Important Updated Triathlon Information
This is an update about the XTERRA Wild Ride Triathlon.There is a brand new 8 mile mountain bike loop all within the State Park boundaries. We remain committed to making this event a total winner. Wild Rockies and the Park Staff put in days of trail work to make this happen.
Please read below for more and for those who haven't been to McCall, it is absolutely gorgeous.
Venue: The NEW picnic area and VISTORS CENTER within Ponderosa State Park is where the race begins and ends. This heavily-wooded peninsula is 3.5 miles long and 1.5 mile wide and juts out into Payette Lake. It is covered with rolling hills, and an assortment of dirt roads and trails. It is the site of the 2008 World Masters Nordic Ski Championships and is also perfect for an XTERRA event!
The entire race starts and finishes in a green grass flat spot, which makes things nice for spectators and athletes alike.
Flying to the Race: A few have asked about flying to the venue. Boise is the closest major airport and is located 120 miles from McCall.There is a small commuter service into McCall.
Renting A Bike: Some have asked about renting mountain bikes and wetsuits. This is not a problem at all and bikes can be rented from all of the bike shops in town, as well as the Brundage Mountain Ski Resort located nearby. Here is a list of phone numbers for shops that rent mountain bikes in or near McCall:
1. GRAVITY SPORTS - (208) 634-8530
3. Tamarack Resort?- (826) 649-6903
XTERRA Wetsuits Rental Program:
Awards: Three deep, plus--- $$$ for the top Pro Man and Woman:)
Post-Event Food: Yes, at the finish, sandwiches, snacks and other stuff. A nominal donation for non-racers, includes-- drinks, water, Gatorade, and definately beer!!
Swim: The swim leg is 1K to 3/4 of a mile and is a one-lap, loop that goes out into the crystal-clear, 300-foot deep, Payette Lake. Water temps will be in the upper 50's. Using a wet suit on this one is a tough call. Depending on your constitution, you could probably go without one.....or maybe not. It is warm near the shore, but not so warm farther out. If in doubt, bring the suit.
Bike: FLASH As stated above, we ARE going to use the brand new Loop in the park. Please view the Park MAP ONLINE! It consists of rolling paved/ dirt roads and sweet, single track trails. There's about 1,100 feet of climbing and descending. It will be awesome for a intermediate and upper level rider and challenging, but doable for a FIT beginning mountain biker. There will be numerous aid stations and special people up there to assist you. This course is the real deal and be prepared for more than an hour on the bike leg. Period.
Run: The run course will be one, 6.2-mile loop and will go deep into the heart of the park through some really tight, cool, green trails. Rocky stair cases and bridge crossings are abundant, so watch your step!
Timing/Scoring: We have a signed contract with Bluecirclesports.com. They electronically time every move you make and deliver this with world-class speed and accuracy. They will record finish times for all three legs, this is fairly complex to say the least. You can view your results online on the www that evening! Oh, isn't technology great?
USA Triathlon Licensing: Can be done at the event. The cost is $50 for an annual license or $15 for a 1-day and each flavor of license can be purchased at the race.
Course Maps: There is now a bike loop map posted here on the site. view current map
Listen up: Nearby Brundage MTN. Resort has lifts running in the summer with awesome biking and hiking. This would be a great way to warm-up for the event and not wear yourself out the day before the event! Check them out at www.brundage.com
Lodging: Book a reservation Now
1101 North Third St.
McCall, Idaho 83638
Toll Free: 866- 800-1183
Check In: 24 hour front desk
Tell them Wild Rockies sent you!!
HOTEL MCCALL is set on the banks of the Payette Lake, and surrounded by breathtaking mountain scenery. McCall is a dream location for recreation. Dubbed "Ski Town USA," McCall is just minutes from two great homegrown ski resorts, Brundage Mountain and Tamarack Resort. Spend hours hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, golfing at five fantastic golf courses (including Jug Mountain Ranch), waterskiing, swimming, boating or just sight seeing. This is your playground. And, it's where you'll find Hotel McCall. Downtown and lakeside, the heart and soul of it all. We hope you enjoy your visit.
Our other options-- check out--1-800-844-3246 or www.inidaho.com, they can direct you to numerous other establishments in town.
Camping: Numerous campgrounds abound in the area including very nice, but limited camping in Ponderosa State Park. Reserve your space now!.
Other Stuff to Do: Horseback riding, hiking, multiple hot springing adventures, sailing and jet-skiing are but a portion of the things to do in and around McCall.
Darren Lightfield, Event Director
XTERRA Wild Ride Triathlon,McCall,Idaho