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.