*Qualified Athletes Only
Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9AM - Start at Port Ramp Marina.
The XTERRA USA Championship is the culmination of a series of more than 50 qualifying events across the US that award points to the top athletes in XTERRA's eight regions. The USA Championship is held in conjunction with the Harvest Moon Festival.
Pro athletes race for their share of the $80,000 prize purse. Sixty-thousand for the XTERRA America Tour Championship, and $20,000 goes to the fastest pros at nationals.
In addition to the championship, XTERRA offers races for trail runners, as well as the XTERRA Utah short and long course off-road triathlons. Pick up tips from the pros at one of our XTERRA University clinics or enjoy the XTERRA Expo. Kids can get into the fun at the XTERRA Kids Zone.
The XTERRA USA Championship is open to pros and qualified amateur athletes from the US. Here is how to qualify. Non-qualified athletes can race on our championship course by signing up for the XTERRA Utah long course off-road tri, which is open to everyone, or the short course which is half the distance.
Pro athletes from the US with a valid pro license can compete for the USA Championship title. International athletes may compete for prize money, but are not eligible for the USA Championship title. Visit the pro racing for more information.
Top finishers in each age division are awarded a coveted slot to the XTERRA World Championship on Maui where 850 of the world's best competitors vie for the world championship title.
Muscle Milk honors the future of XTERRA with a special prize for the top three men and women under 25.
Each will receive a logo-ed XTERRA Muscle Milk back pack packed with swag that every athlete can use.
The fastest age group male and female swimmer timed from start to T1 entrance receive a XTERRA Vortex Full wetsuit.
In Association with the Harvest Moon Festival
XTERRA and the annual Harvest Moon Festival on Ogden's Historic 25th Street team up to bring you one great weekend of family events. Whether you volunteer, participate or just spectate, there is truly something for everyone young and old.
Help the community reduce GOATHEAD BURRS
Those of you who have raced before, understand that goathead burrs can pierce tires and ruin your race before you start...Snowbasin and Weber Pathways have been working tirelessly to eradicate the weed from the area around the Port Ramp Marina area, but they are still there. We ask that you check your bikes and shoes and if you find them - bag and trash them. Don't drop them on the ground so they can continue to be a problem.
ROAD CLOSURES AT PINEVIEW SPILLWAY
Top points scorers from each of XTERRA's seven US regions will be invited to compete at the USA Championship. Competitors earn points by competing in their choice of XTERRA Points Series (XPS) Races and XTERRA America Tour Championship Races.
Roll-down slots may become available if a qualified athlete decides not to race at the USA Championship. The slot will be offered to the next athlete in the rankings until the slot is filled. The roll-down will be managed by XTERRA event communications who will contact athletes individually.
1.5k swim / 28k mountain bike / 10k trail run
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Mountain Bike Elevation
10km Run Elevation
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PRE-RIDING / PRACTICE PARKING
There is no parking at Port Ramp Marina during the week.Please park at the Wheeler Canyon trailhead or at Snowbasin and coast down to the bottom of Wheeler Canyon trailhead to begin riding.
Swim course distance: 1,500-meters (0.93 miles) Combines two 750-meter laps (no run in-between)
Elevation at Port Ramp Marina for swim start: 4,900-feet
Water temperature: TBA, expected to be in the 65-degree range
Mountain bike course distance: 28-kilometers (17.7 miles)
Total climbing on bike: 3,400-feet
Elevation at highest point: 7,300-feet (where Sardine Peak Trail meets the ridgeline)
Elevation at T2/Snowbasin Resort Lodge: 6,400-feet
Trail Run course distance: 10-kilometers (6.2 miles)
Total climbing on run: 700-feet
Total climbing on course: 4,100-feet
NEW USA CHAMPIONSHIP COURSE “ROCKS,” ADDS SINGLETRACK AND STUNNING VIEWS
The U.S. Forest Service started work on the Sardine Peak Trail near Snowbasin Resort three years ago and for the first-time in XTERRA racing history, it is ready to ride. The new 7+ mile section of single and double track is the sweetest and smoothest piece of trail on the mountain, and makes the bike course “a true mountain race course that weaves in-and-out of aspen glades and pines,” said Snowbasin Resort sport event operations director Steve Andrus.
For the full tour, let’s start from the beginning when the cannon blast signals the start of the invite-only XTERRA USA Championship race.
More than 300 professional and amateur racers from more than 40 states will take off from Port Ramp Marina all-at-once for a 1500-meter swim (two 750-meter laps) in Pineview Reservoir, where water temps hover near the "wetsuit-required" range (Competitor note: a final determination on if this will be a wetsuit legal or optional swim will not be made until the water temperature is read on race morning, so be prepared).
