The Long Distance Triathlon begins with a water start at Byens Ø in Odense Harbour, where athletes will swim North along the canal. A three kilometers out-and-home course awaits before the athletes exit the water at Byens Ø and head for the transition zone before getting started on the bike.
The bike course begins with some technical sections in the city before crossing Odin's Bridge and enter Otterupvej – a long, very flat strech where athletes will be able to ride very fast! Along the way the scenery changes from urban to countryside as the riders head North, ride through the city of Otterup along the way and further North and West before returning back towards Odense. After a total of 120 kilometers the riders will head into the transition zone at the Thomas B. Thriges Gade Parking Basement and start the final 30K run.
Athletes will run four laps in the heart of the city on the charming streets of Odense Downtown where they will run along the Odense River, experience the magical fairytale surroundings of the Hans Christian Andersen's home town and cross a 200m cobble section right in front of the town hall. To top it all of, athletes get to cross the finish line right in the heart of the festival at King's Garden.
On the interactive maps below you can get a closer look on the courses and see what awaits you at the world championships on Fyn in July. More detailed graphic maps with a full overview of all course details will be provided later.
Technical descriptions, exact distances, loops and courses for each category (Elite, U23, Junior, Para, Age Group and Open Race) is listed below.
Please note: The courses are subject to change.
Elite + U23 + Para + Age Group + Open Race: 3km / 1lap
The start area will be at Odense Harbour at Byens Ø. There will be a water swim start and then athletes will swim heading north up the harbour's more narrow section. There will be a turn around point approx half way, and athletes will turn clock wise, and then swim the same way back. The swim exit will be through a ramp and then make a short run into T1 located on the Harbour car park area at Byens Ø. The water conditions are expected to be calm and of adequate quality. Temperatures expected between 17-22 degrees celcius.
Elite + U23 + Para + Age Group + Open Race: 117km / 2 laps
Coming out of T1, athletes will head out on a flat and fast bike course of two approx 60km laps on good quality asphalt. The bike course will lead athletes heading north out of Odense city, with some initial urban areas including some turns. After the initial kilometers there will be some longer, fast sections heading out of Odense where athletes will complete Lap 1 and head back into Odense to the turn point and initiate second lap.
After completing the second lap, athletes will be directed towards town center and to enter T2 at the north side of the Thomas B. Thriges Gade Parking Basement located under the Music Conservatory and 200m from the finish line area at Kongens Have. Exit from T2 will be on south entrance of the Thomas B. Thriges Gade Parking Basement and head out onto the 30km run.
There will be a total climbing of 304m per lap (for 608 in total) with some shorter climbing efforts but no relevant or significant climbs. As there will be some urban sections in the course, athletes will experience some 90 degree turns and will be able to keep decent moving speed all the way . The roads will be closed to traffic and most urban sections dividing lanes by fences.
Elite + U23 + Para + Age Group + Open Race: 30.7km / 4 laps
Leaving T2 from South area of the Parking Garage, athletes will head towards the finish line area at King's Garden and initiate in anticlockwise direction the 4 laps of 7.5km. Each lap will take athletes through different areas of Odense: residential, park and city center. The total distace is expected to be approx 30.7km including T2 to run course and the finish line stretch. The terrain will be mainly flat, but including some small-short climbs and descents, and the finish line will be a long straight stretch. Once completed the 4th and last lap athletes will enter the finish line into King's Garden.