58 miles, A Camera, And An Ipod: Calgary Bike Course Scouting Report.
Just got back from being in the car FOREVER. Scouting the course took much longer than I thought, but it was well worth it.
It has been quite a hectic morning here in Canada. Rose bright and early and ate a HUGE breakfast. I think I freaked out the waitress with how much I devoured. I surely got my money’s worth out of the hot buffet. After, picked up two new water bottles at the expo. Then headed out to transition 1, which was about a 45 minute drive from the hotel. Dropped off my T2 bag and my bike:
Just downhill of T1 is the swim start/exit. I got a chance to put my little toes in. Cold? Yes. Too cold? Nah.
We go straight out from the boat ramp below and hang a left to swim under the yellow bridge in the top left corner.
After setup, I hit the open road to check out a course described as “challenging” by race officials. Having completed the route, I can say that on this course you are either going downhill, or going uphill. Not much of flat to be had around these parts. Lucky for me, I like the hills, so this should play in my favor. What kind of hills you ask? Well lets take a look at some parts of the course.
Its flat enough coming out of transition. But the ups and downs start within the first three miles:
Here’s the big one coming out of Cochrane, a little over half way:
So in short, this race is moderately hilly. But some good descents too. How most people were able to pull this off last year around 2:45 beats me. I heard there was a huge tailwind in 2009; maybe we will get some luck from Mother Nature tomorrow.
Okay, after all that driving, I’m ready for a nap!