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XTERRA Pagosa Springs

August 2nd, 2014 — 1.6km (1m) swim / 16 mile bike / 6.2 mile trail run. (NEW COURSE DISTANCES)

Set at the base of the majestic San Juan mountains, you'll start with a wetsuit swim in the crystal clear mountain water of Lake Pagosa, from there you’ll traverse the best local trails for the bike and run legs through Martinez Canyon. It's mostly fast flowing single track but you'll need to be on your game as there is a couple of technical sections. The winding trail system works you through spectacular Ponderosa and Aspen forest, which makes it rooty and rocky underfoot - you'll earn your rest at the finishing party!

The race will start at 9:00am sharp on Saturday 2nd August. You will have race bibs as well as ankle strapped timing chips. The race cut off is 5 hours (2pm).

Race Updates. 7.28.2014.

XTERRA Pagosa Springs Racers,

With Saturday's race day quickly approaching, I hope that you’re feeling ready, and that you are looking forward to racing on some sweet flowing single track and technical trails.

Below is information pertaining to the race. It will also be available on the website, and will be updated prior to the race with supplemental information.

Bib & Chip / Packet Pick up / Race Registration

Bib / Packet Pick up and last minute registrations will be held on Friday, August 1st outside The Hub Bike Store from 4pm to 8pm, 100 Country Center Drive Suite F (970) 731-2002.

We encourage you to try and make the most of this opportunity, as it will be busy on race morning. ID (incl. USAT membership) will be required for pick up.

DSP Pizzeria and Nellos Bistro (both in the same center as The Hub) will have meal deal specials for athletes on Friday, coupons are at the Packet Pick up or show your race bib.

As a last resort, late registration, bibs and packets can picked up at the Start/Finish area from 7-830am on Saturday 2nd August.

Friday and Saturday registration will be $125 for solo USAT and $137 for Non USAT, Teams per person $65 USAT and $69 non-USAT.

The Choke Cherry Tree has sent us delicious little caramel treats for your race bag. Check out their store and deli north of MacDonalds.

USAT Membership

All athletes will require a mandatory USAT license to enter this triathlon (whether as

an individual or team). Existing USAT members will be required to validate their membership at registration. Non-USAT members that have already purchased their day license through the registration process, will still be required to fill in the USAT form at registration.

Transition opens 730am to 845am. This course features one transition area. Bike racking is first come first serve. The Transition Area Coordinator and volunteers will be onsite to help you locate your spot and rack your bike when you come in from the swim or bike. To secure your belongings the transition area will be secured, only participants and race staff will be permitted in the transition area. The transition will be open for bike collection from 1pm onwards. Bibs will be required to remove your bike.

Mandatory Course Briefing/Chip timing

Higher Grounds Coffee will be providing freshly brewed coffee for early birds on race day.

8:45am MANDATORY Course Briefing at the transition area. All participants competing must be in attendance.

Race Start: The race will start at 9:00am sharp on Saturday 2nd August. It will be a mass gun start. Plastic timing chips will be located on an ankle strap which you will receive at packet pick up. There is a $20 replacement fee for any lost or damaged chips. Teams will need to hand over the ankle strap and chip during transitions.

The race cut off is 5 hours (2pm).

Tattoos

Need some inspiration to kick butt at the race? We have XTERRA temporary tattoos on the morning of the race. We also have a local very talented Henna Tattooist, Megan Riddle Sacred Stainshttp://www.sacredstainshenna.com/at the Friday packet pick up. She can do ANY body art you like, and work to any budget.

Water Temperature

The water temperature as at today is 71 degrees. We do not anticipate a significant change in temperature over the next week. Rules regarding wetsuits are as follows:

XTERRA follows the Swimming Conduct rules for Wetsuit Use1 established by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) at all XRC Races (Las Vegas, Richmond, Beaver Creek, Pelham), the XTERRA USA Championship (Ogden), all XTERRA Global Tour events, and the XTERRA World Championship. Here are the specifics of the ITU Wetsuit Use Rules:

  • Wetsuits are mandatory for Age Group athletes if the water temperature is BELOW 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees C)
  • Wetsuits are permitted for Age Group athletes if the water temperature is AT or BELOW 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees C)
  • Wetsuits are forbidden for Age Group athletes if the water temperature is ABOVE 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees C)
  • Wetsuits are mandatory for Professional athletes if the water temperature is BELOW 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees C)
  • Wetsuits are permitted for Professional athletes if the water temperature is AT or BELOW 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees C).
  • Wetsuits are forbidden for Professional athletes if the water temperature is ABOVE 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees C)

Athletes will have the opportunity to swim on the course on Saturday morning only. This is a privately owned lake with access granted for race day only.

Facebook

We update our Facebook daily with race information, race photos, latest news etc – so definitely find us on Facebook here and get your updates first!https://www.facebook.com/pages/GECKO/324829909101

Course Map & Elevation Profile

Here is a link to download the new 2014 Course Maps and Elevation Profile. There will be two aid stations on course, which will be used on multiple occasions.

Bike Coursehttp://connect.garmin.com/activity/548229462
Bike Coure written directions

Run Coursehttp://www.joingecko.com/uploads/xterra%20ps%20run%20course.pdfand Garmin linkhttp://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/550851155

The best spectator points will be the dam wall for the swim, at the Dutton Rd trail entrance for the run and along Antelope Avenue.

