yes i know where it is now.....its classed as Cat4 (SH is cat 3 but actually that C3 climb section actually starts way before SHL) its steep but not too long.....not as tough as shl if you ask me.
mrsB is transferring to IMUK tomorrow.....sadly....i will not be racing an IM this year...i've withdrawn from sweden cause i just dont have time to train due to work commitments....i'm doing the brutal half as my A race instead.
plenty guide rides going on if anybody is interested in being shown around.....i'm in full support mode for imuk again this year....its gonna be brilllllllll
i rode some of the new part of the route last week...of course it longer than the old back half because there are only 2 laps but i think its tougher....there are 2 two new tough climbs and its pretty technical.....plus the section from croston to eccleston is pretty much all uphill....and then we all know its all uphill from eccleston back to babylon lane anyway.
of course its difficult to compare to the old route cause you only have the lonely mountain to do twice instead of 3 times so it might balance itself out...depends how you climb but i think its a bit tougher overall for the 112 miles now....its a cracking route though and if approved will open up more places.
sooooo.latest is that the bike course is submitted and will be approved or rejected in mid march....if its regected they go back to the old route which is already established........so dont do the new route too much guys!!!!