First Look at Ironman California
The newly-announced Ironman California has infused some much-needed excitement into the 2021 racing season. The inaugural Sacramento event will take place on October 24, and while a new Ironman course always generates some buzz, this venue has all the components to be the fastest on the circuit. Coach David was part of a limited group of coaches who met with the Ironman organization to preview the course. While these plans are preliminary, and subject to change, we’re pleased to be able to share what we know so far.
The river swim will be fast. The point to point swim, at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers is beautiful and quick. Elite to beginner swimmers will be into T1 in record time.
The Tower Bridge is under consideration as part of the run course. A working drawbridge, Coach David recommend it be used to enforce the cutoff time. Regrettably, this idea was summarily rejected.
The bike might be flatter than Ironman Florida. With tempting hills just outside city limits, old-school athletes may be salivating for some killer climbs and decent descents. But this course is designed for speed. Spurning the nearby foothills, one of three potential courses will take the athlete south of Sacramento. Current options have a total ascent of just 650 to 900 feet. Get ready to get low and stay low.
The run will be urban and energetic. Run courses under consideration include a significant amount of time in or near downtown. You’ll have nowhere to hide on this run course, as friends, family, and total strangers push you to your Ironman personal best time.
The date is ideal. Start your Ironman training in April and take advantage of exemplary outdoor weather (with apologies to our colleagues in the southern hemisphere). Add a spring event to your calendar and Ironman California becomes the perfect second “A” race of your 2021 season.
Sacramento accommodation options are outstanding. A city designed for visitors, few events have the ability to stay so close to the start and finish line. From luxury to economy, you’ll find a room that meets your proximity and budget requirements.
This event will sell out. Be prepared to register soon. Registration opens on Monday (tomorrow!) at noon Eastern Time.
Did we mention that all of this is is preliminary and subject to change! Well, it is!