May 28, 2010 on 5:00 am | In Employee Adventures, Sponsorship | No Comments
The 2010 Deuces Wild Triathlon Festival is only a week away and everyone here at TriSports.com is excited to head to Show Low, Arizona to put on the best race yet! This year Deuces Wild received a great honor by being named one of the top five triathlon festivals in the world by Triathlete Magazine! Sponsored athlete Billy Oliver is one of the biggest fans of Deuces Wild, and this will be his fifth year taking on the challenging Deuceman long course triathlon. I had a chat with Billy to find out what it is about Deuces Wild that keeps him coming back.
How many years have you raced at Deuces Wild?
I have done the long course race in ’06, ’07, ’08, ’09 and will be doing it in ’10.
What is your favorite thing about Deuces Wild?
I like the change of scenery. It is nice to see pine trees, junipers and fresh, clean air (although its a bit thinner up there) in the summer when you are used to desert brown and cacti. Of course the cooler temps are nice also.
What is the most challenging part of DeuceMan?
Definitely the bike. The never ending rollers, hills, the long climb back into Show Low combined with the altitude make for a tough day…then you get to run!
What makes Deuces Wild different then other triathlons?
Two words…popsicles and raffle! A nice cold popsicle as you cross the finish line is very cool (literally) and the raffle is the biggest and best of any race out there.
What is one of your favorite memories from Deuces Wild?
I really enjoyed working the bike aid station for the XTERRA race the following day and cheering on all the athletes.
What keeps you coming back every year?
It’s a great weekend of camping, racing and an atmosphere very reminiscent of the old days of Wildflower.
What are you most excited about for this year’s race?
Hopefully PRing the course and to see if I can “PR” at the raffle!
Don’t worry its not too late to sign up, spots are still available for the Olympic distance, DeuceMan (long course), Aquabike, Youth Deuceathlon, and XTERRA events! Register HERE. Everyone come on over to beautiful Show Low, Arizona to experience great racing and one of the best triathlon festivals in the world!
(Photos compliment of ASI Photo)