USAT Clydesdale & Athena National Championships

Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

USA Triathlon is partnering once again with the Grand Rapids Triathlon, home of the 2018 Clydesdale and Athena National Championships for the fourth consecutive year. The Grand Rapids Triathlon is known for its flat, fast course. It’s ideal for the new and experienced triathlete alike. It was also the location of the 2014 USA Triathlon Long Course Triathlon National Championships. With a beautiful swim in the lake-like Thornapple River with virtually no current, to a flat country-road bike course then on to the scenic, shaded run course with loads of local support. This race offers several free clinics leading up to the event, a pre-race swim and ride at the race site the week before along with an amazing expo. It’s the largest triathlon in Michigan and offers sprint, Olympic and long course distances all with separated transition areas to give you a small race feel. Come experience a world class event in Grand Rapids, Michigan!

 

Event details and registration here

USAT Collegiate Club National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

 

USA Triathlon is excited to return to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the Collegiate Club and High School National Championships in 2018. USA Triathlon was last in Tuscaloosa for Collegiate Nationals in 2011, 2012, and 2017 as well as for Age Group Nationals in 2009 and 2010. High School Nationals (non-drafting) and the Collegiate Club Draft-Legal Championships will occur on Friday, April 27. The Collegiate Olympic-Distance and Mixed-Team Relay races will occur on Saturday, April 28.

 

Event details and registration here

USAT Collegiate Club National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

 

USA Triathlon is excited to return to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the Collegiate Club and High School National Championships in 2018. USA Triathlon was last in Tuscaloosa for Collegiate Nationals in 2011, 2012, and 2017 as well as for Age Group Nationals in 2009 and 2010. High School Nationals (non-drafting) and the Collegiate Club Draft-Legal Championships will occur on Friday, April 27. The Collegiate Olympic-Distance and Mixed-Team Relay races will occur on Saturday, April 28.

 

Event details and registration here

USAT Duathlon National Championships

Piedmont, South Carolina

 

Saturday, April 7, the Draft-Legal Sprint National Championship

Sunday, April 8, Non-drafting Sprint and Standard National Championships

Details on Team USA qualification for all races can be found here.

 

Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina has combined traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America’s hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities. Greenville boasts a revitalized, walkable downtown ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. With a world-class collection of museums, restaurants, and theaters to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world, Greenville, South Carolina is everything you hear and more. It’s not just any Greenville, it’s Yeah, THAT Greenville!

USAT Duathlon National Championships

Piedmont, South Carolina

 

Saturday, April 7, the Draft-Legal Sprint National Championship

Sunday, April 8, Non-drafting Sprint and Standard National Championships

Details on Team USA qualification for all races can be found here.

 

Nestled into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina has combined traditional southern charm, stunning natural beauty and an unexpected contemporary cool to create one of America’s hottest emerging destinations and fastest growing cities. Greenville boasts a revitalized, walkable downtown ranked among “America’s Ten Best” by Forbes Magazine. With a world-class collection of museums, restaurants, and theaters to some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains in the world, Greenville, South Carolina is everything you hear and more. It’s not just any Greenville, it’s Yeah, THAT Greenville!

 

Event details here

Weekend Preview: Enjoy the weekend

Triathlon Events

Thursday November 9th

 

Women’s Beginner Bike Maintenance

Boulder


Sunday November 12th

 

USAT Aquabike National Championships

Miami


USAT Long Course Triathlon National Championships

Miami



Cycling Events

Thursday November 9th

 

Women’s Beginner Bike Maintenance

Boulder


Friday November 10th

 

Wish for Wheels Gala

Denver


Saturday November 11th

 

Cross of the North

Ft Collins


Zwift on Tour: Denver

Littleton


Sunday November 12th

 

Fat Fest: Fat Bike Season Kick Off

Golden


Cross of the North

Ft Collins

 

Kirsten Sass, Bill Jones Crowned Olympic-Distance Age Group National Champions

Nearly 2,000 amateur triathletes cross the finish line at Omaha’s Levi Carter Park

OMAHA, Neb. — Nearly 2,000 of the nation’s top amateur triathletes competed for national titles on Saturday at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships, with Kirsten Sass and Bill Jones taking home their first-ever overall Olympic-distance national titles.

The race, which is USA Triathlon’s largest and longest-running National Championships event, featured a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run course centered around Omaha’s Levi Carter Park.

Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), the overall women’s champion, broke the tape in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 47 seconds. Sass owns several national and world titles in her age group and was last year’s overall champion in the sprint-distance race, but today earned her first-ever overall Olympic-distance national title.

“I’m really happy with my race,” Sass said. “The bike is always my strong suit — my problem is usually going too hard on the bike and killing myself on the run, but then to a certain extent, you just have to lay it all out there. I feel like I was able to balance the two pretty well today. I gave it all I had, so I’m happy with the result.”

Jacqueline Godbe (Chicago, Ill.) took second overall in 2:10:17, winning the women’s 25-29 age group in the process, and Danielle Dingman (Branson, Mo.) rounded out the overall podium in third in 2:11:47.

Jones (San Diego, Calif.) took home the overall men’s title, crossing the line with a time of 1:56:19. Racing at his first-ever Age Group Nationals, Jones also collected the men’s 30-34 crown.

Jones had to wait and see if he would hold onto his national title for about an hour and a half after he finished, as younger athletes starting in the later waves had yet to come through the finish. He would ultimately hold onto the top spot, with Ian Hoover-Grinde (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) taking second in 1:57:51 and 2016 overall champion Todd Buckingham (East Lansing, Mich.) taking third in 1:58:08.

“The bike went extremely well for me. All of my training came through, and I really felt great,” Jones said. “On the run, I had an idea of where I was overall. I had looked at previous years’ times, so I knew I was going to be in contention. But I also knew there was a lot of competition in the 29 and under age group.”

