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For the love of DIRT – Off road options

By XTERRA Triathlete Will Kelsay

With the apocalyptic rains finally subsiding and the trails drying out, riding the mountain bike or trail running is once again an option. If you’re looking to get into the off road scene in 2015, here is a list of some off-road multisport races in the Colorado area.

XTERRA Curt Gowdy
June 20th.
Located at Curt Gowdy State Park, Wyoming.
It’s a surprisingly short drive from the Front Range.
Difficulty Level – Difficult.
The trails are excellent, but be prepared for a challenge.
Limited to 250 competitors.

Pagosa Duathlon “Do-the-Du”
July 11th.
Located in Pagosa Springs – Southwestern Colorado.
This race is a Run/Bike format.
Difficulty Level – Beginner to Intermediate.



XTERRA Mountain Championship
July 18th.
Located in Avon/Beaver Creek.
Difficulty level – Difficult.
If you like climbing, this race is for you.

Frisco SUP Triathlon
July 18th
Located in Frisco.
A spin on traditional triathlon, this race starts with stand up paddle board in place of swimming.
Difficulty Level – Intermediate.



XTERRA Aspen Valley
July 25th.
Located in El Jebel – Just outside of Aspen.
Difficulty Level – Beginner to Intermediate.
Limited to 200 competitors.



XTERRA Snow Mountain Ranch
August 8th.
Located at Snow Mountain Ranch – A few miles west of Winter Park.
Difficulty level – Moderate to Difficult.
Limited to 150 competitors.



XTERRA Buffalo Creek
August 22nd.
Located at Wellington Lake – Near the town of Bailey off of highway 285, southwest of Denver.
Difficultly Level – Moderate.
Limited to 300 competitors.


Bear It All Off-Road Triathlon
September 19th.
Located at Bear Creek Lake Park – Denver metro area.
Difficulty Level – Beginner.
Limited to 250 participants.



By Will Kelsay likes to play in the dirt and has made a professional career out of it since 2005. After getting his start in triathlon with the multi-time national champion CU Triathlon Team in 1999, he discovered off-road racing and never turned back. He has over 25 career wins under his belt, but creating smiles and inspiring people is his number one goal as he travels the world racing any off-road adventure that presents itself.




Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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