IRONMAN UK has confirmed that its new extended bike course has allowed it to open up the iconic race to 400 more athletes.
This will put organisers on track to make the race the largest Ironman event ever held in Britain.
From Wednesday 12th March at 12 noon for 24 hours, entries will be available to friends referred by existing IRONMAN UK entrants. Any remaining places will go on general sale at 12 noon on Thursday 13th March.
The new plans will see an extended 2 lap bike course as well as a change of venue of T2 from Rivington school to the Reebok Stadium, which also hosts the event Expo, briefings and Awards dinner.
The new bike course takes in new villages of Whittle-le-Woods, Croston and Mawdesley so they too can enjoy a world class sporting event passing through their village as well as incorporate the event into community activity and fundraising.
Having tested the proposed course, IRONMAN UK 2012 bronze medallist Paul Hawkins commented “This is a pretty challenging but well designed circuit. It will certainly push everyone to the limits as it’s constantly up and down giving little respite. It also offers plenty of spectator spots to watch on race day which is great for the athletes – including a new addition of Hunters Hill to compliment the Sheep House climb which is another belter, offering a shorter but steeper gradient.”
To read our review plus tips on the previous bike course click here.
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of IRONMAN UK commented, ”With 2,000 entries from over 30 countries selling out in just 50 hours it reinforces how much Ironman athletes enjoy racing in Bolton and Lancashire and our aim is to ensure they have a hugely enjoyable and memorable experience – which we hope these on-going improvements will achieve.”
As part of proposals to local council authorities, Ironman is also offering local Bolton athletes priority entry. Check out IronmanUK’s website to find out more.