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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.

We were able over the past few months to remove the arduous motocross track from the course, but open up 2 miles of brand new trails in the tree farm, horse fields, and even re-route some of the upper trails to create options around every wood feature. It’s a whole new experience, which is still the next step up from XTERRA Lory, but a truly intermediate level course. The island to island swim and unique run course are so amazing that our team wanted to dial in a bike course that allowed athletes the chance to cross that line saying ‘wow, that bike course was still challenging, but a fun challenge this time.’ Based on the feedback following the race Saturday I think we met that challenge head on.” – Lance Panigutti [Without Limits RD]

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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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