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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:47 am    Post subject: Edinburgh 70.3 Reply with quote

http://eu.ironman.com/triathlon/events/emea/ironman-70.3/edinburgh.aspx#axzz4SoPU66xp
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also just got the email about this. Looks interesting, although the split transition is always a partial turn off for me.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

End of Wimbleball IMO.

It's already been downgraded, no pros, smaller field, awkward sod of a place to hold a race. With this they have most of the country covered across 3 70.3's location wise and I can't see 4 being sustainable.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Edinburgh gives them a destination event too.

In the same vein, I'm surprised they haven't squared-away Ironman Scotland yet; and pulled the rug from under Bolton....
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wtf

won,t do it purely due to split transition

for the record wimbleball is the most honest 70.3 in the UK
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At £250+ entry, despite all the IM razzamatazz, it's a lot of money IMHO, compared to half the price races available elsewhere for us North of the border:

LOCH loMAN Triathlons – Sun 21st May Loch Lomond

ArranMan Triathlons – Sun 18th June Arran

MunroMan / River Spey Triathlons – Sun 9th July Cairngorm

St Andrews Triathlons – Sun 17th September

All of which have half-distance options. These guys are also offering 'enter 2, get 3rd half price, enter 3, get 4th free' - so my year's racing is nicely (and much more cheaply) taken care of.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

£250 Laughing No thanks.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
£250 Laughing No thanks.


and on another thread people are complaining about £134 for the Vitruvian. so is 70.3 Embru worth nearly 2x Vit?? probably not imho
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much as I like Edinburgh that is a lot of money, there are full IM's for about that. I appreciate there are closed roads.

It will probably be well attended though, but if I go north of the border to race I'll probably do one of Alan's races.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fat buddha wrote:
Jorgan wrote:
£250 Laughing No thanks.


and on another thread people are complaining about £134 for the Vitruvian. so is 70.3 Embru worth nearly 2x Vit?? probably not imho


Quite; although I think Edinburgh would be a very different experience to the Vit. But you pay for that.

I had a quick look at the Immortal Half site as I might do that again, and that's £145 now. I know they have to pay to use Stourhead, so perhaps that explains the premium. Still.... £105 less than Edinburgh, and no travel expenses.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like they are running a bus service to the start on race day, but you've got to make your own way there to rack your bike and drop your blue bag on the day before. That's fine for anyone with a car, but a bit of a pain for anyone who is flying in to Edinburgh and not planning on hiring a car. No doubt Nirvana will offer a shuttle service for a reasonable price Wink

If you enter late, you're actually going to have to pay over £280 by the time you've paid the Active booking fee Shocked The price is the same as Wimbleball, no? I do see Edinburgh as a much more attractive race destination for overseas athletes than Wimbleball, Staffordshire or Weymouth though.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

These Active fees are a pi55 take - the RDs get a cut of that % too, it's not just Active that take it all; it's a quid pro quo as far as I'm aware Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks to be a good destination race, at a premium though. I could go to the new forest for less than that and do a full. It'll not be cheap to stay there that weekend either.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

...I do like Edinburgh though...
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hammerer wrote:
It'll not be cheap to stay there that weekend either.


That's true - the Tune hotel is the cheapest bearable hotel I found when I worked up there, and even that is £100 a night that weekend already.

£89 if you have a room without a window. Really.

Great place for a weekend - this would be a better way of seeing the city on foot though http://www.seven-hills.org.uk/ I ran that after work one night in the summer.
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