Sunday, July 6, 2008

IM Course Elevation Data

I went through the Motion Based database of GPS data on elevation gain for all of the IM courses in the world. There are a few missing. I took the first five "legit" GPS downloads for each course and averaged them. i was struck by the variation from download to download--frequently 2000 vertical feet. In any event, here are the results of that analysis (total positive vertical elevation change in feet):

1. France 11193
2. Lanzarote 10282
3. Lake Placid 7911
4. Austria 7829
5. Australia 7659
6. Louisville 7578
7. Switzerland 7505
8. Wisconsin 7353
9. Canada 6719
10. Coeur D’Alene 5851
11. Brazil 5419
12. Germany 5281
13. S. Africa 5182
14. Hawaii 4554
15. Arizona 3824
16. W. Australia 2538
17. Florida 2007

3 comments:

Christopher Roberts said...

This is great information. How does the new St. George Ironman compare?

rcmioga said...

We'll see after some folks do it!

Clydesdaletri said...

Looking at this year's LP data on Garmin Connect, its looking more like 5100 to 5800 feet of elevation. I pulled my Garmin data for Switzerland and it was 4400 feet of elevation.