Course profile of Ironman Roth?

Course profile of Ironman Roth?

Post by Michael J. Gilso » Thu, 23 Oct 1997 04:00:00


Anybody have a course profile for Ironman Roth?  Or, failing that,
how about a description?  Also, based on photos in a recent
issue of Triathlete (US edition), it looked like a big draft-fest.  Or
was that just a trick of the telephoto lense?

Thanks in advance,

Mike

 
 
 

Course profile of Ironman Roth?

Post by Ulrich Porsc » Fri, 24 Oct 1997 04:00:00


:>I saw coverage of the race on Eurosport and from what I could see it
:>WAS a total draftfest (no wonder those bike times are sooo fast). I
:>can't say I would blame the athlete's though.

:>The following points all add up to 'drafting mandatory' if you ask me:
:>-2700 competitors
:>-two laps, so only 90km of road
:>-some extremely narrow roads.

:>As for the profile - I think there is just one big climb and the rest
:>is flat.

:>Regards,
:>Rob Docherty

:>On 22 Oct 1997 01:26:20 GMT, "Michael J. Gilson"

:>>Anybody have a course profile for Ironman Roth?  Or, failing that,
:>>how about a description?  Also, based on photos in a recent
:>>issue of Triathlete (US edition), it looked like a big draft-fest.  Or
:>>was that just a trick of the telephoto lense?
:>>

The profile is not quite so flat, there are three climbs per lap, one
more than 10% steep. But, it is short steep uphills and long straight
gentle downs, hence very fast.

Whoever goes to Roth and is not fast enough to make the top 50 (who
have a wave of their own, together with all women) does know that
he is not going to bike alone!

--
                            Ulrich Porsch

            Wer spricht vom Siegen, "Ubersteh'n ist alles  

 
 
 

Course profile of Ironman Roth?

Post by Mark A. Jenkins, M.D » Sat, 25 Oct 1997 04:00:00


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Quote:
>>Anybody have a course profile for Ironman Roth?  Or, failing that,
>>how about a description?  Also, based on photos in a recent
>>issue of Triathlete (US edition), it looked like a big draft-fest.  Or
>>was that just a trick of the telephoto lense?

>>Thanks in advance,

>>Mike    

I have a course profile on my web site. With regards to it being a draft
fest this year, I don't know. It was not when I did it in 1994 (at least
from my observations). The multiple wave start helps distribute people a
little more evenly.
Just like in other Ironman races, it is up to the competitor to follow
the no-drafting rules.  
In Germany, I found the roads on the course to be in excellent condition,
the traffic control superb (best of any Ironman race I have ever done),
and the draft marshalls very visible and actively involved.

        Mark A. Jenkins, M.D.

        http://riceinfo.rice.edu/~jenkins