DONE!! This is the route from the base of Tremblant around to the North side of the hill, towards Lac Superieure. The asphalt is pristine! I said 99% done because the first 1.0km (0.6 mile) from the base is not yet paved though it is hard pack dirt/gravel, ready for a top coat. If one were to do the loop on a bike (I drove, as you can see), you could actually take a winding bike trail through the forest and avoid the unpaved section, though the path is multifunctional so you can expect to ride as slow as you would on the unpaved road. It would be a good alternative.
The road condition is excellent and as previously mentioned, wider than the pre-construction route. While there were no lines painted on the pavement yet, you could see there would be about 2-3 of shoulder. This section of the course is constantly going up and down and turning. It will be a really fun section and take everyone's mind off the workload of racing IM or HIM.
There is no other evidence of paving at this point in the region but at least the shoulder on the 117 Northbound looks to be in great shape. It is about 6 feet wide and assuming my hip injury continues to improve, I will hopefully be able to ride it in a few weeks. We know this section of road climbs a lot at the first turn, but the last 10 km or so before the turnaround is relatively flat as it passes through farmland and meandering waterways (Riviere Rouge). It is beautiful an very scenic, offering views of Tremblant ski area in the distance. The southbound section of the 117 has been freshly paved, so you will enjoy that if you are up training on the course these days...only the northbound section will be used during the IM and HIM.
I have no idea when they plan to repave other sections of the route, but the one that needed the most attention, got it. That's all for now. Thanks for reading.
August (injury month) totals:
Swim - 7.5K
Bike - 91K
Run - 40K