Friday, January 21, 2005

New NoCal Mountain Bike Triathlon Series for 2005

Redwood Trails is putting on a new mountain bike triathlon series this year. These look to be very cool - limited to 200 racers each, short and beautiful courses, trophies and goodies abound, and get this - $150 for all four!

One XTERRA race is ~$125. These are a crazy good deal.

See links below...

- SD

Eric Gould Redwood Trails 650-364-8256
Redwood Trails Update:
- Redwood Trails to stage four Mountain Bike Triathlons
* Redwood Trails to stage four Mountain Bike Triathlons *
Redwood Trails, the country's fastest growing provider of off-road, multisport events, has announced its 2005 mountain bike triathlon lineup. The four-race series begins with April's Lake Del Valle MTB Triathlon, continues with two July races, the Angel Island MTB Triathlon and the High Sierra MTB Triathlon at Donner Lake, and rounds out the season with September's Whiskeytown Lake MTB Triathlon. Limited to two hundred participants each, the series features scenic swims with the option of wetsuits, and an assortment of picturesque trails for the running and mountain biking sections. At each event, Redwood Trails will raffle off two Apple iPod Shuffles to participants.
Participants can sign up for a season's series pass for all four events for only $150 until the end of January, 2005 by going to any of the events online listings:
In addition, Redwood Trails has announced that the four races will count toward a season-long points competition. Northern California Mountain Bike Triathlon Championship trophies will go to both male and female winners of each age group overall points leader from the Redwood Trails Series. With narrow five-year age groups, there will be a lot of hardware at stake, as well as bragging rights and the opportunity for more fun in 2006: each of the winners also get free entries to all events the following year.
Fresh off the winter snowmelts, Bay Area racers will find April 9th's Lake Del Valle MTB Triathlon in their back yard‹just ten miles south of Livermore, this race presents a half-mile swim in Lake Del Valle, flanked by the fast, open trails on which the fifteen-mile mountain bike leg and a 3.1-mile run take place.
The summer will be Redwood Trails' busiest off-road triathlon season, as July will host the Angel Island MTB Triathlon and the High Sierra MTB Triathlon at Donner Lake.
Referred to as the Jewel of the San Francisco Bay, Angel Island has never (until last year's inaugural Redwood Trails event) hosted a triathlon. On July 16th, a ferry will pilot participants from Tiburon to Angel Island, where competitors will start with a half-mile swim within the protected Ayala Cove and circle the island twice on the 10-mile mountain bike leg before concluding the event with a 3.1-mile trail run that offers panoramic views.
A week later, the High Sierra MTB Triathlon at Donner Lake kicks off with half-mile swim along the lake's China Cove. The twelve-mile mountain biking leg and the four-mile running leg consist of classic Sierra trail features: a variety of surfaces and rideable creek crossings mark the bike route, while a shoreline trail contours along the lake's perimeter.
Come fall, the Whiskeytown Lake MTB Triathlon concludes the Redwood Trails triathlon season. Near Redding, this event poses a course designed around a pristine setting with an abundance of wildlife. Under watchful eyes of bald eagles and osprey, the swim begins at the lake's Brandy Creek Beach and concludes at the base of Forest Service roads marking the ascent section of the eight-mile mountain bike leg. The descent heads down single-track trails with a quick pass by Brandy Creek Waterfalls, leading to a four-mile run along the gorgeous Davis Gulch trail that will conclude the event.
Redwood Trails' Shasta Lake MTB Triathlon will return in 2006 after the Clickapudi trail heals from the extensive fire damage it received in the fall of 2004.
Based in Redwood City, California, Redwood Trails conducts a hugely popular trail running series, including the Bizz Johnson Trail Marathon, with 16 trail races throughout Northern California and Nevada, including runs in Palo Alto, Big Basin, San Francisco, Angel Island and Point Reyes.
Eric Gould Redwood Trails 650-364-8256


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