There is never going to be 100% clean racing. Thats impossible, but at the same time, it makes WTC races look less respected (atleast to me) to have the type of pelotons in IM Fl and Clearwater. I would think as an race organization, you would atleast want to break up these peloton. You wont be able to give an drafting penalty for every offense, it's just impossible.
But I think they could do a better job of breaking up the pelotons.
However, the issue I seem to have, is how it seems that WTC is basically putting their hands up as if, "What, we are trying to stop the problem". They seem to basically be saying, "You want to fix the problem, come out here, volunteer and get on the back of a moto." Why not try a wave start for a year to see what happens, why not try and stricter penalties for a year,etc. (of course they wont, because of the potential to ruin profit from racers). WTC seems to basically be saying if you want to continue to bitch about the problem, put up or shut up, as they kinda seem like they are absolutely happy with the way the race is ran now. Again, it goes back to being a business. It doesnt make business sense for WTC to do anything that costs them profit.
Have they ever tried a wave start? Have they ever tried to put in a stiffer penalty? It seems they always come back with reasons why not to change, vs actually reallying trying to make a change.
But it's all about the MONEY. It is what it is. WTC is in business to spit out a cute ironman shirt and have an announcer say your the best person in the world at the finish, etc. They are doing an absolutely fabulous job in that dept. They cont. to sell out races, and produce "ironmen". Good for them that they can do that, I just wonder when will the IM bubble burst? I guess it'll take the balloon bursting to really cause a stir and create changes. Hell, for all I know, h2o, you may be right. ST people who are bitching/concerned about the drafting may be the small minute minority. We may be overblowing things and making it too much of an issue.
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