Course has world cham­pi­onship edge

Multisport Mecca - - Q&A -

CHANGES to the Iron­man 70.3 Sun­shine Coast course have in­spired a new wave of in­ter­est.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful world cham­pi­onship last year, which saw the bike course en­com­pass hilly sec­tions of Rose­mount and Did­dil­libah, or­gan­is­ers have re­tained many of the key el­e­ments.

Af­ter the rec­tan­gu­lar 1.9km swim in the Mooloolaba bay, ath­letes will again head north on the Mo­tor­way for the 90km bike leg, but on the re­turn turn off onto Ma­roochy­dore Rd and un­der­take two loops of Payn­ters Creek and Petrie Creek roads.

The steep 16% Up­per Rose­mount climb has been re­moved.

For the 21.1km run, the Du­porth Ave and Ocean St el­e­ments have been re­tained.

“It’s re­ally good when you host a world cham­pi­onship event like we did last year to leave some kind of legacy from that and to have some of the el­e­ments of that course both in terms of re­tain­ing the tran­si­tion on the water­front and hav­ing some hills in the (bike) course has been re­ally well re­ceived by the ath­letes,” Iron­man’s David Beeche said. “Num­bers are track­ing well.

“This has al­ways been one of our most pop­u­lar 70.3s. It’s a great des­ti­na­tion and off the back of the world champs peo­ple love com­ing to do triathlon on the Sun­shine Coast.” The event will be staged on Septem­ber 10. In­di­vid­ual prices from now un­til July 26 will be $421.20 plus Triathlon Aus­tralia in­sur­ance, while they will rise to $437.40 from July 27.

Team en­try prices will re­main at $502.20 plus in­sur­ance.

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