Weekend Preview: Here’s the Latest

Triathlon Events

Thursday July 13th

 

Stroke and Stride

Boulder


Saturday July 15th

 

Bare Bones OWS

Boulder

 

Offering 1,2 and 3 mile swims.  Individual and team events, wetsuit and non wetsuit options.  The Bare Bones OWS is a great way to get in a longer swim on a supported course.

Register now, there is NO RACE DAY registration.


Frisco Triathlon

Frisco


XTERRA Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek



Cycling Events

Thursday July 13th

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


Friday July 14th

 

TriVelo Youth MTB Camp

Granby


Saturday July 15th

 

Tour of Colorado – Lead-Breck Gran Fondo


Bob Cook Memorial Mt Evans Hill Climb

Idaho Springs


Durango Dirty Century

Durango


Rocky Mountain Enduro Race Series, Race #1

Angle Fire, NM


TriVelo Youth MTB Camp

Granby


Sunday July 16th

 

Boulder Orthopedics Criterium

Golden


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


TriVelo Youth MTB Camp

Granby


Rocky Mountain Enduro Race Series, Race #1

Angle Fire, NM

 

 

Becky Piper: Xterra Nats qualifier, savagely attacked, comatose & paralyzed, and back to Xterra again – at local Lory race

By Sasha Underwood

Several years ago Becky Piper was attacked while living in Guam by would be armed robbers, severely beaten with a gun and left to die. Local naval doctors immediately evacuated her to San Diego for treatment. She is now partially paralyzed. Yesterday she completed Xterra Lory. What happened in between is remarkable and brought tears to my eyes watching her finish knowing all that she went through to even compete.  You can read about her account HERE.

Prior to the attack, Becky was an ultra-marathon runner. A friend of hers had mentioned the Xterra in Guam and essentially challenged her by saying because he was a guy he would be faster than her and would beat her time – which ignited a small fire in her. She trained and completed the 2013 Xterra Guam, finishing 2nd in her age group and qualified for the Xterra National Championships.  Oh, and her friend, did not even start because he didn’t train.

Shortly after that she was attacked.  When she finally emerged from her coma weeks later and barely started talking, she asked the doctors if she could resume racing. They explained that her paralysis may be permanent – to which she replied, “Ok, well that’s why there’s a Para Athlete division!” After spending some time with her I can only imagine her saying that in a matter-of-fact, upbeat, genuine way with that huge Becky smile of hers!

She is now paralyzed on her right side and uses a brace to walk. Within the past three years, she has become a USAT Coach with Team MPI, and she completed two sprint triathlons last year. Check out her accomplishments on her Facebook page!

When we met last year, I asked if she would be doing Xterra’s again. She explained that she would like to but wasn’t sure of which one would be suitable for her. I immediately thought of Xterra Lory – it’s such a great course for beginners and experts alike. A flowy bike course with a great climb of a run.

She signed up for Xterra Lory at the beginning of this year. I mentioned how I love that race but I can’t run anymore since my hip surgery in November, to which she replied, “then walk! I’m doing it!” Of course I signed up after that. Originally I was going to race the swim and bike portion and have my mom do the run.

Becky was nervous about the bike portion. She pre-rode the course a couple times and a few days before the race I asked her if she would feel more confident if I rode behind her on the bike course. She loved that idea so I planned to stay with her the entire race.

The Swim:

We put on our wetsuits to go do a quick practice swim. It was the first open water swim of the year for both of us – nothing like waiting until race day! Anna, Becky’s transition handler, and Sam, Becky’s husband, helped Becky into her wetsuit. The best part was watching them lift Becky up by either side and try to shake her into her wetsuit! I REALLY wish I had taken a picture of that!

The entrance to the lake was slick and muddy and several athletes slipped while entering. It was a good time to discuss a strategy for Anna to help Becky out of the water when she finished. The water was chilly and both Becky and I had a little cold water shock panic when we put our face in the water.  We were in wave seven so we had plenty of time to practice. By the second wave we were comfortable and I tried to stay slightly to her right and in front of her so she could follow me.

We finished faster than her projected time in under 30minutes!

The Bike:

Sam modified Becky’s bike so all of the shifters and brakes are on the left side. In addition, her bike is a full suspension, more of a down-hill, slack geometry and has a 27.5 wheel on the front with a 26 wheel on the back. Becky can’t stand up to get over obstacles or downhill sections so the wheels and geometry of the bike help put her in a better position to ride that type of terrain.

