Weekend Preview: Happy Weekend

Triathlon Events

Saturday Feb 17th

 

VillaSports Indoor Youth Triathlon

Colorado Springs


Sunday Feb 18th

 

Ralston Creek Half Marathon & 5k

Arvada



Cycling Events

Saturday Feb 17th

 

18th Annual Tennessee Pass Night Jam

Leadville


Sunday Feb. 18th

 

Boulder Cycle Sport Group Ride with Eros Poli & InGAMBA

Boulder

Race Director Peggy Shockley shares the History of the Lake to Lake Triathlon

Race Director Peggy Shockley shares the history of the Lake to Lake Triathlon and how over the last two decades the race has become a fixture in the charming town of Loveland, Colorado, about 50 miles from Denver. Lots of participants come from many states riding one of the most beautiful bike rides in the state.

 

Love, Loveland Lake to Lake on Valentines

By Bill Plock

Since 1947 the city of Loveland has been post marking Valentine Cards to send to loved ones all around the world. We thought we would throw a little triathlon love to the Lake to Lake Triathlon and ask a few participants why they love it so much.

Here are the top 10 reasons:

1. Peggy Shockley, race director, nice, caring, genuine and supportive
2. Beautiful bike course with views of Horsetooth reservoir and fun hills
3. The brunch at the end of the race is worth the price of admission alone!
4. Luscious grass to run on from swim exit to transition
5. Amazing volunteers
6. Run around the lake and downhill finish in statue park
7. The lake! Nice water, great beach8. Easy for families to watch

9. Great finish line!
10. It’s in Loveland!

Want to try Lake toLake? It’s on June 23 and thereis a Sprint and Olympic distances as well as Aquabike events to choose from.

Check out the website

 

Tri the Boat

Steamboat Springs

 

Sprint – Olympic – Half Distance

Back for its fifth year Tri The Boat continues to evolve. We will run our full compliment of races on the same day, Sunday June 24th. Great swim and bike courses and unforgettable run courses which utilize the crushed gravel and picturesque trail system that surrounds Stagecoach Reservoir will highlight your day.

Set against the backdrop of the Yampa Valley and the beautiful water of Stagecoach Reservoir, these races offer spectacular surroundings and challenging competition.

 

Event details and registration here

Boulder Sunset Triathlon

Boulder

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.

 

Event details and registration here

IRONMAN Boulder

Boulder

 

Nestled at the foot of the imposing Flatirons, Boulder, Colorado is already a wildly popular home-base and vacation destination for triathletes. The city’s health-conscious culture, near-perfect weather and breathtaking natural environment made it an instant favorite when it debuted last year.

Boulder’s robust downtown, with its famous pedestrian-only Pearl Street Mall and idyllic Boulder Creek, will provide families and fans an unforgettable race day as they wait for their loved ones to cross the finish line. From five-star hotels to James Beard award-winning restaurants, Boulder’s hotel and dining options are some of the best in the nation.

Once finished in the water, the first transition will start the athletes on a beautiful multi-loop course all contained in Boulder County. The course has a few pronounced climbs in it, but in general it plays out very fast. Once done with the two 50+ mile loops you will do the final 7 miles on an additional loop and roll into Downtown Boulder for the second transition at Boulder High School.

The two-loop run course is almost entirely on Boulder Creek Trail, winding along the creek and through city parks. Spectators will have multiple opportunities to cheer on the athletes and the last few steps of the day will take athletes up Pearl Street for a triumphant finish.

The 2017 IRONMAN Boulder offers 40 qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. 

 

 

Event details and registration here

38th Annual Longmont Triathlon

Longmont

 

A Brief History of the Longmont Triathlon

In 1981, the first Longmont Triathlon started with 56 participants.

The event was held as 3 separate events. The run was a 10K that started at 9am, the 25 mile bike race started at noon and the 1000 meter swim began at 3pm – truly an all day event! There were no transition times, but the times for all three individual events were added together to determine the winner. Overall winners that year were Patti McNitt and Dennis Wilson, both in the 20-29 age category. The cost for the race, which included a 50/50 t-shirt and refreshments, was $12. The oldest age group offered was 40 and over.

This format continued for one more year with the bike changing from 25 miles to 19 in the second year. In subsequent years, the race was combined so all events were consecutive. In addition, the course has seen numerous changes most dictated by road construction and the growth of Longmont on the East side of town.

The Longmont Triathlon is becoming a historic event in Longmont and, with a 7-0 vote in 2014, the Longmont City Council unanimously supported continuing the tradition.

 

Event details and registration here

INAUGURAL USA TRIATHLON AMBASSADOR PROGRAM TO PROVIDE ADVICE AND SUPPORT TO ASPIRING ATHLETES

Forty-four ambassadors selected to help grow multisport participation in their local communities

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Triathlon today announced its first-ever Ambassador Program, comprised of 44 multisport athletes who have represented Team USA in international age-group competition. USA Triathlon Ambassadors will provide resources, advice and inspiration to aspiring athletes in their local communities, using their collective stories and experiences to grow multisport participation nationwide.

