XTERRA Deuces Wild Triathlon - Sunday, June 9, 2019

Known by XTERRA athletes as one of the most exciting races in the XTERRA series, the XTERRA Deuces Wild Triathlon is a race that is great for intermediate racers all the way to professional.  With the swim at 6300' and the bike peaking out at 7000', there are plenty of ways to put yourself deep into the hurt locker. Bring your A-Game and get ready to have fun!

XTERRA Championships

XTERRA Regional Champions will earn a qualifying spot into the XTERRA World Championship in Maui.

Here’s what you need to know…
XTERRA Deuces Wild is in the West Region.  If you live in AZ, CA, HI or NV, you are in the West Region and this race is IN YOUR REGION.

How old will you be on December 31, 2019?  The answer determines your age group.  If you’ll be 45-years-old on December 31 (even if you’re 44 on race day) you’ll be competing in the 45-49 division all year.  To win your region you have to score more points than any other athlete from the (Name of your Region) in the 45-49 age group.

How to score:
- You score points by finishing in the top 15 in your age group
- You can do as many races as you want and count in your total.
- You must compete in at least one (1) race in your region.
- You must compete in at least two (2) total races .

- Some races earn you more points, so refer to the rules linked below to see where you can score the most points!

Full XTERRA America Tour Schedule
Full set of XTERRA America Tour Rules

Want to do some good in your XTERRA quest? Plant a tree, courtesy of XTERRA sponsor Paul Mitchell.

XTERRA SWIM COURSE - 800m (Cut-off time 7:45am )

Expected water temperature for the race is between 58 & 65 degrees.  Wetsuits are highly encouraged. We do abide by the USAT rules for wetsuit usage, which allows wetsuits to be used in water temperatures up to and including 78 degrees Farenheit. Between 78 and 84 degrees, wetsuits may be used, but participants will not be eligible for age group awards. Elites and Pros may only wear wetsuits in water temperatures up to and including 68 degrees.

The swim will be a triangular course (see map below).  Athletes will begin the race in the water or on the boat ramp depending on the water level on race day.  Wave information including swim start times can be found on our schedule. Once the swim begins, swimmers will proceed from the channel, veering right to the first large buoy. The course will be run in a counter-clockwise direction.  Once you hit the first large buoy, turn left and swim to the second large buoy. Remember to keep all buoys on your left.  At the second large buoy, turn left again and head for the finish.  You do not need to round any buoys as you come back into the channel - just make the turn and head to the boat ramp and swim finish.  For those athletes who would like help removing their wetsuits, volunteers will be available for support.  A designated area will be marked for this purpose.

XTERRA Bike Course Routes 24KM (CUT-OFF TIME 10:30AM)

We run two courses at our race.  Our standard course and an alternate course in case the forests are closed due to fire danger.  The first year we used the alternate fire course we had a ton of great feedback so both courses are great and have their own distinct challenges!

Main XTERRA Bike Course (Course Description by XTERRA World Champion Jimmy Riccitello)

Once out of the water, you’ll ride a smooth stretch of dirt road that will allow you to get yourself and your bike sorted out.  Make it quick, though, because once you hit the trail, you won’t be taking your hands off the bars much!

The course climbs gently up a bumpy jeep road to the green water tower.  This tower will serve as your beacon on the return trip to signify that it’s a short downhill jaunt to the transition area.  Right now, however, it signifies where the hurting starts.

From the green water tower, you bomb down a rutted jeep road to a sharp left turn. This section is among the fastest, and is not for the squeamish. Don’t get your front wheel caught in a rut or you’ll be head-over-heels for sure.

At the bottom of the hill, you cross a road and ride down into a rocky and sandy wash (dry riverbed…hopefully). You follow the wash to a culvert that takes you to the other side of the road. From there you pass through a gate and into the forestland.

Once through the gate, you gently climb for the next 3 miles on a “bike path-like” trail.  Passing will not be a problem whether climbing or descending. The trail is pleasantly rugged, with just enough rocks, tree parts and ruts to make it fun, and almost enough to piss you off! The scenery changes from forest green to coal black part way up the climb as you ride through a forest of trees ravaged by the Rodeo-Chediski fire.  The black sticks that used to be trees stand as a stark reminder of the fury of Mother Nature.  Right about now you may be wondering if the ghosts of that fire are contributing to the burning sensation rapidly building in your legs as the climb gradually gets steeper.

After the 3 miles of gradual climbing, prepare yourself for 1.5 miles of steep climbing and more leg burning. This climb is very similar to the climb in the XTERRA World Championships in Maui—both the terrain and the steepness. For those of you with designs on the XTERRA World Championships, this course is a must!

The last part of the climb winds up to the top of a knoll and is steep, yet doable. Once at the top, the fun begins!  Just don’t let the course profile fool you; there’s still some work to do.  First and foremost is staying on the trail and out of the woods on the ride down. Second, the hill isn’t quite steep enough to coast down at a fast pace.  All of you speed junkies will have to put a little pressure on the pedals if you want to take full advantage of your max speed potential. And if you’re taking advantage of your max speed potential, you have to pay attention because the turns come quick. One loss of concentration will result in a detour through the trees.

After about 3.5 miles of fast descending, you turn onto a dirt road. You will never be so happy to see a dirt road in your life!  The dirt road is super fast (more descending) but contains just enough ruts to keep you honest.

After a couple more miles and a sharp right down a quick descent, the dirt road turns left onto the “bike path-like” trail on which you started. Once through the Forest Service gate, you head down into the culvert, and proceed to climb back up to the green water tower (your friendly beacon). It’s a short, stiff climb, but once at the top, you are rewarded with a quick downhill into the bike-to-run transition.

View static image with video clips below:

XTERRA Deuces Wild bike map with video clips


Forest Closure Alternate XTERRA Bike Course Route

Should the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest be closed for fire danger, we will use our alternate course (first used in 2018).  If you have done our race in the past there will be many familiar parts of the course, and with the new two-loop format, it is now extremely spectator-friendly.  The two loops will have a combined 800 feet of climbing and will be the same distance as the original course.

TRAIL RUN COURSE - 8km Trail Run (Cut-off time 12pm)

XTERRA Run Course Route

The Trail Run portion of the XTERRA Deuces Wild Triathlon offers athletes a mix of hills and flat terrain.  The run course leaves transition and makes its way to the famous green water tower.  From there a steep descent followed by a challenging ascent will eventually bring you to the dirt trail around Fool Hollow Lake.  After the flat out and back, you will make your way up to the finish chute bringing your race to a close.


There will be several aid stations on both the bike course and run course. At all aid stations for the XTERRA Deuces Wild Triathlon, both water and Gatorade will be available. The following is a list of aid stations and their approximate locations for the XTERRA Deuces Wild Triathlon.  Refer to the maps for general locations of the aid stations.

  • Transition Area
  • Mountain Bike Course - Mile 6.5
  • Trail Run Course - Mile 1
  • Trail Run Course - Mile 2
  • Trail Run Course - Mile 3
  • Trail Run Course - Mile 4