Originally published by Triathlete Magazine on September 15, 2020 at https://www.triathlete.com/culture/top-triathlon-towns-of-2020-clermont-florida/
Widely considered a mecca for triathletes, Clermont’s year-round sunshine and many training routes make it a popular endurance playground. While it does get hot in the summer, you can run early and then hit the pool. Plus, right in central Florida—just outside Orlando and not far from Ironman’s headquarters in Tampa—there’s a surprising variety of terrain.
Locals proudly boast it’s the only place in Florida where you can actually ride a bike uphill—no, Miami, your causeways don’t count—and the many nearby lakes and trails add countless opportunities to train and explore. The town is also home to the National Training Center, a state-of-the-art sports facility with an aquatics center that’ll make any triathlete drool, as well as a track and field complex and a 37,000 square-foot fitness center.
Along with ITU and draft-legal races for the elites, Clermont hosts the historic Great Floridian Triathlon, the Sommer Series, and the Lake Louisa Tri — plus you can always check out the local splash n’ dash events put on by former pro Sara McLarty’s Swim Like A Pro (SLAP) Tri Team. With so many triathletes living here (and elites coming here to train), it’s no surprise there are plenty of run and bike shops too, with Clermont Bikes, Trek Clermont, Dash Sports, and Epic Cycles among the most popular. Bonus: Epic Cycles is also right on the bike path and has a coffee bar. Other recommendations from the locals: Energy Lab Café for healthy recovery drinks—and the Crooked Spoon, Root and Branch, and Suncreek Brewery for (not necessarily healthy) drinks and treats.
Clermont is home to the ITU Clermont Draft Legal Challenge.
Why Clermont Is One Of The Top Triathlon Towns
The year-round sunshine and high-quality training. Don’t you want to tri like the pros?
64 degrees F from November to March; 80 degrees F from April to October