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2015-09-17 10:22 AM

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Subject: Chicago ITU Grand Final - as a specator

My wife and I will be in Chicago this weekend and so we bought tickets to the Men's and Women's pro races.

I've never watched an ITU event live and was wondering the best way to take in the race.

Do they have video monitors in the grandstand or do most people move about the course for the swim and the bike and only head to the grandstand for the run and finish?

I subscribed to ITU Live this year and would listen to the live coverage on my phone, but don't have enough data on my roaming plan for the entire race.



2015-09-17 10:29 AM
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I will be there tomorrow morning at parathriatlon and under-23. I can let you know how that was set up.
I will be at women's later too with my kids
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2015-09-17 10:36 AM
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Subject: RE: Chicago ITU Grand Final - as a specator

Originally posted by Scott71

My wife and I will be in Chicago this weekend and so we bought tickets to the Men's and Women's pro races.

I've never watched an ITU event live and was wondering the best way to take in the race.

Do they have video monitors in the grandstand or do most people move about the course for the swim and the bike and only head to the grandstand for the run and finish?

I subscribed to ITU Live this year and would listen to the live coverage on my phone, but don't have enough data on my roaming plan for the entire race.

For that particular course.......go to the T just West of the fountain....I can't remember the street names.  The bike is a crazy technical course.....like almost 100 90's and 180"s technical for the duration.  At that T the race will pass you 4 times per lap and you will be able to see a long way down the course in 3 directions.  Same for the run. 

ETA - oops...I remembered it wrong....go to Columbus and Jackson.  The bike will pass you there 30 or 40 times in the 9 laps.  For the run move down to the intersection by the fountain......you'll see them 10 times plus be close to the finish.

Here's the map:

http://chicago.triathlon.org/event_info/course/elite_world_championship_course_map/ 



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2015-09-18 10:54 AM
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Subject: RE: Chicago ITU Grand Final - as a specator

Originally posted by Scott71

My wife and I will be in Chicago this weekend and so we bought tickets to the Men's and Women's pro races.

I've never watched an ITU event live and was wondering the best way to take in the race.

Do they have video monitors in the grandstand or do most people move about the course for the swim and the bike and only head to the grandstand for the run and finish?

I subscribed to ITU Live this year and would listen to the live coverage on my phone, but don't have enough data on my roaming plan for the entire race.

I  hope you saw that the women's race was moved to 1p today, bc of anticipated bad weather later. 

Also, if it's anything like last year, there will be a giant video monitor that faces the grandstand, so you can watch most of the race live. However, ticketing for the grandstand is new this year, so I don't know abt the flow of traffic. Last year I just  watched the swim, then moved to the grandstand.

2015-09-18 11:04 AM
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Originally posted by Left Brain

Originally posted by Scott71

My wife and I will be in Chicago this weekend and so we bought tickets to the Men's and Women's pro races.

I've never watched an ITU event live and was wondering the best way to take in the race.

Do they have video monitors in the grandstand or do most people move about the course for the swim and the bike and only head to the grandstand for the run and finish?

I subscribed to ITU Live this year and would listen to the live coverage on my phone, but don't have enough data on my roaming plan for the entire race.

For that particular course.......go to the T just West of the fountain....I can't remember the street names.  The bike is a crazy technical course.....like almost 100 90's and 180"s technical for the duration.  At that T the race will pass you 4 times per lap and you will be able to see a long way down the course in 3 directions.  Same for the run. 

ETA - oops...I remembered it wrong....go to Columbus and Jackson.  The bike will pass you there 30 or 40 times in the 9 laps.  For the run move down to the intersection by the fountain......you'll see them 10 times plus be close to the finish.

Here's the map:

http://chicago.triathlon.org/event_info/course/elite_world_championship_course_map/ 

THIS! go there. watching the pro's on the bike is *#($&$^&@ awesome

2015-09-18 11:15 AM
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The Jr. Elite race was turned into a duathlon yesterday evening.  The bike course was wet......with lots of painted traffic lines on the roadway, and 90 degree turns that turned the course into a skating rink.  Over 20 crashes in 20K worth of racing.



2015-09-18 11:31 AM
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I can't believe they made them race in that, the course was dangerous in the dry, with the weather and severe gusty winds it was insane.

2015-09-18 1:05 PM
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Man really bummed about the Women's race being moved to 1:00. I was really looking forward to seeing it in person. I guess it is just more rest for my bum back!
2015-09-18 1:06 PM
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Go to the Jr. Elite Women's race at 3:30.......you will see a couple of girls there who will be in that Elite race in a very short time. 

2015-09-18 1:27 PM
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Heard they just banned discs for the AG'ers. Sounds like it's going really well in down in Chicago....

I can't imagine the U23 athlete were thrilled about the duathlon at all.
2015-09-18 1:29 PM
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Originally posted by bcagle25 Heard they just banned discs for the AG'ers. Sounds like it's going really well in down in Chicago.... I can't imagine the U23 athlete were thrilled about the duathlon at all.

I think the U23 men got a swim yesterday, didn't they?  The Jr. race, however, was a cluster.

Wait......maybe THAT explains the really low times in the men's U23??



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2015-09-18 1:39 PM
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U23 swam, that front group was BOOKIN.  Wind was low when they raced, picked up by the sprint race

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U23 swam, that front group was BOOKIN.  Wind was low when they raced, picked up by the sprint race

Geez.....there are quite a few low 1:40's in that race for an Oly distance......and I know how technical that bike course is......was it short?

I looked again.....that race WAS short.....no way otherwise.



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2015-09-18 2:52 PM
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Originally posted by Left Brain

Go to the Jr. Elite Women's race at 3:30.......you will see a couple of girls there who will be in that Elite race in a very short time. 




Can't make that either, I was planning on getting there around 4:30 after taking off work a little early. Guess I will only make the Men's Final.
2015-09-18 5:21 PM
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U23 swam, that front group was BOOKIN.  Wind was low when they raced, picked up by the sprint race

Geez.....there are quite a few low 1:40's in that race for an Oly distance......and I know how technical that bike course is......was it short?

I looked again.....that race WAS short.....no way otherwise.

The race officials directed the first group to miss at least 1 lap, since the officials made the mistake no one was DQ'd. However, i think racers in further behind packs were made to race the official distance.

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U23 swam, that front group was BOOKIN.  Wind was low when they raced, picked up by the sprint race

Geez.....there are quite a few low 1:40's in that race for an Oly distance......and I know how technical that bike course is......was it short?

I looked again.....that race WAS short.....no way otherwise.

The race officials directed the first group to miss at least 1 lap, since the officials made the mistake no one was DQ'd. However, i think racers in further behind packs were made to race the official distance.

Wow.....that's craziness!!

 



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