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”