July – August 2014
XTERRA Off-Road Triathlon Series is coming to Ionia with an inaugural even in 2014.
Swim (1/2 Mile): Counter clockwise swim starting on the beach. Large beach provides plenty of space for athletes without being crowded. Large swim buoys at each corner along with smaller buoys guiding the way. This is a one loop swim Sessions Lake provides plenty of swimming space with only two cabins located on the lake. No housing on shoreline, no wake zone eliminates speed boats and wave runners. Canoes, Kayaks, motor boats and DNR officer will monitor swimmers.
T1/T2 and Bike (10 Miles): Transition to be located just off the large side walk from the beach onto the parking lot. Plenty of room for transition area, plenty of spectator green space to watch triathletes. From transition riders will proceed out to the well-established Ionia Recreation MTB trails. The wide & wooded .7 mile entry onto the MTB trail leads directly to 5 plus miles of pure single track traversing the state rec area. Along the back side of the MTB trails lies the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail. The newly constructed rail trail provides the added trail space to accomplish the 10 mile event. The rail trail consist of lime stone base provides riders with three cool bridges that go over rivers along the course. A combination of both single track and rail trail will provide two distinct riding surfaces for athletes.
T3/T4 and Run (5K): Riders will return to transition zone then head out to the 3.1 mile trail run. Run will follow the same route as the bikes for the first .7 miles. This section of trail easily provides enough room for both returning bikes and runners leaving transition. Run a small ¼ mile section of pavement on Riverside dr. to ensure riders and runners don’t conflict with each other. The small length of tar will be monitored by county Sheriff and volunteers to ensure riders and runner safety. Runners will leave short tar area entering MTB staging area/park and entering another pure single track section of the rec area. The single track section will lead directly back to Sessions Lake without using the tar road.
MMBA Championship Point Series
MMBA Championship Point Series (CPS)
Calling all women that ride dirt!!!
(and guys that know women that ride dirt…feel free to spread the word!)
Save the date for Michigan’s first ever women-only mountain bike race and expo on August 24, 2014 at Cannonsburg Ski Hill.
RACE does not have to be a four letter word! This is a race with categories for women of all athletic abilities with fun challenges along the way to keep things interesting (Surprise!). Come and find out how fun racing can be!