There are a few minor changes to the Bike Course of the 2016 Black Diamond Half Iron Triathlon. Purely by accident, the changes, prompted by some minor permitting issues, have resulted in an overall elevation loss of around 70 feet to an already flat course by comparison. With the Coeur d'Alene 70.3 at 3700 feet and Victoria 70.3 at 3088, our 1870 total elevation make the Black Diamond race one of the flattest Half Iron Bike Courses in the Pacific Northwest Region.
Bike Course Change Details
Returning athletes will notice the loss of the northern 292nd Ave SE turn and corresponding aid station at around mile 14 and 45. Athletes will pass by 292nd ave to the same turnaround on Kent-Kangley road. The new aid station will now be at the Power Plant on Retreat-Kanaskat Rd at about mile 15.3 and 49.
To make up for the lost northern mileage, the southern most point will be extended to a turnaround short of Battersby Road on Veazie-Cumberland. Also, a turnaround that has existed only on the run course previously at SE 384th St will also be on the bike course with an aid station at the terminal end of that turnaround - mile 32 of the course.
Changes can be seen side-by-side on the maps below - 2016 on the left.
Nutrition on the course will likely be Powerbar drinks, gels, and bars - but at this time it's unconfirmed. When the nutrition is finalized, we'll get the word out.
If you've been looking for a beautiful, relatively flat Half Iron Triathlon in Western Washington, you've found it. So have a lot of other people - registrations are tracking far ahead of 2015. Register today for what we think will be the best Half Iron on the calendar, currently priced at under $200.