2014 XTERRA Lory is the perfect kick off to the season for the seasoned off-road triathlete, or a great oppurtunity for the road triathlete wanting to try out a mountain bike triathlon for the first time.
The XTERRA Lory Triathlon features a 1/2 mile swim in the clear waters of Horsetooth Reservoir (Eltuk Bay), it's one of the most scenic swims in the state with canyon walls on both sides. Then it's on to a 2-Lap (beginner friendly) 12.2 mile single-track bike over rolling terrain, and across valley bridges at Lory State Park. Then you'll get to finish things off with a fun and challenging 4.8 mile (8k) run through the clouds on single-track trails! This is the perfect off-road tri for beginners to experts. The course is designed so that anyone can have fun and everyone will be challenged! Entries will be limited to 325 participants, and we sold out 2011-2013 in early April!
XTERRA LORY SWIM COURSE (1/2 Mile): The triathlon course for the XTERRA Lory Triathlon will take place in Horsetooth Reservoir, offering breathtaking views of the canyon walls on both sides of the reservoir. Water temp ranges from 64-68 degrees.
Swim Set-up: The 1/2m swim course is an out and back shape, with the swimmers traveling in a counter clockwise direction. Participants exit the water and follow the carpet all the way into the transtion area. When you register we'll ask for your predicted swim and mountain bike ability. This info will allow us to place you in the correct swim wave so you're biking with athletes of the same ability level!
XTERRA LORY BIKE COURSE (12.2 Miles): The 2-Loop bike course for the XTERRA Lory Triathlon will take place inside of Lory State Park. Pre-Riding is encouraged to become familiar with the terrain and course layout.
Bike Set-up: This bike course has a bit of everything, from rolling hills to multiple bridge crossings! Get ready for some singletrack and more singletrack on this rolling and scenic course. Overall the bike course is very beginner friendly. Seasoned veterans don't despair, the fast flowing nature is sure to test your engine and high speed technical skills. Elites to First Timers all comment, "that was just fast and fun!".
Getting ready for the season: For those thinking of trying out a later season XTERRA at Curt Gowdy, Aspen Valley, or Buffalo Creek we recomend starting/warming-up at Lory. The series is designed to build throughout the Summer in terms of technical skills required, and length of course (Note: Curt Gowdy is the most technical and Buffalo Creek features the longest bike course)
XTERRA LORY RUN COURSE (4.8 Miles): Grab your run shoes and get ready to race through the clouds! The 8K run is an epic loop with amazing views of Lory State Park and Horsetooth Reservoir. You leave transition to the north on windy singletrack then cross the main park road. Once onto the Timber Trail the race heads towards the clouds for a 1.75m switchback ascent. At the top take a minute to breath and look around, we promise your jaw will drop! .5 mile of flat, then a screaming descent down Kimmons, followed by a flat last mile on the West Valley Trail. Once you cross back over the road and shoot into Soldier Canyon you're almost there.
Don't slow down though because you're going to need a full head of steam for the double lane Slip n' Slide. The best finish line in the sport, just remember to stay low and fast! Aid stations are located at mile 3/4, mile 3.8, and 4.6. We recomend bringing a Fuel Belt or running water bottle if the weather conditions are hot as there's no aid station at the peak of the climb!
Transition Area located at Eltuk Bay: Without Limits triathlon staging areas are set up to ensure the safety and privacy of the racers and the security of their equipment. Please follow these guidelines: The Transition Area Opens at 6:15 am. Race staff will close the transition area 15 minutes prior to the start of the 1st wave (7:45AM). All Athletes must be out of the T/A by this time. Please Gauge your time accordingly! The transition area is strictly limited to racers only No family members, friends or coaches inside transition. Only registered athletes, race staff, volunteers and those credentialed for admission are allowed. Racking your bike is on a first come first serve basis.
Carpet will lead you from the end of the swim to the beginning of the T/A. Large Wash Buckets will be on-hand at the beginning of the T/A to wash off your feet quickly. Without Limits Staff will re-open transition as soon as the last cyclist has proceeded to the run course. Athletes will be required to demonstrate race numbers when exiting transition to the T/A Security Volunteer Staff who will be on hand to check that the athletes race # corresponds to their bike #s.
DIRECTIONS TO LORY STATE PARK - XTERRA LORY
Take CO-119 N/Diagonal Hwy, continue to follow CO-119 N (Boulder Only)
Merge onto I-25 N/US-87 N via the ramp on the LEFT
Merge onto CO-14 W/E MULBERRY ST via EXIT 269B toward FT COLLINS. 3.5 mi
Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto RIVERSIDE AVE. 0.6 mi
RIVERSIDE AVE becomes JEFFERSON ST. 0.4 mi
Turn RIGHT onto N COLLEGE AVE/US-287 N/CO-14 W. Continue to follow US-287 N/CO-14 W. 3.6 mi
Stay STRAIGHT to go onto CR-54G/OLD US-287. Continue to follow CR-54G. 2.7 mi
Turn LEFT onto CR-52E/RIST CANYON RD. .9mi (You'll see a country store named "VERYN'S" which is dark red)
Turn LEFT onto N COUNTY ROAD 23. 1.4 mi (You'll see a small yellow house at the turn that says "BELLVUE")
Turn RIGHT onto CR-25G. 1.6 mi
End at Lory State Park, Follow Signs to Parking and please follow parking attendants