Slow finishers at IME

Slow finishers at IME

Post by Phil » Fri, 24 Jul 1998 04:00:00


I read with interest the postings from Gerard Vroomen on the above subject.
(In response to my posting about my race report 19 July) It must be a
terrible feeling to "finish" as they are dismantling the finish line. Where
do you draw the line though? 15, 24, 48 hours? I'm a MOP finisher, 1199th I
think, so I'm hardly a hotshot but the organisers must set a limit or it
stops being a triathlon and becomes a stage event. (Bet you'd hear me
wailing if they changed the cut off to 11:15)

As for qualifying, well I expect it's because they get twice as many
applications as there are places.The field at IME is the biggest in IM.
Hawaii still has the lottery for US citizens who can't qualify and Hawaii
is the World Championships. IME doesn't seem to be going that way for
German citizens. Well not directly; the qualification process is a lot
easier for continental Eurpoeans. I couldn't possibly manage another trip
to Spalt to try to qualify, besides I'm probably too slow.

There has to be some kind of time limit, they have to dismantle the finish
sometime, or should they wait for the last finisher no matter what? (I
don't mean this as a sarcastic question, but a genuine query)

Thoughts please.
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Slow finishers at IME

Post by Achim Wilfried Heinl » Tue, 28 Jul 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> I read with interest the postings from Gerard Vroomen on the above subject.
> (In response to my posting about my race report 19 July) It must be a
> terrible feeling to "finish" as they are dismantling the finish line. Where
> do you draw the line though? 15, 24, 48 hours? I'm a MOP finisher, 1199th I
> think, so I'm hardly a hotshot but the organisers must set a limit or it
> stops being a triathlon and becomes a stage event. (Bet you'd hear me
> wailing if they changed the cut off to 11:15)

> As for qualifying, well I expect it's because they get twice as many
> applications as there are places.The field at IME is the biggest in IM.
> Hawaii still has the lottery for US citizens who can't qualify and Hawaii
> is the World Championships. IME doesn't seem to be going that way for
> German citizens. Well not directly; the qualification process is a lot
> easier for continental Eurpoeans. I couldn't possibly manage another trip
> to Spalt to try to qualify, besides I'm probably too slow.

> There has to be some kind of time limit, they have to dismantle the finish
> sometime, or should they wait for the last finisher no matter what? (I
> don't mean this as a sarcastic question, but a genuine query)

> Thoughts please.
> --
> Phil Squire
> Went for it in Roth 98. 11:29:42
> Please remove XX from address to reply
> http://w1.116.telia.com/~u11602093/NEW/homepage.htm
> ICQ 11599162

  I think there are and there should be races for both. I don't think any of
the Ironman circuit races are meant for people who finish over 15 hours. There
are however other Ironman distance races for those people. I have raced in
Belgium the first two years of my triathlon life (91 & 92). In 1991 I did my
first Ironman distance there in 12H22min and they were taking apart the finish
line when I got there (time limit was 14 hours). Olympic distance races were

was over. There were also other races with no limits. I don't think it adds to
the credibility of the sport to have open ended finishing times at the big
events (IM series). Even in the TDF some riders struggle to make the cut off
times in the mountain stages. I think that at cut off time everybody should be
removed from the course. I know I will get badly flamed for my opinion on this,
but that's what I think.

 
 
 

Slow finishers at IME

Post by Ulrich Porsc » Wed, 29 Jul 1998 04:00:00


:>As for qualifying, well I expect it's because they get twice as many
:>applications as there are places.The field at IME is the biggest in IM.
:>Hawaii still has the lottery for US citizens who can't qualify and Hawaii
:>is the World Championships. IME doesn't seem to be going that way for
:>German citizens. Well not directly; the qualification process is a lot
:>easier for continental Eurpoeans. I couldn't possibly manage another trip
:>to Spalt to try to qualify, besides I'm probably too slow.

This is not true. As far as these things are predictable, each
and every athlete that goes to Powerman Germany in Spalt with
the intent to qualify for Roth 99 and finishes there, hast
a qualifying spot in his/her bag. This is since there are
1000 (one thousand) Roth spots up for grabs in Spalt, and
there have never been more than 800 finishers! Now do the
maths.

Which leaves the matter of travelling expenses....

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