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2014-03-27 6:29 AM

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2 Questions:

1. Who on here is doing this?
2.and is anyone else getting annoyed that the haven't posted the course for this yet?


2014-03-27 9:17 AM
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Originally posted by dspursusa 2 Questions: 1. Who on here is doing this? 2.and is anyone else getting annoyed that the haven't posted the course for this yet?

I am and yes I am.

 

2014-03-30 8:53 PM
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1. Yes
2. Yes!
2014-03-31 11:28 AM
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I'm signed up for this race.

When I was at the Shamrock Shuffle expo over the weekend ITU had a booth and I asked them when the course would be posted online. The person there told me it should be up sometime this week.
2014-03-31 4:27 PM
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Originally posted by katgirl2013

I'm signed up for this race.

When I was at the Shamrock Shuffle expo over the weekend ITU had a booth and I asked them when the course would be posted online. The person there told me it should be up sometime this week.


1) yes 2) heck yeah

I went to expo just to talk to them. I think I annoyed them because they kinda pushed me away once they knew I was signed up.

At first lady thought it was 20 loops for the bike. I was like are you sure bike might be a little crowded then. Turns out its 4 loops for the Oly. Oly starting at 6 am and sprint at 11:30 I guessing they might have a lot of time inbetween waves too which should help with the crowding. They are going to have at least 1 tight turn.

2014-04-09 5:25 PM
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Less than 90 days and still nothing.


2014-04-24 12:05 PM
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Originally posted by dspursusa Less than 90 days and still nothing.

Still waiting.

2014-04-24 8:32 PM
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I am a little annoyed..... i did see something about racking bikes on Saturday for the Sunday races. Anyone know anything about this??
2014-04-24 9:59 PM
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Interesting thread on slow twitch, there is even a link to a photo of a proposed bike course.

2014-04-24 10:01 PM
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Basically no one knows what is going on.
2014-04-24 11:53 PM
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I was told it was 20 loop course at Shamrock shuffle. Then that person was corrected and was told it 4 loops and sounds like it had at least 1 pretty tight turn.


2014-04-25 8:23 AM
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It could be pretty crazy. Finding 5 miles of pavement that isn't totally torn up by potholes isn't gonna be easy.
2014-04-25 12:48 PM
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Originally posted by dspursusa Interesting thread on slow twitch, there is even a link to a photo of a proposed bike course.

Here is the link to the potential route.

https://twitter.com/bbculp/statuses/343075423330115584

Not a bad one.  Thing is, I can't quite tell were they plan on putting the transition.  However, that center loop would make sense if that is where they put the pro loop (multiple loops not just 2) so I can see how that MIGHT be the one.  However, 2 hard core 180's  per lap for the AG's will make it interesting.  

2014-04-28 1:20 PM
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I'm travelling to Chicago for this race. Can't wait. Of course, hotels are quite expensive downtown. I'm wondering what people's thought are on coming in from one of the suburban areas on race morning. While it would be nice to just walk a mile or so to the race site, I'm travelling with my family and it may be a challenge. What are others doing?
2014-04-28 4:01 PM
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Originally posted by dprocket

I'm travelling to Chicago for this race. Can't wait. Of course, hotels are quite expensive downtown. I'm wondering what people's thought are on coming in from one of the suburban areas on race morning. While it would be nice to just walk a mile or so to the race site, I'm travelling with my family and it may be a challenge. What are others doing?


Not racing it. However, I live in Arlington Heights (NW suburbs). You should be fine, but for the early wakeup call. There's a good amount of parking in the Loop, and worst case, you can park in the Millennium Park garage and walk the 6 blocks. I don't think ITU's identified where transition will be, but you should be fine no matter what. That's what we did for the Chicago Triathlon last year, and had no problems. At least ITU has bike check-in the day before, so you won't have to deal with that issue.

Skim Groupon for deals on hotels - Schaumburg's got plenty, and has a ton of dining options, and is an easy ride in, especially before 5am.

Something else to think about is cost - paying to park is probably going to run $$20 to $30 each day (on Saturday for bike check-in, and again on Sunday), so you may not be savings all that much (if anything) once you factor in gas, tolls, and parking.
2014-04-29 8:45 AM
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Originally posted by mirthfuldragon

Originally posted by dprocket

I'm travelling to Chicago for this race. Can't wait. Of course, hotels are quite expensive downtown. I'm wondering what people's thought are on coming in from one of the suburban areas on race morning. While it would be nice to just walk a mile or so to the race site, I'm travelling with my family and it may be a challenge. What are others doing?


Not racing it. However, I live in Arlington Heights (NW suburbs). You should be fine, but for the early wakeup call. There's a good amount of parking in the Loop, and worst case, you can park in the Millennium Park garage and walk the 6 blocks. I don't think ITU's identified where transition will be, but you should be fine no matter what. That's what we did for the Chicago Triathlon last year, and had no problems. At least ITU has bike check-in the day before, so you won't have to deal with that issue.

Skim Groupon for deals on hotels - Schaumburg's got plenty, and has a ton of dining options, and is an easy ride in, especially before 5am.

Something else to think about is cost - paying to park is probably going to run $$20 to $30 each day (on Saturday for bike check-in, and again on Sunday), so you may not be savings all that much (if anything) once you factor in gas, tolls, and parking.


Thanks for the feedback. That definitely helps. I guess another factor I was considering if that when staying downtown, I will have to pay to park during the duration of the trip, so it's a bit of a wash. I can typically get something nice in the suburbs for around $70-80 versus about $140-150 per night downtown. Since the course is not yet published, It's also a bit difficult to plan for the commute as I don't know what routes may be closed.


2014-04-30 6:40 PM
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2014-04-30 8:31 PM
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Just saw it and ran to here - very interesting bike course
2014-04-30 8:34 PM
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And lower wacker!! it will be like being in the dark knight.
2014-04-30 8:35 PM
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12 U-turns.

If they had this course up last year I wouldn't have registered for it. I think it is a cop out and a horrible course. Terribly disappointed.
2014-05-01 7:58 AM
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Wow......lower Wacker, really?! Isn't the allure of the race riding/running and viewing the sights of the city?? The run I guess is what I expected, but the bike will be like riding in a dungeon. Argh. I really wanted to sign up for this, but don't know now. Maybe treat it as a "C" race, but that's a lot of money for a C race.


2014-05-01 9:20 AM
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Agreed with many others here; pretty disappointing. Not so much that the course has a lot of turns, you never know when it comes to that. But the fact that it's on Lower Wacker!!!

Was looking forward to the scenery. I thought a big part of these races is to showcase the host city; especially being the world champs in 2015!

The other aspect is when the TV crews are following the elite athletes, no helicopter coverage there and any moto coverage will be pretty dim.

2014-05-01 9:26 AM
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good news it should be pretty wide. isn't lower wacker 4 lanes wide? (Its been awhile since I been on it). Its should be a completely closed course it should be pretty good unless they close one side. If they do that I will probably be getting off my bike to turn it around.
2014-05-01 9:32 AM
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Yeah it's 2 lanes in each direction. I'm guessing it will be complete closed off and that it was easier to close down that road then many of the surface streets.

The other challenge is going to be with all the u-turns! I've done races like that before and everything bottle necks there, and you'll usually see some crashes thru those turns.
2014-05-06 9:26 AM
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They close down 2 lanes each way for the Chicago tri. I suspect there will be half the people doing ITU than Chicago triathlon. I guess I will need to hit the road and practice my u turns soon.
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