Ironman officials revise triathlon bike route to avoid potential event cancelation

Ironman officials revise triathlon bike route to avoid potential event cancelation After weeks of revision, a 94-mile biking route has been approved for the May 14 Ironman triathlon in The Woodlands, taking about 3,100 participants through portions of Harris County in Spring.


Initially, the Ironman bike route led cyclists through four major construction zones, including an area at FM 1488 and Hwy. 149 with concrete barriers narrowing the road to two lanes, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal said.


“The route [organizers] proposed would have been a real issue for cyclists,” Doyal said.


Additionally, due to flooding in April, a portion of the original 112-mile route had to be eliminated, resulting in the 94-mile route. Mark Seegers, Harris County Precinct 4 communications director, said issues with rerouting the triathlon through the area included closing intersections and posting police at those locations.


Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley said the original bike route could not be approved because it would tie up major intersections in the precinct.


“It was going to go right through our major road construction,” Riley said. “It’s too dangerous.”


Residents can call 346-225-6109 for traffic updates throughout the duration of the race.


For more information visit www.ironman.com.
By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.