Training Peaks predicts Kona pro bike splits

bike-courseFrom Training Peaks

The IRONMAN World Championship is a daunting race. As we pointed out in our recent article about adjusting race plans for the environment, many athletes especially first timers often underestimate the demands of the course. Athletes must overcome the climbs, the ever changing wind conditions, and the heat and humidity to hit their race days goals. In this article, we break down the course, discuss the wind forecast for race day, and give some bike split predictions for some of the Pro male and female favorites.

The Course

Athletes will start with a quick circuit around Kailua-Kona where the crowd will be amped up and athletes’ adrenaline will be pumping. The race heads southeast for a short out and back on the Kuakini highway before heading back up Palani and onto the Queen K. The athletes face rolling hills with a net positive elevation gain on the way out to Hawi. The climb up Hawi averages at only around 2 percent gradient but has sections of significantly more difficult grades of up to 15 percent. On the way back to town the course is net negative downhill with rolling hills however, where the first half of the course is dictated by the elevation change the second half is often dictated by the weather…

Read the full story for weather predictions, wind conditions (with charts & graphs!) and the top four pro men and women…

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