Portland hosting Xterra off-road triathlon August 15

By BikeRadar | Thursday, February 19, 2009 6.22pm

Now in its 13th year, the popular Xterra off-road triathlon series makes its debut in Portland on August 15, at Hagg Lake near Forest Grove, Oregon. Former mountain bike pro Ned Overend has won several events, bringing attention to the series.

According to Justin Barnhart, assistant race director for Xterra Portland, age-groupers to professional competitors will swim a 1,000-metre, two-buoy course clockwise in calm placid mid 70-degree-F waters.  

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"Swimmers will make their first transition to the 25km bike course charging over rolling single and double track, then shift gears for a second transition sending runners on 4.25 miles of trails surrounding the lake," he said. “The bike leg is relatively flat, but technical with sharp turns requiring quick and reactive decision-making as well as bursts of speed on short and steep climbs that will force the rider out of the saddle and get the legs burning.

“There are also several rocky or root-filled sections that will challenge the rider’s agility, control and balance.”  

Also an Xterra triathlete, Barnhart says the run course has its surprises: “The runner hurdles logs, traverses steep ravines and creek crossings and bush-whacks through the typical lush Northwest forest.”   

For more information, visit www.xterraportland.com.

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