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Subject: Folsom Olympic Tri June 9th
This will be my first triathlon in Folsom and only my second Olympic tri. Can anyone give me a idea on how the course is. Are there many hills on either the run or bike? I Can't wait, i started doing triathlons last year and are now addicted. See you all there.


2013-05-23 10:28 PM
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I have never actually done this race, but I've lived in the area for roughly 40 years.

The water is usually cold, so make sure you have a wetsuit. Really no current to worry about, as the dam is right there and they won't be letting out anything over the minimum amount of water.

The bike course is mostly on public roads that I doubt will be closed (will be interesting to see how they handle some of the busier roads). No major hills, but you will have rollers. I found a link on ridewithgps.com of the course (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2403240). RideWithGPS is usually high on the elevation totals for rides, and this one is only listed at 438 ft of elevation gain.

The run is relatively flat, once again with some rollers (but nothing major). There will be a decent amount of shade on the course.

Best of luck,

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2013-05-25 2:21 AM
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Originally posted by croyston

I have never actually done this race, but I've lived in the area for roughly 40 years.

The water is usually cold, so make sure you have a wetsuit. Really no current to worry about, as the dam is right there and they won't be letting out anything over the minimum amount of water.

The bike course is mostly on public roads that I doubt will be closed (will be interesting to see how they handle some of the busier roads). No major hills, but you will have rollers. I found a link on ridewithgps.com of the course (http://ridewithgps.com/routes/2403240). RideWithGPS is usually high on the elevation totals for rides, and this one is only listed at 438 ft of elevation gain.

The run is relatively flat, once again with some rollers (but nothing major). There will be a decent amount of shade on the course.

Best of luck,

Chris


Thanks for the info on the course, Chris! I'm also thinking about doing the Folsom Oly in June. Glad to hear there's some shade on the run. I'm mostly concerned about the heat. But it sounds like it might tolerable in the AM with some shade...

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2013-05-31 3:02 PM
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Subject: RE: Folsom Olympic Tri June 9th
Looks like you guys are in for a hot one. 10 day forecast has the temperature near 100.

Best of luck to all who are racing. I'd come out and cheer you on, but I'm stuck working that weekend.

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2013-06-06 9:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Folsom Olympic Tri June 9th

Hey all, I did this race last year, and was actually out on the course yesterday. First, it is going to be HOT--they're saying possibly 105+!!! Be careful! As for the course, its is a really good course...The swim is definitely colder than any other open water venues in Sacramento/Folsom areas, but it is actually pretty nice right now--I would still suggest a good ten minute acclimation though. The bike course is well run, they allow traffic on the larger roads; however, when you get to the narrow, 2 lane roads, those are closed to traffic (which is good--I tried training amongst the traffic on them once--BAD idea!) There are some rollers, and one really decent sized hill just about halfway through it, but over all a decent ride. The run is on the bike trail going from Nimbus Flats towards Folsom. I can honestly say, of all the run courses in all the tris I have attempted, this one is by far my favorite. Its not flat, but really not hilly...it is just right...do watch out for rattlesnakes though as they are in the area (I see them on about every run I do there---but I run near dusk..)--They probably won't be out that early in the day, but be aware in any case.

All in all, Folsom is a really well run race, the expo is decent, and it is a lot of fun. Have a great time and good luck with the heat! I will be working sadly, otherwise, I would totally be racing with you!

2013-06-07 2:41 AM
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Hey all, I did this race last year, and was actually out on the course yesterday. First, it is going to be HOT--they're saying possibly 105+!!! Be careful! As for the course, its is a really good course...The swim is definitely colder than any other open water venues in Sacramento/Folsom areas, but it is actually pretty nice right now--I would still suggest a good ten minute acclimation though. The bike course is well run, they allow traffic on the larger roads; however, when you get to the narrow, 2 lane roads, those are closed to traffic (which is good--I tried training amongst the traffic on them once--BAD idea!) There are some rollers, and one really decent sized hill just about halfway through it, but over all a decent ride. The run is on the bike trail going from Nimbus Flats towards Folsom. I can honestly say, of all the run courses in all the tris I have attempted, this one is by far my favorite. Its not flat, but really not hilly...it is just right...do watch out for rattlesnakes though as they are in the area (I see them on about every run I do there---but I run near dusk..)--They probably won't be out that early in the day, but be aware in any case.

All in all, Folsom is a really well run race, the expo is decent, and it is a lot of fun. Have a great time and good luck with the heat! I will be working sadly, otherwise, I would totally be racing with you!




Thanks for all the great info, kgore! Yikes -- 105 + is hot! If anybody lives near Folsom, please turn on your fans Sunday and point them toward the run course! Also, thanks for the warning on the rattlers. I've heard they are more active than usual in NorCal this year because of the heat.


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