortez Burst Triathlon is a fundraiser for the Friends of Recreation Group in Cortez, Colorado. The Friends of Recreation raises money for scholarships to the Cortez Recreation Center for those who would otherwise not be able to afford the fees. The initial fund raising project was the “Stones for Scholarship” where by individuals and businesses purchased inscribed stones set around the flagpole in front of the Recreation Center. The Friends of Recreation is a Scholarship Fund under Onward! A Legacy Foundation, the community foundation for the four corners.
The Longmont Triathlon is just a few days away. Colorado’s longest running triathlon has long been a favorite of locals, seasoned athletes, first time triathletes, kids and so many more.
Several years ago, local business owners and sponsors of the Longmont Triathlon wanted to showcase and honor more than just those who ‘won the race’ and ‘won their age groups’. Everyone has a story that got them to the start line. Here are a few of those stories.
Tiffany H., Most memorable/inspiring Longmont Triathlon experience
March 25, 2016 my (then) 10 year old son was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, medullo blastoma. In the past 14 months he has endured 4 surgeries, 30 days of radiation and 9 cycles of chemo.
Running is my therapy and I wake in the dark and run the stress & anxiety away. I haven’t been able to get to the pool except twice a month ago – there is always a drs appointment to get in the way.
So, when I wanted to give up, I remember my son and the endurance and fortitude, persistence and tenacity . . .and just keep thinking one more stroke, one more lap, one more step. As God has sustained him, He will sustain me.
For His Glory
Marilyn B.,Most memorable/inspiring Longmont Triathlon experience
I’ve done the Longmont Triathlon several times with my twin daughters (Kara & Dani). The 1st time or two we did it as a team ( I remember Kara nursing her 2 month old baby before she did the swim). After we started doing it as individuals, we usually had more fun training than we did actually racing. I’m not very fast, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve apparently outlived some of my competition because I’ve occasionally gotten awards.
In 2012 I had back surgery and have used triathlon as a way to motivate myself to stay active. This year is my first time back to this triathlon and my first time to do it without either daughter (one is in France, the other in Russia). So, I will be hearing their voices, especially on the run, saying, ‘C’mon Mom, you can do it.’ And I will picture my grand-kids, 6 of them, cheering me from the playground equipment as I run by. I’m just happy to be able to compete now that I’m ‘old’ (70).
Maybe you’ve signed up for Wildflower (what’s Wildflower? ) and haven’t quite sorted out your logistics for the epic weekend of triathlon, camping, beer, wine, and music. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to sign up for Wildflower, but have been holding back because sorting out the BYO details is just too overwhelming. (Do I have to eat freeze dried camp food for my pre-race dinner? Is there an option besides instant coffee? Where do I shower? No, really. WHERE DO I SHOWER???) No worries, I’ve got all your answers right here.
Assuming that you’re not driving to the race, Monterey Regional Airport is the closest airport to Lake San Antonio … but doesn’t seem to serve direct flights from Denver. Given that, your best bet is to fly into San Jose Airport, although San Francisco and Oakland are also decent options. You’ll need to rent a car, as the race site is not Uber-able from the airport. Don’t want to deal with flying with your bike and then having to rent an enormous, expensive SUV? ProBike Express, your local bike concierge, will offer bike + bag + tent + anything else you need transport services if there is sufficient interest; TriBike Transport serves the race as well.
Plan for a 2-1/2 to 3 hour drive from the airport down to Lake San Antonio, but make sure to buffer an extra 30-60 minutes to stop for provisions along the way (see “Food & Water” below). Your best bet is to hit up Salinas, which is about halfway from San Jose Airport to Lake San Antonio and serves as a convenient place to stock up on supplies for the weekend. There’s a Costco, a Walmart, a Target, and a Safeway, so between the four you should be able to find pretty much everything you need. There’s also an In-N-Out Burger in Salinas, and if you don’t stop and get a double-double animal style, we’re going to have a serious conversation about your priorities.
If you find yourself 15 minutes south of Salinas and realize you forgot the key ingredient for your famous campfire mac-n-cheese, you can stop at the Safeway in King City, which is about an hour outside of Lake San Antonio. For real this is the last place to find provisions, so check your list twice before driving off.
