IRONMAN Boulder interviews pro athletes; predictions for tomorrow’s race, PLUS tips & tricks

Local Boulder Pro Triathletes are happy to be racing in their “back yard,” offer tips for predicted heat… “I live right on the course…” “I know every inch of the road…” “Here, I’ve done intervals up Nelson, practiced going down St. Vrain…”

PLUS, IRONMAN asked athletes for their best “tips & tricks” for tomorrow’s race:

2017 Ironman Boulder Bike Course REVEALED

By Bill Plock

Ironman Boulder’s bike course is now THREE loops (passing through the Boulder Reservoir four times!), potentially faster, and should be tons of spectator-friendly fun!

(maps below!)

Ironman continues to refine this course, and after listening to athlete feedback proclaiming they want a more connected and spectator-friendly bike ride, the new course will feature three loops, passing through the reservoir area four times giving racers that extra boost of crowd energy. There, family and friends will be able to cheer and hang out at the beer garden, listen to music, swim in the lake and enjoy the time (and amazing views!) while waiting for their athlete to pass through.

IM Boulder Race Director Tim Brosious and Pro Triathlete Chris Leiferman

Food trucks will be there along with other entertainment and features still being planned. Shuttle buses will run throughout the day for easy transport between the Reservoir and downtown Boulder.

The course could potentially be faster, especially as racers will head east from Highway 36 on St. Vrain road with its nice downhill instead of on Highway 66 like the last three years. The three loops will still utilize most of the same roads as previous years, but on the last lap racers will spend time on a closed Four Mile Creek bike path for a couple of miles before dropping riders onto a few streets heading into T2.

An added plus? No Railroad crossings!

Pro Triathlete, Chris Leiferman, competing this year and who led the group on Saturday, said he “likes the bike path near the end as it’s quiet and will give everyone a chance to stretch out a bit and relax before hitting the run.”

Poppy Sports owner Melanie Mitchell, who isn’t currently signed up, says she is more tempted now after riding the course because, “Three loops mentally seems more attainable than 112 out in the middle of the plains.  Having done the 70.3 it is very familiar territory and training will be easier to ramp up mileage doing loops of the course.

Tim Brosious, the new race director (don’t worry Dave Christen will be around too—he is a regional director now), says, “This is a celebration day not only for the athlete but also for the families, friends, and supporters who have taken on extra responsibilities over the past year to make sure their athlete has a memorable day and crosses the finish line with a sense of fulfillment and pride.

Join the Strava Team Colorado group and get out and practice the loops and see how you stack up with others doing the same.

303Radio podcast featuring North American Race Director Dave Christen and new Ironman Boulder Race Director Tim Brocious, discussing Ironman Boulder features, course preview, and Team Colorado:

Check out all the photos from our 303Radio Podcast HERE.

Here is the official course map!



History repeats itself as Lance Panigutti joins forces with Barry & Jodee Siff to bring back the iconic “5430 Triathlon Series” in 2017:
The Colorado Sprint Triathlon on June 3rd, 2017
 The Boulder Peak Triathlon on July 9th, 2017 complete with a Pro Prize Purse of $25,000!
 The original 5430 Triathlon (formerly the 5430 Long Course) on September 17th, 2017
A sprint, an Olympic, and a Half… all from one of the best venues in America – the Boulder Reservoir – and all on their original courses…of course including Olde Stage Road in the Peak.
Barry & Jodee sold the Series to Ironman in 2009, and much has changed since then.  Those who experienced the 5430 events from 2004-2009 have said a lot of the heart and soul of the events, plus the incredible feel and attention to the athlete, has been lost in recent years.  Lance and the Siffs aim to bring that back.
“Jodee’s awards, our Tri Sustainability Program, the amazing raffle prizes, awesome t-shirts and finisher medals, the really cool start to the races, and our commitment to the athletes… this is what we are excited about bringing back to Boulder,” says Barry Siff from his home in Tucson.
Lance Panigutti, Owner and Founder of the very successful Without Limits race production company, adds: “I have long known something’s been missing in the Boulder triathlon scene, and that was what 5430 had going with its huge events which sold out every year. I want to bring that back to Boulder, the true Mecca of triathlon.  Our athletes – pro and age groupers – deserve it!”
Registration opens up on Thursday December 15th, the 5430 Triathlon Series package – all three races – are just $300 …but just for just two weeks!  This “early-bird special” will expire at 11:59 pm on December 31st, or when 300 individuals have registered … whichever comes first.  This total price for three races is just about what some people pay for one race!
In the past, the 5430 Sprint would actually sell out – in excess of 1,600 athletes – in just three weeks; and, this joint venture hopes for much of the same… although, all races will initially be limited to the first 1,200 registered to maintain the small and local feel.
So what else can you expect for the 2017 triathlon season?  We’ll continue to release fun news throughout the spring, but you can be sure to expect the Colorado Triathlon hooded sweatshirts, the famous Without Limits Slip n’ Slide, Flippin Flap Jacks and Wahoos Fish Tacos catering the races, and so many more new additions this season!
For more information and to register please visit

Locally Grown: Colin Laughery 303TV

By Kenny Withrow

We get an inside look into what a typical training day looks like for Colin Laughery. Colin is a mentor for “At Risk” kids at a local Middle School. Before and after work, Colin has to find the time to keep up with his training schedule as a Professional Triathlete.