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Final two possible locations announced, Perth and Taupo.

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15 minutes ago, AA7 said:

Final two possible locations announced, Perth and Taupo.

No way!

I hope you mean Perth, WA, not Perth, Scotland! Have you got a link.

 

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Official statement

PERTH (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) AND TAUPŌ (NEW ZEALAND) NAMED AS FINALISTS TO HOST THE 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TRIATHLON

Over 5,000 athletes from around the world expected to compete at 2020 race

 

TAMPA, Fla. (June 12, 2018) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced today that Perth, Western Australia and Taupō, New Zealand have been named finalists to host the IRONMAN®70.3® World Championship triathlon which will rotate to the Oceania region in 2020. The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be a two-day event, similar to the upcoming 2018 edition – with the professional women and age-group women racing on one day and the professional men and age-group men racing on the other.
 
"Many fine cities were considered for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, however, Perth and Taupō separated themselves and we are excited about these two finalists," Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. "The IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon series has grown exponentially over the last several years, with the world championship featuring the best athletes from around the world. We feel that either one of these cities will create a world-class event by providing beautiful and challenging courses and outstanding hospitality for our athletes and their families and friends."
 
IRONMAN officials are visiting these two cities over the next week as the selection process continues to determine the host city for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

  • Perth, Western Australia – Perth, the capital of Western Australia, has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, making it an even more attractive destination. The city offers easy access to nature, with attractions such as the beautiful Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, the Swan River, stunning coastline, picturesque Swan Valley and Rockingham dolphins all within easy reach of the city. With all the amenities a modern, world-class city has to offer, Perth has new public space developments such as Elizabeth Quay and Yagan Square which are vibrant hubs offering a mix of food, drinks, events, entertainment and culture. With its sunny climate, city parks and inner-city river, Perth is ideally suited to hosting major sporting events and is one of only a few cities to have twice hosted the ITU Triathlon World Championships.
  • Taupo, New Zealand – The Great Lake Taupō District is rich in history and is one of the world's most unique and picturesque areas. Located in the center of the North Island of New Zealand, it has a fascinating volcanic landscape and a cultural heritage dating back to the arrival of Māori in New Zealand in the 14ᵗʰ century. The Great Lake Taupō District is one of the most pure, beautiful and unspoiled areas in the country and encompasses the lakeside towns of Taupō, Turangi, Kinloch and Mangakino. As a popular year-round destination, it houses the largest freshwater crater lake in Australasia, geothermal attractions, and the mountains and ski areas of Tongariro National Park, a dual World Heritage National Park. Host of IRONMAN New Zealand since 1999, Taupō has become one of IRONMAN's most iconic events.

The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship began an annual global rotation in 2014 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. The 2015 race was held in Europe for the first time, in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria. In 2016 the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship shifted to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time – in Queensland, Australia. In 2017, the world championship returned to the United States with the host city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where it first became a two-day event. On September 1 and 2, 2018, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. Next year, the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will move to Europe and Nice, France. Prior to 2014, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship was held in Henderson, Nevada and Clearwater, Florida.
 
Qualification for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will begin in July of 2019. IRONMAN expects approximately 190,000 registered athletes from around the world to compete at any of the more than 120 events in the global IRONMAN 70.3 Series in locations such as Australia, Brazil, Africa, Malaysia and China to earn a coveted slot. In addition, each age-group winner at the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice will automatically qualify for the 2020 world championship.

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I'm guessing swim would be in the Swan River? 

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14 minutes ago, zed said:

I'm guessing swim would be in the Swan River? 

Do you get bull sharks over there?

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Taupo in September could be really cold. Cold enough to turn into a Duathlon.

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39 minutes ago, A2K said:

Taupo in September could be really cold. Cold enough to turn into a Duathlon.

Given NZ has never had an Ironman World Champs there I sorta hope they get it but you are right.  Would be bloody cold in that water in Sept.

 

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and Taupo 70.3 had no swim last year due to algae (but thats probably more a summer issue...)

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I think the rules are not just around water temperature but air temperature also, i.e. if the water temp is below x and the air temp is below y then no swim for you!!

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1 hour ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Do you get bull sharks over there?

Supposedly. But if there are, they'd only be small. No sightings, no-one has ever been bitten. 

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32 minutes ago, Peter said:

Given NZ has never had an Ironman World Champs there I sorta hope they get it but you are right.  Would be bloody cold in that water in Sept.

 

Good point. Perth is perfect that time of year! 

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So, how does one qualify for the 70.3 champs? Never done long course but 2020 pencilled in to give it a shot...

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2 minutes ago, BogFrog said:

Ah! An all out win eh? Don't think that'd be very likely so!

I think zed qualified this year and he was not 1st place...?

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1 minute ago, BogFrog said:

Ah! An all out win eh? Don't think that'd be very likely so!

Depends on your age group but that would seal it.

 

When the race is in aus (mooloolaba) you needed to be in the auto qualifying spots which was top 3 to 4 for bigger age groups.  If you're in a small age group then win is what it would take.

 

Now with a race in south Africa you could potentially come 30th and get a spot.  Depending on where you raced and who is there on the day who wants to travel.

 

I'd suggest looking at your age group and seeing how many spots it generally has and bank on there being no roll down for an Australian race.

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22 minutes ago, BogFrog said:

Ah! An all out win eh? Don't think that'd be very likely so!

It depends where the race is and when it is. South Africa is popular and pretty much everyone took their spots in december in Busso. I was 5th, 1st had just come back from Kona so didn't take his spot and neither did 3rd. Lots missed out. But Busso in May, there were 30 spots and only 23 people turned up so anyone who wanted a spot got one. (Some guy finished 53rd and got a spot). Probably because it's so close to the race. If it is in Australia though, you would have to finish top 3, I reckon everyone would take their spots like they did for Sunny Coast. If you really wanted to qualify go race China or somewhere random and close to September as possible. 

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10 hours ago, zed said:

Good point. Perth is perfect any time of year! 

Fixed 😎👌🤘🍺🍺🍺

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12 hours ago, roxii said:

ski areas of Tongariro National Park

Nothing like a bit of snow melt to ensure a wetsuit swim.

Are they really talking September? That's still ski season in Australia.

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Oh crap. Just noticed. It’s perth not busso. I hope perth gets it. 

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9 hours ago, Peter said:

Oh crap. Just noticed. It’s perth not busso. I hope perth gets it. 

Agree, I would rather race in Perth than Busso. Perth has a CPK now so I'm more than happy to visit.

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20 hours ago, RunBrettRun said:

...When the race is in aus (mooloolaba) you needed to be in the auto qualifying spots which was top 3 to 4 for bigger age groups.  If you're in a small age group then win is what it would take.

...I'd suggest looking at your age group and seeing how many spots it generally has and bank on there being no roll down for an Australian race.

What's considered a big age group?  The women's groups tend to be a lot smaller than the men's groups, so do I take it that there are fewer women at these championships?  And how do you find out how many spots are given per race?  I've never done a 70.3, but guesstimating my time and having a quick look at some of the past season's results, I could make top 5, but no way would I get a win or podium...

20 hours ago, zed said:

It depends where the race is and when it is. South Africa is popular and pretty much everyone took their spots in december in Busso. I was 5th, 1st had just come back from Kona so didn't take his spot and neither did 3rd. Lots missed out. But Busso in May, there were 30 spots and only 23 people turned up so anyone who wanted a spot got one. (Some guy finished 53rd and got a spot). Probably because it's so close to the race. If it is in Australia though, you would have to finish top 3, I reckon everyone would take their spots like they did for Sunny Coast. If you really wanted to qualify go race China or somewhere random and close to September as possible. 

Don't think I want it that bad!  So, it it harder to qualify for 70.3 than for Kona?

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