Finally, you’ll want to plan your trip timing around the road closures within Lake San Antonio Park. All roads in the park are closed on Saturday from 7am-3pm and on Sunday from 8am-3pm. Regardless of what race you’re eyeing, plan to arrive no later than Friday and leave late Sunday afternoon. (Already made travel arrangements that conflict with road closures? You can park at North Shore campground and take a boat shuttle to/from the race site.)
There are a myriad of great lodging options available for Wildflower, as long as you’re not dead set on turn down service and a chocolate on your pillow: there are no hotels to be found anywhere near the race site. Here’s what is available:
Camping is available at a number of campgrounds surrounding the Lake. You can lock in advance reservations HERE. Individual spaces are first-come-first-served, so if you’re picky about locations, plan to arrive at the race site on Thursday rather than Friday. Camping is $25/person/night for everyone over 16.
RV parking is available at the campgrounds as well with the same logistics and pricing as tent camping. (The limited number of RV spots with hookups are, unfortunately, sold out.) You can bring your own RV or you can arrange to have one delivered to the campsite if a two-day drive each way doesn’t fit your schedule.
While sadly the super-cool Tinker Tins are sold out for 2018, there is still limited available for the Bell Tents (think: Glamping), at $950 for the full three nights. If you like the idea of camping but want to add a little civility, or just back support, to the weekend, I’d jump on these quickly – more info HERE.
For all of these lodging options, standard campground bathrooms should typically be no more than a few hundred yards away. Some of these will have showers, some won’t, so get the lay of the land ahead of time and strategize shower timing to avoid the crowds.
If you really can’t get past the idea of a private, hot shower, AirBnB and VRBO are great sources for rentals surrounding Lake San Antonio, and there are hotels in nearby Paso Robles, approximately 35 miles from the Lake. If you do stay outside the park, keep those Saturday and Sunday road closure times in mind, and plan to pay the $10/person/day Festival pass rates upon entering the Park.
This is the area where your advance planning skills really get tested. You do want to think through ALL of your food and drink needs prior to heading to Wildflower for the weekend.
• Water – Yes, you need to bring your own water. Maybe a half gallon per day per person? Maybe even a smidge more to account for race day requirements.
• Race Fueling – Breakfast / pre-race nutrition; Race nutrition; Post-race nutrition. If it’s a powder-based product, make sure you’ll have sufficient water AND sufficient clean water bottles. If it’s real food, see next item …
• Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner – How many days? What do you want to eat? How are you going to cook it? How are you going to store it? If you’re going to cook, you’ll need to bring your own skillet, pots, plates and utensils, and be sure to grab a cooler – styrofoam or the real deal – when you stop for provisions. You can grab ice, firewood, and lighter fluid at the small, very basic, general store onsite.
• Want to restock mid-weekend? In addition to the small, onsite store, Oak Hill Market is roughly 15 minutes outside the park and is about the best general store there is: quality meats, great produce, wine, barbecue supplies, eggs, and a great deli. (There’s also a gas station here – the nearest one I believe – if you are running low!)
• Don’t want to cook over a fire? – Welcome to my world. Thankfully we won’t be left to starve – there will be a wide variety of food trucks at the festival all weekend, and they will mostly be serving healthy/gourmet food rather than traditional carnival food truck fare. Save for your 5am pre-race meal, the food trucks will have you covered. Pro tip: TriCalifornia is exploring a cashless system for festival vendors, including food trucks. Keep an eye out for more info on their website and Facebook page!
• Must. Have. Pasta. – No duh. There’s a pasta party Friday night. Did you really think they’d leave you hanging? Tickets will be available online starting in Mid-March ($12 adults / $6 under 16) and you can buy tickets onsite if that’s more your style ($14 / $8), but only those who buy tickets in advance get a second serving.
• But what about coffee??? – Yup, they thought of that too. Nate Dressel, former pro triathlete, will be there with his new venture, Frontier Coffee. Just be prepared to stand in a long line if your morning routine involves anything incorporating the word “latte.”