Ambassadors are tasked with hosting at least three presentations in their communities over the course of the year, which may include school visits, skills clinics and Q&A sessions. These events are meant to introduce prospective and beginner triathletes of all ages to the sport, as well as provide helpful resources for training and racing. Each ambassador will also nominate a support team to help plan the presentations and build interest in the multisport lifestyle.

Of the 44 ambassadors who successfully applied through a comprehensive nationwide selection process, 30 are women and 14 are men. They hail from 20 different states, with California being the most-represented, and range in age from 17 to 87. Ambassadors were selected based on their background in multisport — with the prerequisite of having competed for USA Triathlon’s amateur Team USA — as well as their commitment to the program and innovative ideas for recruiting new participants.

“We are excited to unveil the USA Triathlon Ambassador Program,” said Lauren Rios, USA Triathlon’s Team USA and Research Coordinator. “Our inaugural team of ambassadors is made up of incredibly passionate athletes who have amazing stories to tell. We are confident that this group will inspire the masses to give our sport a try, and support many new triathletes on their journeys to the start line.”

In addition to the presentations, USA Triathlon Ambassadors will also be available on a regular basis to answer training and racing questions via email or social media.

Some ambassadors will focus on specific disciplines of multisport, including triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon or aquabike, while others will focus on topics such as weight loss or mental training.

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ENDURA Creates ‘THE DON’ Cycling Kit

Professional Triathlete Tim Don is on the road to recovery after having been hit on the Queen K in the days leading up to IRONMAN World Championships last October in Kona. (Tim’s video here)

We recently shared the post (from Slowtwitch.com here )that he has been cleared from wearing the Halo he has been sporting for the past weeks since his injuries were sustained.

ENDURA, Scottish apparel company and one of Tim’s sponsors, has created a special edition cycling kit.  The proceeds of this kit will be put towards Tim’s growing medical expenses.

Read on for the complete Press Release and how to order your kit.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 29, 2018

Endura Creates ‘The Don’ tribute Cycling Kit to Help Support Medical Expenses

for Ironman World Record Holder Tim Don

(Boulder, CO) – The Triathlon community was stunned with news of a triathlon legend being hit by a truck only days prior to the biggest event in the sport, the Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona. Tim Don, a 4x World Champion, 3x Olympian, 2x podium finisher at Ironman 70.3 World Championships and most recently, the holder of the Ironman World Record (May 2017), was struck by a careless vehicle while out training on the infamous Queen K Highway three days before the race. Fans and media were alerted of the situation via Tim’s social media post from the Kona Community hospital bed, but some of the finer details and the ever-growing financial burdens of the accident were kept to those closest to him.

Tim’s initial medical diagnosis was a broken C2 vertebra and that he would likely be in a removable neck brace for approximately 5 weeks. Tim was flown out of Kona the next night and taken directly from the airport to a brain and spinal specialist in his home town of Boulder, Colorado. As it turned out, the injury was more serious than originally thought and Tim was given three choices: Remain in a soft brace, which presented further risks; have surgery, which is the most common solution; and then the least popular choice, The Halo.

Although extremely painful, The Halo offered Tim the best chance of making a full recovery whereby he would (hopefully) be able to maintain full range of motion in his neck. A high level of mobility is essential for a professional triathlete who needs to be able to fully turn his neck during the swim and hold a low, aero position on the bike.

The Halo option immobilized Tim and required a team of doctors, physios, specialized equipment, and a vast amount of support from his network to help get him through the agonizing three months of wearing the medieval looking contraption. “The medical bills and mental costs have really added up and I think many people in this situation would fold and call it a day as a highly competitive athlete, but The Don is determined to get back to the top of the sport, no matter the cost,” said Franko Vatterott, a member of Tim’s management team.

 

A few friends suggested starting a GoFundMe page or something similar, but Tim and his wife Kelly were not comfortable asking for that type of support. Several of his sponsors and supporters did offer to help in certain ways but the financial strains are still very real. The Don family are lucky enough to have an exceptionally strong community of triathletes and friends around them and someone close to Tim suggested making a limited edition cycling kit, whereby all profits from the sales help cover the ever-increasing medical expenses. The Don’s team approached his long-time performance apparel sponsor Endura, and without hesitation they agreed to design, produce and sell a ‘Don themed’ cycling jerseys and bib shorts.

 

Tim Don Kit

 

 

It is recognized that a lot of people in the triathlon community would make donations without receiving anything in return, but Endura has produced a top-quality cycling kit for the kind contributions to support Tim and his family. The ‘TD design’ has subtle tributes of the popular professional athlete with the UK national colours, “The Don” printed on the jersey chest and right leg of the bib shorts, as well as a nod to his Ironman World Record time of 7:40:23, faintly printed on the back pocket of the jersey and lower leg band of the shorts. The full kit is printed on Endura’s high-end WT Race jersey and bib shorts, which can be seen on Tim in training and pro tour cycling team Movistar in races.

 

 

 

With Endura donating their valuable time for design, production, fulfillment and proceeds, delivery time may be slightly longer than normal. Estimated production and delivery time may take up to 3 weeks, depending on the demand for these items.

Those wishing to support this great cause can order the kit here