By Meghan Kelly
Every year, on the first Saturday in August, Tahoe locals get together to compete in the unofficial Annual Angora Lakes Triathlon. The weather is always perfect and Angora Lakes is the perfect temperature for swimming. The route is always the same, a scenic six mile bike ride from Kiva Beach, up Angora Ridge Road to the Angora Lakes parking lot, followed by a steep mile run up to Angora Lakes, where we then jump into the lake just as we’re getting too hot, and swim across to a 20 foot cliff, jumping off, and then do it all over again on the way back. Except that it is WAY easier since it is downhill!
The climb is a lung buster, but the meadows filled with wildflowers and flanked with aspens and stunning vistas can make you forget about your aching legs and rapid heartbeat. We call it a race, because it’s pretty fun to compete against your friends… but the only reward is pride and the only goal is fun. Mission accomplished again. We’re even thinking of more “fake” triathlons we can do in Lake Tahoe. We’ve decided the opportunities are endless.
Two time champion Lauren Lindley looking strong as she runs back to her bike for the final section. (Photo by Will)
Friends Raina and Jenny pose after a successful swim across Angora Lakes. (Photo by Gretchen)
Meghan has been enamored with sports her entire life. See more pictures from the Angora Lakes Triathlon, race results and read more about her outdoor adventures on her blog.