I've entered it for the first time this year, only ever done one sprint in the past.
I live in Bolton and have just started to regularly ride up Shep House Lane, its about 600 feet incline over 2 miles according to my Garmin, I'm not finding it to bad at the moment but can't image how I'll feel climbing it on a third lap!
Must admit, I didn't think it was anywhere near as bad as everyone made out * (I hadn't seen it til the day of the race) The drop down into Belmont on the aerobars was amazing
* NB I do have a 29 tooth sprocket fitted on my race bike !
Welcome 2nd Chance.
No advice from me as I'm in the same boat as a first timer, except I'm doing Outlaw, but good luck anyway. The help for first timers on here is second to none.
Dustboy wrote (see)
Sheep House Lane is a hill?
Second Chance wrote (see)
Certainly have chosen the easiest Ironman bike course according to this: http://www.runtri.com/2010/07/toughesteasiest-ironman-triathlon-bike_13.html
? UK is listed at the top which would suggest the hardest but the list is the average length of time to complete rather than 'how hard'
Average time to complete depends on the ability of the people taking part rather than the difficulty of the course itself
Sheep House Lane - as various people have already said, it is not the worst hill in the world BUT it can catch you out the first time around. It is, in effect, three hills/sections with a slight easing between each section - but you cannot easily see sections 2 & 3 until you have got to the top of the first section.You could spot the people who didn't bother doing a recce - they bombed up the first section before grinding to a halt as they went around the bend (I saw one chap ironically wearing a polka dot jersey having to get off and walk after overcooking it on the first section).So, take it easily and you will do it easily.(If you've done Sherborne - SHL is a bit like three Lyon's Gates in a row. You will also see a Babylon Lane but on the bike loop rather than the run.)Triva 1 - on the way out from the swim to the main bike loop, you pass an old Barr factory. And Barr make Irn Bru...
Triva 2 - on the run, especially around the finish area, you may see elephant carvings. You will not be hallucinating...
Ok, having faffed around for months, I've finally done the deed & booked. Obviously, not done a triathlon before, but it can't be too hard can it?
Anyone booked onto the preparation day on Sun 3rd June......?
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