Course has world championship edge
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.