700m – Individual TT Start – Seed by estimated swim time
A pool triathlon swim is very different from an open water triathlon swim. Athletes are seeded by estimated swim time, provided at registration, and start individually. Time trial style. The pool is 50m long and split into 8 lanes. One lane is used as a warm up lane. The other 7 are for the race. Athletes enter the water and start individually, swimming up the lane and then back down the same lane before crossing under the lane rope and repeating the pattern in the next lane. Once you have swum all 7 lanes you are done.
Swim Course Map
22km – Three Loops
Please be cautious when racing as this is not a fully closed course. The course loops in four right hand turns around the H2O vicinity. Each loop is a little over 7km. The bike course starts outside the H2O on Gordon Avenue. One lane will be closed to traffic all the way to Casorso Road. The course then turns right onto Casorso then right again onto Swamp Road. You will pass fields and Michaelbrook Golf Course before heading up the only climb on the course, flowing back down onto DeHart Road. You will then making a final right turn back onto Gordon with a straight, fast section back towards the H2O.
Bike Course Map
5km – One Loop – Semi Trail
The run course is fun. From transition you head EAST across to the CNC and behind the CNC before a quick before a quick left drops you at bike trail taking you alongside the marshes and playing fields towards Lexington Road. A left turn has you running through Michaelbrook Golf Course and up Kamloops Road before a left onto Swamp Rd leads you to the Aid Station. From there a very small climb takes you up to and over the bridge and onto Mission Greenway, a well groomed and wide trail scenic trail running next to the river. A left turn onto Gordon and back onto the Greenway for a short stint before crossing Lexington and back to the finish line in front of the H2O Aquatic Centre.
Run Course Map
Bike In and Out from West Side – Run in and Out from East Side.
The transition is a short run from the H2O exit. Change tents will be available for those wishing to get into dry gear and these will be situated at the mid point of the transition area. Bikers will leave and arrive back at the West side of transition. The mount line is at the at the mouth of the exit to Gordon, a coned slip lane will provide a safe entry to the road. The dismount line is next to the mount line. There will be a mandatory slow section when you enter the coned area to come back into transition.
In order to keep the cyclists as safe as possible, we have a number of road detours in effect during the morning of the Cherry Blossom Triathlon. We will begin setting up the road at approximately 5 am and take down by noon on May 6th. Please watch for cyclists, volunteers and set-up crew on the road during these hours and follow detour signs.