Bike Course

Bike Course Summary

  • Bike west from South Shore Harbor and head up the Haynes Blvd. Bridge.
  • Take a left turn at the top of the bridge and head east on Haynes Blvd to Paris Road.
  • Take a right hand turn onto Paris Road and ride on Paris Road to a left turn onto Chef Highway.
  • Ride on Highway 90 (Chef Highway) and cycle 6 miles past the Chef Pass Bridge to the new bike turn around for 2013.
  • Once the u-turn is made, ride west on Highway 90 to Highway 11 where a right hand turn is made onto Highway 11.
  • Ride 2.5 miles on Highway 11 heading east, then make the u-turn and return to Highway 90 and a right turn back to the 510 Expressway.
  • Once on the 510 Expressway, head north back to Paris Road and a left hand turn onto Haynes Blvd.
  • Ride west on Haynes Blvd. back to the Haynes Blvd. Bridge and turn right at the top of the bridge back onto Stars and Stripes Blvd and re-enter the transition area.

Bike Course Rules and Instructions

Please understand that based on permits for roads on the course and the safety of athletes involved, cutoff times must be respected for this event.  The bike course finish time cut off is 1:00 p.m.

  1. Position Rules:
    1. Absolutely NO DRAFTING of another bike or any other vehicle is allowed.
    2. Athletes must keep 7 meters (4 bike lengths) distance between bikes except when passing.  Failure to do so will result in a drafting violation.
    3. A pass occurs when the overtaking athlete’s front wheel passes the leading edge of the athletes being overtaken.
    4. Overtaking Athletes may pass on the left for up to 20 seconds, but must move back to the right side of the road, after passing.  Failure to complete a pass within 20 seconds will result in a drafting violation.  Athletes may not back out of the 7 meter draft zone once it is entered (drafting violation).
    5. Overtaken Athletes must immediately fall back 7 meters (4 bike lengths) before attempting to regain the lead from a front running bike.  Immediately re-passing prior to falling back 7 meters will result in an overtaken violation.
    6. Overtaken Athletes who remain within 7 meters (4 bike lengths) for more than 20 seconds will be given a drafting violation.
    7. Athletes must ride single file on the far right side of the road except when passing another rider, or for reasons of safety.  Side-by-side riding is not allowed and will result in a position violation.
    8. Athletes who impede the forward progress of other Athletes will be given a blocking violation.
    9. Athletes committing rules violations will be notified “on the spot” by an official.
    10. Do not attempt to discuss the penalty with the official.
    11. The official will:

i.     Call out your race number and/or notify you that you have received either a RED CARD for drafting or a YELLOW ARD for any other penalty.  The official will show you the corresponding colored card.

ii.     Instruct you to report to the next penalty tent (PT) on the course.  There will be at least two PTs on the course.

  1. The athlete will:

i.     Report to the next PT and tell the PT Official whether you were shown a RED CARD or a YELLOW CARD.  If you fail to report to the next PT, you may be disqualified.

ii.     Have race numbers marked by the PT Official with a “/” for drafting or a “P” for all other penalties.

iii.     Register, via the sign-in sheet at the PT.

iv.     Resume the race immediately, upon having your numbers marked with a “P” and registering, for all non-drafting violations (YELLOW CARD).

v.     Remain in the PT for the time indicated in the table below, for each drafting violation (RED CARD):

Penalties: 1st Offense – 4:00, 2nd Offense – 4:00, 3rd Offense – DQ

vi.     Be disqualified if you receive any combination of three penalties.  If you are disqualified, you may finish the bike course but may not start the run.

vii.     Be disqualified for not reporting to the PT.