I had so much fun riding with her! Becky had named many sections of the bike course from pre-riding it. The first section she named ‘Bridges Galore’ (but later renamed it to ‘Why Will Becky’s Foot Not Stay On the Pedal’). Next came ‘Where Becky Endo’d’. Then ‘Holy Crap! Look At All the Uphill!’ And last but not least, ‘The Part I Only Saw Once Because the Other Time I got a Flat Tire.’

This girl would fall over, get back up, and do it again. Over, and over, and over again. I was so impressed with her tenacity and perseverance – all the while with a ginormous smile on her face. At one point she fell over, threw her arm up and with a grin from ear to ear said, “ta-dah!” I’m so glad I was there to help out when I could and put her foot back into her unruly pedal. By the end of the bike we pretty much had that down to a science.

Her family and friends were waiting for her at the bike finish cheering with excitement. Anna and Sam helped her transition, changing her biking brace to her running brace made with carbon fiber which is more comfortable and allows better mobility for hiking.

The Run:

I originally was going to do the run with Becky but I forgot my running shoes. Fortunately my mom, who was already planning to run, ran with her instead.  Becky described her run as an attempt to get over rocks. She fell a few times, ended up with a mysterious scrape down her entire length of her arm, and has a bruised and skinned knee… but she did it. She explained that my mom gasped the first time she fell but by the 5th time she was unphased. That’s just what happens. You fall, and then you just get back up.

Becky’s friends and family ran with her through the last 200 yards leading up to the finisher’s chute. I personally could not hold back the tears of joy, knowing what I know about Becky, knowing how meaningful it is to train and overcome obstacles and push through no matter the odds or what life throws at you… knowing what it feels like to cross the finish line of my first 5k, 10k, Marathon and Ironman… the feeling is the same and I couldn’t help the tears from flowing. Looking around there was not a dry eye among us.

Becky is incredibly motivating, inspiring and her up-beat, nothing-can-get-me-down attitude is infectious. I am honored to have raced with her and call her my friend. I look forward to watching her race the Boulder Half Ironman in August!

 

 

 

 

Weekend Preview: IRONMAN Boulder Weekend

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 8th

 

Stroke n Stride

Boulder Reservoir


Meet Kyle & Brent Pease and Get Inspired

Golden


Storytime with Mike Riley

Boulder


Friday June 9th

 

IM Boulder Opening Ceremonies

City Park Bandshell, Boulder


Saturday June 10th

 

United Health Care IRONKIDS Fun Run

Boulder High School, Boulder


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Sunday June 11th

 

IRONMAN Boulder

Boulder


IRONMAN Boulder Watch Party

Boulder Reservoir


XTERRA Lory Pre-ride

Lory St. Park, Ft. Collins


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


USAT Athena & Clydesdale National Championships

Grand Rapids, Michigan



Cycling Events

Thursday June 8th

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


Haute Route Recon

Boulder


Friday June 9th

 

MTN Enduro

Vail


Saturday June 10th

 

Death Ride Tour VIII

Silverton

 

The DEATH RIDE Tour VIII Ride to Defeat ALS is a fundraising event to support the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association along with the Blazeman Foundation, WAR on ALS.  The DEATH RIDE Tour covers 235 miles over three days with about 16,500 feet of elevation gain.This is very challenging bike tour and designed only for cyclist who have trained.  Every year, 5,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with ALS. Through cycling tours and your generous donations, our non-profit organization raises funds to help combat this serious illness.

 

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Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Ride the Rockies

June 10-17


WP Epic Single Track Granby Ranch XC

Winter Park


Salida Big Friggin’ Loop

Salida


Best on Hess

Castle Pines


Take a Kid MTN Biking Day

Boulder


Sunday June 11th

 

Death Ride Tour VIII

Silverton

The DEATH RIDE Tour VIII Ride to Defeat ALS is a fundraising event to support the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the ALS Association along with the Blazeman Foundation, WAR on ALS.  The DEATH RIDE Tour covers 235 miles over three days with about 16,500 feet of elevation gain.This is very challenging bike tour and designed only for cyclist who have trained.  Every year, 5,000 individuals in the United States are diagnosed with ALS. Through cycling tours and your generous donations, our non-profit organization raises funds to help combat this serious illness.

