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1500m SWIM / 40K BIKE
Course Description and Maps

Please review the maps before the race. It is each athlete’s responsibility to know the course and any potential hazards.


The new transition area will be on the soccer fields at Depot Park. There is a zero-tolerance policy for eating and drinking while inside the fenced area on the turfed grass. Athletes are allowed to bring in nutrition but cannot eat or drink inside on the fields. If we see you eating or drinking on the fields, you will be disqualified. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Transition opens for the Aquabike at 6a.m. and closes at 7:30a.m. Athletes must be body-marked and have their numbered bracelet to enter and exit the Transition area. Athletes only. Transition closes promptly at 1pm. Maps of the new transition area to be posted soon! 

Swim Course

The swim corral will be located on Main Beach in front of the Boardwalk bandstand. Aquabike swimmers will start in a wave together, heading clockwise around the Wharf and exiting the water at Cowell Beach.  There are two buoys at the end of the Wharf that swimmers will go around and keep on their right shoulder. If you do not go around the buoys you may be disqualified. Once you end at Cowells Beach, swimmers run through the parking lot, across the street and up a paved path and under the trestle to the transition area. Volunteers will guide racers.

In the event of extreme fog delay, an alternate swim course that parallels Main Beach will be utilized.

Bike Course



  • Exit transition and head up Washington Street Extension, across train trestle onto West Cliff Drive

  • Turn Right onto Bay Street

  • Turn Left onto Laguna Avenue

  • Laguna turns into Delaware Avenue

  • Right on Natural Bridges Drive.

  • Right on Mission Street Extension and a quick Left on Western Drive

  • Left onto Highway 1 and ride out to Davenport

In Davenport:

  • Right on Davenport Avenue

  • Left on Marine View Avenue

  • Left at the top of the hill on Marine View Avenue to return to Highway 1 (look for volunteers)

  • Left on Highway 1 all the way back to Santa Cruz

In return to Santa Cruz:

  • Right onto the Schaffer Road and quick left onto Mission Street Extension (caution it is a quick left after a right!)

  • Right ­onto Natural Bridges Drive

  • Right onto Swanton Blvd.

  • U-Turn at Swanton Blvd. and West Cliff Drive

  • Back up the residential side on Swanton Blvd.

  • Right onto Delaware Ave. 

  • Right onto Santa Cruz Avenue

  • Left onto West Cliff. 

  • Stay right of the cones to finish and head back over the trestle

  • Veer to head over the trestle

  • Watch for dismount area jnext to the side of transition!

  • Go left for transition.


Aquabike racers will receive their medals in the Transition Area. Please visit the Medical Tent or the Athlete Food Tables to collect your medal.

Note: The Swim In and the Run Out both follow the path at the back of the park and go under the train trestle, avoiding the street traffic on Pacific Avenue. The Bike In and Out go on the road overpass, above the train tracks.

Any course changes and details will be covered in the mandatory pre-race meeting on the main beach at Lifeguard Tower #3 at 7:45 am.

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