Submitted by agrey1357
October 3, 2013
Great event! I did the long course (1 mile swim, 34 mile bike, 10 mile run) which is a great distance to push yourself beyond an Olympic as you’re working up to a half-Ironman. Pre-race email communications kept everyone informed about what they needed to do and what to expect. The expo the day before the race had a god vendor presence, and the swag bag was generous given the high registration fee for this event. One big bonus that distinguishes this race from others is the opportunity to raise money for a charitable partner; SB Triathlon picks a different one every year (voted on by participants); in 2012, it was the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. I was set up with a fundraising page and collected enough money in donations to win a couple of prizes (SB tri racing hat & socks). Parking on the day of the race is challenging; if you’re coming in from out of town, try to book a hotel far in advance that’s within walking distance to the transition/ starting area. The course itself is just gorgeous. The water was around 60-62 degrees but a fairly calm and a great swim at Cabrillo Beach. The bike course offers spectacular views and some really challenging hill climbs. On the downside, it’s not entirely closed to traffic and some of the drivers were less than courteous. At one point I had to come to a complete stop while waiting to make a left turn, not ideal for a race. The run course parallels the beach then climbs uphill, and it seems like a longtime before you get to the turn around. One of the tougher courses I’ve done but very rewarding to get through it. Post-race: Results were posted quickly and photos were available within just a few days.
I will definitely do this race again.
Submitted by The Bear
August 27, 2012
This race goes over two days. With both Long distance and sprint course and relays. Picked up my bib the day of the race easily. The organization seemed pretty good. Not really that many vendors. The swim was in a calm area with no waves and right off the shore. Really nice. The bike was on some pretty bumpy, slippy roads (it was misty), but the scenery was way cool. I really enjoyed the bike. There was one climb that was so tough right at the end, but I like a challenge. The run was not flat, but it was just a gentle climb up a hill (then down on the way back.) Overall I really, really like this course. The only thing I did not like about it was that the distance was weird 1.0 mile swim, 34 mile bike, and 10 mile run. What is that an large Olympic or Small HIM? Either way, I will be back for this one many years to come. Very fun race. One big warning: Get there early to park. The SB police wrote a ton of tickets that day.