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2010-06-04 3:59 PM

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Subject: Fastest 70.3 Course
What's the fastest (flatest) 70.3?  Augusta???


2010-06-04 4:07 PM
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Id bet Augusta is one of the fastest swims. The bike course is rolling for people that ride hills. For us flatlanders it was hilly. The run is flat but not a ton of shade. Im sure Augusta is one of the faster races.
2010-06-04 4:51 PM
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eagleman is very fast and flat, but the fastest is clearwater.
2010-06-04 5:04 PM
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PennState - 2010-06-04 5:51 PM eagleman is very fast and flat, but the fastest is clearwater.


EMan is also hotter than hell
2010-06-04 7:38 PM
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PennState - 2010-06-04 4:51 PM

eagleman is very fast and flat, but the fastest is clearwater.


^These^ Racine will soon have a similar reputation...but those two will be faster.
2010-06-04 11:26 PM
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Subject: RE: Fastest 70.3 Course
Ironman Florida 70.3 is pretty fast.


2010-06-04 11:33 PM
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Livestrong191 - 2010-06-05 12:26 AM Ironman Florida 70.3 is pretty fast.


Sadly, I agree.  Swim: Check, Bike: Super Check, Run: um, running through "the savannah" was not one of my better moments.  :P
2010-06-05 6:54 AM
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PennState - 2010-06-04 4:51 PM

eagleman is very fast and flat, but the fastest is clearwater.


^These^ Racine will soon have a similar reputation...but those two will be faster.


Racine is also considered fast because of a fast (short) swim.

B2B HIM is not a 70.3 but has such a fast swim that it might be considered in this category as well.

Swim (length and current), drafting and flatness on the bike and flat without extreme heat would lead to the fastest course.
2010-06-05 10:49 AM
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B2B is the fastest HIM without a doubt. It is very flat and has a strong current in the swim which will make your time about 15 minutes faster than typical in a HIM. Also, since it is in November the temps are awesome for racing. It will be in the 50's and 60's on the bike and 60's and maybe 70's on the run. Tough to beat.

2010-06-06 10:56 AM
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If you took the Gulf out of the scenario I would put Gulf Coast Triathlon up there.
2010-06-06 2:01 PM
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kdlsch111 - 2010-06-05 11:49 AM

B2B is the fastest HIM without a doubt. It is very flat and has a strong current in the swim which will make your time about 15 minutes faster than typical in a HIM. Also, since it is in November the temps are awesome for racing. It will be in the 50's and 60's on the bike and 60's and maybe 70's on the run. Tough to beat.



no doubt, but I think the OP was looking for 70.3 races.

Personally I tend to avoid races with very short swims or strong current swims as it is a real disadvantage to the reasonably good swimmers. ie; it takes that part of the event out of the 'competetion.

ust my opinion.


2010-06-07 7:37 AM
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Yes. I am looking for 70.3 races.  Thanks everyone for your input
2010-06-07 8:39 PM
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B2B is both a HIM and Ironman. The HIM starts around 1-2 hours after the Ironman.
2010-06-07 9:05 PM
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Augusta was very fast in all three areas.  Wetsuit legal, down current, down wind swim, flat bike, flat run.  I beat my goal by 30 minutes in my first HIM.
2010-06-08 7:57 AM
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Jeepguy2358 - 2010-06-07 10:05 PM Augusta was very fast in all three areas.  Wetsuit legal, down current, down wind swim, flat bike, flat run.  I beat my goal by 30 minutes in my first HIM.


Jeepguy- LOL- this is relative to where you live.  I felt that Augusta was pretty much a rolling (not hilly) course throughout.  That being said, the nearly 12 minutes that I gained on my swim time from the ridiculous current more than made up for my lack of any sort of hill training at all.  That river current is so strong that Augusta nearly doesn't seen 'fair', does it? Wink

To the OP:  I've completed Augusta 70.3 and Florida 70.3.  Two 'faster' 70.3 courses.  I enjoyed the Augusta race more (and my PR is still at that race b/c of the super fast swim), but was more fit for FL (even though I was slower due to the run and 'correct' swim distance); Florida is 90% pancake flat with a small section of gentle rollers, but it is very, very hot and the run is pretty much a trail run.  Augusta's run is pancake flat (not even a small blip in elevation) and there are lots of trees for shade.  I like the run course a lot.  Augusta, in general, offers a very nice course.  If you choose it, I don't think you'll be disappointed.  I hope to go back next year and whip out at least a 30 min. PR.

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2010-06-08 9:55 AM
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Subject: RE: Fastest 70.3 Course
PennState (or anyone else whose done it), can you comment a little on the bike course at Eagleman.  I know it's flat and considered really fast (even with possible head/cross winds).

Specifically though, is the level of congestion a major issue for someone who would come out of the water MOP and be looking more for more of a top 10% bike time?  Is it bad to the point where it slows you way down?

Sorry, don't mean to hijack and can take this elsewhere but really just curious and thinking ahead to 2011 and where I plan to be from a fitness perspective a little bit


2010-06-08 7:59 PM
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acumenjay - 2010-06-08 10:55 AM

PennState (or anyone else whose done it), can you comment a little on the bike course at Eagleman.  I know it's flat and considered really fast (even with possible head/cross winds).

Specifically though, is the level of congestion a major issue for someone who would come out of the water MOP and be looking more for more of a top 10% bike time?  Is it bad to the point where it slows you way down?

Sorry, don't mean to hijack and can take this elsewhere but really just curious and thinking ahead to 2011 and where I plan to be from a fitness perspective a little bit


Yes it's congested. You have to call out "on your left" quite a bit to get people to move over to pass.

Still you can have a very fast bike split on that course.
2010-06-09 7:17 PM
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Subject: RE: Fastest 70.3 Course
If you're looking for a fast course with a swim that is (I think) the proper length and (I know) no current, White Lake is a good choice.  The swim is in a lake (no current), but the lake is clear as day (you can see the bottom) and virtually no chop.  The bike is flat as a pancake, though can be windy.  The run is flat too, though can be hot.

It isn't branded 70.3 if that makes a difference to you.  I personally couldn't care less.  In fact, in some ways it's better.  Unlike 70.3, they limit entries to a much more reasonable number.  There will be not 2000 but more like 700-800 people on the course.  It reduces (but does not eliminate) the drafting, and makes it easier to pick your way through the bike course.
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