The World Championships race in Henderson (Nevada, USA) will feature a 4K swim, which will be held at the Lake Las Vegas resort, a 120K bike ride with more than 9,700 feet climbing, and a 30K run that boasts an additional 2,000 ft elevation gain.
The 4K swim will take place in the breathtaking waters of the Lake Las Vegas resort, located in Henderson, Nevada. There will be wave starts just beyond the Lake Las Vegas bridge that is adjacent to the Montelago Village Resort. The course consists of one loop that goes out and back in clockwise fashion with large orange buoys every 250 yards. Within the swim you will have a number of opportunities to view the golf course and beautiful homes owned by some of the most famous actors in the world. This will surely take athletes minds off the pain. There will be a number of lifeguards, kayaks and safety craft throughout the course of the swim. The athletes will exit the swim and proceed up the ramp to the changing tents and transition area. The normal water temperature for this time of the year is 63-68 degrees and clear.
The ITU bike course is one of uniqueness, beauty, rolling hills and a few memorable climbs, but we are sure you will pay more attention to the beauty of the desert winter. As athletes leave the transition area and Lake Las Vegas they will take a left onto Lake Mead Parkway heading North to Lake Mead National Recreational area entrance. They will pass the Lake Mead entrance heading approximately 10 miles to the first turn around at just at the entrance to Hemenway Harbor. Once the athletes make this u-turn they will follow this road to SR 147/167 (North Shore Road) heading towards Overton and Echo Bay. Athletes will travel this road until the turn around just before Red Stone Canyon. After the turn around the athletes will follow SR 167 back until they take a right and exit Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Lake Mead Parkway will then take them under Lake Mead Parkway tunnel onto the New River Mountains Trail Loop. Completion of the River Mtn Trail loop will bring them to Foothill Dr. Athletes will take this to Paradise Hills and take a right onto Nevada Way heading north. Athletes will then take an immediate left on to the bike path just before the rail road tracks. The path will take athletes about ½ mile and then take a left into a cul-de-sac and quick right onto San Enduardo Road heading west. Proceed about ¾ mile and take a right on San Jacinto and then quick left on Mission Road. Travel about 2 miles and then take a right on Horizon Ridge Parkway. Athletes will travel approx 4 miles and will then take a right on Cielo Albierto road. Then take a left on Paseo Verde and left into the transition area located at the Henderson Multigenerational Center. There will be aid stations every 10 miles.
The ITU run course consists of four laps that will go through some of America's fastest growing city's beautiful neighborhoods. The course will consist of rolling hills and challenging climbs. Starting at the T2 area athletes will leave heading north on Paseo Verde road (PVR). Approx. 1mile later the athletes will take a right on Desert Shadow. Athletes will run about 200 meters and do a U-Turn heading back down Desert Shadow towards PVR. Athletes will then take a left onto the pedestrian trail heading south on PVR. Runners will then take a left onto Library road heading towards Green Valley Parkway (GVP). From there runners will take a left on Green Valley Parkway and run up the hill towards Horizon Ridge Parkway (HRP). Taking a left on HRP and running to the next turn around point. Athletes will u-turn at this point and head back to GVP to the finish area. Once athletes turn around at the finish area they will complete 3 more laps with the fourth lap being the final lap. The run course will give them ample opportunity to see loved ones and have some amazing photo shots. There will be 3 aid stations on the course that will supply athletes coming and going.
The course offers breathtaking views over vast expanses of desert terrain, tremendous athlete support on course, an abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment for the athletes friends and family, so we can guarantee there will be plenty of opportunities for athletes to celebrate their finish at the 2011 ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championship.