Harvest Moon Long Course

Boulder

 

The Harvest Moon Triathlon the 19th edition of this event takes place at the beautiful Boulder Reservoir. on September 16th, 2018.  Est. in 2000 this Colorado classic  provides the veterans to beginners a challenging, affordable, and competitive race with a local flavor.  Whether this is your final event of the season, or a tune-up for a fall long course triathlon, don’t miss the Harvest Moon!  The Aquabike portion is one of the fastest growing Aquabikes in the nation, while the duathlon is Colorado’s only long-course duathlon.

 

Colorado Tri Series includes:

Colorado Triahlon

Boulder Peak Triathlon

Harvest Moon Long Course

Series details here

 

 

Event details and Registration here

ColoradoTriathlon

Boulder

 

Where Colorado comes to race on June 2nd, 2018! The Colorado Triathlon – sprint & olympic distances, (NEW Duathlon & Aquabike options) presented by Lorissa’s Kitchen.  To make this the “can’t miss” event of the season, we’ll also have: amazing food and beverages provided by Noodles & Co., Ska Brewing Beer Garden, athlete full zip sweat shirts, and the best swag bag of the season. 

For us this race is about one person, the Colorado local who knows Colorado has the best triathlon scene in the nation.  It’s a local scene we’re darn proud of!  

 

Colorado Tri Series includes:

Colorado Triathlon

Boulder Peak Triathlon

Harvest Moon Long Course

Series details here

 

Event details and Registration here

Boulder Peak Triathlon

Boulder

 

The Boulder Peak Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike on July 8th is one of the countrie’s longest and most well-known triathlons.  For the veteran or first time racer, this is THE can’t miss event of the summer triathlon season, and the crown jewel of the Colorado Triathlon Series. Racers are tackling the infamous “Olde Stage” Hill, boasting an average 15% grade on their way to the finish line!  This race has earned it’s spot on more than a couple notable “Best Triathlons in America” lists.  In 2017, the Boulder Peak was listed as one of the top 15 most amazing triathlons in the United States by The Culture Trip!

 

Colorado Tri Series includes:

Colorado Triathlon

Boulder Peak Triathlon

Harvest Moon Long Course

Series details here

 

 

Event details and Registration here

Longmont’s Oktoberfest Triathlon renaming trophy after CU Boulder triathlete

From the Daily Camera

The University of Colorado triathletes who raced with Alessandro Zarzur will never forget his name. Now, neither will future generations of triathletes.

The trophy given out to the winner of the Oktoberfest Triathlon on Sunday will be renamed after Zarzur, a 19-year-old CU triathlete who was killed earlier this year in a bicycle crash in Sunshine Canyon.

The Oktoberfest Triathlon in Longmont is the last outdoor race of the year for the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Conference, which includes CU and other colleges from Colorado and Wyoming. The winning team used to be awarded the Collegiate Cup, but it will now be named the Zarzur Collegiate Cup.

Race Director Lance Panigutti is a former CU triathlete himself, so he heard the tragic news in May when Zarzur died while cycling up on Flagstaff Mountain.

“The team has always been near and dear to my heart,” he said. “So when it happened, I had a lot of people reach out and ask what we could do. I didn’t want something rushed; I wanted something that the team could really rally behind.”

So Panigutti told the team and Zarzur’s family about his plan to rename the race trophy after them, and they were immediately on board.

“Because it’s the last outdoor race of the season, we look at (the Oktoberfest Triathlon) as a nice big party,” he said. “We felt this would be a nice way to celebrate him, to have something every year to honor him.”

When she heard about the plan to rename the trophy after her son, Zarzur’s mother, Hanan, in Sao Paulo, booked a flight to be there for the race and will be there to present the trophy to the winning team…

Read the full story

 

2017 Harvest Moon Long Course Tri Race Recap – What a Difference a Year Makes!

 

By Kirsten McCay

Wow! What a difference one year makes. The Without Limits/5430 Sports Harvest Moon Long Course Triathlon was a completely different race than it was one year ago. If you saw any pics or read any race recaps from last year (2016) you’ll have seen bikes blown down in transition, the slip and slide blowing away, and white caps in the reservoir. The wind was insane last year.

