If youve had the opportunity to do other off-road triathlon courses, youll be pleased to find that there are none better than Granite Man. The 0.75 mile swim, 13 mile mountain bike and 5 mile run are very nice individual segments but, when put together, they add up to maximum fun! The views across the lake of the majestic peaks of the Red Butte Wilderness and surrounding Rogue River National Forest lands are spectacular. Applegate Lake is at its best this time of year, full with fresh spring run-off. You may compete as a Granite Man individual or as a three-person team with each team member doing one of the segments.
The 0.75 mile swim segment is in Applegate Lake and starts and ends at the Hart-Tish park beach. Hart-Tish is one of the few Forest Service parks with several acres of beautifully groomed lawn down to the waters edge. Swimmers will start in one or two waves depending upon the number of participants. Wetsuits are recommended as water temperatures are expected to be in the mid 60's.
The 13 mile mountain bike section starts at Hart-Tish Park and goes clockwise around the lake to Seattle Bar. At Seattle bar, participants will rack their bikes and complete the course with a 5 mile run back to Hart-Tish Park.
On the bike and run, participants will utilize 12 miles of single-track, 3.5 miles of pavement and 2.5 miles of forest roads that follow the fingered shoreline. It includes many short, moderately difficult climbs and a lot of very fun undulating terrain. There are two steeper climbs encountered which are about 0.25 mile long each. The trail is never too technical but it is definitely challenging. The single-track trail surface is mainly decomposed granite and you can expect some rocks and possibly windfall. There are numerous side streams youll cross on wooden bridges. All course intersections will be well marked.
This years racers will receive, Tech-Ts, goody bags, an event after party with beverages, snacks, food vendors, music and some GREAT, free raffle prizes for participants. All are welcome.