I am so excited for the Rev 3 Maine HalfRev (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run) race that will be making its debut in Old Orchard Beach, Maine this August 26th!
Not only am I lucky enough to be part of the awesome Rev3 Team, I am blessed to call Maine home and this race is taking place on my own stomping (training) grounds. What a perfect opportunity to give everyone a sneak-peak at what’s to come with the HalfRev course!
Today, I will take you through the HalfRev bike course and I’ll give you the “run down” on the run course for the Rev3 HalfRev. Also to come is a preview of the Olympic bike course (which IS different than the HalfRev).
What can I say about the swim other than this is where you will be swimming. Gorgeous. Simply wonderful-the (cool) Atlantic ocean.
Someday the water is very calm, other days there are rolling waves to contend with. You never know what kind of weather Mother Nature will dish out on race day but I promise you will enjoy this swim. The water is even getting warm (by Maine standards) and I have already had several open water swims in the ocean.
Upon exiting transition, you will head up a very short, little street with a bit of incline out on the main road through town. The road is basically 3 miles of flat with some short, easy inclines. This is a good time to get the legs warmed up and get ready to ride! This stretch of road has some “cranky” spots of pavement but nothing major and it is easy to navigate around the rough patches of road.
This is the view from “Bike Out”
Once you cross busy Route 1, you will be bearing left, heading inland and into farm country with some fun rollers and beautiful views. Right away you will hit up a small little hill-which is the overpass crossing the Maine Turnpike and a bit after that, you will turn left through a lovely residential area with lots of big trees (shade!) then onto Route 112. The first part of this section is flat and fast but get ready for a little (or even a lot) wind as this area can windy even on a calm day. The roads here are super smooth and clean and this road tends to be very busy. Lucky for us, we will be racing on a Sunday which should limit some of the larger vehicles like 18-wheelers.After a couple miles here, you will come upon a gorgeous equestrian farm with a long, white fence and the typical “big red barn”, this is your warning that you will be making a 90* left hand turn. Be ready for some gentle rollers, pretty farmlands and some fun, fast flats. This is also the start of the “meat and potatoes” of the course. I’d like to quote my Rev3 Team Mate, Ryan now from his Rev 3 Maine bike report, because he sums it up so well:“Here’s the thing: when you hear “flat,” if you are from, say, Kansas, this course will come as a shock to you. If you live in Montana, then this’ll be considered pancake-flat. For the rest of us, I think the most apt descriptor would be “rolling.” This course isn’t like Rev3 Quassy, which is a beast to climb. But what it will do is separate those who can use their shifting to their advantage and those who attempt to go at courses with the idea of smashing it.”
|Plenty of shade along Flag Pond Rd.||A side view of the overpass at the Maine Turnpike|
Also note, if it is a hot day, there is little shade now to protect you and being inland, you will no longer have the cooling air of the ocean, so keep this in mind come race day and make sure you are hydrating!
As you head further inland on these picturesque country roads dotted with farms and large fields, you will be hitting up lots of (what I call) gentle rollers. There is nothing that really screams “climb!” but there are several short hills to get up and over.
As you head into South Waterboro Road (mile 17.76 per Rev 3 map) you will have some steadily
undulating terrain, the shade will return. This is also my favorite part of the course! Lots of ups (I think the longest, steepest climb is here) and some fun downs. This will then lead into some flats where you can take a break from the rollers (only for a bit) and you are roughly half-way done.
But don’t get lazy here either–because while flat, there will be more winds to contend with. I ride this road often and it always seems to have a strong headwind and crosswind regardless of the weather. You’ll have several miles of (mostly) flat to enjoy!
Around mile 40, you will head right onto Simpson Road. Be aware of the road conditions here. There are some rough spots and some uneven road from frost heaves and such, but you are not here for long.
This is also where the Rev 3 sense of humor can be seen.
You’re trucking along, feeling pretty happy about the day when you see a nice little downhill coming up. You will also see a sign that says “STOP” and another that says ONE LANE BRIDGE AHEAD. But you can’t really see much more.
So this quaint little downhill that then goes over a cute single lane bridge and then WHAMMO!
There is this steep little bugger of a hill…but once you get up that steep part, it continues on up up up and around. Now, it is not a long hill or a hard hill (heck, after Quassy, I really wonder if there are any hills anywhere that compare…) but just
You can see the stop sign warning on the right. Up ahead, the course turns to the left where you will eventually go UP UP UP! be aware of it.
You can see the stop sign warning on the right. Up ahead, the course turns to the left where you will eventually go UP UP UP!
I’ve done it in a hard gear–trying to power DOWN the little hill to float up. That’s not gonna work unless you can get some shifting in early on the downhill. I’ve stopped at the STOP sign (as directed) and then spun up the hill in a super easy gear (no issues) but lost some time doing it that way. There is definitely a happy medium to be found to get up the hill quickly without mashing or crushing your quads.
After this stretch, you are homeward bound! You’ll pass the familiar red barn, white fenced horse farm and turn left, back into some country farmland. There are lots of turns here and you will find yourself heading back through familiar territory (the first 3 miles of the course). Now you can take advantage of the decline on your way back. Get those legs spinning and ready to run!
I love this course and I think anyone doing this race will enjoy it as well. It has enough challenging elements to keep the seasoned triathlete working, definitely a course to seek out a PR and yet gentle enough to be a perfect first at the HalfRev distance (70.3 miles).[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/32927580[/vimeo]
I am so happy to see this run course. Check out this thing of beauty:
The course if an out and back course, which I love.
This may not appear terribly flat, but it is a gentle, consistent climb for the first 2 miles or so-and as you can see, it is only a gain of 80 feet or so of elevation. Then you get to cruise down this nice little decline and head out onto the trails.
This is the first road you will travel from T2 (Milliken Street) and as you can see, this is pretty dang flat. A good time to get
This shows the view from Walnut St. where you will turn left those legs moving and ready to GO GO GO!
Lots of big trees line the running route so think “shade”. Beautiful huh? As you can see, this road will start the slow, slight incline on Portland Road.
This is really the biggest incline that you will face!
After you conquer that roller, you will head left again onto Millikin Mills road for a short stretch and then you will hit up the gravel paths of the Eastern Trail. You will pass this little pond on your way to the trail. How picturesque! You many even want to stop for quick swim (or not)!
|the biggest hill you will face|
On the start of the Eastern Trail. The soft surface of the trail will certainly help those tired legs. It is nice and smooth here too so nothing to slow you down! The trail does wind through nature and the woods and on this particular day, it was very humid and very hot. This brought out a lot of the deer flies (which is a biting fly). It feels like a mosquito bite (a mosquito on steroids) and they are tenacious little buggers. My opinion? They just make you run faster!
You will hit the turn-around on the trail and head back the way you came. Those little inclines you went up on the way are now declines to fly down for a super fast finish!! YES YES YES!!! All in all, Rev3 had done an amazing job putting together an excellent course! It is beautiful, challenging, spectator friendly and the community is so excited to have Rev3 in Old Orchard Beach. I can guarantee TONS of crowd support. After the race, cool off with a dip in the ocean, ride the roller coaster, enjoy the lobster bake and enjoy that PR, because that is what this course will deliver!
Showing off the 12 bug bites on my back which made me run even faster!
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