Those who don’t like ocean swims will delight in a dip in a clean, placid reservoir that's protected by a dam and virtually wind-free. Then comes the hard part. As you hop on your bike, you’ll immediately climb a steep hill toward the dam, but the inclines don’t stop there. There are various monster hills throughout the bike and run portions of the race, which is likely why many triathletes call Bandits Challenge one of the toughest races out there. Just think of it as character-building.