Another great course planned for you taking place in the confines of the beautiful, historic Silver Springs State Park. The site of one of Florida's original theme parks now returned to its natural beauty. Your run course will wind you throughout the paved trails around the park winding through mossy oaks, along silver springs river with nature surrounding you everywhere.
The bike course is going to take you on some incredibly light traveled roads that basically circles the park with a 22k loop. We will bring you back in the park for either another lap or your aid station located just in front of the Transition Area perfect for spectators. The bike course also features a very nice climb right out of the gate of the park, intended for the planned east/west waterway connection this bridge was built high enough to get large sailboats under so you will need to get out of the saddle for this. After that it is fast, smooth, flat sailing along again, mossy oak tree-lined roads.
8:00am Start Time - Classic Distance
8:30am Start Time - Sprint Distance
8:50am Start Time - Super Sprint Distance
Your transition will be placed adjacent to the finish line and post race festivities area. Perfect for friends, family and spectators to watch all the action unfold. It will be in the large grassy area next to the concert event hall. The Transition Area will be designed in the ITU long rack format. Designed for quick in/out access.
Opens - 6:00am
No friends or family members allowed in the transition area for any reason. The race director and race officials will close the transition area 30-45 minutes before race start to ensure all athletes are at the starting area for mandatory course meeting and announcements. Once the transition area is closed, you will NOT be permitted back in before the race starts. Family/Friends will not be permitted in for any reason at any time throughout the event.
When the last cyclist is off the course and has headed out for the run. This time is variable and we will make announcements at the event when the transition area is ready to re-open.
Any athletes removing gear from transition areas before the announcer or race director has officially opened the transition area will be DISQUALIFIED from the race! This pertains to all athletes of all distances. All athletes deserve a clear transition.
In the event of inclement weather, it is recommended you have warm, dry clothing outside the transition area to put on following your finish due to other athletes still being on the bike course.
When you have completed the race, please do NOT enter the transition area wearing your timing chip. PLEASE remove your chip before re-entering the transition area and exiting again. This will cause a timing error.
You must rack according to your race number, based on the sequence numbers placed at the end of each row. Please remember racks will hold 7 bikes racked with the seat tip on support bar. Please be courteous to fellow athletes to ensure there is space for 7 bikes on a rack. If there is not enough room for your bike on your designated rack, please see a 3D Team member and we will help. Please do not move another athletes bike or gear.
Located at the run in/out chute with water and electrolyte replacement.
Run In/Out and Bike In/Out chutes are clearly marked on the large structures at either end. It is your responsibility to go the right direction while racing in the transition area.
Bike: 22k, 44k or 66k
Exiting the Transition Area, you will head out following a closed coned lane for the bike course on your RIGHT. This will take you directly out of the park on the back side exiting onto E. Silversprings Blvd. Less than a mile you will start your climb over the Silver Springs River Bridge. Following 40 down to your first RIGHT turn on 314. This is a fast, smooth, flat stretch of road tree-lined all the way to 35. Your next RIGHT turn proceeding in the Right-hand lane back to your final RIGHT back on Silver Springs Blvd. You will enter the park via a coned lane just past the park entrance through the employee gate taking you back to Transition or lap 2 and 3. Your aid station will be located just past the Transition Area, perfect for friends, family, and spectator viewing while you refuel.
Powerman Athletes ONLY: You will have water, lemon-lime Gatorade Endurance Formula and Hammer Gel at this aid station just past the turnaround in front of transition. The standard tosses a bottle to get a bottle is in effect. Please note, you will have a 20m section before and after the aid station in which to toss your bottle. Tossing a bottle or other trash along the route other than this section will result in disqualification.
BIKE COURSE CUT-OFF - 12:15pm - FOR YOUR SAFETY, THE SUPPORT CREW, AND POLICE!
Run: 2.5k, 5K or 10k
This course has one tag on it, fast! It is about a 2.5k loop, that is going to keep you in the park flying past friends, family, and spectators to cheer you on along the route. Keeping the run portion exciting for everyone.
It will be a mixture of the paved paths within the park as well as a few short cross country sections to get you across to other areas, as well as the start cross country style to thin each wave out while giving everyone a chance to get in place.
Your course will be marked with cones, chalk, and signs. Aid stations will be strategically placed about every mile with mile markers. Aid station amenities: water, lemon-lime Gatorade Endurance Formula, Hammer Gel, bananas and Pepsi.
Those looking for a put your aero helmet on, and hammer course this is it. With long flat stretches on the tree-lined flat smooth roads, it could not be a better-designed course. One hill to keep everyone honest out there and get the legs burning right out of the gate this is just perfect to clock an end of season bike PR.
So the tip with the winding, flat enclosed run course is keep yourself well placed. It is a multi-loop course in the park so if you need to make a move to get in a better position you can do it as you will know where you are with the multi-loop format. Then if you are a climber, that is where you separate yourself. If you are a flat specialist, keep within eyesight of your competitors then drop the hammer after the hill.
You really need to think while racing here as it is going to be fast, super fun with the multi-loop run format finishing things off. It is a course easy to red line the entire way.