This year Ironman 70.3 Muskoka will be showcasing a new bike course due to construction on the route used in past years. The previous route was a looped course around Lake of Bays. Its distance was 94km, 4km over the typically half Ironman distance. The terrain was variable, given triathletes a serious test of will and patience as they took on the punchy climbs of Muskoka.

The new route is a 90km out and back course along Brunel Road and Highway 117. Despite the change, Muskoka’s bike course will still be as challenging as ever.

With the race just two and half weeks away, Triathlon Magazine Canada will be doing a race course recon on Friday, June 22nd. But before we hit the road here is a guide to mapping out the new course.

Strava

Using Strava to map out a bike route is one of the easiest ways to plan a training ride or race recon. It is easy to navigate and export as a TCX or GPX file to your bike computer.

To map out the route, first, go to “My Routes” (under the Dashboard tab). Then select “Create New Route.” From here you can navigate to Huntsville, Ontario. The bike course begins outside of Huntsville Secondary school, at the Canada Summit Centre.

Starting at the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville, Ontario, the course then goes out onto Brunel Road for 20 plus kilometres.

Just as you enter Baysville, you take a left onto Muskoka Road 117. The turn around point for the bike is just before Dorset.

Then it’s back the way you came.

Strava has the course marked at just under 90km, give or take, with over 900m of climbing. This Friday we will be posting to our social media outlets, reporting about the course, posting photos and further analysis as we approach the start on July 8th.
If you live in the area or even in the city, it isn’t a bad idea to take the time a do a race preview of course to get an idea of the terrain.

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