Three different bike courses in as many years.
I've been to Ironman Langkawi three times and this will be the third bike course. In fact, in 2006 it was a different bike course too as well as 2005, so make that 5 different bike courses in five years.
Anyway, this one looks to be the mother of all bike courses. It looks like it combines elements from all the previous years' courses. It's got the Bukit Malut climbs from 2005 (albeit in reverse), the flat out blast along Air Hangat Road from 2006, the steep, short climb along Padang Gaong Road from 2007 (the one that killed me back then), and the airport roundabouts from 2008.
One thing it doesn't have (and I'm quite thankful for that) is the LISRAM Highway climbs.
Here's what it looks like:
And the route profile:
Looks tougher than previous years' but at the end of the day, we still need to cycle the 180km anyway, so no point worrying about it now. Just need to remember to take it easy, don't push too hard, especially on the flats, and spin up slowly up the hills.
And be glad that I have a 27t cog on the back :p