This year, however, the temperatures and weather were pretty much perfect. It was slightly chilly in the morning but about 15 minutes into the race the sun popped out from behind the clouds, warmed up the air, and then went back behind the clouds, staying there for most of the rest of the day.

Photo by Susan McNamee

These conditions made for PRs by almost every single athlete that I talked to who did the race last year. I know the race companies and race director have nothing to do with the weather, but it was a pretty perfect day and both newbies and experienced athletes both agreed that this year’s race was one of the best ever in the 18 years since the race started.

The race this year had 8 waves, including a first-timers wave which helps introduce newbies to the sport and ease them into a less intimidating and less aggressive swim start. They are also recognized for their accomplishment as there is an entire category of awards just for the first-timer. This is a positive way to introduce new triathletes into the sport. I love that Without Limits has this option in all of their races!

The swim this year was ideal. The water was calm and the buoys were easy to spot as the sun stayed mostly tucked behind the clouds. I don’t wear a Garmin, so I personally don’t know the actual distance of the swim, but I heard from several athletes after the race that the swim with a little bit short of the 2,000 m standard for the long course distance. Most measured it at about 1500 m.

Photo by Bill Plock

The bike course was also very easy thanks to partly cloudy skies, cooler temperatures, and very little wind on the course. The course is one of the fastest in Boulder, so for triathletes looking to ride a high mph average, this is a great course to test your speed on your bike. It’s also a perfect course for beginners who are doing their first half ironman distance triathlon, as the ride will leave your legs feeling a little fresher than many courses out there of the same distance.

We were also very fortunate on the run course as the temperature stayed in the low 70s. And the run being on hard-packed dirt was more gentle on the joints and muscles of the legs so again, a little easier for first timers, beginners, and those athletes wanting to test their speed. I also heard later in the day that the run course was about a half mile shorter than the standard 13.1 miles.

I spoke with 2 women after the race who used this as their first triathlon at this distance, and both were extremely happy with their experience. This race is small enough to make everyone feel included and a part of the community, but competitive enough to push even the most experienced athlete. I had a girl who I thought was in my age group blow by me on the 2nd lap of the run. I picked up my pace to try to stay with her, but couldn’t keep up. It ended up she was in the age group below me (phew) but that push helped me get to the finish line more quickly and took my mind of my hurting legs for a while!

There were a record number of Aqua-bikers at the race and this is the only Colorado race that includes a long course duathlon as an option!

There were 116 women, 218 men, 19 duathletes, 79 aqua bikers, and 17 relays who finished the race this year.

This was my 6th year racing the Harvest Moon Triathlon. I love that it’s in Boulder now and I love what Without Limits has done with the race. I will DEFINITELY be back next year! Hope to see you there!

Mark on Monday: Face Your Fears

By Mark Cathcart

A discussion about dealing with events, challenges, unexpected problems, and most importantly, those challenges life throws at you during the race season.

When I first agreed the schedule of articles with Dana for my 303 Column, Face your fears seemed like a good end of season challenge, little did I know what challenges would lay ahead of me.

In terms of fears, no matter what you are afraid of, someone else is probably more afraid but will get over it. That’s what makes a champion, looking fear in the “eyes” and fbeating it. That’s your challenge, take something triathlon or sport related that is really different, something you didn’t think you could do, something you were afraid of and do it!

For me this year it will be very different, after 18-years of triathlon, I’m planning to make the start line at the Without Limits Oktoberfest Triathlon. Last time I was at the Union Reservoir for the Outdoor Divas triathlon, to support my partner Kate in her race, I had a full-blown heart attack and was taken away post-race in an Ambulance (3).

I’ve seen people take on and achieve much bigger challenges. A club colleague of mine in the UK, was training for Team GB, when she was hit and paralyzed from the waist down. Just a year later, Paula Craig was the first Team GB Para-triathlete at the ITU Worlds in Cancun in 2002. You don’t have to look far to see incredible stories. I was amazed to see the progress that BBSC Endurance Sports Craig Towler had already made after losing both his legs after being hit by a driver while out training. (1).

I’ve stood at the start line for many races, both open water, with high waves, and frenetic pool based triathlons and heard people expressing grave concerns about their ability to start, much less finish.

To this day I can remember a race in the UK in 2006, pool swim, all the competitors lined up down the side of the pool waiting for the start. The pool was crazy, arms thrashing everywhere, there were as many as 6-people per lane, the noise was crazy, there were almost waves as the water crashed against the sides.

