Dorset Ironman Bike Course Revealed

Dorset Ironman Bike Course Revealed

Published at 11:24am 8th August 2016.

If you were on the edge of your seat watching the Olympic cycling road race yesterday - then you'll be interested to know that the course for a big event in Weymouth has now been confirmed.

If you were on the edge of your seat watching the Olympic cycling road race yesterday - then you'll be interested to know that the course for a big event in Weymouth has now been confirmed.

Dorset is welcoming an Ironman competition in September.

The bike course will start and finish in the heart of Weymouth showcasing some of the best sights in the county.

Comprising just over 1,880m of elevation over the 2 laps, the 2,500 athletes will relish the spectator support to spur them on as they make their way from Weymouth via Osmington and through the picturesque villages of Puddletown, Piddlehinton and Cerne Abbas.

Notable changes have seen the removal of some of the smaller roads to offer a safer route for the larger number of participants anticipated. There will also be a new loop north of Dorchester, replicating some of the original IRONMAN Sherborne course in 2006.

Full details including an interactive bike map are available HERE.

Kevin Stewart, MD UK & Ireland commented "We have been working in conjunction with Dorset County Council to offer our athletes not only the best course possible but also with the primary aim of their safety. Weymouth and the County of Dorset provide the perfect setting to stage the event across all three disciplines and we are excited to be hosting it for the first time later this year.

Cllr Peter Finney, Dorset County Council's Cabinet member for environment said: "The bike course will showcase Weymouth and Dorset's impressive town and scenery to thousands of athletes, spectators and IRONMAN fans watching across the globe. We are thrilled this IRONMAN event will be staged in our county and it gives us a great opportunity to further cement our reputation as a first class sporting destination."

Ahead of this new bike route, IRONMAN and 70.3 Weymouth will commence with a 2.4 mile (IRONMAN) or 1 lap 1.2 mile (70.3) swim in Weymouth Bay. This will be a rolling start swim, as is now implemented across all UK events, to reduce congestion. All athletes will exit the water after the first 1.2 mile lap, with IRONMAN athletes re-entering for a second lap. Once the athletes have completed the bike course, the race concludes with either a 26.2 mile (IRONMAN) or 13.1 mile (70.3) run, comprising a 2 or 4 lap course respectively.

This multi-lap run will take the athletes around the town, harbour and the sea front. Lined with over 40 cafes, restaurants and bars, it offers outstanding spectator viewing and makes for an electric atmosphere to spur the athletes along to the finish line right up to the 8.5 hours (70.3) or 17 hours cut off time.

The event will mark the first time both an IRONMAN and an IRONMAN 70.3 race are held on the same day in Europe.

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council's Head of  Economy, Leisure and Tourism, Nick Thornley, added: "We are really excited to be hosting such a renowned event in the borough. We will be working with the organisers to involve people, communities and businesses along the route to make sure the race becomes an annual highlight on their calendar."

IRONMAN Weymouth will have 30 qualifying slots to the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i.

IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth will have 30 qualifying slots to the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Professional athletes will compete for a total prize purse of $15,000 USD with the race offering P-500 KPR points as well.


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