The Xterra Iron Creek Triathlon took place on August 20th at Iron Creek near Spearfish. Without even trying, this event showcased some of the most beautiful terrain in western South Dakota.
After some choice adult words about the technical aspects of the course, our inside sources deemed the venue “good,” with clear water at the perfect temperature for a wetsuit legal race; a beach run that lead to transition; a great bike course with the promised technical turns, three massive climbs, a handful of cowpies, and a herd of cattle that ended up pacing some riders; and a run that featured either a double track or gravel-quality road. Overall, the race scene provided just what the relaxed culture west of the Missouri often boasts of: a laid-back atmosphere with strong people.
With that thought in mind, we will link results for this event as soon as the powers that be release them. Word on the trail has it that a 12-year-old girl chicked a great deal of the male competitors and that the Aberdeen off-road bike star Craig Harrison won the long course. Considering the quality of athletes out west, none of this surprises us. Stay tuned for results.