The Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship taking place in Port Elizabeth, South Africa will undergo a route revamp ahead of the 2016 event on 10 April 2016. The race change has made for some fast racing unlike anything seen before in Nelson Mandela bay. Changes to each leg of the iconic event will give seasoned athletes a new challenge and offers first-timers a fast welcome to the Ironman city of Africa.
The biggest and most significant change will be on the bike route. The new course offers enhanced safety for athletes with full road closure and has fewer cross over points for motorists.
The run route has its first change in eleven years, changing from three laps of 14.06km to four laps of 10.55km. The new run route gives athletes more access to the road where supporters will be in abundance.
The swim course remains the same but after great success at international races as well as at the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 Durban this year, the new rolling swim start system will be introduced.
This creates a safer swimming environment for athletes as it gets rid of the congestion of the mass start. The self-seeding system means that the stronger swimmers start at the front of the race and no wave starts are necessary.