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valleyboy74




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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:27 pm    Post subject: IM Hamburg 2019 Reply with quote

Looking to do my first Ironman next year and due to holiday restrictions as Iím a teacher itís looking like Ironmn Hamburg. Looks a great city and we plan to make it part of our summer holidays but really concerned about the swim after this years got cancelled. I know it canít be helped but would not consider it complete if I hadnít done the full distance. How much was this year a one off or is the Alster prone to high levels of algae?

Does anyone have any thoughts on this or any locals that could offer some insight?

Cheers all
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JeffB




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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did the ITU race 2 weeks before and the water quality was supposed to be good, it looked a bit manky but I was alright after.

It's hard to say but I don't think they've ever cancelled the ITU swim in there.

There's been problems with a few swims because of the heat this year, Switzerland was non-wetsuit, Bolton nearly got cancelled because of algae. Oddly Tallinn nearly got cancelled today for being too cold.

It was a nice place BTW, and the bike is pan flat, although most of it is single carriageway, nice smooth tarmac, but unless you are near the front it might be hard overtaking or avoiding drafting. A lot of it is single carriageway

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valleyboy74




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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tallin and Switzerland were the other options, Switzerland is out now as itís a week earlier and as we are hoping to go on holidays straight after Tallin has limited options to fly direct.

Strangely the pan flat bike course of Hamburg is another reason thatís slightly putting me off as Iím much stronger on a climbers course, IM Wales would suit me and Iím only an hour away but have done the LCW twice so not much of a thrill doing it again and I ride there regularly anyway.

Good to know that swimming is usually ok, will probably go with it and hope for a more Ďnormalí summer!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tallinn was fairly flat on the bike, ~700M total, but the run was a bit lumpy.

How about Maastricht, it was a nice place, bike course changes every year though, but was lumpy, if not as bad as Wales etc.

It's also a really nice place, swim is in the river which seemed clean without much flow. But as with a lot of Europe, can get warm.

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valleyboy74




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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers Jeff, looked at Maastricht but seems really hard to get travel to and looking to fly to Majorca straight after for a family hols.

Think Hamburg has all that I need, just hope the swim is on.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

valleyboy74 wrote:
Cheers Jeff, looked at Maastricht but seems really hard to get travel to and looking to fly to Majorca straight after for a family hols.

Think Hamburg has all that I need, just hope the swim is on.


Vichy could be ruled out for the same reason then?
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JeffB




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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me Maastricht was only about 2-3 hours from the ferry at Rotterdam.

FWIW, the swim looks like it was non-wetsuit this year.

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