The popular Tsali Recreation Area has long been considered a top destination for mountain biking in Western North Carolina, and even the entire Eastern US. Containing nearly 40 miles of trails in a system with four excellent loops, it has been rated as one of the top 10 places to ride in the USA. The area is located on a hilly peninsula reaching into beautiful Fontana Lake, at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains.
800 Meter Open Water Swim
5.0 Mile Trail Run
10.0 Mile Mountain Bike
The half mile lake swim will start off the event as athletes will begin on East shore and swim out to a point in the lake marked with buoys and then back to the beach. After exiting the water, the racers will face a short run to the transition area to begin the 5 mile run course on the “right loop alternate” trail. The mountain bike leg, which consists of a 10 mile loop will take riders around the popular “left loop” to the finish in the Transition Area.