You may have noticed that the days are getting just a little bit shorter. Or maybe, there’s a bit of a chill in the air when you head to the pool in the morning. The good news is that while autumn is definitely on its way, there is still a whole lot more XTERRA left before the XTERRA National Championship in Utah in September and the XTERRA World Championship in Maui in October.
With 15 Maui qualifying slots on offer, XTERRA Sleeping Giant is one of the last chances to qualify for the XTERRA World Championship on October 28th. The race features a 1200-meter swim in the clean and clear, springfed Marie Louise Lake. From there you enter the fast, 24K single track bike course through grass, over creeks, and into the woods. At the top, you will have spectacular views of Lake Superior. Finally, the new 10.6K out and back run course will carry you under forest canopies and back home into the finish. XTERRA Sleeping Giant will also feature a sprint distance race, as well as a trail run and duathlon.
Further south in Spearfish, South Dakota, just three weeks before the XTERRA Pan Am Championship, XTERRA Iron Creek will be the last chance to snatch up points and fine tune your racing skills. After this, XTERRA enters the 2019 season.
Held 13 miles west of Spearfish, in the Black Hills of South Dakota, XTERRA Iron Creek is racing at its best. Plus, at Iron Creek Lake, the single track is always free of crowds. The 16 miles used in the race are technical enough for advanced racers but ridable for adventurous beginners.
The race will feature a 1000 meter swim, a 16-mile bike, and a 5-mile run with plenty of vert to get you ready for Utah. The ride climbs from Iron Creek Lake up to the Old Baldy Trail System in the Black Hills National Forest.
Spearfish also has many great hotels and restaurants and is near gambling in historic Deadwood, the great carvings of Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, the 114-mile Mickelson trail and countless miles of single-track.
Learn more about XTERRA Iron Creek.
Learn more about XTERRA Sleeping Giant.