September 4, 2021
The challenge that Western NY needed. Enjoy this beautiful, hilly, scenic, hilly, awesome course! One hour south of Buffalo and one hour north of Erie, PA with easy access off of I-90.
1.2 mile swim around clean and clear Cassadaga Lake (Lower Lake),
56 mile bike that climbs along the Chautauqua Ridge with breathtaking views of Lake Erie and the smell of Concord grape vineyards.
13.1 mile run on quiet, shaded, rolling country roads.
Have we mentioned the hills you will climb? Equivalent to the elevations you would find at Lake Placid for a fraction of the price. And, NO CUT OFF TIMES! We want everyone to come away feeling accomplished and proud of the challenge you faced and conquered! This is grassroots, organic racing as it was meant to be.
Open to individuals and relay teams of 2 or 3. AquaBike option available.
Finisher medals, race swag, great food, live music, Southern Tier Brewing Company Beer Zone, aid stations (two on the bike, one at each mile on the run) stocked with Hammer Nutrition products, all in a lovely setting in the quaint Village of Cassadaga, NY.
USAT sanctioned event. All rules and regulations apply. No refunds for this event however; as with all Wilson Endurance Sports events, with advance notice we will defer your registration to 2022 or transfer to another one of our events.
Strava swim course: https://www.strava.com/activities/3684903168
Strava bike course: https://www.strava.com/activities/2722622133
Strava run course: https://www.strava.com/activities/2730792325
We hold informal training sessions on the courses all year long. For schedules and more information join our Facebook Group page here.
Many volunteers are needed to make this happen. Please share with your friends and family that may want to take part in this event just not as a participant. All volunteers receive a race t-shirt, food and beer! See the list here
A. NO. No cut off times. Period.
2. If I experience issues in the swim, can I continue my race?
A. Yes. You are permitted to hold on to a kayak or boat until you recover, you can flip over on your back and rest, and you can wear a personal swim buoy if desired. The kayak CANNOT move you forward, you must complete the swim on your own. You are welcome to continue with your race as scheduled.
3. Is it ok if we bring our dog?
A. Not really. a.) The Park does not allow dogs and all of the activities will be within the Park. b.) Dogs and bikes don’t really mix. c.) Out of the park is neighboring lawns and we don’t think it’s very nice to have your dog hang out in someone else’s lawn all day. d.) Dogs and other dogs don’t always mix. e.) We love dogs, but this isn’t the venue for it. Sorry.
4. Can my friend run alongside me to pace my run and keep me company?
A. NO. No-one other than registered athletes on the course.
5. Is it ok if I walk my bike up some of those hills?
6. What if I flat on the bike course or have mechanical difficulties?
A. A mechanic will never be more than 7 miles from you at any spot. Ask a fellow athlete to report your general location to the next aid station or race volunteer. Or, if you have you phone on course, please put in the phone # now of Mark Wilson, Race Director, 914-466-9214. Mechanics can do minor repairs like tire changing and cable adjustments but not replace cracked wheels or frames. Only race organization volunteers, other athletes or staff can assist you while on course. No coaches, spouses or friends allowed to assist.
7. Will there be a place I can change clothes between the swim and the bike?
A. Yes. There will be two changing tents (Male & Female with side walls just outside transition)
8. What if I am a really slow cyclist and those hills slow me down even more? Will you pull me out of the race?
A. NO. No cut off times. Period.
9. Can I bring a sandwich and a Coke to eat half way on the bike course?
A. Yes. You can bring a Special Needs bag with whatever you think you may need. It will be at the halfway point/aid station #2 of the bike course. We will put a sticker with your bib# on it and a volunteer will be there to help you find it.
10. Will you have aid stations on the run course?
A. Yes. One at each mile. 3 with port-a-johns. They will be stocked with water, Hammer Nutrition Gels, Electrolytes, Heed (to mix in a water bottle), bananas, oranges, chips, cookies, granola bars, candy. They will be self serve due to Covid protocols but volunteers will be there to re-stock and cheer you on.
11. I am really scared of Covid. What are you doing to protect me?
A. 1.) If you are really scared, please stay home. We will defer you to 2021 2.) Face masks are required as you check in, while you are in transition and post race. 3.) Social distancing is expected from all spectators as well as face masks 4.) Once you get your bike set up in transition please leave the area to allow others to do the same. Reduced number of bikes per rack by 50%. 5.) Social distancing will be asked of athletes during the pre-race meeting. 6.) Volunteers will be wearing face masks and adhering to social distancing 7.) 3 wave starts will spread out participants in the water which is the only place that you will be gathered at all. 8.) Volunteers will have ice cold water lined up on a table at the Finish Line to avoid one on one contact and you will take your Finisher Medal from a table as well. 9.) Post race you will find tables and chairs spread out to enjoy the band, the food and the beer zone. 10.) Everything we can to comply with CDC and State regulations to be able to produce this race for you and everyone to enjoy. 😉
12. Are there going to be marshals on the course?
A. Yes. Marshals will be looking for drafting, unsportsmanlike conduct, and littering; on and off course. Disqualifications will be given.
13. I may need to walk some of that run course. Will the aid stations and finish line still be up?
A. Yes. NO cut off time. Period.