The guy next to me was, like me, 6ft tall, and he was having serious doubts about the swim. I told him it would be fine. He wasn’t convinced. I pointed out that while racking my bike I’d spotted a prosthetic arm in transition. He looked puzzled. We scanned the line of swimmers and couldn’t see the “owner”. It turned out to be the first ever triathlon for Claire Cunningham (nee Bishop). Claire is a medal winning and Champion paratriathlete for Team GB now and just 5’6” tall.

How must Claire have felt that day?

There is nothing special about these athletes. They don’t have a superpower, they take the challenges and setbacks and find a way of getting past them.

Most of us don’t face triathlon with anything like those challenges. Whatever you decide to do over the next few months, tackle something that challenges you, something that proves you are still alive. No matter if that is taking on a greater distance than you thought possible; going faster and placing higher than you think you can; getting out and becoming the hill climber; the cyclocross athlete and more.

Each of these “fears” can be broken down and divided into constituent parts; each of those parts you can find a way to address. As Claire says on her website “Nothing is impossible, you can find a way”. (*2) Create goals for each part, after you’ve achieved those goals, start combining the parts and setting new goals.

Look for help from coaches, books and videos. With not much of a racing season left, why not pick a fear and set about facing it before next season?

Me, I’ll be working the mount/dismount line for the upcoming 5430 Harvest Moon race, and then I’ll be doing everything I can to start, and finish the Oktoberfest triathlon in a few weeks.

  1. https://www.rhone.com/blogs/collective/my-story-by-craig-towler
  2. http://clare-cunningham.co.uk/about-me/
  3. I can’t thank Gaby and the EMT’s at Rapid Response Paramedic Services, the Mountain View Fire emergency crew, especially Carlos who, coincidentally volunteered with me at Ironman Bouler 2016; Dr Paik and everyone at Longmont Unit Hospital enough. Really!
Mark Cathcart took up triathlon in the late 90’s to get fit for adventure racing, which to this day he has never done, and has since taken part in 170+ events. His pragmatic approach to training, racing, and life have lead in from being the Chairman of one of the bigger UK Triathlon clubs 15-years ago; British Triathlon volunteer of the year; a sometime race organizer; The organizer and ride leader for Austin Texas award winning Jack and Adams triathlon shop; doing sometime Sports Management for development and professional triathletes; he has attended all the Triathlon Business International, and Triathlon America conferences, where he usually asks the questions others won’t; moved to Colorado in 2016 and is a co-owner of Boulder Bodyworker

Lance Panigutti on Why Triathletes Should Try Cyclocross

By Bill Plock

Rich Soares with 303Radio interviews Lance Panigutti, owner of Without Limits Productions, who is known for triathlon events across the Front Range. Once triathlon season is over, Lance and his team remain busy with a host of cyclocross events throughout the Front Range beginning this weekend.

Photo from fascatcoaching.com

“Cyclocross bikes are really the result of a road bike and a mountain bike having a baby”, according to Lance. But, in this podcast Lance goes on to assure listeners wanting to try cyclocross that using a mountain bike is perfectly fine, buying an inexpensive cyclocross bike is adequate because the atmosphere is a welcoming one that makes it ok to feel like a beginner.

Racing on dirt, in grass, negotiating obstacles like steps and low hurdles, sometimes in mud, snow or inclement weather makes it just that much more fun. The races are short, easy to spectate and generally they circle a spectator area that is the perfect place to hang out and have a beer and get to know everyone.

According to marketing manager of Feedback Sports and the biggest advocate on the planet of cyclocross, Katie Macarelli, “it is arguably the most user-friendly discipline of racing to get into. If you are a roadie, you bring an engine and pack skills. If you are an MTB’er your technical skills are solid and you’ll excel on short punch climbs and short bursts of effort. If you are a commuter you race an urban version all the time with lights, cars and curbs. Anyone can jump in! It’s just 40 minutes long. Minimal training time and time away from real life and family. Plus the community is like no other. Friendly. With beer!”

Lance adds that triathletes, which make up about 20% of the field usually, come in very fit from the season and cyclocross is a way to keep competing and having fun and trying some new things on a bike.

