People said this bike course is hard, but I didn't believe them until I saw it myself. I thought the mid-west was all flat with corn fields everywhere. I was wrong! This course is tough. There are no really long climbs, but there are tons of short and steep ones. The two steepest climbs have people lining them who cheer and clap. The road surfaces were very good, some of it was brand new two days before.
Double out and back urban cross country route that goes over streets, sidewalks, astroturf, gravel and cobblestones. There are a couple steep hills in the college area and some other sloped areas near the Capitol, but overall the course is flat.