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Bike Course Recon
Overall Surface Quality:
Average - well paved and smooth in most sections, but some of course is weathered rural roads
This bike course is characterized by one thing and only one thing: ROLLERS. With over 1100 meters climbed but only a range in 110m of elevation, this is the rolliest 70.3 bike in the world. If you’re not built for a constant up and down, you’re going to have a… fun time on the bike.
You can tell by just looking, this profile looks like the blade of a hacksaw:
Only 1/3 of the 90km course is flat (falls within the range of -1% to 1% grade). These hills are very short, but can get extremely steep, just look at hill #1. Since there are only a couple turns on the whole course (out and back) we’ll mainly cover the hills here, and since there are more than you can keep track of, we’ve made a table with the locations of the important ones for you to print out and tape to your top tube or stem (see at bottom).
Snapshot of profile and Google Streetview below:
1) @ km 1.0 Length: 200m, 21m gained, 19.6% peak gradient
2) @ km 2.9 Length: 200m, 12m gained, 10.9% peak gradient
3) @ km 5.4 Length: 950m, 36m gained, 7.4% peak gradient
4) @ km 7.2 Length: 770m, 46m gained, 14.6% peak gradient
5) @ km 8.2 Length: 200m, 10m gained, 7.2% peak gradient
6) @ km 10.8 Length: 750m, 49m gained, 13.0% peak gradient
7) @ km 15 Length: 350m, 18m gained, 9.9% peak gradient
8) @ km 17.4 Length: 180m, 10m gained, 9.1% peak gradient
9) @ km 18.0 Length: 600m, 20m gained, 9.1% peak gradient
10) @ km 19.6 Length: 240m, 17m gained, 10.3% peak gradient
11) @ km 23.5 Length: 250m, 14m gained, 9.9% peak gradient
12) @ km 40.2 Length: 550m, 19m gained, 7.1% peak gradient
13) @ km 42.8 Length: 950m, 27m gained, 7% peak gradient
14) @ km 44.5 Length: 520m, 22m gained, 6.3% peak gradient
15) @ km 46 Length: 370m, 16m gained, 7.4% peak gradient
16) @ km 50 Length: 500m, 19m gained, 7.1% peak gradient
17) @ km 51.5 Length: 760m, 23m gained, 7% peak gradient
18) @ km 53.3 Length: 580m, 26m gained, 8.3% peak gradient
19) @ km 63.1 Length: 280m, 12m gained, 7.3% peak gradient
20) @ km 66 Length: 330m, 14m gained, 7% peak gradient
21) @ km 69.3 Length: 850m, 38m gained, 8.4% peak gradient
22) @ km 71 Length: 175m, 9m gained, 10% peak gradient
23) @ km 72.2 Length: 250m, 18m gained, 12.5% peak gradient
24) @ km 72.6 Length: 340m, 24m gained, 11.3% peak gradient
25) @ km 73.9 Length: 800m, 44m gained, 11.7% peak gradient
26) @ km 76.7 Length: 600m, 17m gained, 7.3% peak gradient
27) @ km 83.8 Length: 360m, 18m gained, 10.8% peak gradient
28) @ km 88.2 Length: 480m, 18m gained, 8.3% peak gradient
29) @ km 88.9 Length: 490m, 20m gained, 10% peak gradient
Click here to view a full interactive profile of the 56 mile course.
Now of course there’s no way for you to remember all of those, let alone when you’re 65km into the course and in excruciating pain, so here’s a table of the major hills to print out and tape to your top tube:
(numbers are rounded up)
Obstacles and Other Notes:
Link to main race site:
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