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Triathlon Tour Guide: Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

Create your own altitude camp in this Eastern Sierras training haven for endurance athletes.

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Create your own altitude camp in this Eastern Sierras training haven for endurance athletes.

GO
Summer through fall, when the triathlon training and racing scene is most active. If you go in late September, you’ll be treated to colorful fall foliage.

FLY
Mammoth Yosemite Airport (Visitmammoth.com/fly) is a 10-minute drive from Mammoth Lakes and is serviced by Alaska Airlines year-round.

STAY
Vrbo.com and Airbnb.com offer a plethora of listings for short-term vacation rentals, and Mammoth Mountain (Mammothmountain.com) has an array of lodging options right in the village at multiple price points.

Swim

Pool With A View
Whitmore Pool (Mammothrecreation.com) is a six-lane 25-meter outdoor pool open mid-May through early September with panoramic mountain views. Snowcreek Athletic Club (Snowcreekathleticclub.com) has an indoor pool (a bit short at 19 meters) and outdoor pool as well as whirlpools. The High Sierra Triathlon Club organizes several swim, bike and run workouts each week, with periodic swims, rides and race simulations at nearby June Lake. Refer to Highsierratriclub.org/calendar for the schedule.

Bike

Where The Locals Go
Mammoth Mountain Bike Park (Mammothmountain.com) is the perfect spot for some fat-tire fun—for the whole family. But if you’d like to stick to the paved roads, there’s no shortage of route options in Mammoth Lakes, and the free bike shuttle is a super convenient amenity. For a map of the Mammoth Lakes Trail System, go to Mammothtrails.org. Eastside Velo Cycling Club (Eastsidevelo.org), sponsor of the Mammoth Fall Century and Gran Fondo, organizes ongoing area rides.

Run

8,000 Feet And Climbing
All running abilities and ages are welcome at Mammoth Track Club (Mammothtrackclub.com) workouts. Check the club’s site for the workout/group run schedule and local races. The Mammoth Lakes Crib (Mammothlakescrib.com), a destination established by Mammoth Lakes Tourism for elite athletes in training, lists common run routes (and other popular training venues) on its website. The scenery along the Paper Route on the side of Mammoth Mountain will distract you from your burning lungs!

RELATED: A Foolproof Guide To Altitude Training

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Refuel, Rehydrate
Reward your workouts with a pint(s) from the Mammoth Brewing Company (Mammothbrewingco.com) taps. Located at the end of a popular mountain biking route (with spaces to rack your rig), Mammoth Brewing is the spot to grab a local brew in the alpine sun. Park yourself on a picnic bench to enjoy one of their seasonal beers or the delicious house-made root beer. There’s also a “gastropub” inside the brewery that serves up pub fare with an upscale twist (flatbread pizzas, kale Caesar salad). The menu at Mammoth Tavern (Mammothtavern.com) features hearty dishes like shepherd’s pie as well as lighter options like the heirloom tomato and watermelon salad—both delicious. The craft cocktail menu alone warrants a visit. For a coffee fix, Looney Bean is a local favorite.

Race It!

The High Sierra Triathlon Club hosts a number of training camps and races, including the bucket-list-worthy June Lake Triathlon (July 9, 2016) and the uniquely formatted Graniteman Challenge (September). To complete the Graniteman Challenge, racers swim 2.4 miles in June Lake on the first day, ride 102 miles the next and run 12.4 miles of Tioga Pass on the third day. Details and registration at Highsierratri.org.

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