On Sunday morning, thousands of athletes from around the world will descend on La Quinta and Indian Wells for the second annual Ironman 70.3 triathlon that begins at Lake Cahuilla and ends at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Ironman tv broadcast Streaming, This year’s 56-mile bike portion will travel a new route that keeps the race off Washington Street and, officials hope, allows for vehicle traffic to move more smoothly in La Quinta and neighboring cities without the hourslong delays that occurred during last year’s inaugural event.
The new route keeps cyclists off Washington Street, except where they cross on Miles Avenue into the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, and does not cut through Adams Street or divide the city’s business corridor.
“I’m very excited with the plan as opposed to last year,” Kris Gunderson, traffic operations analyst for the city, told the City Council during a Nov. 19 study session. “This is much more comprehensive than last year.”
Ironman officials said Monday that they believe the course works well for area residents and businesses and the athletes.
“Athletes should not notice a difference in the flat and fast nature of the course,” the Ironman team said in an email.
Last year’s Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells, La Quinta champion Lionel Sanders will try for a repeat win in this year’s race, being held Sunday, December 8, 2019.Buy Photo
Last year’s Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells, La Quinta champion Lionel Sanders will try for a repeat win in this year’s race, being held Sunday, December 8, 2019. (Photo: Taya Gray/The Desert Sun file photo)
More than 3,000 athletes from 48 states and 40 countries have registered for the second annual Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells, La Quinta, Ironman officials said Monday.
Nearly 600 athletes are returning to compete, including returning champion Lionel Sanders and women’s champion Chelsea Sodaro