Directions and Parking

Access to the Start/Finish line area is via Cloud Cap Avenue.

Directions: Heading North along Piedra Rd, turn left into Cloud Cap Ave and travel approximately .5 mile to the transition / start / finish area. Access to Cloud Cap Ave can also be via Park Ave.

Designated parking will be available at the Start /Finish area.

On Course Fuel

XTERRA sponsors Gatorade and Powerbar will be supplying on course fuel for this race. We'll also have water at every aid station.

Food vendors: There are no food vendors or cafes near/at the start/finish area. There will be a finish line aid station for athletes but please advise your spectators and supporters to bring refreshments with themselves for the morning. There is also very little seating so please recommend that they bring a chair as well.

Freshly baked goodies courtesy of the will be at the finish line courtesy of Pagosa Baking Company and DSP Pizzeria. Support the businesses that support your racing!

Awards & After Party

Awards presentations will be at the Start/Finish area commencing at 12:30pm.

However, the most unique and exciting part of this race is its relationship with the Quality Resort & Suites. What better way to round out the day then to enjoy a cold beer and great food? The race presentation and SWAG give away will be at The View Restaurant & Bar at the Quality Resort & Suites from 3pm to 5pm. Light snacks will be available to athletes as well as a 10% discount on all meals following the awards presentation at 5pm. Sierra Nevada is sponsoring the event with free beer, and a full bar is available for you to purchase other beverages.

Accommodation

We have three accommodation partners offering 15% discount off for runners and their families.The Quality Resort & Suites is the most convenient accommodation for this race, given their sponsorship and hosting of the awards after party. They offer 20% off accommodation while rooms are availablewww.joingecko.org/accommodations

There are many more accommodation options to be found atwww.visitpagosasprings.com

Recycling

Thanks toElite-recycling.comfor helping us keep the event Recycle friendly!

PLOW Swim Challenge

http://www.joingecko.com/info.asp?uid=371Register for the PLOW swim challenge with your XTERRA promotional code (on your registration receipt email). XTERRA athletes receive a discount. Enjoy a recovery 1/2 mile or 1 mile swim at 9am on Sunday morning.

If you have any specific queries, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on the details below.

Travel safe!

Mike Le Roux

Race Director, GECKO

970-398-0612

Course Map & Elevation Profile

Here is a link to download the Course Maps and Elevation Profile. There will be two aid stations on course, which will be used on multiple occasions.

New Bike Course Garmin Link

New Bike Course WRITTEN directions PDF

New Run Course

Run course Garmin link

The best spectator points are at the Dutton Rd trail entrance and through the Arrowhead Road gate.

Directions and Parking

Access to the Start/Finish line area is via CloudCap Avenue.

Directions: Heading West along Piedra Rd, turn left into Cloud Cap Ave and travel approximately 1-2 mile to the transition / start / finish area. Access to Cloud Cap Ave can also be via Park Ave.

Designated parking will be available at the Start /Finish area.

Accommodation

We have three accommodation partners offering 15% discount off for runners and their families. Click Here for the contact details of how to book and use your discount code. The Quality Resort & Suites is the most convenient accommodation for this race, given their sponsorship and hosting of the awards after party. They are offering 20% discount to GECKO athletes.

Awards & After Party

Awards presentations will be at the Start/Finish area commencing at 12:30pm.

However, the a unique and exciting feature of this race is its relationship with the Quality Resort & Suites. What better way to round out the day then to enjoy a cold beer and great food? The race presentation and SWAG give away will be at The View Restaurant & Bar at the Quality Resort & Suites from 3pm to 5pm. Sierra Nevada and snacks are on us. Stay and have dinner at The View and get 10% off your bill.

USAT Membership

All athletes will require a mandatory USAT license to enter this triathlon (whether as an individual or team). Existing USAT members will be required to validate their membership at registration. Non-USAT members have already purchased their day license through the registration process, but will be required to tick the "purchase" box on the waiver.

Please refer below to the Most Common Rules Violations

http://www.usatriathlon.org/about-multisport/rulebook/most-common-violations.aspx

RACE Bibs & Swim Caps

Our race starts with a gun start for the swim. Our timing equipment reads off a chip on an ankle strap. In order for you/or your relay team to have a timed race, you MUST take the ankle chip with you when you leave on the bike and again on the run (or pass this to your relay team member). You will also have a race bib for the run and bike portions of the race. To save time in the transition we recommend that you race with a RACE BELT otherwise you will need to pin the race bib to your shirt in transition or have it already pinned to a shirt you will be cycling and running in.

You’ll receive a lime green swim cap at registration, please ensure that for safety reasons you are wearing this during the swim.

XTERRA Tattoos

If you’d like to race with a temporary XTERRA Tattoo look out for our ’Tattoo Team’ at the start/finish area to get yours before the starting gun.

On-course Fuel

There will be a basic aid station on the bike course approximately half way at the highest point.and it will have water, Gatorade and Power gels. On the run course there is an aid station at approximately mile 2.7 and return at mile 3.3. This will have Water, Gatorade, Powerbars and Power gels. The Start/Finish area will have a Finish aid station with fuel, food, burgers (for athletes, thanks to Pagosa Baking Company) and popsicles.