Triathlon is fast-growing, endurance sport and Olympic event that consists of swimming, cycling, and running. With the roots of the sport growing out the San Diego running, cycling and swimming communities, UC San Diego is uniquely positioned at one of the centers of the triathlon world and has some of the best climate and terrain for training year round.
The UC San Diego Triathlon Team was founded in 1998 and has grown to more than 40 athletes. The team competes in Sprint and Olympic-distance races throughout the spring and summer against other schools in the West Coast Collegiate Triathlon Conference (WCCTC), such as Stanford, Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and Cal Poly, San Luis Obsipo. UCSD's team also sends athletes to compete at the Collegiate Nationals race each year.
Historically, the UCSD Tritons have been extremely successful, both within the WCCTC and also at the national level. In 2008, UCSD's women's team won the National Collegiate Team title, with Amanda Felder winning the overall women's race. That same year, UCSD's women swept the entire collegiate podium at the prestigious Wildflower Triathlon at Lake San Antonio, CA. In 2005, UCSD won both the individual mens and womens National Collegiate Championship with Brendan O'Brien and Amanda Felders winning their respective races.
Besides racing in collegiate events, members of the UCSD Triathlon Team have had strong showings at a wide range of triathlon events. For example, in 2008, Lauren Chiodini placed 2nd in her division at the Age Group Nationals race and was selected to represent the United States at the Age Group Worlds race in Australia. In addition to placing well in various Sprint and Olympic-distance races, UCSD athletes have also raced in Half Ironman and Ironman events, with some members even qualifying for coveted spots to Ironman Hawaii.
In addition to competing at the highest levels, the UCSD Triathlon Team has sought to make the sport of triathlon more accessible to the student body at large. With that goal in mind, the team accepts all interested students regardless of athletic background. Furthermore, with the help of the Triathlon Club of San Diego, the team hosts their own sprint distance race, the Tritonman Triathlon, each year at Fiesta Island in Mission Bay. The race serves as the team's main fund raiser for the year and has attracted numerous students from UCSD and many collegiate teams from the WCCTC, as well as top local pros and amateur triathletes.
For more additional information, visit UCSD Triathlon Homepage
Welcome Meeting: Wednesday, September 28th at 8pm in the Rimac Annex dugout
First Official Practice: Monday, October 3rd at 9am at Canyonview
NEWS AND RESULTS
Bike Camp started bright and early Saturday morning. Because Anza Borrego is the dessert, it gets hot very quickly, so if you want to have any fun riding you need to get started in the morning. Our team started riding at 8:30, but by this time temperatures were already approaching 90 degrees.Read More>
The Conference race is always the culmination of the season for our team. It is not the last race, nor is it the biggest or the most important. Nationals, which takes place a couple weeks later, is bigger, faster, and more important. But Conference is the main course, and Nationals is the dessert. Read More>
I've been in and out of injury with ITB for a while now so I was unsure of racing, but I signed up anyways since my rehab had been going well and I was itching to get a race in. My resolve was not unwavering though; I even tried to transfer my race entry to a teammate a few days before the race. Read More>
Any five-hundred mile car trip is a bad idea, but getting a chance to do my first draft- legal race was going to make it worth it. Our teammate Micheal, our driver for that weekend’s trip, had the right plan of getting us up at 5:00am to make the trip and skip the LA traffic, and so by 8:00 am we had hit the central valley. Read More>
The Conference race is always the culmination of the season for our team. It is not the last race, nor is it the biggest or the most important. Nationals, which takes place a couple weeks later, is bigger, faster, and more important. But Conference is the main course, and Nationals is the dessert. It is at the conference race when all of our training comes together and we put our bodies on the line for the first Olympic distance race of the season. It is twice Read More>