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2013 Boulder 70.3

Written by: Timothy Carlson
Added: Mon Aug 05 2013

Funny thing about the Ironman 70.3 in Boulder. At mile-high altitude and close to the famed Flatirons mountains that feature challenging climbs favored by elite cyclists and triathletes, why is this event a relative speedway where pros and age groupers alike can vie for PRs? That is because the bike leg is virtually flat with gentle rolling hills and bypasses the 600 foot climb of Olde Stage Road. The two loop run around Boulder Reservoir is almost as flat, but times are not as super-fast because the predominant trails don’t offer much of the traction to be found on pavement. What it does have is a top flight field of the pros who make Boulder their summer headquarters and find the August 4 date a convenient test for the big events of September and October.

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