Friday, August 14, 2009

Ironman 70.3 Augusta Bike Course

I've been reading reviews and reports from folks that have been on this course and it seems that the overall consensus is that the course is challenging at points but doable and enjoyable for the most part. Total elevation gain is 974 feet... over 56 miles. Comparing it to last week's Mountain Lakes Triathlon, the total elevation gain was 718 feet...over 16.2 miles this course doesn't seem that bad, or is it?

According to a report on BeginnerTriathlete there are a couple of climbs to watch out for, one is a quarter miler at 5-6% around mile 17. A couple of miles later a couple 3-5% about 1/4 to 1/2 mile in length. A short 75-100' long 8-12% climb right before the long stretch home. The last 7 miles have a drop of 300' in elevation! There are other climbs scattered throughout the course but nothing to be concerned about. Several descends throughout the course, most of which are of the 3-5% variety, one of which will allow you to hit 40mph!

1 comment:

  1. That is some GREAT info!!! I’ve shared this with several of my friends who are doing Augusta 70.3