Ironman Branson 70.3 – A preview

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in Travelling, Triathlon - Ironman 70.3 | 7 Comments
Ironman Branson 70.3 – A preview

So this is my very first trip to the good ol’ US of A. As you can imagine, I went straight to The Big Apple; the amazing New York. Central Park? Check. World Trade Centre? Check. Empire State Building? Check. A foot long pastrami sub with extra cheese and cheesy french fries… and a vanilla thick shake? Check (plus heart palpitations). Oh, and I had a win in my first run around Central Park in the Fitness Magazine 4 Mile.

So the natural course of this trip is to continue seeing the sites. Places you read about, hear about, some even dream about! Straight to Branson, Missouri please. Oh, and if you don’t hang onto the Braaaan for at least five seconds you can’t get past the diner at the airport.

Branson is pretty much the oddest place I have ever come across. If there is a better example of “contradiction” describing a town I would love to see it. Branson is set in the rolling hills of the mid US. It has beautiful, stunning, even epic scenery. And then there is the town itself. It is regarded as the “Live Show Capital of the World”. No, not Vegas “live shows” and unfortunately not Amsterdam “live shows”. These are all tribute shows. The Brady Bunch, Dolly Parton and a staggering amount of crooners I have never heard of and hope to never hear of again. Literally, there is a 7km strip of theaters that each have their resident entertainer/s. I am convinced there are more theaters than people here. Anyway, more of this later (possibly post race report).

The Ironman Branson 70.3 Course looks absolutely stunning. It is also, in my very limited experience of the 70.3 circuit, one of the most challenging courses out there. So without further ado, I have made a very dodgy and very amateur video of the bike course. It was taken with the trusty iPhone on my ride yesterday, so apologies if you are prone to motion sickness. As you will notice, I have also added a tribute soundtrack to Branson.


Branson 70.3 Course Description from John Polson on Vimeo.


2012 : September 23, Ironman 70.3 Branson, Missouri USA

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  1. Chris
    September 20, 2012

    Fantastic JB – wish I was there but I’m not good on a bike

    • JRP
      September 20, 2012

      Perhaps you could watch the road – while he shoots the video?

      • AGP (Mum)
        September 20, 2012

        Looks amazing. Bit of camera shake but understandable. Perhaps JRP could shoot the video whilst JBP rides and Chris gets his US country cousin to play the blue grass music!

  2. Tricia Ash
    September 20, 2012

    And maybe while all the video shooting and musical stuff is going on your mum and me could sit in one of those crazy looking places and have a nice glass of wine!! Looks fantastic JB, enjoy x

  3. Kim
    September 21, 2012

    Great video! Good luck this weekend! I will be there also!

  4. Kim & Jeannie
    September 24, 2012

    Congratulations JB!!
    Have Youall asked anybody down there if they’ve ever heard of
    Loved the video. Youall could ride that bike up here, and shoot
    a great video on the way!!

  5. tashi namgyal
    September 27, 2012

    this is for real a good shoot that u have done in your small but beautiful view around US.guess there may be many more places to explore


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