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.
From Grants Pass to Applegate Lake 45 miles, 1 hour driving time Take Grants Pass exit 55 Go south on 99 which turns into US199 Williams Hwy Follow 238 to Rush Turn right on Upper Applegate Road Go past Applegate Dam to Hart-tish Campground/Park
From Medford Oregon 31 miles, 50 min driving time Take Medford exit 30 Past Rogue Valley Mall Crater lake Hwy turns into Ross Hanley drive This meets 238 Following 238 going thru Jacksonvillie Oregon Turn left at Ruch on Upper Applegate Road Past the Applegate Dam to Hart-tish Campground/park Campground (541) 899-9220
From Interstate 5 Take exit #27 for Medford and Jacksonville. After exiting the highway, go west on Barnett Rd (follow the signs toward Jacksonville). Turn right onto OR 99 North/Riverside Avenue. Follow OR 99 for 1 mile and turn left onto Main Street. Bear right in 0.4 miles and follow Jacksonville Hwy. You will enter Jacksonville in 4 miles. About 0.7 miles into Jacksonville, bear right on OR 238. This will take you through the Old Town section of Jacksonville. Note your mileage as you exit Jacksonville on OR 238. In 7.4 miles, turn left in the small town of Ruch onto Upper Applegate Rd. Follow signs for the Star Ranger Station and Applegate Dam. Follow Upper Applegate Rd for about 15 miles to Hart-Tish park. If youre using www.mapquest.com the following address will get you close: Star Ranger Station, 6941 Upper Applegate Rd, Jacksonville, OR 97530.
For more information on Granite Man Endurance Races contact: Chad Wikander, Race Director e-mail: [email protected]