Image courtesy of: Jesse Peters

You’ve seen the glorious shots of athletes cycling through lush green singletrack, bounding their way over dusty fire roads, with an ear-to-ear grin no matter the weather.

Admit it, you’ve always wanted learn what the Cross Triathlon hype was about, but perhaps you were a little intimated of off-road running and riding, or just weren’t sure where to start. We get it, and we’re here to help you get that off-road triathlon journey started, and that starts with a mountain bike and developing some basic, off-road skills.

Like all triathlons, Cross triathlons are a combination of swim, bike and run, only the cycling and running portion take part on….wait for it….. a network of trails that can vary from single track technical to fire road or gravel paths, and probably, some combination thereof.

How better to learn these skills but with Whistler-based NCCP Coach and resident Pro athlete, Karsten Madsen.  With a palmarès that includes 5 Xterra event titles, 3 National Cross Championships and 2nd in the 2019 Xterra Pan Am Tour, it’s safe to say, Karsten knows his way around the trails.  Let Karsten’s years of training, racing and off-road knowledge, coupled with his coaching prowess guide you to become a confident, better technical and faster Cross athlete!

On Saturday, July 10th, join us in a Cross-focused Clinic, spending the day riding and trail running with like- minded athletes eager to embrace the critical skills necessary to make the leap into the growing sport of off-road triathlon, safely and with confidence!

YEAH BONUS! All registered participants will be entered to win a Rudy Project Off-Road Dream Pack worth over $400.00!

What’s in store for the day?

8:45am Start      Clinic Opening & Orientation – Lost Lake (park at Lot 4 or 5)

9:00 – 11:00        MTB Essentials

  • Whistler Trails Overview
  • Gain confidence conquering single track, roots, rocks, steep punchy hills, and tight switchbacks!
  • Gearing, legspeed and body positioning
  • Line choice
  • Dialing in equipment – basics on bike tech to maximize your success (suspension set up and tire choice)

11:00– 11:15      Nutrition Break & Clothing Change

11:15 – 12:15     Trail Running Essentials

  • Whistler Trails Overview
  • Sighting
  • Footwork
  • Economy drills

12:15 – 12:45     Debrief & Wrap Up

  • What next?
  • Cross-specific skill progression
  • What’s Xterra?
  • BC Cross Series – What is it?
  • How do you qualify for the ITU World Cross Championships?

12:46pm               ONSITE RUDY PRIZE PACK GIVEAWAY

WHO-WHAT-WHEN-WHERE-WHY and other important stuff:

WHO: This camp is aimed at participants that want to tackle their first Cross (Off-Road) Triathlon successfully and do so with confidence.

WHAT: A half-day camp led by NCCP Coach and Pro athlete, Karsten Madsen.

WHEN: July 10, 2021

WHY: Because, OFF-ROAD, that’s why!

WHERE: Glorious Whistler, BC!  Lost Lake, Parking Lot 4 & 5 specifically.

HOW MUCH? $75.00 for annual Triathlon BC Members, $125.00 for Non-Members

 Note 1: A critical mass of athletes must be registered by July 5 to allow this Clinic to happen.

Note 2: While we love gravel and road bikes, Mountain Bikes, hardtail or full suspension, are an essential requirement for this Clinic.