Today we had the privilege of escaping the confines of the office and doing a recon of the new bike course at Ironman 70.3 Muskoka. Just 16 days out from the race it was the perfect time to see the course and do a good long ride. The weather was amazing, and it was great to see many triathletes checking the course out.

Related: Mapping out the new bike course at Ironman 70.3 Muskoka

Here are some of our initial thoughts on the course. A more extensive analysis will come next week, where we will expand and provide suggestions.

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Scenery

  • Stunning. Today was a high of 23 degrees, blue skies, and the wind was reasonable.
  • Many lakes along the course to view at your pleasure.

Road Surface

  • Besides a rough patch 14-18km into the ride, the roads were great.
  • If you are out on the course in the coming days, be mindful of the shoulders. There were sections of sand in the shoulder, so keep your eyes open.

Terrain

  • It may have just been the long drive, but I found the first 15km tough. Meaning, it was tough to get into a rhythm. Just before Baysville, at around 18km, you get a nice ‘flat’ section and then from there your on Muskoka Road 117. At this point I started to feel real comfortable, remaining in the aero position for the majority of the ride.
  • It is hilly. Brunel Road offers some punchy climbs, and the 117 offers some big rollers. The course has a great mix of terrain.

Equipment

  • We were testing some equipment today, the Garmin Edge 130 and Gray 45/80 Carbon Clincher Wheelset.
  • Initial thoughts, the Edge 130 has a very accurate GPS and the perfect size for triathletes with aero bars. The wheels are a dream to ride. It is my first time riding aero wheels, so the difference is noticeable.
  • Full review to come ASAP.

 

 

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