With the recent announcement that the IM 70.3 Zell am See 2015 is to be the World Championship event the organisers have changed the Cycle and Run routes for the 2014 event in preparation for the World Championships. The 90 km Cycle route is now 1 long lap instead of the previous 2 laps.
With this change I decided to look at the profile of the route which will provide athletes stunning views of the Austrian Alps. According to the event website the 90 km bike course offers 900 meters of climbing and some speedy sections on fast roads. Just before the spectacular climb up the Hochkönig you’ll have a chance to replenish your energy stores thanks to the new aid station that’s been added to the course.
There are 4 sections which are considered as climbs with the first coming at 20km and has a gradient of 1.8% lasting for just short of 1000m. So not too difficult but a good warm up for the next climb which is just shy of 13.3km at an average gradient of 4.3%. This comes at 22 km into the cycle and climbs 571m. Following this there is a good overall downhill section of near on 15km with a few small uphill blips to slow down your descent. At the 51km point there is a 1.5km climb at 2.7% average gradient. Then finally just before the 56km point there is a 1.2km 2.2% average gradient short climb. After this last climb the course is fairly flat and undulating.
good luck to all those already entered for the 2014 event and hopefully I will see you there.