By now most athletes are well aware of the unique transportation logistics for Ironman Boulder. (Read the complete story on shuttles here.) In addition to describing the prescribed comings and goings that will be necessary, this article by the Daily Camera brings good news of bike parking:
To get to the Boulder Reservoir for the swim start of the inaugural Boulder Ironman, spectators and competitors — even those who live nearby — will have to take a bus.
That bothers some athletes who booked expensive rooms at hotels near the reservoir, and some local spectators who say not being able to bike or walk is counter to Boulder’s eco-friendly transportation mission.
“I know there are plenty of people who are planning on spectating who live in Gunbarrel and Niwot, and it’s a short little bike ride, which the town encourages,” said Brad Schildt, a triathlete who plans to watch the Ironman. “It seems kind of funny that they’re not going to allow us to do that.”
Schildt lives a few miles northwest of the reservoir. He learned from a post on the Ironman Boulder Facebook page that no cars, bikes or pedestrians will be allowed to enter the reservoir on race day, only designated buses.
Race organizers have instructed all athletes and spectators to park downtown and take a shuttle from Boulder High to the start line.
This arrangement is intended to protect athletes, prevent traffic and parking congestion and, to some extent, make the race friendlier to the environment, race organizers say.
Read the full article here.