PSOF Championships 2013 - Challenge Henley

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Bouncing Barlist    pirate
21/05/2012 at 14:59
Iron Rose wrote (see)

Looking at US races for 2013, LP/Canada/MT/Arizona.

Would love to do NZ but can't go that far for the race to be shortened, have been watching the new Los Cabos IM fill up today too as that caught my eye.

Rosey, Canada is on my consideration list next year. 

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
21/05/2012 at 15:04
Bouncing Barlist wrote (see)

There are a number of alternatives for next year, I guess its up to the individuals going to races to discuss, in previous years we've had a similar thread, opinions have been canvassed and a collective has seemed to form around one race.

As for choosing the Pirate Championship, we've tried to find races that will appeal and we've not done before and are top class events:

In previous years we've done:

2005 - IM Swizerland
2006 - IM Germany
2007 - IM Austria
2008 - IM France
2009 - IM Switzerland
2010 - Challenge Roth
2012 - IM Regensburg
2013 - Outlaw

In addition smaller groups / individuals have done many other races

There is a new Ironman this year (IM Sweden), which could be a prospect for the Pirate Championships 2013, as could Challenge Henley which ive seen suggested.  Its also likely that Outlaw and Wales will be popular with some this year. 

The other contender and a personal favorite of mine is Lanza but understandably it doesnt appeal to everyone due to cost and its reputation. 

One question ive personally been battling with is whether Lanza is never deemed worthy of the Pirate Championship location due to its difficultly, cost?  In previous years we're gone with the majority decision or race with the highest participation. 

Another thing im consious of it the different feel re attending UK based events vs flying to exotic overseas locations.  Im keen to avoid UK becoming a habit (we're in UK this year) as there is a whole differerent dimension when a whole group go away to foreign parts, stay in the same hotel etc etc.  It'll remain to be seem how the atmosphere compares at Outlaw this year but for me being abroad at a big ticket Ironman event adds a massive element to the whole 'Pirate Championship' thing. 

That said I certainly understand the financial/holiday pressures that many people face.

21/05/2012 at 15:18

Just to add to the general chatter:

Another complicating factor is the speed with which races sell out, I think the last edition of IMDE (Frankfurt) went within 8 hours, IM Austria is also a quick seller.  Which is understandable as they have teriffic levels of support.

IM Sweden is likely to be very expensive beer wise.

Cortina5    pirate
21/05/2012 at 15:22
Yep, Henley is on my doorstep. Considering the half this year as a warmdown. Unlikely I'll do the full distance after Outlaw until the kids are older.
21/05/2012 at 15:28

I was wondering about getting a team of Pirates together for Mountain Mayhem!! Unfortunately this year's race is the weekend beofre outlaw otherwise I would have suggested it earlier.

Not quite the same as an Ironman, but usually a good weekend away!

21/05/2012 at 15:31

You haven't seen me on this thread..............

But my Uncle and Aunt live 10 mins drive from IM Western Australia.............

Bouncing Barlist    pirate
21/05/2012 at 15:33

Henley seems the most popular choice so far along with Lanza though id guess the former will attract more people, also the benefit of not selling out quickly.

If we do a 2nd year in UK I think we should make an effort to commit to outside UK for 2014 and decide early, perhaps Sweden, France or maybe Austria?

We also need to consider that a lot of first timers may prefer to do an Ironman branded race as their first.

Rafiki    pirate
21/05/2012 at 15:33

....and my brother owns two appartments by the finish line of IM Brazil..........

21/05/2012 at 15:33

Weren't Challenge Vichy desperate for us to go there??

M...eldy    pirate
21/05/2012 at 15:49

Funny enough .. I just mailed Barlos this morning before even seeing this thread

Lanza is perhaps not 'all inclusive' for many reasons be they first time nerves, second time nerves, out of school holidays and the financial implications

My vote for PSOF Champs 2013 goes to Henley, we have seen the Challenge get up before and its a good brand, we can get a discount for enough of us and its a 'doable' event for all the reasons Lanza isnt

We can have a special 'BOGOF' Awards for those that do the Lanza/Henley Double  

Without the  <<cough>> traditional Bala vote this year I think we should go with the majority for the Champs 

21/05/2012 at 15:50

I'd love to go away for the pirate experience.  But as has already been said, one problem is the speed at which things sell out.  Lanza is on the list but not for a few years as our busiest time is Jan through to May which makes training properly nearly impossible hence looking at Arizona as a possibility.  Canada is also a must do at some point.


Bouncing Barlist    pirate
21/05/2012 at 15:51

I think we should do Bala next year, its always been a good race and kind of drifted a bit off the radar in the last couple of years.

M...eldy    pirate
21/05/2012 at 15:56

Def I think Bala should be done again !

M...eldy    pirate
21/05/2012 at 15:57

I think a road trip come 2014 would be a good time ... I need to save some more pennies!

21/05/2012 at 15:57

I've done Bala for the last 2 years... It was horrid both times, So bad last year that this year I am paying to tke the OH to see Cold Play that day instead of doing Bala

Lee the Pea    pirate
21/05/2012 at 15:58

Yeah I need to finish that fecker before they tear down transistion!!!  It is my nemesis half

purpletrilady    pirate
21/05/2012 at 16:00
I would love to do Bala again. I certainly am not planning on an enduroman event next year.
21/05/2012 at 16:02
Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)

I've done Bala for the last 2 years... It was horrid both times, So bad last year that this year I am paying to tke the OH to see Cold Play that day instead of doing Bala

Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)

I've done Bala for the last 2 years... It was horrid both times, So bad last year that this year I am paying to tke the OH to see Cold Play that day instead of doing Bala

Bloody hell, it MUST have been bad.

21/05/2012 at 16:04

I'm sticking to Wales 2013 for my first IM, I think.  Partly cos I live in Wales, partly cos my family will be able to come and watch, and I'll be able to recce the bike course.  And I think for my first I'd be more comfortable doing a UK IM.  And I'll be able to train through the summer instead of having to bike short wet cold days in the winter and spring.  There, enough reasons, I think.

M...eldy    pirate
21/05/2012 at 16:05

Tim .. someone may be clever enough to supply the Race Directors report from Bala last year .. 'epic' doesnt quite cover it !

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