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The XTERRA Mountain Championships takes place in mid-July each year in Avon, CO and the adjacent Beaver Creek Mountain. It was recognized by Triathlete Magazine as having one of the most breathtaking swims in the sport. With the swim taking place at an elevation of 7,400 ft, this should be taken both literally and metaphorically. The 15 mile bike and 10k trail run segments are even more stunning; climbing, descending, and traversing the steep mountain slopes covered in pine, aspen glades, and meadows.
Due to construction, the 2015 race will use the Dally mountain dirt road in place of the 5 Senses trail and the Beaver Lake trail. After bombing down the cinch fire road and single track, runners will take a left, straight up Dally road, and hang a right at the Beaver Creek maintenance facility, connecting to the Lost Buck trail.
Below is a Google Map with turn-by-turn directions for the full run course.
And here is the corresponding elevation profile of the course.
It’s all steep uphills or steep downhills on the run
The bike course is a beast, but make sure to leave something for the run.
Make a u-turn out of T2 heading towards the Village to Village loop
Hang a left off the dirt road onto the Village to Village path
Village to Village crosses over a pedestrian bridge then parallels the road below
Hang a sharp right off of Village to Village onto Buddys Way, this is where the climbing begins in earnest
Keep straight off of Buddys Way onto Aspen Glade, where the steepest pitches await!
Hang a right down Cinch, a dirt service road at the end of the Aspen Glade trail
It’s bombs away on this steep downhill portion of Cinch, try to catch your breath if you can.
On the hairpin corner below the horse stables, jump onto the Village to Village singletrack that parallels the dirt service road
Then continue straight on the dirt service road, running away from T2
The dirt road turns to pavement, hang a left uphill at the t-intersection just after the bridge
Turn left onto the Five Senses Trail singletrack, and enjoy a respite from the heat in the shade, but brace yourself for some more steep uphill running
At the end of the Five Senses Trail, continue straight onto the Beaver Lake Trail, you’re about halfway through the second big climb
At the fork, stay right on the Beaver Lake Trail
The Beaver Lake trail continues uphill on the dirt road
Just before the construction area, turn right onto the Lost Buck Spur Trail
Give it all you have on the last bit of climbing on the Lost Buck Trail
Once you take the sharp right off of Lost Buck onto the Stack It trail, it’s pretty much all downhill to the finish line
It’s hard to appreciate the views while barreling down the steep, winding singlet track on the Stack It trail
Hopefully nature will inspire you to keep the pace up until the finish line
Stack It will spit you out on another dirt service road, continue downhill around the bend towards T2
At the bottom of the hill, turn right and then take an immediate left back over the bridge you crossed to get to the Five Senses Trail
Continue straight, then when the road turns to dirt and splits off into three paths, take the middle path to the finish line
The high altitude, majestic aspen groves, copious climbing, and stunning mountain terrain make this a can’t miss stop on the XTERRA US tour.