Alistiar Brownlee wins again

If only he would give up on poncy cycling and swimming.......

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11/08/2012 at 01:09

I'm saying they should be equal - or at least close to equal - otherwise why bother having the bike at all ?   Agree that the last leg is where the medals are decided at the moment - but it's only really the last leg historically - if they'd developed triathlon as an Olympic distance drafting event would they have stuck the run last ?   

I just think if you stick the bike last you give people with different strengths more of a chance - it adds interest and it adds spectator value - so the question would be why wouldn't you change it except for tradition ?

cougie    pirate
11/08/2012 at 01:44
Cos it would be mayhem watching triathletes trying to bunch sprint like cav ?

Actually you may have something there !!!
11/08/2012 at 15:04
Cougie you hit nail on the head, which ever goes last run or bike then people would say its all down to the last Disapline out of three. The reason why no one gets away in the bike leg is because everyone knows riding a lone with a pack chasing you would be to much hard work leaving you nothing for last Disapline. Some times in sport you get an that comes along and makes it look easy, well that's Alistair at the moment. So instead of re-inventing the wheel (race) just sit back and enjoy
11/08/2012 at 18:09

Not true though surely - sticking the bike last wouldn't negate the advantage of being a better runner as sticking the run last negates the advantage of being better on the bike.  

A good runner that could get a 3-4 minute lead would have an incentive to work hard on the bike to maintain that - as would the guy 3-4 minutes behind who wanted to catch the leader.   Yes groups would form - there would be an element of tactics and to an extent luck as to whether you dropped in a group or not - but it'd at least mean there was an advantage from being a better cyclist than someone else.    It'd also make it a lot more exciting to watch.   

13/08/2012 at 20:50

The change of rule that allowed drafting has undermined the significance of the bike leg.

Doozer.    pirate
14/08/2012 at 08:53

I bet the Ali Brownlee would do pretty well at a 5150 non drafting race too, in fact id go as far to say he wouldnt be beaten. he is very strong at all three thats why he wins!!!

14/08/2012 at 11:35
+1 Doozer
14/08/2012 at 11:50

If drafting was to be banned on the bike shouldn't it equally be banned in the swim? If drafting is allowed I don't think the bike could be last. Tactics will form whatever the order. You'd have breakaways on the run being swallowed up by the pack on the bike and everyone would cross the line together in a big mess. I don't think its much different from iron distance events in that one sport is much more important than the others. Here its running, with ironman its biking.

14/08/2012 at 11:58

1) Don't think it needs fixed.

2) If it was to be changed then could they not go Swim, Then 30k on a bike, the Run, then 10k on a bike - so last leg on bike short enough to hold a lead from the run, long enough to be able to catch if on a bike but no real time for hanging around to form a group?

meface    pirate
14/08/2012 at 22:10

What about fencing in T1, jumps on the bike and shooting during the run?

15/08/2012 at 12:16

You could have someone's eye out, making people transition in the middle of a mass fencing match... (the idea sounds fun other than that) 

15/08/2012 at 12:22
I like the shooting idea although you might get someone who's good at shooting and then would win wouldn't be fair on the rest.
Doozer.    pirate
30/08/2012 at 19:22

Be interesting to see how Alistair Brownlee gets on at Hyvee non drafting 5150 this weekend.  i predict a podium finish that will prove he is a great all round triathlete and not just a top runner.

30/08/2012 at 19:46

I say he will win quite comfortably. There will be quicker guys on the bike but they won't get near him on the run or probably even the swim. 


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