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Death Ride Challenge

Durango


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


Alison Dunlap Beginner MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Ride the Rockies

June 10-17


Ridge on 38 Criterium and Beerfest

Wheat Ridge


USAC Talent ID Road Camp

Golden


BRAC Level 2 Junior Camp

Golden


Art by Bike Tour of Loveland

Loveland


Ibis Demo at Full Cycle

Boulder

XTERRA Beaver Creek & XTERRA Sprint

Avon

 

The race will serve as a qualifier for the 2017 XTERRA World Championship, a gold level XTERRA Pan American Tour stop and a 100-point level XTERRA America Tour championship race.

The event will feature $15,000 USD in prize money for elite athletes. For amateurs, there will be 51 spots into the XTERRA World Championship to be held October 29 in Maui up-for-grabs.

 

Event details and registration here

XTERRA Indian Peaks

Eldora Mountain Resort

 

After a 3 year detour over the Continental Divide to Snow Mountain Ranch the very popular XTERRA Indian Peak off road triathlon is returning to the Eldora Mountain Resort on August 5th.

Produced and directed by Paul Karlsson, the founder of the Boulder Peak Triathlon, this is the epitome of an epic off-road triathlon challenge.

The adventure begins with a chilly 1000m swim in Peterson Lake and after a 600 uphill run to the transition area competitors will head off on a 2 loop 23km bike on the trails of the Eldora Nordic Center.  This bike course offers a bit of everything, dirt road, double track, tight descents, muddy climbs, singletrack and a bit of no track.  After dismounting the bike the athletes will embark on what many call the best XTERRA run course out there.  This 4 mile run is a true trail challenge with steep climbs, singletrack and primitive trails that will put the hurt on even the most seasoned pro.

But the best part is at the end with bluegrass music from Burn It Blue, pizza from Cross Cut, and fresh brews from El Rancho Brewing.  Do not miss out on this classic event.

One more thing, besides the great age group prizes there will be a $1000 prize purse.

*Not up for a whole triathlon that day, then take on the LaSportiva Eldora Trail 10k at 7:30am that morning.

 

Event details and registration here

XTERRA Fruita

(Part of the Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival)

Our wonderful partner, XTERRA, is working closely with us to ensure you will have a great off-road triathlon event. They are supplying us quite a bit of support, so we’re grateful for their teamwork and for the support to make sure we can provide you one heck of an XTERRA to remember by! They also host and support a huge number of off-road events internationally, so we’re honored to be hosting this event on their behalf! Click on their logo to the right for more details.

The XTERRA Fruita Triathlon starts off with a 600 meter swim with a 50 meter run on the beach, and another 600 meter swim in the awesome waters of Highline Lake, a 13 mile mix of single track and double track course on the beginner friendly mountain bike trails inside Highline State Park, and finishes with a 4.5 mile run that can be described as scenic and interesting!

When you register you’ll be asked to rank your mountain bike ability between Pro/Expert and Intermediate/Beginner. This is to place you in the appropriate waves for the race day. There will be two starting waves separated by 40 minutes. This will give wave-1 athletes (the faster mountain bikers) time to clear the first lap before the second wave of athletes hits the bike course, thus eliminating the need for the faster riders to pass other riders on the course. It means a more enjoyable ride for everyone!

REGISTRATION INFO:
This event is limited to 300 competitors; please register early to take advantage of the discounted pricing.

* AVAILABLE DISCOUNTS *

  • Juniors (19 & Under) – Juniors get $10 off standard adult entry!
  • Challenged Athletes – CA’s get $10 off standard adult entry!
  • Volunteer – Earn up to a free entry by volunteering; email at madracingcolorado@gmail.com for more details!

To register now, click on the green “Register Now” button near the top of this screen or click on the following link: REGISTER NOW >>

Desert’s Edge Triathlon Festival

Desert’s Edge weekend includes an XTERRA Tri on Saturday, your choice of Sprint or Olympic distance road Tris on Sunday, and $1,000 in Club Cash Prizes split among the top-3 clubs in the weekend’s point standings!

Camping is available right at the race site, just 200 yards from the start and finish line. Enjoy great post-race food, and a fun early fall weekend of the 2017 season. All just a few short hours from Denver!