In addition to their overall podiums, Hoover-Grinde earned the men’s 17-19 age group national title and Buckingham earned the men’s 25-29 crown.

“You don’t always get to test yourself against the best in the nation,” Buckingham said. “You have to qualify for this race, so not everybody can show up like at your average local tri. Having all of these awesome athletes out here, it makes you push yourself. It brings out the best in me, and I hope that I bring out the best in them too.”

In total, 28 national champions were crowned in their respective age groups on Saturday, 10 of whom defended their titles from 2016. Defending champions included Hoover-Grinde (M17-19), Buckingham (M25-29), Sass (F35-39), Tim Hola (Highlands Ranch, Colo., M40-44), Adrienne Leblanc (Scottsdale, Ariz., F45-49), Lee Walther (Oklahoma City, Okla., M55-59), Kathryn Wiberg (West Boylston, Mass., F70-74), Elizabeth Brackett (Chicago, Ill., F75-79), William Marshall (Santa Rosa, Calif., M75-79) and Madonna Buder (Spokane, Wash., F85+).

The top 18 finishers in each age group and gender (rolling down to 25th place) earned the opportunity to represent Team USA at the 2018 ITU Age Group Triathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia.

“You put in all that training, and you just want to be able to race to the potential that you have in you. I feel like I did that today,” said Ryan Bickerstaff, who took home the men’s 35-39 national title. “I’ve been doing triathlons since 1990 — my ninth birthday was my first triathlon — and I represented the U.S. at Junior Worlds a few times, so to be able to do that again at Age Group Worlds will be really awesome.”

For some athletes, like men’s 50-54 champion Robert Skaggs, just making it to the start line was the biggest accomplishment of the day.

“I’ve been trying to get here for 17 years,” Skaggs (Solana Beach, Calif.), said. “I signed up multiple times and never made it because of various injuries, so this is my first Age Group Nationals since 1998. I’ve had four Achilles tendon surgeries, so this was the first year I’ve gone through a training block with no injuries. I got no sleep last night thinking about the race, just thinking, ‘I can’t believe I made it here. I can’t believe I’m really going to start.’”

For Ellen Hart (Denver, Colo.), a longtime Age Group Nationals competitor, returning to this race is an annual celebration.

“The experience was amazing, just getting to see all my friends who I maybe only see once a year,” Hart, who placed fourth for women 55-59, said. “This is one of those days I look forward to every year. When somebody asks me, ‘Why do you do this when it’s so hard and takes so much time?” It’s like, ‘This is when we get to dance on our stage. This is when we get to play a symphony together. This is when we get to show what it is that’s inside of us and put it all out there.’”

 

Original article from USAT here

Complete results here

Weekend Preview: Get Your Fix

Triathlon Events

Friday April 21st

 

2017 USAT High School Triathlon National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


2017 USAT Collegiate Club Triathlon National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


 

Saturday April 22nd

 

2017 USAT Collegiate Club Triathlon National Championships

Tuscaloosa, Alabama


Team Colorado Weekly Ride

Tom Watson Park, Boulder


2017 CS Bike Swap

Colorado Springs


 

Sunday April 23rd

 

Three Creeks Half Marathon

Cherry Creek State Park



Cycling Events

Saturday April 22nd

 

Sea Otter Classic

Monterey, Ca


Clasica de Rio Grande

Johnstown


FLC Squawker Road Classic

Durango


Junior Track Clinic

Colorado Springs


2017 CS Bike Swap

Colorado Springs


 

Sunday April 23rd

 

Louisville Criterium

Louisville

 

Kick off the spring season this April at one of the fastest races in Colorado.  Louisville offers fast flowing corners, a power incline, and wide open roads to really put the hammer down!  Come shake off the rust and open up the throttle at the Louisville Criterium!

We’ll have great prizes from our sponsors, plus a lively expo to keep spectators well fed, caffeinated, and entertained!  Let’s kick off the 2017 Colorado Cycling Season in style!


BRAC Women’s Mentoring Clinic

Louisville

 

In conjunction with the Louisville Criteium.  This BRAC sponsored clinic is FREE to women of all ages and ability.  Join us to kick off the 2017 racing season with a fun and informative clinic!


GiddyUP! Film Tour

Mercury Cafe, Denver

 

This special performance will benefit the Front Rangers Cycling Club, a Metro Denver nonprofit that has been putting kids on bikes since 1993.  The FRCC have 2 important programs for youth: an outreach program in collaboration with Denver Police Department that takes disadvantaged youth on a bicycle rides and outings once a month; and a junior cycling team that meets weekly providing an opportunity for youth train and race road, mountain bike and cyclocross.


Sea Otter Classic

Monterey, Ca


Junior Track Clinic

Colorado Springs


FLC Squawker Road Classic

Durango

 

USAT Paratriathlon National Championships

Pleasant Prairie, Wi

 

The 2017 USA Paratriathlon National Championships will take place June 25 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the Pleasant Prairie Triathlon. National titles will be up for grabs in six sport classes (revised for 2017), and athletes will compete in a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course at Prairie Springs Park and Lake Andrea.

Find 2017 Paratriathlon National Championships qualification procedures here.

In addition to chasing national titles, athletes may also qualify for the USA Paratriathlon Development Team Program, meant designed to identify and develop athletic potential leading toward the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. More information on the USA Paratriathlon Development Team Program is available in this PDF document.

The triathlon starts and finishes in the picturesque setting of Prairie Springs Park. Lake Andrea, a sparkling 100-acre spring fed lake, will serve as the venue for the swim portion of our race. The bike course uses roads through the Village and frontage roads. The run course will take you through Prairie Springs Park, a 425-acre park that surrounds Lake Andrea.

 

Event details here