Top Five Honorable Mentions:
Albuquerque, N.M.: With 280 annual days of sunshine, bountiful outdoor resources, a moderately high altitude and a remarkably low cost of living, the Duke City deserves a date on your tri training calendar, if not serious consideration as a long-term destination.
Santa Rosa, Calif.: Home to cycling superstar Levi Leipheimer and hardcore Ironman 70.3 Vineman, Santa Rosa serves up seriously hot summer training days amidst its rolling hills and trails. Spend your rest day at any of the area’s numerous wine cellars, and you’ll taste the true splendor of this Northern California wonderland.
Flagstaff, Ariz.: High-altitude hideout for multiple Olympic medalists and hopefuls, Flagstaff is one of the best U.S. venues for running and off-road riding. Sadly, many trails were destroyed during 2010’s summer fires—even more reason to express our support for this quaint college town.
Ogden, Utah: Altitude, affordability, and abundant outdoor athletics—all reasons why Ogden earns a multisport “A” grade in our opinion. Utah winters are no joke, but the substantial snow allows Ogden to host the annual Xterra Winter World Championship.
Greenville, S.C.: Serious roadies, tough trail riders, bike-to-work junkies and two-wheeled weekend warriors—if it’s cycling related, Greenville’s got it. Add plenty of run and swim resources, plus a big dose of Blue Ridge Mountain beauty, and you’ve found another Southern endurance hot spot.