Ironman African Championship athletes will tackle a different bike and run course when the 15th edition takes place in Nelson Mandela Bay on April 7.
The 180.1km bike course, which consists of two laps of 90.1km, and 42.2km run course will feature this year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship bike course in reverse.
Cyclists will now travel left out of transition at Hobie Beach and along Marine Drive, left onto Sardinia Bay Road and right onto Heron Road.
From there they will turn left onto Seaview Road and continue to the turnaround 1.3km from De Stades Road.
Cycling back along Seaview Road, they will travel towards town through Mount Pleasant on Buffelsfontein/Heugh Road to Walmer Boulevard/Settlers Highway intersection, where they will turn right back onto Marine drive.
The amended run course, which consists of four laps, will start with athletes heading left onto Marine Drive out of transition and turning at the Admiralty/University Way Junction.
The swim course remains the same with the 3.8km event taking place at Hobie Beach.
“We are excited about the change. The amended course is a much fairer and safer course,” said director of operations at Ironman South Africa, Paul Wolff.
“The route also allows for a faster and smoother bike course surface as we will be using the lane that was repaired for this year’s 70.3 World Championship.”
He added that the athletes would appreciate the last 13km a lot more as it was downhill and this would allow the legs time to recover before heading on the run.
“We’ve also slightly changed the run course and taken away 2km of ‘dead space’ by moving the course along Driftsands Drive. Driftsands has residents and guest houses as well as an aid station that will encourage more supporters to continue the vibe at that turn-around.”