  1. Bicycles must be racked by the seat in a manner such that the majority of the bicycle is on the athlete’s side of the bike rack.
  2. No tandem, recumbent, fairings, or any add-on device designed exclusively to reduce resistance are allowed.  Any new, unusual, or prototype equipment will be subject to a determination of legality by the event organizer and/or Head Referee.
  3. The sole responsibility of knowing and following the prescribed cycling course rests with each athlete.  No adjustments in times or results shall be made for Athletes who fail to follow the proper course for any reason whatsoever.
  4. Athletes must obey all traffic laws while on the cycling course unless otherwise specifically directed by an official, race monitor or designee with actual authority.  Failure to do so may result in disqualification.
  5. No athlete shall endanger himself or another participant.  Athletes who intentionally present a danger to any athlete or who, in the judgment of the Head Referee, appear to present a danger to any athlete may be disqualified.
  6. Shoes and shirt must be worn at all times on the bike and run.
  7. Athletes must wear the issued race number at all times while on the bike and run course.  The bib number must be placed low on the back of the athlete’s jersey where it is clearly visible during the bike.  Folding or cutting bib number or intentional alteration of any kind is STRICTLY PROHIBITED.  Race belts may be worn.
  8. Athletes must wear a bike helmet number on the front of their helmet.
  9. Athletes must have a bike frame number fixed to their bike and the entire number must be clearly visible from the left side.
  10. CPSC-approved helmet is required during the entire bike portion including in and out of the transition area.  Athletes riding without an approved helmet or chinstrap not fastened may be disqualified.  Alterations to hard-shell helmet, which affect its integrity, are not allowed.
  11. No individual support allowed.  Ample aid and food stations will be provided.  Friends, family members, coaches, or supporters of any type may NOT bike, drive, or run alongside athlete, may not pass food or other items to athlete and should be warned to stay completely clear of all Athletes to avoid the disqualification of an athlete.  It is incumbent upon each athlete to immediately reject any attempt to assist, follow, or escort.
  12. Do not litter.  Any item that needs to be discarded, including but not limited to water bottles, gel wrappers, energy bar wrappers, broken bike parts, or clothing items, may only be discarded in the trash drop zones and each aid station.  Discarding any item outside of the trash drop zones will result in a penalty.
  13. Athletes must be individually responsible for repair and maintenance of their own bike.  Athletes should be prepared to handle any possible mechanical malfunction.  Assistance from official race personnel is permitted.
  14. Athletes may walk bike, if necessary, but may not make progress on the bike course unaccompanied by their bicycle.
  15. Bike inspection is not mandatory and will not be provided at bike check-in, although technicians will be available.  Athletes are ultimately responsible for their own bikes.  However, race officials may at their discretion make final judgment as to the soundness of bikes.  In the event of foul weather, large plastic bags, which cover the entire bike, will be permitted as long as the bags are securely fastened to the bike.
  16. Communication devices of any type, such as cell phones and two-way radios are strictly prohibited during competition.  Use of such devices will result in disqualification.
  18. If you need medical assistance, SAG wagons will pick you up and take you to the medical tent, where you will receive treatment.  Depending on the medical emergency, ambulances will take you to the nearest hospital to receive treatment.  If you have a technical problem or have bonked, the SAG wagons will take you to the next aid station.  Additionally, there will be radios to contact ambulances and medical assistance.  If you have a problem, please go to an aid station for further assistance.

Local Traffic Laws

Please remember that members of the local community use the bike course roads.  Realize that you are an ambassador for the sport and the event and the impact of your actions is far reaching.  When you are out riding the course, please adhere to local traffic laws and go the extra mile to be courteous and respectful to the residents of the local community.

When training, please follow these suggestions:

  • Please ride single file.  This is not just for your safety but also to ensure local drivers can get where they need to go without delay and frustration.
  • Please obey traffic laws (stop at stop signs, signal when turning, etc.)
  • Please do not use private property as a toilet.  There are plenty of places along the way with public bathrooms – please use them.
  • Please do not litter.  Keep your energy bar or gel wrappers with you until you find a trashcan.
  • Please ask you friends and family to refrain from painting the roads along the course.  This defaces public property and is a punishable offense.

Every time a cyclist has an altercation with a driver that driver sees every cyclist on the road as the enemy.  Every time a cyclist is courteous to a driver, that driver will give every cyclist on the road that much more respect and courtesy in return.  Please think before you act.

Local Bike Shop

Bicycle World will be handling technical support in the transition area at Bike Check-in and on race day.

Bicycle World
701 Jefferson Highway
Jefferson, LA 70121


Bike Shipping
Bike transportation provided by Tri Bike Transport.

Contact Tri Bike Transport if you are interested in this service.

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Tech Tips & Other Details


Bike inspection is not mandatory and will not be provided at bike check-in, although technicians will be available.  Athletes are ultimately responsible for their own bikes.  However, race officials may, at their discretion, make final judgment as to the soundness of the bikes.


Prior to bike check-in, be sure your bar-end plugs are in place and you have no loose spokes, brakes, headsets, stripped cables, etc.  Adjust the hubs and position handlebars correctly.  Ensure that cables and tires are in good condition and sew-up tires are glued properly onto the rims.  Securely fasten all equipment you carry with you on race day.


To avoid an unexpected flat tire, wait until race morning to inflate your tires to their proper air pressure.  There will be a limited number of pumps available, so we recommend you bring your own. You must give your pump to a family member or friend before the race start.  Other athletes will bring a pump and will likely share so make a friend on race morning.


For security and safety reasons, bikes will not be allowed out of the transition area once they are brought in during bike check-in.  On race day, bike tech vehicles will patrol the course to aid in emergency repairs.

    About the event

    The Ochsner IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans is comprised of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run.

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