Canada’s Muskoka region has long been known for stunning scenery – an abundance of pristine lakes, and beautiful Group of Seven landscapes sprinkled with exposed granite and weathered pines. And for competitors in this weekend’s XTERRA Parry Sound, it offers one of the toughest courses in Canada.
The swim is in clean and clear Nine Mile Lake. The mountain bike course features two loops of balanced single track and double track and several unique sections along bare granite ridges which are the signature feature, along with a beaver dam crossing.
The two-loop run course features a granite challenge of its own. “The Wall” is a huge slab that is barely climbable with weary legs after the bike, but fortunately, there’s a 50-foot rope that has been installed to help competitors up this final steep pitch. Technical running on a wilderness trail completes the loop, and few will finish with dry feet.
This year’s XTERRA Parry Sound will also serve as Ontario’s Provincial Cross Triathlon Championship and offers XTERRA World Championship slots to leading athletes of the full distance race.
America Tour Notes
Last weekend Cedric Wane of Papeete, Tahiti and Tess Amer took home the amateur titles at Beaver Creek. The 24-year-old Amer from Boulder, Colorado had the fastest women’s time of the day in 2:37:21, however, due to the two-minute start time difference between the pro women’s swim wave and the amateur women’s start, she crossed the finish line in 2nd.
“I didn’t expect that at all,” said Amer. “I haven’t done a tri in like three years. I graduated CU in 2013, when I was the president of the tri club. I’ve been mountain biking but not putting all three together. And I just signed up last night. It turned out well, it was good. I guess I should go pro and go to Maui now.”
In Alaska, Will Ross and Megan Chelf took impressive wins at XTERRA Hammerman. Ross, 27, from Anchorage won his third-straight and seventh overall Hammerman title while Chelf, 29, of Anchorage by way of Wisconsin placed sixth overall, roughly 20 minutes ahead of women’s runner-up Corrie Smith.
Nearly 4500 miles away in upstate New York Daryl Weaver of Lititz, PA and Kelli Montgomery of Wallingford, CT took top honors atXTERRA Sky High. These wins continue an impressive run of results for both athletes. Weaver won his 2nd overall race on the year while Montgomery took her third with both holding commanding leads in their XTERRA America Tour regional division ranking.
You can view the latest XTERRA America Tour results and rankings here.
This weekend we’re off to Ionia, Michigan for XTERRA Ionia where well-established mountain bike single track and rail trails of Ionia State Recreation Area await you. With a new relay team option this year and their duathlon event there’s fun for everyone. Race day registration is available.
Next week XTERRA returns to the Centennial State of Colorado for XTERRA Aspen Valley on July 30th where race director Lance Panigutti says there’s, “more wood and custom features on the bike and run course than you can imagine!” Check out that wooden berm in the featured photo above and check out this race for a one-of-a-kind experience.
XTERRA Panther Creek on July 31st in Morristown, TN will test your will and endurance as you navigate the rugged hills of East Tennessee. It’s also one of the final three Southeast regional races on the 2016 schedule offering up valuable tour points which will award regional champs an invitation to race at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui.