Had been meaning to comment on this thread a while back, but had been wanting to cross post my thoughts on 70.3 Worlds as well. So rather than taking up the whole space here of that post, you can read it here: http://www.bw-tri.com/...64a1f97b693d957ad31d
And then going to reply to some other comments on here:
There's two US male pros racing and I think it's lousy that there isn't more. I know it's a home race for us Aussies, but in years past Vegas and Mont Tremblant for instance, there would be at least a dozen Aussies racing abroad.
Not everything is about making money or a return on investment as a pro. At least this is not the Aussie way. It's a World Championship. You put yourself in the race because you want to test yourself against the best. Maybe it works out, maybe it doesn't. Everytime we race we take risks, financial or otherwise. Why should a trip to Australia be any different? You put yourself in the race because it's an experience. This amazing sport we do gives us an opportunity to travel, experience different countries and different cultures that we wouldn't experience otherwise. To forsake this because you might lose a couple K here and there is retarded.
Just for the record, Rodrigo Acevedo is Colombian and represents Colombia. I am the only US Male racing here, very surprising when I realized this. You hit a lot of the other points that I covered as well, not everything is about making money! Life experiences, like Dev talked about can sometimes provide bigger ROI than any prize purse or bonus will ever do.
Cute speech and all, but some athletes are trying to make ends meet as pros (and very often failing) and simply don't have "a couple K here and there" to throw around for the sake of a good experience.
Didn't take a "couple $K" for me to pull off this trip. Dev already hinted on how to make it work. My financial breakdown of the trip is in the blog post noted above.
Thomas Gerlach wrote:
It is a great opportunity to get KPR points as well. With the Pro system moving to 4 races instead of 5 for KPR it seems like a great place to pick up points. I mean even a 13th place finish gets you about the same points as winning a major 70.3 (P750)
Yes, very much so, but like you pointed out after about 13th-15th it drops off pretty quickly. Still some pretty solid points on the line, and they seem to be getting harder and harder to come by!
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