Facelift for Iron­man bike, run cour­ses

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - Vuyokazi Nkan­jeni

The Stan­dard Bank Iron­man African Cham­pi­onship course will be given a facelift for the race’s 15th edi­tion on April 7 2019 in Nel­son Man­dela Bay.

The 3.8km swim course re­mains the same at Ho­bie Beach.

The change, an­nounced by Iron­man South Africa on Fri­day, comes on the 180.1km bike course and 42.2km run course, which will see ath­letes tak­ing on the 2018 Isuzu Iron­man 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship bike course in re­verse. The bike course takes ath­letes along Marine Drive, pro­ceed­ing left onto Sar­dinia Bay Road and right onto Heron Road.

Ath­letes will turn left onto Seav­iew Road and con­tinue to the turn­around ap­prox­i­mately 1.3km from De Stades Road.

Head­ing back along Seav­iew Road, ath­letes will go through Mount Pleas­ant on Buf­fels­fontein/Heugh Road all the way to the Walmer Boule­vard–Set­tlers High­way in­ter­sec­tion, where they will turn right back onto Marine Drive.

The bike course con­sists of two laps of 90.1km.

“The amended course is a much fairer and safer course,” Iron­man SA di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions Paul Wolff said.

Ath­letes will start the amended run course by head­ing left onto Marine Drive out of tran­si­tion turn­ing at the Ad­mi­ralty WayUniver­sity Way junc­tion.

Head­ing back along Marine Drive ath­letes will turn around half­way up Drift­sands Drive.

The run course con­sists of four laps.

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