And if reading all that just gave you an enormous headache, there are a limited number of $200 VIP packages remaining that cover breakfast, lunch and dinner for the entire weekend. You can add this option to your campground reservation, Bell Tent reservation, or pre-purchased Festival day pass upon checkout through Active.com.
So then … Travel: Check. Shelter: Check. Showers: Check. Food & Water: Check. …
You’ve sorted through the headache of a race venue where everything – literally, EVERYTHING – is BYO. So now what? TIME TO PARTY!!! Just kidding. Well, not really. Pretty much the whole point of Wildflower is that it’s not just a race, it’s an entire weekend of awesomeness. And to experience all of this awesomeness properly, it’s going to require just a little more advance preparation.
First off, in the weeks leading into the Wildflower Experience weekend, TriCalifornia is going to release the official Wildflower app. (Yup, there’s an app for that.) Given the very limited cell service at Lake San Antonio – no, I would not anticipate any wifi hotspots – you’ll want to download this app before race weekend. Then, while you still have cell service, make sure the maps and shuttle schedules are loaded, and review the race weekend schedule. Within the app you can reserve spots for activities and services – as in: post-race massages and pedicures – and you’ll want to do this before race weekend.
Minus scheduling your massage, you can take advantage of much of the race weekend awesomeness on a more spontaneous basis. Plan for lots of time hanging around the campsite – pack your Eno hammock, or consider grabbing a cheap-o lawn chair at Walmart to enable this activity. But do wander off from your campsite at some point and check out the Festival: bands will be playing throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, there will be local artisan tents and helicopter tours (only $99 – if I weren’t terrified of helicopters I’d say this sounds like a steal), there’s an art bar where you can paint and drink wine (this is more my speed), and you can rent paddle boards and kayaks anytime outside of race swim windows. And yes, beer and wine will be flowing all weekend long.
As if all that weren’t enough, there is a 5k run at the Redonda Vista campground on Saturday night (think: pre- or post-race shake out run) that ends with an 80’s dance party, sponsored by Clif Bar. Seriously: AN 80’S DANCE PARTY. I mean, I thought I was excited about the Wildflower Experience when I signed up – now I don’t even care about the race. I just want to go to the 80’s dance party.
Summer may be coming to an end, but our tri season is still heating up! Join us at the Boulder Reservoir for the 12th annual Boulder Sunset Triathlon, a local favorite. For the 4th year in a row we are the proud host of the Mountain Collegiate Conference race and the USAT Duathlon Race Series. Make sure to register early for this one because we will sell out in early August. This race is must-do, featuring a distance for everyone in the family.
Kick off your summer in the triathlon mecca of the country, Boulder, CO. You’ll be surrounded by amazing views at the Boulder Reservoir located at the foot of the Flatirons. Work towards your new PR on arguably the best and fastest triathlon course in Colorado! Compete alongside athletes of all skill levels on the training grounds of the pros.
Ordinary Mortals Triathlon (OMT) is a reverse order sprint distance (5 km run, 12.5-mile bike, 300-yard pool swim) triathlon for all us “Ordinary Mortals” – from the first time triathlete to more competitive triathletes on a fun and challenging course. The race is the Saturday before Mother’s Day so all the ladies crossing the finish line get a flower! This is a great family event so bring the kids for the youth triathlon, Mini Mortals Triathlon, after the adult race. This event often attracts several families of two or three generations racing together the same day!
The Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon provides triathlon enthusiasts with a safe and enjoyable event in which to compete, regardless of their competitive level. It promotes the triathlon sport and the opportunity to give back to the community. — Enjoy!
We are happy to be producing this event for you — the athletes — for the 18th year! Lake to Lake has been owned and organized by Peggy Shockley and her family since 2001 – making it the longest running privately owned triathlon event in Colorado – no ownership changes!
Every athlete has their own story as well as their individual goals and aspirations and it’s OUR goal to provide you with an event that will help you achieve your goal. Whether you are a first timer, novice or veteran triathlete, come out and compete at Lake to Lake, we’ll do our best to make it a great day! That’s our story.