Some other threads are going on about the future of tri, one-and-done people who don't seem motivated to go faster, etc. Wouldn't this help change the "finisher" culture to a "race" culture and be good for the sport?
Also, some are talking about how it seems pretty exorbitant to pay USAT for what weâ€™re getting now, but if they (or someone) managed the "upgrade points" and facilitated a competitive structure like this, Iâ€™d see a lot more value there.
For example, Olympic distance might be structured something like:
Cat 1 - winner goes 2hr or sub
Cat 2 - winner goes ~2:15
Cat 3 - winner goes ~2:30
Cat 4 - winner goes ~2:45
Cat 5 - winner goes ~3:00
Just a suggestion to start the conversation, I'm sure others will have different opinions. But think about how much more room there is for competition in a structure like that. And hey, it makes it make sense for AGers of all speeds to spend more $$$ on a few seconds of aero gains...
And for the older folks, there can still be Masters categories etc. Seems like cycling has this figured out, so what am I missing here?