It seems this is the venue to try for something fun and different, safe and unintimidating. There are numerous clinics and many races to choose from! In fact, there’s a free Intro to Cyclocross Party for women at the Feedback Sports headquarters in Golden tonight (September 7th). Click here for more details.

Clinics:
Inspired Training Center Cyclocross Workshop Series
Boulder Cycle Sport Weekly Thursday Cyclocross Clinics
FasCat Coaching CX Camp

Check out the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado website for CX races. Here is a list of a few races you should check out:
Without Limits – September through December
Back 2 Basics CX – August 23rd – September 27th (Wednesday evenings)
SchoolYard Cross – October 21st

Listen to the podcast interview here

Weekend Preview: Let’s Have Some Fun!

Triathlon Events

Saturday August 19th

 

BAM Bare Bones OWS

Boulder

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS: 1, 2 or 3 miles

TEAM EVENTS:
1 & 2 Mile only (can be co-ed)
3 people per tem – accumulated times of all 3 swimmers

 

NEW THIS YEAR! PRIZE MONEY
August 19 event – $40 to First Place Male & Female Individual events NO wetsuit only

 

NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!


XTERRA Aspen Valley

Aspen


35th Annual Leadville Trail 100

Leadville


Sunday August 20th

 

Evergreen Kids Triathlon 

Evergreen



Cycling Events

Thursday August 17th

 

REVO CX Strength & Conditioning

Boulder


BVV Track Night

Erie

 

BVV Welcomes their newest sponsor, Wheels Manufacturing.

There will be prizes for cyclists from University Bikes, Sweet Cow Ice Cream, Oskar Blues, their own Wheels Mfg site and more. This is a fun venue to spectate, bring a picnic dinner and socialize!  Free entry for spectators.

DUST2: Shaeffer’s Track

Pagosa Springs


Saturday August 19th

 

Wacky Bike Ride

Larkspur

 

The Wacky Bike Ride is a one-day cycling event to encourage fitness and fun. With five rides to choose from and money from each registration benefiting Project ReCycle, the Wacky Bike Ride is a no-brainer way to spend a Sunday in Colorado.

ALL NEW COURSE surrounded by tall pine trees and beautiful views of Pikes peak. This is not the same old Wacky with the 33, 62, and 100 mile courses taking part in the KOM/QOM Strava challenge as riders climb up Tomah as they are cheered on by the crowd. Although it is called the “Wacky”, it is not for the faint of heart with elevation gains of 2,100 on the 33 mile course, 4,225 on the 62 mile and 6,263 on the 100 mile courses.


I Was Never Afraid: Book Signing by Scott Sweeney

Barnes & Noble, Glendale 10am – noon

Thorncreek Barnes & Noble, Thornton, 2-4pm

 

I am very excited to announce the release of my next novel I WAS NEVER AFRAID. . This suspense/thriller has a bit of a twist. A mysterious character in the fiction portion of the book is revealed in a post book biography. ~ I was inspired to create this character from an amazing person that resided in Denver CO.  Becky Wilson’s heroic feet back in 1967 propelled her into the record books, brought her tickertape parades and newspaper articles across the country.  Sadly over time her accomplishment seemed to have faded and been forgotten.   I hope this book will change that!


3rd Annual Food Rescue Ride

Aurora


BVV Track TT Colorado State Championships

Erie


Modern Market Criterium and Intergalactic Single Speed Championships

Aurora


WP Epic Singletrack: King of the Rockies

Winter Park


DUST2: Sewell’s Pursuit

Pagosa Springs


 

Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 MTB Skills Clinic

Boulder


Sunday August 20th

 

Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


USAFA Road Race

Colorado Springs



 

Triathlon Events

Saturday August 19th

 

BAM Bare Bones OWS

Boulder

 

INDIVIDUAL EVENTS: 1, 2 or 3 miles

TEAM EVENTS:
1 & 2 Mile only (can be co-ed)
3 people per tem – accumulated times of all 3 swimmers

 

NEW THIS YEAR! PRIZE MONEY
August 19 event – $40 to First Place Male & Female Individual events NO wetsuit only

 

NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!


XTERRA Aspen Valley

Aspen


35th Annual Leadville Trail 100

Leadville


Sunday August 20th

 

Evergreen Kids Triathlon 

Evergreen

Tri Club Tuesday: Coal Creek Tri Club

Based in Louisville, the Coal Creek Tri Club has a unique design, it’s family based.

