XTERRA Les Bois is excited to have Professional triathlete Jeff Smith return to our race for a 2nd year in a row. Jeff was our top amateur in 2013 and took 3rd place overall! Jeff made the “big jump” in 2014 throwing his “chip” in the game as a professional. He is currently 8th in the XTERRA Pro Series point standings and is looking to improve on his 3rd overall placing last year and vie for the top spot in the $2000 Pro prize purse.
Thanks to all the past participants of the race suggestions, we are excited to improve the course logistics in 2014 to better suit not only the athlete, but the spectators as well. Check out the new course by clicking on the course tab above.
See you in 2 weeks!!!!!
XTERRA Les Bois Crew
XTERRA Les Bois announces Shilt Orthopaedic Consulting Services (SOCS) as a loyal and integral presenting sponsor, facilitating the growth of our race and support of our Professional athletes. SOCS is based in Boise, Idaho and provides care and expertise to individuals with orthopaedic needs across the healthcare spectrum. Dr. Shilt combines his 15 years of orthopedic surgery practice with an extensive endurance sports medicine experience to deliver advice to athletes.
For a 3rd year in a row, SOCS has graciously sponsored our professional athlete prize purse. In 2014, we are excited to announce $2,000 in total prize earnings to those professionals racing!!
2013 XTERRA Les Bois reigning champion and Snapple/GFit XTERRA Pro, Chris Ganter will be returning for a 3rd year in a row to defend his title. Chris, a former collegiate runner turned XTERRA Pro, has been climbing the ranks with a most recent 8th place finish at the XTERRA East Championships in Richmond, Virginia.
Chris will be helping with the “Ride/Run with the Pro’s” during the week of the race.
Looking to preview the XTERRA Les Bois course and get “inside scoop” on how to conquer it!?!?!?……..Well, here is your opportunity!!
XTERRA Les Bois’ professional entrants to include Chris Ganter and Guy Crawford will be guiding you around one loop of the bike course giving tips. “Ride with the Pro’s” will be on Wednesday evenings at 6:00PM leaving from Transition 2. ALL ABILITY LEVELS WELCOME! See map below.
Here is the schedule:
Wednesday, July 9
Wednesday July 16
Wednesday July 23 (race week)
XTERRA Les Bois is pumped to announce the return of pro triathlete, Guy Crawford in 2014! Guy will be returning for 3rd year in a row to improve upon his 2nd place spot on the podium in 2013. Splitting his time between Boise and Perth, Australia, his return to the states will ensure plenty of training on the course to certainly vie for the top spot. So far this year, he has placed himself towards the front of each race and has come up with great results in very competitive fields:
7th – Ironman New Zealand
1st – Endure Batavia Triathlon Geraldton
6th – 70.3 Busselton
10th – 70.3 Boise
“I’m totally stoked to be returning to race XTERRA Les Bois. The course gives you a mix of everything so I’m super excited to get in the mix and battle through another fun filled, adrenaline pumping, heart pounding, Dam wall (The Groin) climbing at XTERRA Les Bois. My favorite part, the beer and gossip sessions at 10 Barrel afterwards!”
Thanks to one of our most loyal sponsors TriTOWN, we have an update and a message from them on the water temps up at Lucky Peak for our local Boise 70.3 this upcoming weekend!
Boise 70.3 Water Temp Updates:
3 weeks ago: 52 degrees
2 weeks ago: 56 degrees
1 week ago: 60 degrees
Yesterday: 58 degrees (reservoir water levels were raised)
Best guess for race weekend: 60-62 degrees.
60 degrees water temps feels cold at first, but most athletes say they feel fine once they get moving. Some will prefer to wear a neoprene cap and socks, but is not necessary if you handle cold well.
Weather looks absolutely perfect all week with highs in the 80′s. So far no rain or storms on the horizon.
At this point we recommend sun block, extra water (air is dry), arm coolers, and your general warm weather gear. Of course don’t forget your neoprene cap and socks if you don’t handle cold water well.
The bike course is always somewhat windy, so if you have trouble in crosswinds you may want to run a more shallow front wheel and a deeper rear wheel.
Run course is beautiful and mostly flat. Well shaded by trees and generally cooler because it’s near the Boise River.
We’ll keep posting updates for our out-of-town friends throughout the week. We’ll be up at Lucky Peak again tomorrow (Monday) at 6pm and Thursday at 6pm for practice swims. We’ll be sure to post water temps after the swim. Hope this helps and we’re looking forward to next weekend!
Registration for the 2014 event is live. Click on the IMAthlete tab on the left side of the page or click HERE. A few minor changes to the race this year to include new swim distances of 500m for the Sprint and 1000m for the Olympic. Stay tuned for more updates! Don’t miss out on the early bird entry fees!!!
~XTERRA Les Bois Crew