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2017-11-29 7:20 AM

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Subject: Aquabike pricing similar to triathlon?

I did a search on this general subject so apologies if this has been batted around before.

I'm wondering why aquabike pricing is so close to triathlon pricing in most events?  For example we have a local iron distance event that charges $385 for the full triathlon and $300 for the aquabike.  Non IM branded event obviously as those prices are a fraction of what IM brand charges.  

Other races I've done are similarly close in price yet in my mind the aquabike is almost an add-on as the swim and bike courses are already in place because of the triathlon, there's nothing additional regarding planning that's needed beyond the timing classification etc.

For the full iron distance, on the bike course I have the opportunity to hit an aid station four times (2-lap course, 2 stations per lap) yet I won't hit any of the 15+ aid stations on the run which I would think factors in somewhat to the race fee?  Even with donated services and products I think the logistics of all the aid stations is a contributing factor??

I'm very happy aquabike is an option more and more as I have no choice regarding not being able to run, however it seems a little like price gouging... I've had people say if aquabike were significantly less expensive than the triathlon then people would stop doing the triathlon and just do aquabike however I just don't see that happening.

Thoughts?



2017-11-29 3:41 PM
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Subject: RE: Aquabike pricing similar to triathlon?

I'm not a race director, but I think the swim and bike legs are the pricey parts of running a triathlon. 

I can do a 10K run race around here for like $20-50...Oly tris are more like $120-150.

2017-11-29 4:28 PM
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Subject: RE: Aquabike pricing similar to triathlon?
Not an RD either but helped put on races in the past. My guess is the costs for insurance and, for the bike, traffic control. Those are (I think) the riskier parts of the race from an accident/illness perspective. Plus most of the traffic control expense would be for the bike course. Running is comparatively cheaper because it's (I think) a lot cheaper to insure, and there are usually fewer miles of road that need to be closed or controlled. So you are taking the whole tri and then just subtracting the cost of the least expensive part, in a sense.
2017-11-29 6:55 PM
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Subject: RE: Aquabike pricing similar to triathlon?

Originally posted by Hot Runner Not an RD either but helped put on races in the past. My guess is the costs for insurance and, for the bike, traffic control. Those are (I think) the riskier parts of the race from an accident/illness perspective. Plus most of the traffic control expense would be for the bike course. Running is comparatively cheaper because it's (I think) a lot cheaper to insure, and there are usually fewer miles of road that need to be closed or controlled. So you are taking the whole tri and then just subtracting the cost of the least expensive part, in a sense.

 

Thanks for the perspective, I just needed a way to convince myself I wasn't being robbed when I wrote my check...

 

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