Course Notes – 3 Laps + Lead-In – 30.6km (180m elevation)

Starting on the Ocean Pier and out through the under sea tunnels

After you are out of the tunnel – watch the 3% exit – there is the false flat drag up through the hairpins and then sweep down into the villas (cobbles), through the sprint, and on to the Esses. These mark the only real danger point of the course. The lengthy drag upto the first bend and then the constant gradient changes can split a team if you are not careful. It is worth considering a w/kg blob for these, at least on Lap1, to keep a solid unit. When you get here on Lap 2, consider how many riders you have left and if a few are strong enough and if one gets dropped, I would consider carrying on. By Lap 3 at this point, it really is best effort to the line in my view. RIDER TIP FOR THE ESSES: Don’t change gear, simply push over the inclines and slightly spin out on descents. Changing gear will almost certainly drop your watts at just the wrong moment, so if the whole team does the same thing in staying in a gear, you are more likely to stay together.

Details below. Distances are full race distance, starting from the pens. Use the PRINT button for a simplified print out.

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DistanceFeature LengthElevationNotes
Lead In
0km3.4kmOff the Pens and down into the tunnels – time to get organised
LAP 1
3.4km300m3-4%Incline out of the tunnel
5km1.5km1-2% AvFalse Flat around hairpins with a little kick later @ 6.4km
8km300m5%Initial climb to the Esses proper, worth putting lighter riders on front
8.5km1kmEsses undulations – consider a w/kg blob at group average FTP
LAP 2
13.7km300m3-4%Incline out of the tunnel
15.3km1.5km1-2% AvFalse Flat around hairpins with a little kick later @ 16.8km
18.3km300m5%Initial climb to the Esses proper, worth putting lighter riders on front
18.5km1kmEsses undulations – consider a w/kg blob at group average FTP +5%
LAP 3
24.1km300m3-4%Incline out of the tunnel
25.6km1.5km1-2% AvFalse Flat around hairpins with a little kick later @ 27.1km
28.6km300m5%Initial climb to the Esses proper, worth putting lighter riders on front
29km1kmEsses undulations – consider a w/kg blob at group best effort
30km1.5kmTime for a suicide pull out of the Esses, before sprint to the line