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.
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.
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.