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
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
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.
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
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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Tagged challenging trails, IMBA epic, Mountain Biking, Nature, oak mountain, Open Water Swimming, Race Reports, Trail Running, Triathlon, USAT Off-Road National Championship, XTERRA Southeast Championship
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
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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Tagged beach, Camping, Goose Greek State Park, hiking, Nature, North Carolina, Pamilco River, Sound, State parks, Swamp, Trail Running
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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Tagged hiking, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Mountain Biking, Nature, Open Water Swimming, Race Report, Trail Running, XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon, XTERRA West Championship
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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Tagged 29er, Biking, Henderson, Lake Las Vegas, Mountain Biking, Nevada, off-road triathlon, Open Water Swimming, Trail Running, XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon, XTERRA West Championship
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