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Race Analysis: Ironman 70.3 CDA, Mount-Tremblant, IM Austria | TRS Triathlon

edited June 2016 in Articles

imageRace Analysis: Ironman 70.3 CDA, Mount-Tremblant, IM Austria | TRS Triathlon

The Triathlon Preview Show Hosts Zach Miller & Emily Cocks give race analysis for IM 70.3 Raleigh + Ep. 28 of the Triathlon Preview Show.

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    MartinMartin Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    Two 70.3 pro races in North America today. Both have two or three "big" names, and then a sharp drop-off. Why doesn't WTC make the pros race together? If you combined the pro fields from CdA and MT today, you would have a FAR more interesting race than either of the two lukewarm fields racing today.
    Granpa Chook
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    @Martin , I agree for the most part, but if WTC takes your literal advice they will just cut out one of the pro races altogether and still not really pay a deep purse at the one they keep.

    But yes having two pro 70.3 races on the same day waters down the fields. It could be better for the fields to move them so that as a pro, you could race both if you wanted to.
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    MartinMartin Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    So how would these races have shaken out if the fields had been combined?

    Course Strength
    33rd percentile times. M40-44, finishers only. Probably the biggest AG in each race. 199 finishers at CdA, 344 at MT.

    Swim Bike Run Finish
    MT 00:35:13 02:45:39 01:57:45 05:19:45
    CdA 00:37:17 02:55:04 01:57:36 05:31:57

    You end up with a discrepancy of roughly 5% in the finishing times for this age group (CdA slower than MT). This is probably a combination of field strength and draft effects (see: bike split). The discrepancy for the 33rd percentile for the MPros, with their conveniently equivalent 19 finishers? 0.4%. Let's assume this is down to a clean ride, roughly equal field strength.

    Sanders still would have won the men's race handily, on paper. It would have been a far more interesting race for the smaller places, and if more points and dollars were on the line it might even have seen people take a run at Sanders. (Good luck with that.)

    I know this type of racing is not like golf, but it would be nice to see bigger, stronger fields on a more regular basis. I think they need to give the model a rethink, maybe along the lines of tennis or something with 4-5 major events per year that everyone comes out for. As it is, we get 70.3 WC if you want to see the best at that distance, and Kona for the full distance.
    AaronWebsteysimonsen77

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