REGISTRATION DETAILS:
Your registration includes: Deserts Edge Triathlon visor hat* made by Headsweats, $10 meal ticket to any of the food vendors on site, plenty of goodies from our sponsors, and a chance for some post-race raffle goods and podium prizes! * Register by 05/30/2017 to be guaranteed a hat! *

XTERRA Aspen Valley

Aspen

 

The XTERRA Aspen Valley on August 19th is Colorado’s most unique off-road triathlon!  After years of searching for the perfect mountain venue a private property owner, with a passion for water skiing and mountain biking, has created a one-of-kind venue.  The swim starts out on a single lap 1200m swim in the crystal clear waters of Kodiak Ski Lake.  

 

Once out of the water athletes will transition to their mountain bikes for the most iconic part of this event.  The ride is a two-lap course (12 miles), or a NEW 1-Lap (6 mile) option that takes riders on flowing single-track and over wood features never before seen in an XTERRA event.  The pictures on the course maps page only offer a mild snapshot on the one-of-a-kind experience this course offers. 

 

The 5k run course starts out by taking triathletes on one of the most unique features on the property; a 3/4 mile long winding wood bridge over a pond. This run will fly by as you run through wild flower corridor and over a canal before hitting the finish line!  And the kicker – riders will only get to experience this course two times per year, once on Friday for preview and then on RACE DAY!

Event details and registration here

XTERRA Lory: SOLD OUT

Lory State Park, Ft. Collins

 

XTERRA Lory Triathlon on June 17th is the perfect kick off to the season for the seasoned off-road triathlete, or a great opportunity for the road triathlete wanting to try out a mountain bike triathlon for the first time.

The XTERRA Lory Triathlon features a 1/2 mile swim in the clear waters of Horsetooth Reservoir (Eltuk Bay), it’s one of the most scenic swims in the state with canyon walls on both sides.  Then it’s on to a 2-Lap (beginner friendly) 12.2 mile single-track bike over rolling terrain, and across valley bridges at Lory State Park.  Then you’ll get to finish things off with a fun and challenging 4.8 mile (8k) run through the clouds on single-track trails!  This is the perfect off-road triathlon for beginners to experts. The course is designed so that anyone can have fun and everyone will be challenged!  Entries will be limited to 350 participants, and we sold out 2011-2016 in early April!

Event details here

 

 

XTERRA World Championships – The Numbers

Photo: XTERRA
Photo: XTERRA

The XTERRA World Championship race debuted in 1996.  Overall winners that year were Jimmy Piccitello and Michellie Jones.  As you scroll forward through time, the names that layer the podium are familiar as masters of triathlon, both on road and off, including Mike Pigg, Conrad Stotlz, Michael Weiss, Sibylle Matter, Shari Kain and Flora Duffy.   Results history here.

The XTERRA World Championship athlete field is much smaller than the IRONMAN World Championship field, with just under 800 slots for the Maui-bound athletes as opposed to 2300 in Kona.  Certainly it has much to do with the nature – and differences – in the courses.

Because the field is so much smaller, number crunching is easier.  So, let’s take a look.

300 of the 794 athletes registered to race are from the USA; that’s nearly 40%.

55 of those 300 are from Colorado, including pro’s.  That’s two more than IRONMAN. Though the number is similar, the overall percentage is not: 18.3% of Maui’s athletes are Coloradoans, as opposed to 2.3% of Kona’s athletes.

71 pro athletes, 50 men, 21 women.  19 US pro’s, 6.5 from Colorado.  This includes reigning World Champion Josiah Middaugh from Vail, part time Colorado resident Flora Duffy, also reigning World Champion and full fledged Boulder resident Maia Ignatz from Boulder, whose husband Ryan is one of the men’s pro athletes.

Ok, so while the pro’s are cool, at 303Triathlon we pride ourselves on highlighting the age group athletes. Most of these athletes got their start in road tris, and continue to race both on- and off-road.

Sixteen AG women from Colorado will be racing.  All of these women are badasses!  Some women to keep an eye on would be Libby Harrow of Fruita and Cindi Toepel from Littleton.  Libby will be defending her 65-69 AG win from last year but she’s got some tough competition because Cindi won the 60-64 AG last year, and aged up.  The only other two women in the 65-69 AG this year are from New Zealand.

32 AG men will be toeing the line in Sunday.  Many of these men have raced at National and World Championship level road tri races.  And for more than a few, this is a return trip to Maui.

Stay tuned for more XTERRA news this week, including some Colorado athlete profiles, and be sure to watch our twitter feed on race day Sunday!