Posted: 17/10/2014 at 13:46
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.