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Subject: Fronhofer Tool Triathlon - Olympic Distance
I live in Massachusetts but am doing the Fronhofer Tool Triathlon in Cambridge, NY on Aug 3rd. I'm registered for the Olympic distance race. Any other BTers out there doing this or have done this race in the past? I know nothing about this course and not sure I'll have ample time pre-race to check it out. Is it a hilly bike and run course??? Thanks in advance!


2013-07-25 3:44 PM
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Subject: RE: Fronhofer Tool Triathlon - Olympic Distance
This is the route from MapMyRide:

http://www.mapmyride.com/us/hoosick-falls-ny/fronhofer-tool-olympic-triathlon-bike-co-route-118320439


Its hard to know what you mean by "hilly" but I found the route to not be so bad. There is a hill towards the start and there is a huge hill going down for while. Then its all rolling hills with some flatter sections. If you don't normally train with hills, then yes... its hilly.

Its very rural so be prepared to ride by farms with animals.
2013-07-25 5:35 PM
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Subject: RE: Fronhofer Tool Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Originally posted by LPJmom

This is the route from MapMyRide:

http://www.mapmyride.com/us/hoosick-falls-ny/fronhofer-tool-olympic-triathlon-bike-co-route-118320439


Its hard to know what you mean by "hilly" but I found the route to not be so bad. There is a hill towards the start and there is a huge hill going down for while. Then its all rolling hills with some flatter sections. If you don't normally train with hills, then yes... its hilly.

Its very rural so be prepared to ride by farms with animals.


Thanks, LPJmom! I should have thought to look it up on mapmyride, duh! I'm used to riding hills, so this looks very doable. I just like to be mentally prepared for the "big" ones if there are any! You are so lucky to live in such a beautiful area. I grew up in Bethlehem (have long ago relocated to the Boston area) and really enjoy riding my bike when I go "home" to see the family in upstate NY; bring on the rural landscape and farms with animals!! Thanks again...
2013-07-27 9:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Fronhofer Tool Triathlon - Olympic Distance
This is an amazing course and the race is terrifically well organized, too. I've done it four times and every year I've loved it. The bike course has only one substantial hill toward the beginning - not a bad one at that - and then it's rolling and flat. Some great flats stretches out on route 313. And gorgeous scenery - I grew up about five miles away and learned to swim in nearby Hedges Lake, so each time has been a trip down (good) memory lane. I think you'll have a blast!
2013-08-01 10:42 AM
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Subject: RE: Fronhofer Tool Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Hi. I posted this to the General Tri-talk forum, but I thought I'd repost here, as well.

I'm also signed up for the Olympic Distance, and live just north of Saratoga, about an hour away from the site. I was wondering:
1. Where and when is packet pickup?
2. If there are any specific rules regarding swim caps (do we need to wear one?), or items we need to have on our bikes (lights, safety reflectors, etc.)?
3. If there's any specific protocol regarding how race numbers are to be displayed.
4. If anyone has any thoughts on what to bring for the transition area. In the past, I've brought a small pan to rinse off my feet between the swim and bike, but that was because we were exiting the ocean and running over some very fine sand. Also, I used to just wear one set of shoes for the bike and run but do have separate bike shoes now.

This is the first triathlon I've done in eight years, so I'm basing my questions off past experience. I'm looking forward to this event; I've heard it is amazing!

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