The Bass Lake Triathlon, an event that drew hundreds of top competitors during its heyday and has been dormant since its last was held in 1998 has been resurrected. The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and local business owners have brought back the old triathlon event. The newly named and reinvented Bass Lake Classic Triathlon will now take place June 4, 2011.
In 1983 and 1984, at the dawn of the sport of triathlon, the Bass Lake Triathlon hosted the first ever USA Triathlon National Championships. The list of participants read like a Who's Who of the fledgling sport back then. Scott Molina and Sylviane Puntous won the first National Championship event held in Bass Lake, CA back then in 1983. Future world and Ironman champions all raced the challenging waters and roads of Bass Lake.
"The Bass Lake Triathlon was a huge event, not just for Bass Lake, but in the sport itself," Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau CEO Dan Cunning said.
Triathlon: Bass Lake Classic Triathlon
When: June 4, 2011
Where: Bass Lake, CA
Distances: Olympic, Sprint
Divisions: Age Group, Relay
Bass Lake is situated in the foothills of the Sierra National Forest, just hours from San Francisco and Los Angeles and is the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. Its located at just over 3000 feet of altitude in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. The event area is surrounded by pines, crisp, clean air and, for the triathletes, rolling, challenging terrain.
The new event will feature Olympic and Sprint distance events for triathletes to choose from. The events will consist of either a 1500 meters Swim, 40 kilometer Bike and a 10 kilometer Run or a 400 meter Swim, 20 kilometer Bike and a 5 kilometer Run. Relay teams are an options as well.
Swim in the warm, calm and protected waters of Bass Lake, a bike around the lake with challenging hills and screaming down hills and run through the picturesque town of Bass Lake, the triathlon will again be one of the go to races in California and beyond.
Expect temperatures in the mid 70s, with warm, sunny skies. Water temperature should be in the mid 70s, making for a wetsuit legal swim.
Organizers expect 400-600 racers will compete in the newly resurrected Bass Lake Classic Triathlon event , which begins at the Pines Resort on the lake's north shore.
Registration is now open for this early summer race. Check the event website for details and accommodation options. www.basslaketri.com
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