RunTri believes the course detour -- details below -- will lead to faster bike splits at this year's Ironman Lake Placid. I'd expect it will reduce pro bike splits by 10 minutes. Reason: Route 9N is the flattest and most consistently fast section of the bike course. How fast? Ironman Arizona and Ironman Florida fast.
"Ford Ironman Lake Placid will be required to make alterations to the bike course for this year's race due to road contruction. Changes to bike course of Ford Ironman Lake Placid triathlon scheduled for Sunday, July 25 will impact residents of Jay and Ausable Forks. Due to the bridge project over the Ausable River on Haselton Road in Wilmington, Route 9N from Jay to Ausable Forks will now comprise a 10.2 mile portion of the 56 mile bike circuit that racers will travel twice. Both lanes of Route 9N will be closed to non-essential vehicle traffic on race day between 8 am and 4:30 pm." -- from www.ironmanusa.com July 18, 2010