The China Peak Sprint Triathlon is a fun and challenging race in an incredible location: China Peak Mountain Resort. This 3rd year event features a lake swim in Huntington Lake, a challenging road bike course of 12 miles and a high altitude 5K to finish the race. Each athlete registered for the China Peak Sprint Triathlon will receive a custom tech-tee race shirt, athlete goody bag, swim cap, and post race meal and be in eligible for raffle prizes and custom hand-made race awards five-deep in each division. Take the weekend and come up and enjoy this fun event with your family.
Swim Course - The China Peak Sprint Triathlon swim course will be a half mile swim course. The water temperature for the lake will be in the low 60s. Wetsuits are recommended. The TBF Water Safety team will be patrolling the swim course with kayaks and can offer assistance to any swimmer needing to pause or rest during the swim leg.
The China Peak Sprint Triathlon will have one mass start at 8:30 am.
Each swimmer will receive a numbered swim gear bag and a brightly colored swim cap. Please wear the swim cap you are given. After completing the swim you must place any of your swim gear: wetsuit, goggles, towel, swim cap, etc in your numbered swim gear bag before starting your bike. All of the numbered swim gear bags will be transported to the finish line after the race. Athletes can pick up their numbered swim gear bag at the finish line.
Bike Course - The China Peak Sprint Triathlon 12 mile bike course is a point-to-point course turning left on Huntington Lake Road out of the boat launch parking lot. Riders will then stay on Huntington Lake Road approximately 5 miles until the turn-around point at the dam. After the turn-around point riders will return on Huntington Lake Road past the Huntington Lake boat launch and then make a right hand turn onto Highway 168. Riders will continue on Highway 168 for approximately 2.5 miles and then turn left into China Peak Mountain Resort. Traffic control will be at this point to direct riders into the second transition area: T2.
We have placed astro-turf carpet at the swim exit for better footing exiting the water. After exiting the swim you will follow the cones to the transition area located adjacent to the lake. If you need to change, please use the restroom located between the swim exit and the transition area.
The roads will not be closed to traffic. You must maintain at least THREE bike lengths at all times behind the rider in front of you, and you MUST ride single file while on the roads. Failure to do so will result in a drafting penalty or disqualification. Crossing the centerline at ANY time will also result in disqualification. Traffic has the right-of-way on the road so ride CAREFULLY. ALL athletes are required to wear an approved bicycle helmet during the entire bike course. Athletes will NOT be allowed to proceed on the bike course without a helmet. The helmet must be securely fastened the entire time you are on your bike. Failure to do so will result in disqualification. Headphones are not allowed on the bike course.
The Bike course will NOT have an aid station. There will be bike support and water available at the turn-around point on the bike course for riders stopping and dismounting off the course.
Upon entering China Peak Mountain Resort from Highway 168 you will enter T2 and rack your bike in the location you have placed your run gear. You will then exit the transition area at the opposite end from the entrance and proceed up stairs over the bridge to start the run course.
Run Course - The China Peak Sprint Triathlon 3 mile run course is a three-loop course running entirely on the China Peak Mountain Resort grounds. The course will exit the far end of T2 and climb up stairs to cross the first of four bridges over Big Creek that are on the course. The course will start with an uphill climb section along the mountain on dirt trails, then return downhill and through the ski area over the next three bridges and back towards the finish line/transition area. Each runner must complete three laps on the run course. After completing your first lap you will be directed to stay left for your second and third laps. You will be directed right, into the finish chute, after completing your third lap.
There will be two aid stations available to runners on each one-mile lap of the run course. These will have ice cold water, electrolyte beverage, energy gels and other fuels. Headphones are allowed on the run.
http://www.skichinapeak.com/directions.aspx There is NO Athlete Parking at T1. It is recommended that you pick up your race packet, set up T2 (both at China Peak Mountain Resort) and then either ride your bike with your swim gear to the start of the race (2.5 miles downhill) or be dropped off at the start of the race. Packet pick up: Friday August 9 from 2-7 pm at China Peak Ski Lodge and on Saturday August 10 from 6 - 8:30 am at Race Site.
Transition Areas - The China Peak Sprint Triathlon will have two transition areas. The first: T1 will be located at Huntington Lake. All bikes must be placed at T1 prior to 8:15 am on race morning. T1 will open at 6 am on race morning. Bikes cannot be left Friday night in T1.
There is NO Athlete Parking at T1. It is recommended that you pick up your race packet, set up T2 (both at China Peak Mountain Resort) and then either ride your bike with your swim gear to the start of the race (2.5 miles downhill) or be dropped off at the start of the race.
The second transition area will be located at China Peak Mountain Resort. Athletes must place their run gear and set up T2 before 8 am on race morning. Athletes should place a towel on the ground to designate their spot in T2 and then place their run gear on top of the towel. T2 will open at 6 am on race morning.
Both Transition areas are on a first-come basis, with the exception of Reserved Bike Racks for TRI Clubs. The transition area at all TBF Racing events is for athletes only. All non-athletes must remain outside of the transition area at all times on race day. Athletes may choose their transition spot from any of the non-reserved racks - reserved racks will be marked for Tri Clubs.Athlete Accommodations
Lodging is available at the China Peak Mountain Resort, with a very reasonable rate for athletes racing the China Peak Sprint Triathlon. Athletes should contact: China Peak Inn, (559) 233-1200 Huntington or visit:www.skichinapeak.com. Additional rooms in the area are available through: Shaver Lake Rentals, (800) 422-4102, or at www.shaverlakechamber.com.