Cool I signed up for the race too and fingers crossed to get in on bike transport!
I love Chicago and have been thinking about this race but with my work schedule, I am not 100% sure I can commit to training.
If anyone would be interested in starting a relay time, let me know!
Sorry to be a downer on this, but I think the course sucks. See for yourself here:
Olympic course: http://chicago.triathlon.org/uploads/ITU-AGO-overview-FINALII.pdf
The description is of an "exciting and unique course never seen by Chicago triathletes." This is true, because no sane person would ever willingly route a bike course on Lower Wacker Drive, unless you're a psycho bike messenger. If you enjoyed riding on the 14th St. Bridge at Nation's, you'll like this even more.
Olympic course is four (FOUR!) loops on the bike, 3.5 loops on the run. 2000 registrants for the Olympic, 1000 for the Sprint. And your GPS won't work on the bike leg. And if it's hot, there will be no chance of a breeze.
If memory serves, I don't think there will be any shade on the run.
At least the swim will be ok.
Sorry you're a downer on this Ihan. I plan to have fun no matter what the course is like.
All, no longer need bike transport or have other questions?
Check out the Chicago ITU info page.
I don't think the math adds up. USAT clearly states that the 'box' is seven (7) meters long and two (2) meters wide surrounding each bicycle. I'm sure there are many other variables, but I just don't see how this will work.
And I'm all about having fun, I just don't want to end up in the ER.
I"m gonna get a tape player and just have it on repeat playing thru a speaker: "ONNNN YOOOOUURRRRR LEEFFFFFFFFTTTTT"
Hopefully Batman doesn't come down Lower Wacker Drive during the race and use his gizmo to turn off all the lights.
Darn about the course. I had an extended conversation with Tim Yount/USAT last September while we were killing time waiting to resolve a personal race issue. At that time, the 4 lap bike course was the leading course contender but USAT was trying to avoid it and use a course similar to the Lifetime course.
I am actually more concerned about the long barefoot run to T1. At least there is some baseball at Wrigley that weekend - the Nats!
Perhaps this has something to do with why USAT was looking for a new race director for Chicago just a few weeks ago…….
Hmmm. Now I don't feel so bad about potentially downgrading to the sprint.
Bike transport to Windy City from Arlington, VA has been announced, btw:
The bike transport details for ITU Chicago Triathlon have been announced. Please note the following dates, times, locations and preparation instructions.
Thursday, June 26: Drop off from 11am to 7pm at Freshbikes Arlington
Saturday, June 28: Bike pick up from 12pm-6pm at the corner of South Columbus Drive and East Balboa Avenue in front of Field #7
Sunday, June 29: Bike drop off from 9am-6pm at the corner of South Columbus Drive and East Balboa Avenue in front of Field #7
Tuesday, July 1: Bike pick up 11am-4pm at Freshbikes Arlington
Athletes MUST make arrangements to pick up and drop off bikes within these windows of time. Athletes should have their bikes ready to go upon arrival on Thursday.
Bikes will NOT have to be boxed, but prior to your arrival you will need to remove pedals, computers, water bottles, bottle cages, detachable aero bars and anything else that can fall off of your bike. No transition bags are allowed on the truck. We will have a mechanic on site in Chicago to help with minor services (tire pressure, etc.).
Addresses to the bike shop and destination in Chicago are below:
3924 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22203
Chicago, IL 60605
Corner of South Columbus Drive and East Balboa Avenue in front of Field #7
For additional questions, please contact Lauren Rios at email@example.com."
Took me some time to find this after hearing that Lake Michigan was 'freezing' today. Whew, although chilly to me, 63 F doesn't sound so bad now!
SOUTHERN LAKE MICHIGAN WATER TEMPERATURES
Mark your calendars for a pre-race team dinner on Saturday, June 28.
Thanks to Mark G, we've got an awesome event room reserved close to the race venue. We're working out catering details and will have RSVP/ticket info for you soon. In the meantime, put dinner with your DC Tri friends in the calendar for Saturday.
Dinner is on the schedule! :)
anyone know if any bike spots opened up for the bike transport/ waitlist?
I need to give up my spot for the bike transport - I broke my foot on May 4th and it is not healing as well as I'd hoped. I'm still going, but I won't be racing. Can my spot be given to someone on the waitlist? Can I get my payment back if someone else can use it?
Sorry to hear that Liz. Look at the buzz on the front of our website on what to do please, thanks.
I think some spots have opened up on the wait list. The USAT person I contacted was out of town but I hope to hear back soon.
Update from Lauren, the USAT liaison...
"I know that we are getting very close to the bottom of the waitlist."
@shedrickc - I received a call on Monday, 6/2, that a spot had opened up and I was next on the list. Don't give up hope yet!
Also, I am trying to find a way to get my bike to FreshBikes on June 26th and picked up on July 1st as I will be in NY the week before and after and just flying directly to/from Chicago. The shop said they would take it early and keep it later but that it would be stored outside, which I definitely don't want to do! Is there anyone who would be willing to let me drop my bike off with them on Sunday the 22nd and then take it to FreshBikes along with theirs on Thursday?? And on the flip side, pick it up with theirs and allow me to come by as early as July 3rd to pick it back up? I know it's a big request, but it would really help me out! I live in the Dupont area, but will find a way to get it to anyone that is able/willing to help!
Update from Lauren, "There are 6 on the waitlist. 3 of them I am waiting to hear back from on if they want a slot."
Just emailed to give mine up (post that update). Good luck folks.