Loveland Lake to Lake Tri, more women than men, few reasons why.

By Kirsten Smith

Last week I learned that the local favorite Loveland Lake to Lake triathlon in Loveland, Colorado has more female participants that male. This is not surprising to me but is very rare in the world of triathlon where most races (other than women specific races) are around 75% male and 25% female.

I have done the Lake to Lake triathlon several times, including the inaugural race in 2001. At that time, there weren’t very many races in Colorado, other than Denver and Boulder, so it was very exciting that there was a local race to Northern Colorado where I was living at the time.

I am a triathlon coach and work with many beginner female triathletes. When going over race options for locals, the Lake to Lake is one I often recommend. Now that I have this new info about the number of women who participate, I’m excited to share it as many of my newbie women triathletes. I reached out to the community of local female triathletes to find out the appeal. Here are some of my findings…

For starters, many love Loveland’s friendly, small-town community and the local charities the race supports.

They also mentioned the “welcoming” and “fun” aspects of the race and one of the best finishing picnics in the sport. Several liked the “organization” of the race and since it is smaller and “not in Boulder” it is less intimidating. Also noted was the warmer water temp in Lake Loveland and the park like atmosphere and grassy transitions feels very welcoming and calm. The run winds through the local neighborhood and around the lake and finishes passing the bronze statues in the park.

Being on June 22, the timing of this race is great for families. It’s early enough in the summer that it’s after school gets out but before most summer vacations. It gives moms enough training time while school is still in session but before the business of the summer sets in.

Both the Sprint and Olympic distance bike courses are very safe and scenic and away from a lot of the local traffic. As a new mom, I am concerned more about my safety than before I had my baby. It’s more of a priority for me to be around to see her grow up! Numerous women I spoke with, who did the race for the first time, did it on recommendation from a friend! They heard “good things” about the race as a whole. Women tend to share their experiences with other women (both good and bad) so this doesn’t surprise me at all as a main reason why women choose do this race!!

There is a Sprint distance, an Olympic distance, and an Aquabike. There are age group, Athena, Clydesdale, and Relay categories. I hope to see you all out there this year!

Colorado State Women’s Triathlon sweeps podium!

By USA Triathlon

TEMPE, Arizona — Colorado State University’s Hayley Belles, Meghan Smith and Katrina Lems earned the first podium sweep in USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships history on Saturday afternoon in Tempe, Arizona. The Rams dominated the women’s Olympic-distance race, while Queens University of Charlotte was unstoppable in the men’s race, led by individual champion Jack Felix.

About 1,200 collegiate athletes from more than 100 club teams competed in the marquee event of Collegiate Club Nationals weekend. The Olympic-distance course was centered at Tempe Beach Park and featured a 1,500-meter swim, 41-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. 

Rachel Zilinskas of the University of Minnesota had the top women’s swim of the day, exiting the water in 19 minutes, 2 seconds. The University of Florida’s Nicole Stafford was not far behind though, overtaking the Minnesota athlete in transition. 

Full article courtesy of USA Triathlon, read here: Article Link


Outdoor Diva’s Triathlon Clinic

Boulder

 

Join the Vixxen Racing crew for an overview of the outdoor DIVAS Triathlon. This second in the series, triathlon clinic on Wednesday July 19th at 6:00pm, will cover transition, race day essentials, and other race specific tips to get you through your race.  Come armed with questions for the experts, and you’ll walk away with everything you need to know to meet your personal goal.
This event is open to the community – so even if you’re just gathering information to decide if you want to do a triathlon, grab a friend and come to the clinic.  There will be a raffle for participants following the presentation, you must be present to win.

Coeur Sports – TriBella Women’s Triathlon brought all levels of talent

Cherry Creek Reservoir presented a perfect morning for 450 of women yesterday, including 50% who were first-time newbies!

Check out these key interviews and photos by 303’s Rich Soares:

Race Director Lance Panigutti – “Probably the race with the biggest newcomer field”

Presenting Sponsor Coeur Sports Owner Kebby Holden – “Perfect event for newcomers to the sport”

Podium Finisher Kathleen Wilcox

Women’s Elite Field – Altitude a little “rough” for out-of-towners

 

Weekend Preview: Summer Is Here

Triathlon Events

Thursday June 22nd

 

Ironhawk Endurance Camp

Evergreen


Vixxen Racing OWS Clinic

Boulder Reservoir


Stroke & Stride

Boulder Reservoir


Friday June 23rd

 

Ironhawk Endurance Camp

Evergreen


Saturday June 24th

 

TriBella Women’s Triathlon

Cherry Creek Reservoir


Solstice Swim

Union Reservoir


Alison Dunlap Level II MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Lake to Lake Triathlon

Loveland


Tri the Boat – Sprint & Oly

Stagecoach Reservoir, Steamboat Springs


Ironhawk Endurance Camp

Evergreen


Sunday June 25th

 

