Ironman Hamburg reveals new bike course

The third edition of Ironman Hamburg wil feature yet another new bike course. The new 180 km route will go through the harbor and over the Köhlbrand Bridge.

| February 7, 2019 | RACES

The Köhlbrand Bridge was one of the highlights of the bike course in Hamburg in 2017. It\'s back again for this year\'s race.

The Köhlbrand Bridge was one of the highlights of the bike course in Hamburg in 2017. It's back again for this year's race.

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Heading into its third year, Ironman Hamburg continues to be a hugely popular race. The two previous editions have sold out and this year's race is getting close to filling up, too.

This year's race should be more scenic than last year's event thanks to a new bike course. Today Ironman made it official - after successful talks with all the involved authorities and institutions, the Köhlbrand Bridge is back as part of the course.

The complete bike course for Ironman Hamburg.

The complete bike course for Ironman Hamburg.

Hamburg's bike course will combine the most beautiful course elements from previous years. The ride starts at the northern end of the transition zone on the Ballindamm and includes two 90 km laps. 

After passing through the Hamburg Wholesale Market, which is normally closed to cyclists, the athletes will be taken to the Köhlbrand Bridge, where they will experience some climbing, which will no-doubt separate some of the stronger riders from their competition. The course crosses the Süderelbe (a branch of the Elbe River) and then takes the athletes across familiar terrain in the Vier- and Marschlande areas.

Over the long stretches along the dikes athletes will be able to hit some decent speeds. The hotspot at the Zollenspieker Fährhaus will offer spectators a great viewing opportunity - this is also where the course turns and heads over the dike back to the city center. There's a second hotspot at Ferdinandstor, where athletes will either start their second loop or head to T2. 

Those interested in taking part in the third edition of Ironman Hamburg should enter soon - according to Ironman there are only 150 spots available in the last price category. Once those go the race will once again be sold out.