Monday July 3rd
The third annual EmeraldMan will take place as part of the July Fourth weekend of CTC At Home Training Camp. EmeraldMan is a swike (swim/bike) event like no other. Swim 1.8 miles from Columbia Park beach to Bradstreet Landing. Then ride, short or long it doesn't matter, through the Cleveland Metroparks.
It’s finally here! CTC’s long distance training challenge. We’ve ridden thousands of miles on these roads, now it’s time to put it together for a killer training day. We’ll ride Cleveland’s world famous Emerald Necklace and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park for an iron distance ride of 112 miles. Before we do that, we’ll swim the requisite 2.4 miles in Lake Erie to round out the full distance aqua-bike.
Participants meet at Bradstreet Landing or Columbia Park between 6:15 and 6:45 am. For people swimming point to point shuttles will be organized to get people to the start at Columbia Beach.
The swim starts at 7:00 AM with options to swim in the cove or go point to point.
From the bottom of the stairs at Columbia Park, we’ll swim west for 0.3 miles, then do an about-face and swim east back to Bradstreet’s Landing. We’ll exit the water at the foot of the pier and proceed to the ride. Note: the swim is un-supported, so, swim at your own risk – stay close to the shore for easy exit it you need to stop. If Lake Erie conditions are un-safe, we will not swim. Swim map: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/747408463
After the swim, participants drive to Emerald Necklace Marina, which affords a better parking and start point, to ride up to 110 miles on a friendly out and back course. Groups of riders will leave the marina every 15 minutes between 8:15 - 9AM. An aid station will be available at approximately the 35/75 mile mark in the Brecksville Reservation.
We plan to set up a location or two where you can re-fill your bottles with water or sports drink (roughly mile 30 and mile 80). Other than that, the ride is completely self-supported. You can drop a “needs” bag in the morning and have it waiting for you at a fluid station (more details as we get closer to ride day). There will be no “sag” vehicle, so, take a mobile phone with you in the event you get stranded.
Let us know what time of the day you finish to full monty – you will be enshrined in the Emerald Man Hall of Fame. If you don’t do the full distance, you will receive “honorable mention”. We’ll meet at a local establishment for post training refreshments (to be determined).
Not in “Iron Shape”?
No worries, swim and ride as much/far as you want. This is your personal training challenge with your fellow tri-geeks!
Post event gathering to recount the days adventure will be at Around the Corner.