A New Wild Ride on Tap in Idaho
The XTERRA Wild Ride off-road triathlon is featuring a new mountain bike course at beautiful Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho on Aug. 24, 2014.
“The new course is set to be a thrill for all levels!” exclaimed raced director Darren Lightfield. “Situated one mile high on beautiful, sub-alpine Payette Lake, the XTERRA Wild Ride is exactly like it sounds. On the edge of the largest designated wilderness in the lower 48 states, the City of McCall is a little known resort paradise.”
The XTERRA Wild Ride off-road triathlon has been evolving since 2006 and is known for its rowdy mountain bike segment. Lightfield wanted a new mountain bike course that could be accessed easily for medical extraction.
“I feared the old MTB course, because there was a 7-mile section through rough terrain that could only be reached by helicopter in the event of serious injury incident. This new course routes entirely in Ponderosa Park and is still challenging for every level of rider.”
The route was made possible by volunteer hours from Wild Rockies Racing and Central Idaho Mountain Bike Association in conjunction with Park staff and equipment.
The race itself starts on the sandy shore of Payette Lake which covers ¾ mile in brisk mountain waters. Typically, most people are in wetsuits, but some hearty souls prefer to go sans suit. Temps are usually in the low 60s and the lake is clean, deep, glacial carved and gorgeous. From there the MTB course departs the visitor’s center to the Northern point of the park peninsula. Racers will complete two 9.3 mile laps.
“Much of the course is in the shade and parallels the water,” said Lightfield. “Mostly it’s a super-fast, rolling course, there are some gut shot climbs that will leave you on the gas the whole time.”
To top off the Wild Ride there is a 6.2 mile trail run that follows some of the FIS Masters World Cup XC Championship sections.
“This is the absolute crown of trail runs in Idaho! There are wooden bridges and sections of rocky, root infested, inclines and declines. Plenty of H2o and Aid support out on course are a definite highlight for this bad boy of XTERRA,” said Lightfield.
Long time stalwarts and World Champions of XTERRA, Michael and Jenny Tobin are present every year. They describe this course as National Championship quality and love to throw down whether they are competing as a team or individual. Whenever they are coaching or competing, the Tobins’ make sure to add the Wild Ride as a part of their athletes and their own personal racing program.
The venue is a world class set-up with all amenities on-site. There are fully furnished cabins and yurts for rent, as well as tent and RV camping.
“Reserve your spot early as it fills up 100% in August,” said Lightfield. “There are many hotels and restaurants nearby so plan on staying awhile and checking out this amazing area. Hotel McCall is a must for those who want the stellar balcony views and proximity to the venue. Boise is the nearest regional airport with small commuter planes coming straight to McCall. The drive is approximately 1hr 45min North from Boise on HWY 55.”
In addition, there is an awesome Kids Triathlon starting at about 1:30 pm on Sunday August 24th. The Kids Tri. follows the main event and occurs prior to awards and raffle. Two distances are available for kids under 14 with goodies bags and other prizes for all participants. A portion of the proceeds supports McCall Winter Sports Group, which helps fund the Nordic team and other kids activities! Register now at www.wildrockiesracing.com