Once on the bike racers leave the swim-to-bike transition (T1) and head west towards the Wheeler Canyon trail head for the 28K mountain bike section. (Competitor note: The first 1.5 miles is on Highway 158, a major road. Ride on the shoulder inside the delineators that will be placed to separate racers from traffic. The Utah Department of Transportation has said we cannot ride in the traffic lanes. Stay inside the delineators. We will assess a minimum of a two-minute penalty to riders caught outside of the lane delineators, and should the police handling traffic stop you, your race is done. When pre-riding we encourage you to park and start at Wheeler Canyon trail head to avoid the road).
OK, now to the fun part. For those that have raced the USA Championship in either of the last two years, the first 10-miles through the Wheeler Creek trail are the same. It starts with mild, steady climbs on dirt, rock, and root-ridden mountain trails that climb through the magnificent Wheeler slot canyon. The trail pops out at the Art Nord trail head where riders cross old Snowbasin road and climb up the East Fork trail, then drop down into some speedy descents to the Middle Fork trail, go across old Snowbasin road one more time and connect with the Wheeler Creek Trail. Single track dominates this 10-mile stretch and elevation gains from the water at 4,900-feet to about 7,000-feet before a descent on Middle Fork trail shoots you back down.
The new section starts where the Wheeler Creek Trail meets the Sardine Peak trail. Here riders are in for some more climbing that will take them to the ridgeline, rewarding their efforts with spectacular views of Pineview Reservoir to the right, and Snowbasin to the left.
“It certainly has that ‘wow’ factor, especially with the switchbacks that twist and turn through the fall colors,” said Andrus. “It’s a sensory riot.”
“The new section of the course is so sweet, a constant smooth climb and wide enough to pass,” added local age-group phenom Nick Fisher.
More wide-open vistas of Ogden Canyon lay ahead before the downhill onto Maples trail speeds riders through a meadow filled with wildflowers and back to the bike-to-run transition at the Snowbasin lodge area where spectators will have the chance to see their friends and family coming in.
On to the trail run, the 6.1-mile trail run is pure singletrack minus a wide section coming out of transition that takes runners to the start of Green Pond trail. The 10K single-loop run zigzags its way through aspen groves and fields of wildflowers. There are a few short, very steep uphill’s and about 700-feet of climbing then descending before the jubilation of finishing in front of loads of spectators, cameramen, and a live band jamming away right on the bricks of the fabulous Snowbasin Resort.
(Competitor Note: Headphones, headsets, earbuds, walkmans, iPods, mp3 players or any personal audio device are not to be carried or worn at any time during the race. Bike or run. Variable time penalty for infraction).
*Course is subject to change
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XTERRA follows the Swimming Conduct rules for Wetsuit Use established by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) at all XTERRA Championship races. Wetsuits rules are as follows:
AGE GROUP ATHLETES
Wetsuits are mandatory for Age Group athletes if the water temperature is BELOW 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees C)
Wetsuits are permitted for Age Group athletes if the water temperature is AT or BELOW 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees C)
Wetsuits are forbidden for Age Group athletes if the water temperature is ABOVE 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees C)
Wetsuits are mandatory for Professional athletes if the water temperature is BELOW 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees C)
Wetsuits are permitted for Professional athletes if the water temperature is AT or BELOW 68 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees C)
Wetsuits are forbidden for Professional athletes if the water temperature is ABOVE 68 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees C)
Note: Water temperatures can fluctuate day to day. Water temperature will be taken on race morning and a determination as to wetsuit use will be made at that time. BRING YOUR WETSUIT!!
Our dedicated team of volunteers across the US and abroad has been key to bringing the XTERRA experience to more people in more places. As the sport grows the need for volunteers increases. This year we need people to help with pre-race and race-day activities. Please e-mail our volunteer coordinator. Tell us what your interested in doing and what your availability is. We'll try to find a place for you at XTERRA. We hope you can join us!
Friday "Night of Champions" Dinner at Union Station - USA Champs competitors complimentary, $25 for guests.
Rick Kent and his team of photographers from Enduro Photo are the official athlete photographer of the 2013 XTERRA America Tour. Athlete photos will be available shortly after the race.
You can request to be notified when your photos will be ready at www.myxterraphotos.com.
McKay-Dee Sports Medicine is committed to providing comprehensive sports medicine services that enhance the safety and well being of participants involved in professional, semi-professional, high school sports and community based athletic and recreational events.