BASS LAKE — The Bass Lake Classic Triathlon will return to The Pines Village this year on Saturday, May 31. To let everyone know what to expect in the area on the day of this popular event, here are the race details, plus information on traffic controls and the potential for delays.
Athletes will begin arriving at The Pines Village at approximately 6 a.m., with the race set to begin at 7:30. Organizers anticipate an end-time of 2 p.m. and staging is expected to be torn down by 4:00.
Despite expectation of a sell-out, organizers promise minimal traffic delays on the day of the race, with one-way traffic control going west on North Shore Road (Road 432) from about 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., and no road closures during the race. Minimal traffic delays are promised for those entering the Pines Village from Road 274.
The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau has invited the community to participate in the race, either as volunteers or spectators, and to attend the Awards Party in the Pines Village immediately following the race, featuring a delicious barbecue by the local Bass Lake Lions Club.
The Visitors Bureau has partnered with Jonathan Grinder of Tucson Racing Inc., a professional triathlon promoter, to create a fun racing experience for all those who attend.
Three racing options are being offered; the first is an International Distance Triathlon, which consists of a 1,500 meter (1 mile) swim; 40 kilometer (25 mile) bike; and a 10 kilometer (6 mile) run.
The second race is a Sprint Triathlon, which consists of a 400 meter (1/4 mile) swim; 20 kilometer (12 mile) bike; and a 5 kilometer (3 mile) run.
The transition area for these two options will be in the parking lot of The Pines Village.
The swim portion of the races will start from The Pines Beach and go left towards the Sheriff’s Tower. The bike route will start at the transition area and go around the lake to North Fork, and then around the other side of the lake, ending back at the transition area. The run will start at the transition area and go on North Shore Road to the parking lot of the Falls Beach. The International Distance Race will cover this route twice.
The third option within the triathlon is a benefit 5K run (3 miles) with proceeds going to local charities. Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors, YHS Scholarship Fund, Yosemite High School Athletic Department, and the Bass Lake Lions Club are among the beneficiaries.
Event coordinators are actively recruiting volunteers to direct participants, pass out water, control traffic and cheer on the athletes.
Anyone interested in participating please contact Rhonda@YosemiteThisYear.com, or call 559-683-4636.