Having conquered her age division two straight years at the youth My Tri triathlon at Bass Lake, 15-year-old Chloe Telian decided it was time to stretch her abilities - so she registered for the Sprint event at this Saturday’s Yosemite Bass Lake Triathlon.
The athletic Telian, who loves the outdoors and enjoys biking and running, has never done the distances she will be doing Saturday (500 meter swim, 12.4 miles bike ride, and 3.1 miles run) at Bass Lake.
The seventh of eight children raging in age from 13 to 30, Chloe, who is home-schooled, is a bit nervous about the race because the distances are longer than she has done. Plus, she couldn’t train all of April due to illness.
“I felt pretty confident when I first decided to do it, but I lost a lot of training time when I was sick,” Chloe said. “I’m still really excited about the race and I feel I will do well.”
Her swimming has improved a lot since recently joining the Yosemite Marlins Swim Club, training three evenings a week.
Chloe plans to continue racing, especially triathlons, and extend the distance as she gets older. What she reminds herself as she’s training is that she has already lapped everyone on the couch.
Chloe will be joined on the course by her dad, Don, 55, who did his first Sprint race last year at Bass Lake.
New to the sport of triathlons, Don is an engineering consultant (www.siguys.com) who plays drums in “Rock Therapy,” the band that will play on the deck at Ducey’s on the Lake Friday night before the race.
“I began exercising fairly seriously a couple years ago, and can often be seen riding my bike behind our house up Sky Ranch Road,” Don said. “After 30 years of working at a desk, it is amazing how many problems a little movement has cured. Chloe and I both race to train rather than train to race.”
The father-daughter team have big plans in August - to bicycle the California Coast from the Oregon border to the Mexico border over a two-to-three week period.
“We’ve been looking forward to that ride for years now, as a way to celebrate her 16th birthday,” Don said. “My wife Cassie and I consider ourselves very fortunate to have called Oakhurst home for 17 years now. It has been an excellent place to raise our eight children.”
500 athletes will compete June 4
An estimated 500 athletes are expected to participate in the event that features individuals and three-person relay teams in two separate triathlon races - Olympic (1500 meter swim, 40K bike, 5K run) and Sprint (500 meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run).
In addition to the triathlon races, a 5K Poker & Go Fish Run/Walk will benefit the Yosemite High School Scholarship Fund and athletic programs as well as other area youth programs.
The event includes a pre-race dinner on the gazebo deck at Ducey’s on the Lake June 3, and an awards barbecue lunch provided by the Bass Lake Lions Club after the race.
Traffic control on race day
Motorists are advised that for the safety of event participants, driving on North Shore Road (Road 274) and Road 222 at Bass Lake will be restricted on Saturday, June 4.
One-way traffic controls will be instituted from West to North Shore starting at 7 a.m., and lasting until 1 p.m. No roads will be closed during the race, but drivers and those staying in area cabins are asked to prepare for the busy event and remain safe.
Traffic delays will be expected for those getting into Pines Village from the Road 274 entrance, starting at 5 a.m. and lasting until noon.