ClydeNewb - 2010-05-24 11:03 PM Is Deer Creek a pretty begginer friendly course? I was planning to do Antrim for my first event but that's out now and I see there is another event at Deer Creek later in the year.
I wrote up this summary of the bike course last year and posted it a few times. They may be changing the route given the road construction talked about earlier, but I have no info on that. Here it is again.
I rode this bike course yesterday. I noticed a few things.
-It's really windy there. The last time I rode the course
(Toyota Tri, last year
) and yesterday the wind was pretty bad along Egypt Pike Rd, the first road you turn on out of the park. Be perpared to get in aero right away and keep the HR high for the first few miles.
-Dick Rd is chip-and-seal, narrow and fast. I had a crosswind. I also joined the yellow socks brigade on Dick Rd.
-Locust Grove is the best spot on the course to make up some time. It's mostly flat and provided me a tail wind. I decided to really push it and see how fast I could go. I hit 30mph. There is one spot along Locust Grove that goes up and crosses another road. Be careful here if you're riding at top speed.
-The first major hill of the course is on Crownover. You go down a really nice downhill first. Then, just about the time all the free speed you've gotten is gone, you hit the uphill. If you were able to make up the hills at Miami then this one should not be a problem. It is just as steep but not as long.
-The second hill of note is on Egypt Pike. First you go down a long, twisty downhill on Crownover, then you have to slow down and make a left turn onto Egypt Pike and start climbing. I think this is probably the most dangerous turn of the course. In years past they have had police there. Pay attention and be careful. Once you get to the top of this hill the wind hits you in the face again. The nice thing is that if you're doing the sprint you have about a mile of the bike course left. If you're doing the oly you have another lap.
As far as the run goes, coming out of transition is up hill, it's not very steep but it is sustained. Once you get to the top of the dam it's flat. You will have to run in grass for a bit, sometimes it's not mowed so be prepared.
Last year Brue posted some good info on the swim, check out this
thread to see it. It's on page one.