Highlights of THIS episode of THE WEEK IN TRI include:
USA Triathlon shooting the brand new High Schools program in the foot.
Ironman’s $100.000 loss because not enough athletes like hills.
Ironman’s All World Athlete Champions and why effective age grouper doping controls is highly unlikely.
All this and more in this week’s episode as we take in the latest triathlon news from around the globe and preview the first international races of the year this coming weekend…
USA Triathlon has launched a new program to expand triathlon at high school level. The program includes a sprint distance USA high school championship on 22 April 2016. Isn’t that shooting the new program in the foot? Kill all the momentum within 3 months. Surely it will be better to have 5 months of regional high school level events and end with a USA championship in June, just before the summer vacations.
The Wildflower triathlon has just opened registration and the big change for this year is that athletes can choose an available race number and transition spot – similar to airline bookings.
Ironman Muskoka has been cancelled after only one year. The decision to pull the plug came from the independent race organizer. Even with 1500 athletes, the trickle through of funds to the organizer (who covers all the costs) was not enough and they were left with a $100.000 loss. The problem with Muskoka is hills. The popular IM’s are those that are pancake flat.
Ironman has also announced their “All World Athlete” champions for each age group category. Athletes earn ranking points by consistently finishing in the top 10% of their age group at multiple IM events through the year. If IM ever wanted to do out of competition testing of age groupers they need look no further than the “All World Athlete” ranking list. But they won’t, because pinging multiple age group athletes is bad for business.
Last weekend in IM
10 January (Sunday)
IM 70.3 Pucon, Chile: Barbara Riveros (CHL) and Benjamin Collins (USA)
This weekend in IM
No events on the IM schedule this weekend.
CHALLENGE FAMILY NEWS
No news to report from the Challenge Family from this past week.
Last Weekend in Challenge:
No Challenge events last weekend.
This Weekend in Challenge:
No Challenge events this weekend. The Challenge Family season for 2016 starts on 31 January.
The world of XTERRA is in “sleep mode” till February 2016.
Once again there is no proper news from the world of ITU. All they could do was rehash race reports from the various WTS and world cup events from 2015. Come on guys, this is an Olympic year. Put out some proper news!
Last weekend in ITU:
No ITU events last weekend.
This weekend in ITU
17 January (Sunday)
American Continental Cup, La Paz, Argentina: