Wildflower Triathlon- Long Course
The Wildflower Long Course Triathlons is an iconic event in the sport. Many triathletes proclaim it to be the best triathlon in the United States. Since 1983 the event has hosted most of the biggest names in the sport. It starts with a 1.2 mile swim in the lake at 65-68 F. The bike course is a 56 mile ride through the hills, valleys, and fields of wildflowers. The rolling hills are hard on your legs and when you get to “Nasty Grade” (mile 40) makes them burn even more. The downhills will give you white knuckles until you get back to the park and the transition area. The run is 13.1 miles along the lake, creek and through the backcountry of Long Valley. It returns through the Redonda Vista and Lupine Meadows campgrounds. On San Antonio Dr. runners proceed down to the “Pit” (mile 10) then turn-around and head back to Lynch Road for the last leg wobbling downhill to the finish line. The weather plays a big part of the strategy as it is unpredictable from year to year.