Race Recap: Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon

By Kirsten McCay-Smith

WOW! In all the years I have done the Loveland Lake to Lake Triathlon, this year had BY FAR the best weather. In fact, I even got a little chilly out on the bike course!

Typically the late June race sees hot, sunny, and 90 degrees by the end of the race, and athletes are fighting for tent shade and popsicles. This year, temps only got into the low 70s and it was mostly cloudy the entire day. I even went to my car to grab my sweatshirt while waiting for awards!

Over 650 athletes lined up at the start of the 17th Loveland Lake to Lake race. There were 303 finishers in the Olympic Distance, 281 finishers in the Sprint Distance, and 29 finishers in the Aquabike.

The course saw record splits with the cooler temps and hardly any wind on the bike course.

 

Here are your 2017 champions:

Olympic Male: Robbie Wade 2:10.36
Olympic Female: Lindsey Knast 2:27.04
Sprint Male: Ryan Poland 1:07.35
Sprint Female: Tess Mattern 1:17.16
Aquabike Male: Thomas Birner 1:54.01
Aquabike Female: Heather Christiansen 2:02.06
You can find ALL race results HERE.

We also saw several first timers, teens, Athletes in Tandem partnerships, and other athletes with outstanding stories and triumphs. This is definitely a great race for first-timers as there are volunteers and local supporters out until the very last athlete finishes. AND plenty of post-race food for even the final finisher.

I love this race because there are so many local teams and participants. I feel like I personally knew over half the athletes racing. This event happens without fail every single year and is the only race at this venue. It is the only triathlon in Loveland, the only race in Lake Loveland, and the only triathlon that uses the beautiful and challenging Horsetooth Reservoir as part of its bike course.

The Race Director since inception, Peggy Shockley, was seen all day making sure the race ran smoothly (and it did) and making sure the athletes were happy with their race experience.

I talked with several athletes (both first timers and veterans of the race) throughout the day and out of all the feedback, the two statements I heard most were “the post-race food is amazing” – it was catered by local Fort Collins health food restaurant “Rainbow”- and “the feel during this race is very friendly and supportive.” Both absolutely true AND have been this was every single year since the race began.

From packet pick up the day before through awards and clean up race day, there are so many helpful, friendly, and passionate members of the local Northern Colorado community ready and willing to lend a hand wherever it was needed to make the entire race experience easy, fun, and memorable.
One other positive perk of this race is the free race day photos! You can find a TON of them taken by 303 Triathlon on the Lake to Lake facebook page and more official finishing photos HERE.

Personally I had a great race. I met my goals of a fast run, a strong finish, and a fun morning with 650 of my best friends! If I am in town, I always make this race a part of my June racing schedule. You can stay updated on next year’s race on the Loveland Lake to Lake website.

See you at the lake in 2018!

 

Weekend Preview: Time to Get Rollin’

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 1st

 

BAM OWS

Boulder Reservoir


Stroke & Stride Series

Boulder Reservoir


Saturday June 3rd

 

Colorado Sprint & Olympic Tri

Boulder Reservoir


Longmont Try-a-Tri

Centennial Pool, Longmont


Boyd Lake Spring Splash OWS

Loveland


13th Annual Longmont Kids Triathlon

Longmont


Sunday June 4th

 

37th Annual Longmont Triathlon

Centennial Pool, Longmont


Beti Bike Bash

Bear Creek Lake Park, Lakewood


USAT Off Road National Championships

Arkadelphia, Arkansas



Cycling Events

Thursday June 1st

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Columbia County, Georgia


Friday June 2nd

 

USAC Masters Road National Championships

Columbia County, Georgia


Saturday June 3rd

 

Burning Can Fest

Lyons Outdoor Festival, Lyons


46th Annual City Park Criterium

Denver


ERock Sunrise Sunset

Castle Rock


Palisade Gran Fondo

Palisade


Buena Vista Bike Fest

Buena Vista


Firebird XC

Eagle


Level 2 MTB Skills Clinic – Lee Likes Bikes

Valmont Bike Park, Boulder

 


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Columbia County, Georgia


Sunday June 4th

 

Circle Boulder by Bicycle

Boulder


Boulder Bicycle Swap

Boulder


Beti Bike Bash

Bear Creek Lake Park, Lakewood


Elephant Rock Cycling Festival

Castle Rock


CX Town Hall Meeting

Thornton


USAC Masters Road National Championships

Columbia County, Georgia