The Race

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -

The site of this year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship, Mooloolaba, a re­sort town on Aus­tralia’s Sun­shine Coast, was the third stop in Ironman’s new ro­tat­ing for­mat for the 70.3 worlds. Af­ter Mont-trem­blant and Zell Am See-kaprun, Aus­tria, the race took a trip Down Un­der – and proved to be ev­ery bit as spec­tac­u­lar as the first two trav­el­ling ren­di­tions of the championship. Fea­tur­ing beau­ti­ful sandy beaches that are a surfer’s heaven and of­fer lots of fun for the fam­ily, the Sun­shine Coast of­fers a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties that make this one of the world’s ul­ti­mate va­ca­tion spots. When it’s not host­ing the world championship, Mooloolaba serves as the host town for Ironman 70.3 Sun­shine Coast. The day be­gins with a one-loop swim off the beau­ti­ful beach, with the sun com­ing up over Point Cartwright, set­ting the stage for the day. The Aus­tralians are much more hardy when it comes to wa­ter con­di­tions than the rest of the world, so rest as­sured that they’ll hit the wa­ter in al­most any con­di­tions.

The bike course be­gins with an out-and-back stretch along the Sun­shine Mo­tor­way be­fore head­ing into the “hin­ter­land” for a few loops that in­clude some fairly steep in­clines. There’s a wide range of ter­rain – ev­ery­thing from flat and fast to tech­ni­cal climbs and dese­cents, mak­ing this a fun course to ride.

The day ends with a two-loop run course that starts in the tran­si­tion area next to Mooloolaba beach and heads over Alex Hill, which has been a main­stay for triathlon events in Mooloolaba for years – nu­mer­ous World Cup events have also taken in the in­fa­mous rolling climb along the beach­front.

Fam­ily and friends who make the trip will be able to watch the swim, en­joy some time on the beach while you’re out on the bike course, then come and cheer you on a cou­ple of times through the run and into the fin­ish.

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