From biking in a few miles from the parking lot carrying all of my tri gear to carrying the bike through the transition area because of stickers, this race was a little more physical than I’d expected. But the assigned areas in the transition area, a beautiful bike ride, and a flat run help make up for it.
- This race is put on by triutah.com, who always put on a well-organized event.
- Both olympic and sprint distances have bike and run out-and-back courses. Nothing kills me faster than the second loop of a race. I much prefer to only have to do things once.
- The bike race has one good climb up the backside of the dam but the rest of it is through beautiful Echo Canyon.
- The elevation is higher, making for a cooler race in the July heat.
- The run is relatively flat.
- You have to bike in a few miles carrying all of your gear from the parking lot. I’m of the belief that the race is enough biking for one day.
- The transition area is not paved only carpeted. To avoid stickers, you must carry your bike everywhere. Bring a flat kit just in case.
- The one hill on the bike, it’s a doozy and it’s at the end.
- There’s no good places to camp. Echo has a few spots but nothing really tent friendly at the transition area. A lot of people camped at the fairgrounds where there were the parking lot shuttles for spectators (cost $2 but a lot of parks charge admission). All in all, a fun course but difficult to get to.