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> Some random observations:
> Now I can see how Simpson thought he could get away with it. Talk
> about no control of a course.
> I have to take exception to this series of statements. In the first
place, from what I gather from other "Simpson" threads posted on r.s.t,
the Ironman Roth race wasn't the only place that Simpson "thought he
could get away with it" -- and some people have asserted that in point of
fact, he did "get away with it" at Gulf Coast and managed to qualify for
Ironman Hawaii in this manner at Gulf Coast.
Secondly, there was MORE control (at least in regards to competitors) on
this course than on ANY of the other Ironman courses I've done. For
example, you had to have your radio transmitter wristband on, just to get
inside the transition area before the race started. Furthermore, you had
to "register" by passing your wristband over a detector as you exited
the swim, got off the bike, and not once, not twice, but THREE different
times on the run. Let me explain: the run at Roth is shaped like a "T",
with the start and finish being at the bottom of the "T" -- each
competitor had to register at both ends of the "T" as well as the start
and finish of the run -- so there was essentially no way to cheat on the
From what I recall there were no overt checkpoints on the bike. However,
there were apparently secret videotaped checkpoints. It's my
understanding that Mr. Simpson's absence from any of the footage taken at
these bike checkpoints played a large part in his eventual
> I couldn't believe the number of
> non-participants that clogged the bike and run course.
The only place were the course was congested with spectators was where the
bike course entered Hilpoltstein - this was the place where the bike
segment took on the "Tour de France" aspects. It may have looked dicey
and dangerous from the TV footage, but in reality the crowd was
well-mannered (if boisterous) and made sure to stay out of the path of any
competitors. Speaking for myself, I found this section of the race very
exciting, and quite different from any of the other Ironman races I have
participated in. I wouldn't have traded it for anything, and in fact, I
wish other venues boasted such enthusiastic and interested spectators.
Triathlon by its very nature isn't a spectator sport, but this is one
instance in which spectators can get intimately involved in the race!!!
> Two way traffic
> on foot, bike, motorcycle - and camel, for all I know.
I never saw any camels on the course. ;-)
just my $.02,