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2016-01-05 10:51 AM

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Subject: Ironman is killing the Aquabike category
Last year, my major event for the year was the Full Vineman Aquabike (2.4 swim, 112 bike). It was a great event and a big personal challenge. I'm not interested in competing in an Ironman and this event was something perfect for me.

A few months ago, the event was taken over by Ironman and the Aquabike event was dropped. I was planning on doing it again in 2016 so this was a disappointment. I was instead planning on doing the Challenge Atlantic City Full Aquabike in June 2016. Now I learn that Ironman is putting an event in Atlantic City and the Challenge event has been cancelled. No more full aquabike for Atlantic City. Ironman did the same thing when they took over the ChesapeakeMan event in Maryland - end of the full aquabike there as well. I've done an Ironman 70.3 and they put on a nice event. But it's really frustrating for those who are looking for a full aquabike. There are just a handful of these around the country. Looks like I'm now going to try for the Great Floridian in October.


2016-01-05 12:11 PM
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Ironman killed the Clydesdale and Athena categories a few years back as well. The message I'm getting is that if you're not a 220 pound or less athlete that can swim, bike, AND run, you do not fit their image of an Ironman, so they have nothing for you.
2016-01-05 12:44 PM
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At times I believe WTC has 2 goals: 1) raising entry fees & 2) getting rid of any multisport event that is not a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike & 26.2 mile run owed by WTC.
2016-01-05 1:10 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman is killing the Aquabike category
Originally posted by cwpeters

Ironman killed the Clydesdale and Athena categories a few years back as well. The message I'm getting is that if you're not a 220 pound or less athlete that can swim, bike, AND run, you do not fit their image of an Ironman, so they have nothing for you.


honestly the Clydesdale and Athena category does not make much sense anyway. Anyone who would race in that category is not having anything taken away from them. they can still do the same exact race as everyone else.


As for the Aquabike, it is a shame that they eliminate it. I have done on myself when I was injured and could not run, not at that distance though. I do understand them eliminating it, it's a very small event and adds more logistics for less than 1% of the participants. However you can still find Aquabike events at the Oly distance.
2016-01-05 1:39 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman is killing the Aquabike category

You could always sign up for any full you want and then DNF in T2.  You don't get the "glory" or tee shirt, or whatever but you can still do the aqua-bike.

2016-01-05 3:39 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman is killing the Aquabike category
Check out the Rev3 series of races, most locations have an Aqua Bike option.

The one I looked at (Cedar Point, Ohio) had a full aquabike, half aquabike, and a sprint aquabike.


2016-01-05 3:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman is killing the Aquabike category
Originally posted by mike761

Originally posted by cwpeters

Ironman killed the Clydesdale and Athena categories a few years back as well. The message I'm getting is that if you're not a 220 pound or less athlete that can swim, bike, AND run, you do not fit their image of an Ironman, so they have nothing for you.


honestly the Clydesdale and Athena category does not make much sense anyway. Anyone who would race in that category is not having anything taken away from them. they can still do the same exact race as everyone else.


As for the Aquabike, it is a shame that they eliminate it. I have done on myself when I was injured and could not run, not at that distance though. I do understand them eliminating it, it's a very small event and adds more logistics for less than 1% of the participants. However you can still find Aquabike events at the Oly distance.


Numbers are small, but I don't see any logistics issues. I've done them in the past, you get to T2, and run through the finish line. Just another category for the results, usually no awards.
2016-01-05 10:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman is killing the Aquabike category
Thanks. That's a possibility. Might also look at the full aquabike at the Great Floridian in central Florida in October which has good reviews.
2016-01-05 10:02 PM
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Subject: RE: Ironman is killing the Aquabike category
At the Vineman, there were a few hundred doing the full aquabike. Could also just walk most of the marathon. I finished the aquabike early enough to have had enough time for that.
2016-01-06 10:15 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman is killing the Aquabike category
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Thanks. That's a possibility. Might also look at the full aquabike at the Great Floridian in central Florida in October which has good reviews.


If you're from Germantown, WI, the bummer is that they cancelled the REV3 race they held in Wisconsin Dells for a few years, that was my favorite venue, swim in the Tommy Bartlett area, nice bike route, finish at Noah's Ark Waterpark.
2016-01-06 10:56 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman is killing the Aquabike category
After being hit by a car that required a full hip replacement my doctor is working me through the one and only IM he will let me do, which is later this year. My plan after that was the Aqua/Bike since neither discipline is tough on the hip. I guess I will have to miss the pleasure of giving money to WTC.

HITS still does a Full Aqua/Bike if one of those is close. You may want to check them out.





2016-01-08 10:06 AM
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Subject: RE: Ironman is killing the Aquabike category
Originally posted by Swimbikeron

Originally posted by mike761

Originally posted by cwpeters

Ironman killed the Clydesdale and Athena categories a few years back as well. The message I'm getting is that if you're not a 220 pound or less athlete that can swim, bike, AND run, you do not fit their image of an Ironman, so they have nothing for you.


honestly the Clydesdale and Athena category does not make much sense anyway. Anyone who would race in that category is not having anything taken away from them. they can still do the same exact race as everyone else.


As for the Aquabike, it is a shame that they eliminate it. I have done on myself when I was injured and could not run, not at that distance though. I do understand them eliminating it, it's a very small event and adds more logistics for less than 1% of the participants. However you can still find Aquabike events at the Oly distance.


Numbers are small, but I don't see any logistics issues. I've done them in the past, you get to T2, and run through the finish line. Just another category for the results, usually no awards.


Really??? I think it takes a LOT for a bigger person to do these races and what is the harm in acknowledging that? Maybe they don't look as good in the Awards pictures??
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