- 2016 Ironman dates;
May 8 & 22
June 19 & 26
July 10, 24 & 31
August 14 & 28
September 18, 25
The parade lap for the big bikes is now at 9 a.m. and the 65’s and 85’s parade lap is at 10:30 a.m. The course for the 65′ and 85’s does not include the sandy west end. New for 2016, their parade lap is at 10:30 a.m., then racing starts at 10:45 and the white flag comes out at 11:15 a.m.
The parade lap is your chance to become familiar with the ever changing course. Barry always lays out a safe, fun and creative course using almost all of the entire track property. The track goes on and off the night track and includes wooded sections, sandy areas and just about every type of terrain possible. In one lap you go from hard hard pack to loamy sand. Expect every type of obstacle from off cambers, switchbacks, motocross track jumps and more.
The Big bikes are staged in two groups for the dead engine start. The Expert, Intermediate and younger Veterans go in the first start while the Novice and older Veterans go in the second start. Just before the start you are given the opportunity to warm up your bike. The starter makes sure everyone is ready. The starting light is turned on and that is your signal to begin the best hour you can have on a motorcycle. If you are in the first start you go to barrel one to get scored, the racers in the second start go to barrel #2 for their scoring. It is extremely important that you go to the correct barrel each time. Upon your approach to the scoring area you MUST exercise extreme caution. The scorer will acknowledge that your bike number has recorded. The finish line flagger will display a half-way signal, a white flag indicating one lap to go and the highly anticipated checkered flag.