Note: As this is a new event, the bike course is still under review by key stakeholders and therefore may not be 100% accurate but certainly close enough to help your training.
With 1100m of total elevation, 70.3 Tasmania takes the title as the bike course with the most elevation on the Oceania circuit, so you’ll want to include plenty of climbing in your training. Of course, what goes up must also come down and the views across the River Derwent and back to kunanyi / Mt Wellington, are worth it.
The 90km bike course includes plenty of variation to keep you focused. First, head south along Castray Esplanade, before U-turning at Battery Point and riding through the historic port of Hobart including Franklins Wharf and Constitution Dock. The highway underpass will bring you out to the Western side of the Tasman Highway. Continue north towards Queens Domain and Cornelian Bay. Pay attention heading into the technical residential streets of Lutana, Derwent Park, and Goodwood and be ready to change down gears as this section includes the first significant climbs of the day.
From Goodwood Road turn left to complete the Derwent Entertainment Centre (DEC)/MyState Arena loop. This marks the start of the first of two 34km laps. Heading South, complete two U-turns at Grass Tree Hill and Risdon. The course will continue north along East Derwent Highway and the River Derwent. Get familiar with Otago Hill, as you’ll conquer it four times within the two laps! Return over Bowen Bridge to commence your second lap with another loop around the Derwent Entertainment Centre (DEC)/MyState Arena.
After completing your second lap, ride south again back through the technical section of Lutana, Goodwood and Cornelian Bay. There’s a quick extension section along the water’s edge of Domain Highway before returning to T1 through the iconic Hobart waterfront precinct.