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2013-07-16 9:06 AM

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Subject: Looking for Folsom Long Course Info

Hi all - I'm signed up for the Folsom LC on August 11 (which will be my first 70.3). I'm not going to be able to preview the course beforehand so looking for some info from locals and/or those who have done the race before.

The bike course looks to be about 2600 feet of climbing over the 56 miles. Any major hills to worry about, or is it gentle gradients all round? What's the quality of the roads (pot holes etc)? Nice wide cycle lanes or are we dodging traffic?

The run course looks to be two loops of an out+back in the park. Is this a trail run over dirt or is it on asphalt paths? Any hills or largely flat?

Appreciate your help - thanks.


2013-07-16 10:04 AM
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Bike course is pretty flat overall, but very little of it is actually level. you're almost always on either a slight incline or decline. No significant hills to speak of at all. We're not quite into the foothills, but I'd call it the "slight steps before the foothills" (I'm sure somebody else can come up with the real name for this topographic region). Roads are all in decent shape. Some segments will have a fair amount of traffic, but pretty wide shoulders should leave plenty of room. I ride these roads plenty and am rarely nervous about vehicles (always a few idiots, but that's unavoidable).

Run is along the American River bike trail, a paved bike path. Some segments have a generous "shoulder" for off-pavement running if you prefer, but some don't. I'll add a couple pictures below.

Enjoy the race... Lake Natoma is a beautiful setting for a summer race because the water is still clear and cool. The bike can get hot, but the run course will have plenty of shade (as you can see from the trees in the picture). Still...respect the heat! It is most likely to be high-90s or into the low triple digits on race day.



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2013-07-16 10:41 AM
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Subject: RE: Looking for Folsom Long Course Info
That's terrific info, thank you sir!

The run looks pretty flat - yes?
2013-07-16 11:06 AM
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Yeah, pretty flat. A few rollers, but no significant climbs. Although after being out there for several hours...those little rollers sure seem steeper!

I raced the Oly last year, I love this location for swimming. Still haven't decided if I'm going to race the 70.3 or not this year... had a final "tune up" Oly this weekend, and really struggled with the heat during the run. I know I haven't been training hard enough in the heat to really be ready for it. I'm giving myself this week to think it over... registration jumps again after Aug 1.
2013-07-16 1:37 PM
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Subject: RE: Looking for Folsom Long Course Info
Thank you!

I've been getting in some high temp racing without really meaning to. CIT in Pleasanton last month was above 100 degrees and I just did an oly in the UK which was close to 90 on race day (*very* unusual for the UK...)

I raced Pleasanton (both bike + run) with my Camelbak and I may well do the same again in Folsom.
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