Xterra Utah: USA championship bike course preview

A view of the swim venue near the top of the bike course at the Xterra USA championship course in Ogden, Utah

A view of the swim venue near the top of the bike course at the Xterra USA Championship course in Ogden, Utah. Needless to say, you’ll need your climbing legs for this one.

The Xterra off-road triathlon USA championship bike course is the embodiment of Xterra’a #livemore motto. Starting at the Pineview reservoir, just north of Ogden, UT, the course climbs through canyons, up peaks, and along rolling singletrack replete with stunning mountain views.

In one week, I’ll toe the line here with a deep pro field and fight for a spot on the podium.

The swim starts off straight into the sun glare at 9 am.

The swim starts off straight into the sun glare at 9 am.

Riders hit some singletrack straight out of transition, and ride along Pineview reservoir to the base of Wheeler Canyon.

Riders hit some singletrack straight out of transition, and ride along Pineview Reservoir to the base of Wheeler Canyon.

The route up Wheeler canyon is a bit rocky, but plenty wide, which allows for easy passing.

The sustained, gradual doubletrack climb up Wheeler canyon is a great place to hydrate and fuel up for the long effort ahead.

As you climb out of Wheeler canyon, the mountains emerge in all their glory. The rolling singletrack provides a welcome break from sustained climbing.

When you climb out of Wheeler canyon and hit the east fork trail, the mountains emerge in all their glory. The rolling singletrack provides a welcome break from sustained climbing.

After some rolling singletrack, the east fork trail climbs to the juncture with the green pond trail. From there, it plunges down a a rocky and twisty descent on the middle fork trail. Technical riders can gain precious seconds, maybe even a minute on this roller coaster affair.

Ultimately though, it’s a climbers course, as the descent is immediately followed by about 1,500 ft of sustained climbing up the to the top of Sardine Peak. This is the most decisive segment of the course.

USA Champs Bike and Run course map. Photo credit: Xterra

USA Champs Bike and Run course map. Photo credit: Xterra

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Bike course elevation profile. Photo credit: Xterra

The climb up Sardine peak is absolutely stunning, especially at the start of leaf season.

The climb up Sardine Peak is absolutely stunning, especially at the start of leaf season.

The view at the top of Sardine peak. Put this race on your bucket list.

The view at the top of Sardine Peak. Put this race on your bucket list.

The 1,000 ft descent down Sardine Peak is a blast and a welcome reprieve for tired legs. It offers skilled technical riders another chance to make up time on climbing specialists.

After the descent down from Sardine Peak, there’s a very short section of singletrack on Snowbasin’s Maples trail leading riders into transition and the equally stunning and arduous run.

I hope to see many of you out on race weekend.

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2 Responses to Xterra Utah: USA championship bike course preview

  1. Oshri says:

    Beautiful! Sending you good vibes and wishing you luck!

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