PRICED OUT

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I com­peted at the World Mul­tisport Age Group Cham­pi­onships in Pen­tic­ton, Canada, in Au­gust – what a bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence, rac­ing in both the stan­dard duathlon and the aquathlon. But I can’t help feel that age-groupers are slowly get­ting priced out of the sport.

The race fee to com­pete in the World Cham­pi­onships in Rot­ter­dam was £330, a huge sum of money to pay be­fore flights and ac­com­mo­da­tion even come into it. I’m not re­ally sure how the or­gan­is­ers can pos­si­bly jus­tify this price, even with it be­ing a closed-road event.

Plus, why is there a £10 charge to sim­ply reg­is­ter your in­tent to qual­ify for age-group events? Surely this would be bet­ter added on to the total price once you’ve ac­tu­ally qual­i­fied, as it cur­rently puts some good ath­letes off even con­sid­er­ing to at­tempt to qual­ify.

Com­pet­ing in AG events is a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, and the set-up is al­most unique to triathlon. Yet at the cur­rent rate, to com­pete at the high­est level will be­come more about the wealth­i­est com­peti­tors rather than the best. Matt Gran­tham

“I’m not sure how the or­gan­is­ers can pos­si­bly jus­tify this price, even for a closed-road event”

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