70.3 Virginia’s Blue Ridge
Bike Course Recon
Overall Surface Quality:
Very good, especially while on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Strava workout from last year’s race:
Right out of transition you'll be greeted by half a mile of +6% grades. But most notably, this course contains the hardest climb included in an IRONMAN race in the western hemisphere: the 4.8 mile, +1600 foot Route 43 North to Blue Ridge Parkway. Thankfully there are beautiful views at the top!
Route 43 North to Blue Ridge Parkway (@ mi 23.3)
10.8km, 402m gained, 11.9% peak gradient
After a brief descent, there are some typical BRP rollers that could classify as climbs themselves by some standards:
Blue Ridge Parkway (@ mi 29.8) multiple +9% gradients
There is one significant descent (gradients dropping below -9%) but there are no sharp turns along this section:
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Turn By Turn
*Turn angle is measured by the sharpest corner angle throughout the entire turn*
Click thumbnail for example (66˚ turn)
There are only a few sharp turns along this course (mostly during the first few and final few miles) and just 2 that you might enter at high speeds:
90˚ right turn; mi 51.5
90˚ right turn; mi 55.3
Satellite Image of T1:
Satellite Image of T2:
Obstacles and Other Notes:
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