To anyone who has raced the St. George Course, I have already completed an ironman and am looking forward to the race in May in St. George. This summer I crashed HARD going down hill and still have scar tissue healing on my elbow. My main concern over this entire race is the Descent portions of the bike course. Can anyone give me insight on how steep and curvy the descents are? I can climb all day but am timid on the down hills. Thanks for any insight and comments!
I did the inagural IM St George in 2010 so assuming the course hasnt changed much (I know they changed the BRUTAL run course), it is a manageble decent. While it is fairly steep at times, has some wide sweeping turns and can produce top speeds in excess of 50 mph if you let it, it is not the worst decent i have experienced. Don't think of a mountain roand with tricky switchbacks, think of a 5 lane highway meandering down. lots of room to move around and plenty of time to see where you are going and to prepare for the next section. Hope this helps!!!
I haven't done the Ironman yet, but training to do it this May. I have ridden the course many times and the down hills are worse on paper than they really are. There are 2 steep grades of downhill, but not real curvy at all. And I believe they are about 8-9% grades. The only thing that worries me on those is a cross wind. It's a rather large road and the turns that they do have are longer turns so your not riding the brakes. I usually rarely have to use my brakes, and I am by no means a great descender. Also, if you are interested there is a forum on the St. George course on IAMTRI, lot's of people on there with alot more experience than me to give you more insights. Here is the link if interested: http://iamtri.com/group/ironmanstgeorge2012
Thank you both for your feed back. My accident last year was only on a 4 percent grade but I had been going down hill for over three miles on a narrow side walk and it was very mountain/swithc backy if that makes sense. I'm not so scared of going down as I am a quick turn on a descent. Thanks for calming my fears and I will definitely be driving the course the day before the race just to see where the climbs and descents are. Thanks so much!!!