XTERRA Buffalo Creek, one of the best overall venues and trail systems on the entire XTERRA Circuit makes its long awaited return in 2013! Without Limits, with the help of Lake Wellington and former race director Robert Martinich, is proud to bring off road racing back to some of the best mountain bike and running trails in Colorado.
The swim will start off with a 1500m Swim in the clear waters of Lake Wellington, then it's off on a 22 mile mountain bike ride. If we had a scale with XTERRA Lory falling on the left side as beginner friendly, and XTERRA Curty Gowdy on the right side as more advanced, XTERRA Buffalo Creek would fall right in the middle. Double track, a few jeep roads, and some IMBA Epic rated Single Track comprise one of the longer routes on the circuit.
After the bike ride athletes will begin a 5 mile run on hilly terrain that circumnavigates the Lake before cruising through the finish chute by the transition area. After a 3 year break this is one XTERRA you won't want to miss in 2013!
"The Buffalo Creek course is one of the best courses on the circuit. It has a little bit everything: twisty singletrack, fast rollers, good climbs, total fun. So close to home, clean water, killer trails, what's not to like? Do not miss this one! Four weeks out, it's also a great XTERRA Nationals prep race so there will be plenty of competition on hand!" - Cody Waite EPC Coaching
Swim: The 1500m swim course is a rectangle shape, with the swimmers traveling in a clockwise direction. Participants exit the water and from the waters edge to the T/A will be CARPETED!!!
SWIM WAVES: You'll be ranked by swim and mountain bike ability to help group you will similar ability levels out on the course!
Bike: The trail system was desgined back in the day with one sole purpose, great mountain biking! It's a network of single-track trails, with some double track and conecting jeep roads that are rideable by the beginner, but will challenge the veterans at higher speeds. The course starts at an elevation of 8,050 feet and drops down Buffalo Plunge to 7,400 feet in the first three miles on a jeep road. The bike course then enters onto the trail system and gradually climbs to just over 8,200 feet, then rolls, up and down for the next eight miles. The single-track opens up in places for ample passing. There's a fun downhill from Buffalo Gap to 7,200ft, followed by more rolling terrain on some fun single-track. Save some gas though as there's one final climb back up to the lake, that same climb you bombed down at the beginning of the ride! Overall it's a course that has so much variety you'll be talking about your experience with friends for hours afterwards. Pre-riding highly encouraged to understand how the course flows and where the aid stations are located.
Run: The 5m run course will take athletes on the trails and jeep roads around Lake Wellington for a fun and challenging trip! The run course starts out with the largest climb on this loop, but fear not, if you've done XTERRA Lory this climb pales in comparison. The single track then takes athletes down to a waterfall at the 1.5m mark. The course continues to flow on some gradual rollers through the forest, before finishing with a fast jeep road section that will take athletes through the finish chute by transition.
- Take I-70 W toward Grand Jct
- Take exit 260 to merge onto CO-470 E/Hwy 470 E toward Colorado Springs 5.7 mi
- Take the exit onto US-285 S toward Fairplay 28.1 mi
- Turn left onto Co Rd 68/Wellington Lake Rd 8.8 mi