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French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers
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I just got an email informing me that if I do not hold a tri license from France, UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal or the Netherlands, I will need to purchase a one day French licence from FFTri. The link in the email takes me to a page specifically for a license for the men's race at 70.3 Worlds where I am charged 40 euro, or $45 US for the one day license. That is almost as much as an annual USAT license ($50)!!

I've raced in Norway, Austria, New Zealand and the US and I've never needed an additional license to my USAT one.

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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [RowToTri] [ In reply to ]
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A lot of countries require a one-day license, but it's usually around $10-15 (what USAT charges). $45 is pretty hefty!

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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [Staer] [ In reply to ]
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Most countries accept ITU member licenses though... at least the countries I've raced in. Does the US require foreign competitors who hold ITU licenses to buy a one-day US license? If so that's BS!

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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [RowToTri] [ In reply to ]
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I'm not sure actually. I have never held an ITU license, just know that I have had to pay a one-day license to race (even once had to pay it at packet pick up because I had forgotten my USAT card and didn't have cell access to get the number!).

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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [RowToTri] [ In reply to ]
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Yea, I was pretty pissed when I saw that too. It would have been nice to know this before we signed up. I also have to take the time and expense to make an appointment with my doctor to sign a stupid certificate stating that I am "fit to compete in long-distance triathlon". Does qualifying for the 70.3 WC not make this point evident?

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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [Staer] [ In reply to ]
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By ITU license I mean a license from an ITU member federation, so a USAT license would count.

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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [RowToTri] [ In reply to ]
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Interesting. That didn't seem to count. And as a Canadian racing in the US, you must have a USAT license, annual or one-day (it's enforced in the race registration). But at the least the cost is low for both.

Hope you have a good race so it'll all be worth it!

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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [RowToTri] [ In reply to ]
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40€ is now the standard price for one day licence in France.

They move it up to push french peoples to take FFTRI licences, instead of one day licence. Consequence is that it is high price also for you.

Reason is that in France many peoples do not buy FFTri licence.
Because many clubs are full (Paris region, ...) and expensive (300€) as price include many items, potentially useless (for me, and apparently not alone in this case).

Doing 2x IM70.3 in 2019, still better not to take licence and pay 2x40€.
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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [RowToTri] [ In reply to ]
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France is World Champion for taxes !

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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [sch340] [ In reply to ]
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having to have a doctor sign off is fairly standard. I remember having to have it for a trail race in France back in '07 and for a 10k in Italy last year

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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [RowToTri] [ In reply to ]
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RowToTri wrote:
I've raced in Norway, Austria, New Zealand and the US and I've never needed an additional license to my USAT one.

Yep, it's a cash grab, and a steep one at that! But we had to pay for a one day license in the South Africa 70.3 WC. And even apart from the WC, I've had to pay one day extortion fees at St Croix 70.3 and IM Cozumel. It's all part of the game. Vent now and then go have a great time at Nice.
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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [HuffNPuff] [ In reply to ]
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HuffNPuff wrote:
Vent now and then go have a great time at Nice.

Good advice.

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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [RowToTri] [ In reply to ]
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I saw "naked cash grab" and clicked out of habit
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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [RowToTri] [ In reply to ]
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Funny but that is a cash grab on top of a cash grab. Wtc races are a big one in the first place. I've race many half distance and full distance and never felt they were offering a better experience than other races twice less expensive.
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RowToTri wrote:
I just got an email informing me that if I do not hold a tri license from France, UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal or the Netherlands, I will need to purchase a one day French licence from FFTri. The link in the email takes me to a page specifically for a license for the men's race at 70.3 Worlds where I am charged 40 euro, or $45 US for the one day license. That is almost as much as an annual USAT license ($50)!!

I've raced in Norway, Austria, New Zealand and the US and I've never needed an additional license to my USAT one.

I am a member of Triathlon Australia, non USAT members have to pay an additional license to race Kona. With fees it comes to $16. Cheaper than 40 euro, however the principal of having to pay is there.
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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [Ironnerd] [ In reply to ]
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If EU federations are going to extend the courtesy of waived fees for each other, while charging others obscene amounts, USAT should follow with reciprocity.

Rocky — bump EU athlete one-day fees to $40. Then those athletes can bitch to their own federations and have them rethink all of this for the next time.
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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [Poon] [ In reply to ]
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Hmmmm.....a metaphor for tarriffs?

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Re: French Tri Federation naked cash grab - exploiting foreign 70.3 Worlds Qualifiers [RowToTri] [ In reply to ]
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I hear they're gonna charge an additional 25 euro for parking your bike in transition. And don't forget to tip your bike handler!
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BT_DreamChaser wrote:
I hear they're gonna charge an additional 25 euro for parking your bike in transition. And don't forget to tip your bike handler!

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RowToTri wrote:
BT_DreamChaser wrote:
I hear they're gonna charge an additional 25 euro for parking your bike in transition. And don't forget to tip your bike handler!

Are they charging for valet service at T2?

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RowToTri wrote:
I just got an email informing me that if I do not hold a tri license from France, UK, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal or the Netherlands, I will need to purchase a one day French licence from FFTri. The link in the email takes me to a page specifically for a license for the men's race at 70.3 Worlds where I am charged 40 euro, or $45 US for the one day license. That is almost as much as an annual USAT license ($50)!!

I've raced in Norway, Austria, New Zealand and the US and I've never needed an additional license to my USAT one.

I've had to get a one day license each time I've raced out of the country. Shit, Canada has a different federation for each province.

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