IRONMAN Penticton Triathlon - PJAMM Cycling

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INTRO

Starting in 1983, Penticton was the first Ironman race hosted on the North American continent.  After a 6 year hiatus in Whistler, Ironman Canada returned to the beautiful British Colombia town in 2020.  This is a great race to do if you're a climber - there are over 11 kilometers on the bike above a 5% grade, and the first 5km of the marathon include a monster climb, reaching a 9% grade for 200 meters.

IRONMAN Canada is a full distance triathlon located in Penticton, British Colombia. The swim is 3.8 km, bike is 180 km, and the run is 42 km. 
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Parking:
Public street parking for both athletes and spectators should be available near transition.

Historical Weather:
The last few Augusts in Penticton have been dry, warm, and moderately windy.  Check the PJAMM Cycling Weather Tool for both current and historic weather data.

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Penticton is the ideal place to stay, but if you're having trouble finding a hotel thats not full during race week, the town of Kelowna (50 minutes north) is also an excellent option. Everything below is located in Penticton:

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RACE REVIEW

   IRONMAN Canada Penticton

Bike Course Recon                                                                        

Overall Surface Quality: 

Average - well paved, but most of course is weathered rural roads

Significant Ascents:

Ironman Penticton is made for the climbers. With almost 2,000 meters of climbing, it’s the 7th hilliest Ironman race in the world. The race also contains the 3rd steepest 10 kilometers out of any bike course in the world.

The course doesn’t contain any PJAMM ranked climbs, but it has four inclines that are seriously flirting with that status:

Climb up from Skaha Lake (@ km 13.3)                 4.1km,  120m gained,  11.9% peak gradient

Climb up from Osoyoos Lake (@ km 63)             10.8km,  402m gained,  11.9% peak gradient

  • Hardest climb on the course
  • There’s an aid station halfway through it

Twin Lakes climb (@ km 122.4)                            9.2km,  310m gained,  14.7% peak gradient

  • You could argue the climb starts at km 108 (24km of nearly continuous uphill or flat)

There are also 5 other ascents to be noted:

Osoyoos Lake Wall (@ km 58.5)

  • .6 km blip peaking at 8.6%

Crowsnest Hwy Climb (@ km 82)

  • Annoying ~2km long hill breaking up a 12km descent
  • Peaks at 7.1%


Hwy 3 Rollers (From km 87 to 95.5)

  • You’ll want to remember these are here. Seven rollers with significant pitches, despite our profile tool rounding them out a bit:
  • Roller 1: peaks @ 11.4%
  • Roller 2: peaks @ 8.3%
  • Roller 3: peaks @ 7.2%
  • Roller 4: peaks @ 5.0%
  • Roller 5: peaks @ 8.5%
  • Roller 6: peaks @ 7.1%
  • Roller 7: peaks @ 7.6%

Climb out of the Willowbrook Turnaround (@ km 148.3)

  • You descend this portion before turning around so you’ll get to see what you’re getting into
  • Two steep pitches broken up by a ~1km / 21 meter descent section
  • Peaks at 11.4%

White Lake/Hwy 97 Intersection Climb (@ km 163.7)

  • Last climb of the bike course

Click here to view a full interactive profile of the 112 mile course.

Turn By Turn                                                                                

*Turn angle is measured by the sharpest corner angle throughout the entire turn*

Click thumbnail for example (66˚ turn)

Turn 1:

116˚ left turn;  Km 14.3

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  2.6%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  2.6%                

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Turn 2:

62˚ right turn;  Km 17

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  -2.3%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  1.2%                

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Turn 3:

60˚ left turn;  Km 19.5

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  -2.5%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  -2.9%                

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Turn 4:

77˚ right turn;  Km 20.1

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  -2.9%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  -4%                

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Turn 5:

90˚ left turn;  Km 22.9

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  0%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  0%                

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Turn 6:

118˚ right turn;  Km 63.8

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  -0.4%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  -0.5%                

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Turn 7:

Slight right turn;  Km 84

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  -7.7%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  -8.5%                

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Turn 8:

75˚ right turn;  Km 109.8

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  2.4%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  2.8%                

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Turn 9:

90˚ right turn;  Km 130.5

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  0%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  2.0%                

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Turn 10:

70˚ right turn;  Km 132.1

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  -3.7%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  -5.1%                

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Turn 11:

54˚ right turn;  Km 132.4

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  5.3%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  6.6%                

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Turn 12:

85˚ left turn;  Km 134

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  -7.2%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  -6.9%                

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Turn 13:

60˚ left turn;  Km 138.4

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  -5.9%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  -3%                

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Turn 14:

100˚ right turn;  Km 140

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  -5.3%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  -2.7%                

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Turn 15:

180˚ U-turn;  Km 148

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  0%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  0%                

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Turn 16:

80˚ right turn;  Km 156

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  2.7%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  -4.9%                

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Turn 17:

80˚ right turn;  Km 162.8

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  -6.1%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  -6%                

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Turn 18:

37˚ Left turn;  Km 164

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  12.4%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  5.2%                

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Turn 19:

90˚ right turn;  Km 174.4

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  0%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  0%                

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Turn 20:

80˚ right turn;  Km 175.1

Entrance gradient (preceding 100 meters):  0%

Exit gradient (next 100 meters):  0%                

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Transition Layout:

Obstacles and Other Notes:

  • Due to the amount of climbing/descending, it’s not uncommon to see people choose to ride road bikes with drop bars + clip on aero bars for this triathlon.

Current / Historical Weather Patterns

Full Interactive Bike Course Profile

Link to main race site:

https://www.ironman.com/im-canada?_ga=2.23307258.1525243513.1652043783-1560196912.1650922734 

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