Posted: 17/10/2014 at 15:57
Out of interest, if the legacy and lottery places did not exist, would those who talk about wishing they could race in Kona still do so?
Compare with the Olympics, for example. Certainly the barriers to entry are higher in the Olympics than Kona, but I think that the existence of those barriers is sufficient to stifle the desire of those who just don't want it bad enough.
Personally, I would love to race in Kona. But by qualification only. I would never apply for a lottery or legacy place. And I don't know how far 'down' I'd be willing to accept a roll-down slot. I frame the experience as something I'd earn.
It's a world championships... at least it is supposed to be. How can a sport's world championship be taken seriously when Joe Bloggs can turn up on the day. I understand the legacy and lottery, and this is no way aimed at individuals, but there is not an ounce of me that would want to try and 'win' a place at a sport's world championships.