Race Report: 2015 Xterra Mountain Championship

Back on the podium with four stars of the sport at the Xterra mountain championship. Photo credit: Xterra

Back on the podium with four stars of the sport at the Xterra Mountain Championship. Photo credit: Xterra

After a few weeks of solid mountain training in Park City, Utah, I was eager to toe the line at the Xterra Mountain Championship in Avon, Colorado. Despite my Iowan upbringing and flatland existence in North Carolina, I race best when the elevation profile tilts upward. With 3,800 ft of climbing on the bike, and 1,000 ft of vertical gain on the run, the this race is right up my alley. Continue reading

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Epic Road Cycling: Guardsmans Pass – Park City, UT

A view from the upper slopes of Pine Canyon Road, at an elevation of about 9,500 ft, near Park City, Utah

As the only IMBA Gold-Level ride center in the US, Park City is a mecca for mountain biking. The body can only take so many days in a row of off-road pounding however; sometimes a road ride is a welcome break from the dirt. Fortunately, the road riding opportunities in the area are fantastic as well. My favorite route by far, is up Pine Canyon Road to Guardsmans pass. Consistently rated as the toughest climb in Utah, it’s a can’t miss ride for any serious road cyclist visiting Park City. Continue reading

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Altitude Training: Park City Mountain Resort

Wasatch Crest loose dirt trail winding around the mountain, overlook of mountains in the distance and clear blue sky

A view of the Wasatch Crest trail in stunning Park City, Utah

After a very successful altitude training trip last year, I decided to take full advantage of my remote working privileges for another sojourn to the high country. This time around, thanks to fellow Xterra off-road triathlon pro Emma Garrard and the Garrard family, I’m staying in Park City, Utah. Though I’ve only been in town for a days, I’ve already bagged a handful of truly bucket list mountain bike rides and trail runs. Click through to experience the majesty of Park City Mountain Resort’s summer hiking and biking trails.

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Race Report: 2015 XTERRA East Championship

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Fully focused heading towards the “Rock Face” on the Buttermilk Trail in the James River Park System at the 2015 Xterra East Championship in Richmond, VA. Photo Credit: Andy Thompson / Richmond Outside

The Xterra East championship in Richmond, VA is easily my favorite stop on the US Pro tour. Taking full advantage of Richmond’s status as the best river town in America, the swim, bike, and run are in and along the James River. The race is equally challenging from a mental, technical, and physical standpoint and is arguably the most exciting and dynamic triathlon on US soil. Continue reading

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Race Report: 2015 XTERRA Southeast Championship

The spirit of XTERRA triathlon racing captured in one photo.

Hopping over some rocks and roots on my way to 7th overall in the pro men’s division of the 2015 XTERRA Southeast Championship. Photo Credit: XTERRA

With IMBA epic mountain bike trails weaving through Alabama’s largest state park, Oak Mountain is the perfect venue for the XTERRA Southeast championship, which doubled this year as the USAT off-road triathlon national championship. Continue reading

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EC Velo Bicycle Post Mountain Bike Trails

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Living in the moment, charging the trails under the sparking tree canopy.

Just outside of Greenville, NC the EC Velo Bicycle Post Mountain Bike Trails offer up 11 miles of challenging and exhilarating single track with ample shade as a respite from the heat. The trails are built and maintained by the East Carolina Velo Cycling Club and are featured twice on the Coastal Carolina Off-Road race series. Continue reading

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Trail Running at Goose Creek State Park

Wooded trail at Goose Creek State Park; Tall pines and hardwoods.

If you’re keen on hiking, bird watching, trail running, camping, or swimming; Goose Creek State Park won’t disappoint.

Eager to explore more of North Carolina’s natural wonders, my better half and I headed to Goose Creek State Park for a weekend camping trip. The park boasts a very unique biodiversity with brackish marsh along the Pamlico Sound transitioning to swamps further inland. With a swimming beach along the Pamlico Sound, eight miles of trails for hiking or running, and scenic and sparsely traveled rural roads surrounding the park, it’s also a great place for multisport training. And a great place for multisport racing, too; several of the other campers were in town for the annual kayakalon.

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Race Report: 2015 XTERRA West Championship

In the zone on the bike at the XTERRA West Championship in Lake Las Vegas, NV

In the zone on the bike at the XTERRA West Championship in Lake Las Vegas, NV. Photo credit: XTERRA

The XTERRA West Championship in Las Vegas, NV marked the start of the XTERRA US pro tour. With my season debut at XTERRA Costa Rica derailed by stomach issues, it served as my first real test against the increasingly competitive domestic and international men’s pro-field. Continue reading

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XTERRA West Championship Course Preview

Blue sky with clouds above sandy desert landscape. Trail cut along small rideline.

Part of the moonscape bike and run course at the Xterra West Championship in Lake Las Vegas.

Saturday, April 25th marks the start of the XTERRA US Pro tour with the West Championship in Lake Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be my first time racing the event, and I’ll have my hands full against a stacked field of elite athletes from the US, Canada, Mexico, and Australia. Click through to experience the course. Continue reading

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Biking in Durham and Hillsborough NC

Flat, straight two lane road stretching out ahead. Small grouping of trees to the right, with small pond. Black and white Holstein cows grazing in the shade. Bright blue sky and white clouds above.

Happy cows at Maple View Dairy Farm on Orange Grove Road in Orange County

Durham, NC is a great place to be a cyclist. It has all the vibrancy and dynamism of an up-and-coming city, but retains out-the-door access to tranquil and rustic countryside that’s perfect for cycling. Continue reading

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