South Suburban Indoor TRYathlon

Centennial


Boulder Sunrise Triathlon-Duathlon-Run

Boulder Reservoir


Tri the Boat – Half

Stagecoach Reservoir, Steamboat Springs


Ironhawk Endurance Camp

Evergreen


Alison Dunlap Level II MTB Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


USAT Paratriathlon National Championships

Kenosha, Wi



Cycling Events

Thursday June 22nd

 

BVV Track Night

Erie


Friday June 23rd

 

Grinta Jr Devo Camp

Steamboat Springs


Chainless World Championships

Crested Butte


Saturday June 24th

 

2017 Mavic Haute Route Rockies

The inaugural 2017 Mavic Haute Route Rockies will bring seven timed and ranked stages to Colorado June 24-30. In addition to start and finish venues of Boulder and Colorado Springs, the event will visit Winter Park, Avon, Snowmass Village and Crested Butte Organisers expect the 600-rider peloton to sell-out, but a limited number of discounted


Colorado Bike MS

Ft. Collins


Alison Dunlap MTB Level II Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Prestige Imports Snowmass Loop MTB Fondo

Snowmass


Grinta Jr Devo Camp

Steamboat Springs


WP Epic Single Track: Super Loop

Winter Park


Pedaling 4 Parkinson’s

Lone Tree


Fat Tire 40

Crested Butte


4SOH

Ft. Collins


Art by Bike Tours of Loveland

Loveland


USA Pro Road & TT National Championships


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 MTB Skills Clinic

Boulder


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1.5 MTB Skills Clinic

Erie


Lee Likes Bikes Level 1 MTB Skills Clinic

Boulder


Community Cycles Membership Party

Boulder


Sunday June 25th

 

2017 Mavic Haute Route Rockies

The inaugural 2017 Mavic Haute Route Rockies will bring seven timed and ranked stages to Colorado June 24-30. In addition to start and finish venues of Boulder and Colorado Springs, the event will visit Winter Park, Avon, Snowmass Village and Crested Butte Organisers expect the 600-rider peloton to sell-out, but a limited number of discounted


Parker Mainstreet Criterium

Parker


SMC – Breck Mtn Enduro

Breckenridge


Colorado Bike MS

Ft. Collins


Alison Dunlap MTB Level II Skills Clinic

Colorado Springs


Grinta Jr Devo Camp

Steamboat Springs


SOH

Ft. Collins


Avista Women’s Weekly Ride

Louisville


USA Pro Road & TT National Championships

2nd Annual Vixxen Racing Soiree

Boulder

 

Boulder, It’s time to come out to party with the women of the 2017 Vixxen Racing team! We’ll be donning our favorite Little Black Dresses once again, we just want you to come to party!

The Vixxen Racing Mission is to Inspire women and girls to accept no limits, conform to no standards, work hard, stay humble, and strive to be the best she can be! The Vixxen’s have started a movement for all women to find what their personal brand “winning” entails and relentlessly pursue it.

We want you to kick of the 2017 season with us for an evening of food, drink, and fun brought to you by Colorado Multi Sport, and all of the Vixxen Racing Team Sponsors. We will have all of our fun Vixxen Gear available for purchase as well as a silent auction with great gear from our partners and the Boulder Community!

 

Event details here

TriBella Women’s Triathlon

Cherry Creek Reservoir

 

2017 TriBella Women’s Triathlon:

The TriBella Women’s Triathlon is the perfect all women’s triathlon for first time triathletes looking to try the sport out, or seasoned veterans looking for a fun season opener to compete alongside friends and family! We’ll be offering two distances; the traditional sprint distance (1/2m Swim, 10m Bike, 3.1m Run), plus a super sprint distance (/14m Swim, 8m Bike, 2m Run).  Women’s cut technical t-shirts, great goodie bags, one of our biggest expos of the year, a ton of raffles are just some of the highlights.  This race is capped at 450 athletes to maintain a fun, yet lively, and laid back feel.

Due to the low cap we expect to be sold out by Mid May!  This race will be held at the Smoky Hill Beach (East Side) of Cherry Creek Reservoir!

 

A note from Kebby at Coeur:

Hi everyone!  It’s Kebby Holden, Founder and Designer at Coeur Sports. We’re honored to once again come onboard as a sponsor of the TriBella women’s triathlon produced by the great team at Without Limits.
At Coeur, we have a two part mission.  First, we go out of our way to make women’s endurance sports apparel that is both beautiful and beautifully functional. We’re confident that you won’t find better performing or higher quality women’s sports clothing in the market at any price and we encourage you to check out our 2017 line at TriBella or online at www.coeursports.com.
Second, we want to encourage women to live lifestyles of health and fitness. To that end, we hope that you will invite friends and family to join you for a swim, bike, or run as you prepare for this great event. We know from personal experience how being involved in endurance sports can change lives for the better and we hope you’ll be the catalyst for someone else to start their journey to fitness.
Good luck with your training and we look forward to cheering for you on race day!

 

To get set up for the season please be sure to visit the TriBella Retail Store in Denver.  TriBella can take care of all your triathlon needs; wetsuits, bicycle fitting, bicycle repairs and tune-ups, and so much more!  1060 Bannock St. Denver, CO 80204

 

Event details and registration here