XTERRA Buffalo Creek is one of the best overall venues and courses on the entire XTERRA Circuit, with the long mountain bike on a IMBA Epic rated trail system!
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.
"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
XTERRA BUFFALO CREEK SWIM COURSE (1500 meters): The triathlon course for the XTERRA Buffalo Creek will take place at Lake Wellington with stunning views of Castle Mountain. Water temp ranges from 68-72 degrees. 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!
XTERRA BUFFALO CREEK BIKE COURSE (22 Miles): The 22 mile XTERRA Buffalo Creek Bike Course takes place in the infamous Buffalo Creek Recreation Area of Pike National Forest on IMBA Epic Designated Trails!
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.
XTERRA BUFFALO CREEK RUN COURSE (5 Miles): The run for the XTERRA Buffalo Creek Triathlon will take place at Lake Wellington, offering stunning views of Castle Mountain!
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.
Transition Area: 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. 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.
DIRECTIONS TO XTERRA Buffalo Creek
DIRECTIONS TO WELLINGTON LAKE
- 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
Wellington Lake Rd
Bailey, CO 80421
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