XTERRA Triathlon Nationals: MTB Portion
ElevationAscent: 3,230' 984 m
Descent: -1,697' -517 m
High: 7,272' 2,216 m
Low: 4,860' 1,481 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“The mountain bike portion of the XTERRA nationals triathlon. A fun and challenging course!”— Brian Smith
Race - Sep 7, 2019
OK, now to the fun part. For those that have raced the USA Championship in either of the last two years, the first 10-miles through the Wheeler Creek Trail are the same. It starts with mild, steady climbs on dirt, rock, and root-ridden mountain trails that climb through the magnificent Wheeler slot canyon. The trail pops out at the Art Nord trailhead where riders cross old Snowbasin road and climb up the Wheeler Creek - East Fork Trail, then drop down into some speedy descents to the Wheeler Creek - Middle Fork Trail, go across old Snowbasin road one more time and connect with the Wheeler Creek Trail. Singletrack dominates this 10-mile stretch and elevation gains from the water at 4,900-feet to about 7,000-feet before a descent on Middle Fork Trail shoots you back down.
The new section starts where the Wheeler Creek Trail meets the Sardine Peak Trail. Here riders are in for some more climbing that will take them to the ridgeline, rewarding their efforts with spectacular views of Pineview Reservoir to the right, and Snowbasin to the left.
It certainly has that wow factor, especially with the switchbacks that twist and turn through the fall colors, said Andrus. Its a sensory riot.
The new section of the course is so sweet, a constant smooth climb and wide enough to pass, added local age-group phenom Nick Fisher.
More wide-open vistas of Ogden Canyon lay ahead before the downhill onto Maples Trail speeds riders through a meadow filled with wildflowers and back to the bike-to-run transition at the Snowbasin lodge area where spectators will have the chance to see their friends and family coming in.
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