OK, before I continue I just need to clarify something. We are not immigrating to Ontario Canada. Few people asked me about this as I said we will be immigrating in about two years time. Bryan Payne left a comment on a previous post and asked were are we moving too. Knowing that his a real sport I said Ontario Canada, I think he lives close by. In fact we are moving to the East Rand area where I work, in two years from now.
If it was 15 years ago I would have immigrated but we are at such a stage in our life's that immigrating is not an option anymore. If DJ comes to me in 10 years from now and wants to pursue her future in another country, especially the US, I won't stand in her way.
Now seeing that I decided to do my bike ride indoors I decided to do the new Ironman St George course on the Computrainer. Being some sort of number/statistical freak I decided to analyse the profile of the course. I've done this with IM South Africa's bike course and know exactly how the course pan out and it has help me a lot on race day.
The following few paragraphs is for Bryan http://www.trainingpayne.blogspot.com/ who's doing IMSG in four weeks, if your are not into numbers or is not doing IMSG you can stop reading.
Bryan if you don't wanna see what the IMSG bike course is all about you can also stop reading. I personally like to know what I am in for but others like the surprise element.
The course on Computrainer has the first 36 km out and then one lap of 72km but on race day you gonna do two 72km laps.
As you said it is a hilly course and I can second that, it is very hilly.
The first 6.5km is flat and then you will have 2.5km downhill(dh).
From 9 to 12.3km it's uphill between 3 and 4% gradient.
Then it's dh again until the 15km mark.
This continue until the 28km mark(rolling hills with no major hill)
At the 28km mark you will encounter your first hill with a gradient of between 5.5 and 6% and it last for 7km until the 35km mark. The last 3.5km of this hill is at between 2 and 3%.
From 35km to 39km it's dh with some flat sections.
From 39km the climb starts at a steady but not to bad gradient of between 1 and 3%. This last until the 74km mark with a short dh at the 50km mark( about 700m)
At 74km you will encounter your first hard hill with a gradient which starts at 6% and builds up to 9.5% and drops again to 6%. The hill is 1.5km long.
From 75.5km to 78km it's a flat section.
At 78km waits another hill of 2.5km with a 6% gradient
From 80.5k to 90.5 is a steady climb with gradients vary from 1.5% to 3%.
From 90.5km to 108km it's dh with the gradient varying from -1% to -5% and there are some short flat sections in between.
This is the end of lap one and you will have to do the hill again for a second lap( the same info as from km 36).
I did write down every and any bump and little hill but as I said I am a bit of a number freak and decided not to post all the little detail, will be a very very long post.
Hope you find it helpful but remember as the saying goes: "The best advice ever given to me was not to take advice form everybody".