New bike and run courses at XTERRA Aspen Valley Triathlon a huge hit!
On July 25th 200 athletes took to the 72 degree waters of Kodiak Ski Lake in Carbondale Colorado for the 2nd annual XTERRA Aspen Valley Triathlon. Last year this event was the hot new triathlon on the Colorado calendar, but the technical and wood features of this private trail system took many beginner athletes by surprise. Race Director Lance Panigutti commented last fall, “Post race the feedback was very black & white, seasoned veterans thought it was the most unique and best XTERRA they’ve ever seen or those new to mountain biking simply hated a majority of the bike course. To make this event live up to the hype and it’s true potential we need to re-craft the trail system and courses in a way that caters to every ability level.”
It’s not very often an event takes place solely in the backyard of a private land owner with a full time-trail crew at his disposal. The trail crew did not disappoint as athletes arrived on Friday to a brand new course design that saw every “scary” and overly arduous feature from 2014 removed, with the addition of some fun, fast, and flowy single track through the tree farm and horse fields. This year’s event also saw the addition of a 1-lap race, a shorter bike course which saw 40 athletes take advantage.