I rode 1 loop a few weeks ago with my brother in law, the wind was a NE which for that part of the world is unusual and it had quite an effect on the ride as over a third was into a 16kmh head wind.
I'd agree with DOM above to a degree, yes there are some country lane sections, yes there are a few sketchy parts and one part before a fairly steep (I think it tops out about 11%) climb was broken and potholed but that section is being repaired right now. I hit over 80kph on one descent. Overall I think it's quite a fast course, we bimbled round using my bro in laws Gamin watch to guide us as I'd left my Garmin 910 at home by mistake, we took a few wrong turns and took a couple of pee stops and view stops and were still around the course in an easy 3:20. Made my mind up to fire up the TT bike as well.
It's not a particularly scenic course, the last climb up to the radio/radar station above Weymouth offers a great panorama of the bay.
Around 11 at the moment for 2 x 70.3s one in July one in September and I *may* do IM North Carolina in October. A 3 week hiatus in Sri Lanka and Maldives might scupper the IM NC plan depending on how many beers and curries get consumed!
strange that with Mavic. we have some Mavic CXP 22 wheels that have seen about 12 years of use, thousands of miles of tarmac, some horrendous potholes and bombholes yet still run true with the original spokes.
That hasn't been the issue, the issue has been the brake track on the rear which has failed twice and the valve guide on the front which parted company with the rim and rolls around inside the rim. I reckon it was a bad batch as the pair I'm on now show no signs of early wear and tear, they're a great ride and look amazing on my Venge.
I bought some expensive French wheels (Mavic) so far I've had the rear replaced twice and the front once in 12 months of ownership. Thankfully the warranty seems bombproof, unlike the actual wheels themselves which are made from soft cheese and choux pastry and assembled by lazy Frenchmen on a Friday afternoon.
You get what you pay for and even then there will be an exception to the rule.