 

Founder Kris Henderson moved her family to Boulder County from Scotland in 2014.  Prior to the move, the Henderson’s were involved in triathlon as a family in a club where as many as 80 KIDS showed up for 6am swim training while parents trained at the same time.

 

With that as inspiration, Kris did the research and developed the support and facilities to start her own ‘Family Friendly Club’ and the Coal Creek Tri Club was born.  Read about their 2016 Kick Off event here.  Their programs have been at capacity this season, with the limiting factor being pool space.  With mid week running and cycling sessions, members have weekend morning workouts where the kids swim while the adults do a land based training session and then they swap.

 

 

 

 

The kids participated in the Longmont Kids Triathlon in June and had a great time!  Check out the fun on their Facebook page.

Next season the club members will be setting their sights on and training for the Without Limits Productions famed Oktoberfest in September.

 

 

 

With two successful seasons now behind them, the club is looking forward to beginning another fall season.  Registration is not happening on their website HERE

In a continued effort to be involved in the community and giving back, Kris and the Coal Creek Tri Club have been instrumental in organizing the Inaugural Superior 5k that will happen on Sunday August 27.  Join them in this great event and learn more about their successful program.

 

With their skilled, accomplished and certified coaching staff, Coal Creek Tri Club offers some of the best coaching around.

Check out the Coal Creek Tri club:

Webpage HERE

Facebook HERE

 

Weekend Preview: Cooler Weather, Fun Stuff

Triathlon Events

Thursday August 3rd

 

Stroke n Stride

Boulder


Saturday August 5th

 

XTERRA Indian Peaks

Eldora


IRONMAN Boulder 70.3

Boulder


10th Annual Bec Tri

Avon


14th Annual Durango Parks & Rec Triathlon

Durango


USAT Youth & Junior National Championships

West Chester, Ohio


Sunday August 6th

 

Tri for the Cure

Cherry Creek State Park


USAT Youth & Junior National Championships

West Chester, Ohio

 

Mark Your Calendars:

Monday August 7th

Premiere of the film Le Ride, Century Theater, Denver

Phil Keoghan host of 17 time Emmy awarding winning show Amazing Race on CBS and his friend Ben decided to honor the first ever English speaking team in the Tour de France – A New Zealand rider and 3 Australian riders who raced the brutal 1928 edition. They use the same style bikes and much of the same equipment and cover over 3300 miles stage by stage.

 



Cycling Events

Thursday August 3rd

 

REVO CX Strength & Conditioning

Boulder


BVV Track Night

Erie


USAC Cycling Elite & Junior Track National Championships

Carson, Ca


Friday August 4th

 

USAC Cycling Elite & Junior Track National Championships

Carson, Ca


Saturday August 5th

 

VIDA MTB Clinic

Snowmass


Stonewall Century Ride

Le Veta, Co


Copper Triangle

Copper Mtn


Rocky Mountain Enduro Series – Race #2

Powder Horn Resort, Mesa, Co


WP Epic Singletrack – Point to Point

Winter Park


The Mountains Revenge

Montezuma


Colorado Park 2 Park Challenge

Denver


Littleton Twilight Criterium

Littleton


Lee Likes Bikes MTB Skills Clinic: Level 1

Boulder


Lee Likes Bikes MTB Skills Clinic: Level 2

Boulder


USAC Cycling Elite & Junior Track National Championships

Carson, Ca


Sunday August 6th

 

Ride Like a Girl

Golden

 

Ride Like a Girl: 1st Annual Colorado Women’s Ride Day

Celebrating women cyclists with women-led road & mountain bike rides for all abilities

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran, a roadie or mountain biker, join us for one of four fun women-led rides. Return from the ride to a fabulous brunch featuring sweet and savory crepes.

First 75 registered receive a “Ride Like a Girl” glass! Prizes, give-aways, swag and more for all attendees!

Portion of proceeds benefit Dirt Divas, a great resource for women’s riding clinics and much more!


Mike Nields Memorial Bannock St. Criterium

Denver


Rocky Mountain Enduro Series – Race #2

Powder Horn Resort, Mesa, Co


VIDA MTB Clinic

Snowmass


USAC Cycling Elite & Junior Track National Championships

Carson, Ca