This is exciting news. I would rather have seen it go to Asheville, but it sounds like Chattanooga will be a great venue. I'm just glad they didn't go with another flat, boring coastal race.
Ya, they'll prob have the bike course go up and down Lookout, Signal, and Raccoon Mountains plus some super steep hills in Chattanooga, so it definitely will NOT be flat. They could easily have 5000 to 10,000 ft in elevation change if they wanted to.
not true. Take a look at this: "The bike course takes riders 11 miles south of town before beginning two 45-mile loops in north Georgia. Athletes can expect incredible views as they parallel Lookout Mountain on this rolling course with great road surfaces. As athletes near the end of the loop, they will get the opportunity to ride through historic Chickamauga. The 112-mile course has approximately 2,100 feet of climbing."
Originally from: http://www.ironman.com/...e.aspx#ixzz2c33xirzA
Sorry, should have clicked on the link. Actually, I used to live in Chat-town and used to ride down through Chickamauga quite often, and it is rolling hills mostly. Ran my first 5K at Chickamauga Battlefield, a few months before my first tri in Chat-town also.
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