A Game Plan For The Kona Bike Course

  • By Lance Watson and Dan Smith
  • Published Oct 4, 2013
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Kawaihae to Hawi

This is really where the challenge begins as racers leave the lava fields for the long climb to Hawi. The winds typically begin to pick up here. Be prepared for sudden wind gusts: They’re strong! The last climb into Hawi is often straight into the wind—keep the effort steady. Remember Special Needs is just after the Hawi turnaround.

TIP: Shift a lot! Be steady with constant pressure on the pedals, and work to maximize pace in and out of the wind, and over the rolling hills. Look for opportunities for speed, but be wary about being too aggressive and accumulating lactic acid. Flow with the terrain and conditions.

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