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Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Irvine, CA
Bikes: Specialized Allez Pro; Cervelo P2 SL; Tsunami (Converted to Fixed Gear)
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Profiles can be pretty deceiving because they tend to exaggerate the rise in elevation vs the distance. Said another way, 200 ft of elevation uses the same number of inches as 2 miles of distance.
Certainly 200 ft over a half-mile is a bit of a grind (around 7.5%) and it looks like there might be a short 12% section thrown in (ouch). The 2nd "hill" however is less than a 2% grade which is really nothing.
Personally, I would not call it brutal, in fact I think it's a pretty easy bike course. Everyone's opinions will vary.
My advice...enter, have fun, finish, brag about being a triathlete!
Fredo, you're my older brother and I love you...but don't ever take sides, with anyone, against the family again...ever.