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IRONMAN Canada Preview

Photo by Dave Steers

Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2015

IRONMAN Canada Banner

Dust off the cow bell and bust out those signs because it's time to help us cheer on the participating athletes in this year's IRONMAN Canada. This year's event takes place this Sunday, July 26. Pemberton's upper valley road will once again serve as the biking route for the event. Athletes must complete a full lap of the Pemberton Meadows which brings the bikers through the town centre twice.

The biking portion will serve as the second of three portions of IRONMAN Canada. The biking portion is the longest stage of the race totalling 180KM. The bike portion is often called the 'set up stage' because athletes must straddle the line of keeping themselves in the race yet not over exerting themselves for the run. Earlier in the day athletes must complete a 3.8KM swim of Alta Lake in Whistler. Following the biking portion athletes will complete a 42KM run around the Whistler Valley Trail System.

The best time to catch the bikers come through Pemberton is from 10 AM until 1 PM. Riders will continue to pass through town anywhere from 9 AM to 3 PM.

Best Place to catch the riders

Pemberton Cheer SectionThe Bikers will head through the Pemberton Village twice. As long as your off the road the bikers can virtually be viewed from anywhere along the road in town. We suggest however you check out the Pemberton Cheer Zone located at the Pemberton & District Community Centre. The lawn makes for a comfy viewing area and offers great views of the riders as they bike by. There will also be a large screen airing live coverage of the event, so you can keep track of the leading packs. You can also find food and drinks at the community centre. Join us anytime during the day. As previously noted the best time to watch the athletes ride by is between 10 AM and 1 PM.

Cheer Station

Pemberton Race Route

Riders will be making a left at the Pemberton stop light and head along Portage Road. Once they reach the roundabout they will take a left heading towards Pharmacy and Community Barn. Riders will then zag right along frontier Street, then left along Campus Street then head right up the Pemberton Meadows for 40KM. The athletes will complete a loop of the Upper Valley then head back towards town the same way they came.

Photo's Courtesy: Dave Steers