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It all started in 1996, when mountain biking and triathlon met in a duel of the fittest on the island of Maui. The race consisted of a rough water ocean swim, a mountain bike race, and a trail run. It represented a bold new racing format that attracted triathletes and mountain bikers alike. The mountain bikers brought their laid-back style and bold self-assurance. The triathletes brought their hard-core training and avid dedication. They soon discovered a common spirit and attitude that pulled them together. For as different as they were, neither could resist the challenges and thrills this new multisport offered.