Re IM it appears to me that there's cheating going on for some of age group qualification. Clearly not everyone is doing it and I'm not casting aspersions towards individuals but I've seen to many working packs at the front end of races for it to be a coincidence.
I was watching the full Kona coverage last weekend, as the male pros are on the leaving Waikoloa you can see groups of 50-60 riders going the other way, then big gaps, it's groups together not riders spaced out at 12m. its fair for draft busters to turn a bling eye in the first 10-20 miles but this was 40-45 miles in.
Agree it's probably $$$ that's probably the factor with WTC.
I don't think we should be put off by the cut-off. About a dozen of us did Germany 2010 with a 15 hour cut-off, even with a non wetsuit swim and extension to bike course all (but I think one) finished.
The cut off will focus the mind, eliminate complacency and is still a long long time to swim/bike/run tge distance. Theres no reason with 11 months to prepare that anyone should fear 15 hours. Slower finishers can look at it as a gateway to faster times perhaps.
I agree that we need to avoid making the decision process to conveluted, that's sort of what's happenened this year.
What's worked well previously (for 11 years) is a more autocratic decision by those with a vested interest / visible participation. That's why I suggested the decision was confirmed by those at Mallorca.
I'm not sure we should be making decisions based the majority, who would the 100+ voters be, will they still be around in 12, 18 months.
It's pretty clwar who the core participants are, they should make the decision as has always been the case. It doesn't have to be the most popular but it needs to suit those that turn out at every year.
Why not decide 2018 at an early 2017 season event or social. The right decision is about the critical mass of support, not 20, 30, 40 uncommitted votes.