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Aix en Provence
The bike course of IRONMAN 70.3 Pays d’Aix is located in the hinterlands and will lead the athletes through nine municipalities such as Jouques, Puyloubier or Tholonnet.
The route let the athlete experience the famous mythical mountain pass of the Provence around the mountain that was immortalized in history by the famous painter Cezanne and offers a finish in a city whose beauty is unique.
There will be 3 aid stations throughout the circuit that will provide athletes nutriment inputs needed for this cycling event.
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Climb meters of the bike circuit
Technical comments of the cycling course by Francois Chabaud
The bike course of 70.3 of Aix is very demanding.
The beginning starts with a section of 10 km with a nice flat surface and certainly with no wind in the back.
Then, after the bridge of Mirabeau, the first difficulty comes with a side of 3 km not too steep and slightly sinuous. The asphalt is deteriorating and will remain the same for the rest of the course.
Then comes the descent on Jouques not very technical and quite easy.
In the village, towards the coast of Sambuc, easy on the beginning, a little steeper in the middle and the end. The Sambuc will be the first real challenge at the beginning of the course.
From this moment you find yourself in the heart of the Sainte Victoire mountain.
After a winding descent but not too fast towards the Col des Portes, that has only the name (Porte=Door and Col=climb).
It is a passage very steep on his final, with a ledge in the middle, it lasts only 2.5 kilometers, then connects with a left wheel up and down Pourrières.
On the exit of the village, the recovery is also with the stock, but beware of the Mistral, if it’s in the game.
For my part, we enter in what I consider the hardest part, with a long flat and the rise of the Sangle.
It is a climb that takes us back in the Sainte Victoire massif but the south face. This slope is quite hard, exposed to the Mistral, winding, following the descent is quite technical, we plunge towards Aix.
Then you attack the final climb, not too hard, before switching to the transition area.
You’ll understand that this route is not the easiest, is a succession of ribs and downs with a little flat.
I will use my Look 695 SR with my Mavic Ultimate wheels or a CC80 back if the wind is not blowing.
Good preparation and see you on September 22nd!