New Race in the Pacific Northwest
The XTERRA America Tour is thrilled to welcome the Granite Man off-road triathlon at Applegate Lake, Oregon to the Northwest Region Points Series.
Nestled at 2,000-feet in the Rogue River National Forest, Applegate Lake has long been a favored destination in southern Oregon for mountain bikers, trail runners, and swimmers alike and the XTERRA Granite Man is the only multisport race held at the venue.
Race weekend is set for June 11-12, and also includes a duathlon, kids tri and du races, a 10-mile mountain run, 5-mile poker run, youth scavenger hunt, and a 17.5-mile time trial xc mountain bike race. There’s even a “dual day” award for those that do XTERRA on Saturday, and the 10-mile mountain run on Sunday. Plus, there’s camping!
The XTERRA Granite Man race combines a .75-mile swim, 13-mile MTB, and 5-mile trail run.
“The views across the lake of the majestic peaks of the Red Butte Wilderness and surrounding Rogue River National Forest lands are spectacular,” said the organizers. “Applegate Lake is at its best this time of year, full with fresh spring run-off. You may compete as a Granite Man individual or as a three-person team with each team member doing one of the segments.”
The swim is in Applegate Lake and starts and ends at the Hart-Tish park beach. Hart-Tish is one of the few Forest Service parks with several acres of beautifully groomed lawn down to the water’s edge.
The mountain bike section starts at Hart-Tish Park and goes clockwise around the lake to Seattle Bar. At Seattle bar, participants will rack their bikes and complete the course with a 5 mile run back to Hart-Tish Park.
“On the bike and run, participants will utilize 12 miles of single-track, 3.5 miles of pavement and 2.5 miles of forest roads that follow the fingered shoreline. It includes many short, moderately difficult climbs and a lot of very fun undulating terrain. The trail is never too technical but it is definitely challenging.”
Learn more at http://granite-man.com/triathlon.