B_Doughtie wrote:Funny enough I just saw this article on triathlete magazine about the cat system.
I "credit" desert dude with the idea because I know he's been talking about it for years (I've been on ST since summer of '08) and he's the 1st person in the industry that I ever saw talk about it. https://www.triathlete.com/culture/a-case-for-cycling-categories-in-triathlon/
I can remember talking to someone at USAT about a category system a long, long time ago. I had sketched out how it would work for upgrades, Pro & AG etc.
When I talked with someone at USAT about that it landed with the loudest thud I've ever heard.
Along with that I had also sketched out a tier system for long course races. It allowed the 2 biggest race companies in the world each a top tier event (IMH & Roth). It set up a development pathway for LC pros so that 1st & second year pros could learn to race while still getting an opportunity to go head to head with the best in the world now and then, insured that the biggest names would be racing each other for the biggest prize purses, made several more events marquee events (companies could rotate these if they wanted), set up a system to insure that there was an opportunity for new pros to develop so they might stay in the sport more than 2 years
That also landed with a very loud thud when I presented it to a race company.
I got the feeling that both were more interested in short term (1-2yr) vs developing a product that could lead to long(er) term greater success
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