The one-loop 180.2 km (112 mile) bike course is arguably one of the most spectacular and challenging in all of IRONMAN as athletes make their way through the hinterland of Nice and through the beautiful villages of the Parc Naturel des PréAlpes d’Azur.
Since both distances will race on the same day, you will share the course with IRONMAN 70.3 athletes until you reach the bottom of the Col de Vence. What’s new this year compared to past events is the passage by the surprising hill of Pugets to join St-Jeannet. An irregular climb of 9 kilometers at 3.3% average slope, but with 3 passages between 10% and 15% on 300m to 600m located in the first 4 kilometers of ascent. At the bottom of the Col de Vence, at kilometer 26, you will only race with fellow IRONMAN athletes and start the climb of the Col de l'Ecre via the Gorges du Loup.
At kilometer 77 where you will go further west on the plateaus of Caille and Thorenc, where with a little luck, buffalos will be spectators of your races! For our familiar IRONMAN France Nice triathletes, this new track will offer you new landscapes. Usually placed at the Col de l'Ecre, the personal aid station has been moved further in the race to Andon, kilometer 80.
The downhill to Gréolières is sumptuous and will take you through the wonderful Clues de Gréolières. A road and a background often used for world famous movies.
Another asset of this new route is the removal of the "out and back" portions at Cipières and Col de Vence.
The bike course now has a positive elevation gain of 2400m