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tuckandgo




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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whisk wrote:
I guess economic factors come into play for most LD pros - do you keep the prize money coming in by racing regularly, or do you race sparsely and gamble on a big payday at Kona?

Unless you've got generous sponsors or independent means, I think most would go for the former. Back in the day, the Bayliss's seemed to race and podium at pretty much every race in Europe, but they never did anything at Kona.


I've always presumed for a sport such as LD triathlon the prize money is 'irrelevant' apart from those who are going to win the biggest paycheck races. Prize money is so small that to chase it for a living (eeking out say 20k a year if you have good races but only 10k if you don't) is madness and you need another form of base income such a sponsorship or whatever.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

tuckandgo wrote:
Whisk wrote:
I guess economic factors come into play for most LD pros - do you keep the prize money coming in by racing regularly, or do you race sparsely and gamble on a big payday at Kona?

Unless you've got generous sponsors or independent means, I think most would go for the former. Back in the day, the Bayliss's seemed to race and podium at pretty much every race in Europe, but they never did anything at Kona.


I've always presumed for a sport such as LD triathlon the prize money is 'irrelevant' apart from those who are going to win the biggest paycheck races. Prize money is so small that to chase it for a living (eeking out say 20k a year if you have good races but only 10k if you don't) is madness and you need another form of base income such a sponsorship or whatever.


Yeah, I can't see how most of the people racing pro are making a living from the sport. I don't know how much cash sponsorship there is for the 2nd tier pros either. As a sponsor, you're probably not getting much exposure from someone who is not winning races, unless they have a particularly big social media following.

I guess a lot of LD pros have day jobs to pay the bills. Wasn't Bert Jaemmer a fireman while he was winning IM Lanza?
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I don't watch on Youtube that much but his channel looks great!
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