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The rumours were true

Sad to see a 25-ish year old race finish up

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33 minutes ago, Aidan said:

The rumours were true

Sad to see a 25-ish year old race finish up

If true this is indeed sad. 

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Yes, cancelled. I saw a copy of an email advising it is cancelled - “due to a change in business circumstances “. 

FM

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So much for Wanda taking on some the Fairfax events and having all the rest continue on.

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7 minutes ago, Flanman said:

Yes, cancelled. I saw a copy of an email advising it is cancelled - “due to a change in business circumstances “. 

FM

Hey Flanny - do you have the email or can you post an extract that confirms this- I need something concrete. I tried ringing them  but they are not taking calls and recommend sending an email, which I have done, but I am not expecting a prompt reply. 

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Yah. Thankfully we could cancel our accommodation without a fee and we hadn't booked flights yet for our babysitters (grandparents).

There doesn't appear to be any other half distance options other than Ironman Geelong or challenge Melbourne which are all next year. Although I'd be hesitant to sign up for challenge Melbourne now.

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So can it still be run? Can a good Samaritan step in and save the day? Is it even possible? What would it take? 

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Don't change your plans too quickly... It wasn't due to council support and the Half will probably still run ;)

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47 minutes ago, micka said:

There doesn't appear to be any other half distance options other than Ironman Geelong or challenge Melbourne which are all next year. Although I'd be hesitant to sign up for challenge Melbourne now.

Challenge melb won't happen

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Its already been refunded. The cost for the half distance that is.

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4 minutes ago, micka said:

Its already been refunded. The cost for the half distance that is.

Yes, but I think it's going to be run by someone else and will still go ahead. Council still support it is my understanding. 

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9 minutes ago, willie said:

Yes, but I think it's going to be run by someone else and will still go ahead. Council still support it is my understanding. 

I would expect it would struggle without m-dot/challenge branding

history is bleak for indep half distance races in Vic eg torquay, sufferfest etc

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Challenge won't allow its events to be contracted by teams associated with IM. That what happened to Challenge Cairns in 2012, the team that ran it was bought by IM only a few months prior to the race. Challenge said no way, thus IM Cairns. So someone else may run it as a Challenge event or IM may appear with a new IM Shep or the race or it may be independent. Who runs Challenge Melbourne? They may be completely independent but if they have anything to do with IM I imagine it will go.

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2 hours ago, Pete said:

Hey Flanny - do you have the email or can you post an extract that confirms this- I need something concrete. I tried ringing them  but they are not taking calls and recommend sending an email, which I have done, but I am not expecting a prompt reply. 

so they are not monitoring their phones and this is the email reply:

Mailbox Not Monitored Re: Shepparton Triathlon

 
 
vic events
12:29 (2 hours ago)
 
 
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Thanks for your email. 
 
Due to company restructure, this mailbox will only be monitored intermittently.  
 

Participant Services Team 

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Fairfax Events & Entertainment Level 4, 80 Market St, South Melbourne, Victoria 3205

P: (03) 9595 3000 http://www.fairfaxevents.com.au/

 

There's no one left there!!

 

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5 minutes ago, Jezza78 said:

Round 2 of Ironman buying Fairfax events - Challenge Shepparton, Melbourne and he 2XU series. 

Guessing or you know?

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I hope you are right. Ironman melbourne 70.3 would sell out in minutes. 

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22 minutes ago, Jezza78 said:

I have heard from a reputable source. 

It's already been done. They've cancelled the "Challenge" part of Shep so they can announce Ironman. Same goes for Melbourne.  

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1 minute ago, willie said:

It's already been done. They've cancelled the "Challenge" part of Shep so they can announce Ironman. Same goes for Melbourne.  

TBH I don't give a sh!t if its going to cost another $50, so long as the Shep and Melb races go ahead. If they are IM run that will be awesome

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3 minutes ago, more said:

TBH I don't give a sh!t if its going to cost another $50, so long as the Shep and Melb races go ahead. If they are IM run that will be awesome

I was taking the piss with cost, but it's probably true. 

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56 minutes ago, BarryBevan said:

Do we want to take it on and run it 

good luck getting that done in 4 months... Race day is 10th November.

 

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1 hour ago, willie said:

I was taking the piss with cost, but it's probably true. 

Don’t forget the 8% Active fee!!

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2 hours ago, willie said:

It's already been done. They've cancelled the "Challenge" part of Shep so they can announce Ironman. Same goes for Melbourne.  

I call bullshit.  

Western sydney is the week after isnt it?  No chance ironman would run 2 back to back so close. 

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10 minutes ago, Peter said:

I call bullshit.  

Western sydney is the week after isnt it?  No chance ironman would run 2 back to back so close. 

Well funny that, I spoke with Shep Council and they already knew about it

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It would be awesome if true but I’m not buying it just yet. 

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Wonder when the ACCC gets involved regarding anti competitive behaviour.

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7 minutes ago, roxii said:

Wonder when the ACCC gets involved regarding anti competitive behaviour.

LOL 😂. The accc.  Funny one. 

They are still looking into why petrol can go up 60cents a ltr yet crude stays the same price. 

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Yeah but this would be an easy one for them and a soft target. 

I wonder if that’s why these events weren’t included in the original sale. 

Probably inflated the price for the other events with a whispered agreement to walk away from the other events so Ironman could then “save the day”  and do the sporting community a favour when in fact they are just monopolising by stealth. 

Is that a decent conspiracy theory? 

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Well the deal isn't done yet... Maybe someone should talk to the ACCC :lol: Hey @Peter I reckon you'd be good for that. 

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Signed up for Geelong instead. Got an apartment throwing distance to the start of the race. That'll do

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1 hour ago, willie said:

Well the deal isn't done yet... Maybe someone should talk to the ACCC :lol: Hey @Peter I reckon you'd be good for that. 

I drink the ironman coolaide. 

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2 hours ago, Peter said:

I call bullshit.  

Western sydney is the week after isnt it?  No chance ironman would run 2 back to back so close. 

They run Port and Busso on the same weekend. Operationally they will be fine. 

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9 minutes ago, The new guy said:

They run Port and Busso on the same weekend. Operationally they will be fine. 

Triwa Run busso in May while Ironman Run port. 

2 different teams 

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7 hours ago, Peter said:

Triwa Run busso in May while Ironman Run port. 

2 different teams 

Yes, but with the rumoured new ‘sydney office’ using Fairfax staff, the same model could still apply. Say they run one year with the date clash due to permits etc already in place for 2019, they can they change dates for next season and space out better. 

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Let's park this until an announcement is made.

NOTE:  I'd bloody love Shep to be an Ironman 70.3

I'd be ecstatic if the old Challenge Melbourne became Melbourne Ironman 70.3

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1 hour ago, Peter said:

Let's park this until an announcement is made.

NOTE:  I'd bloody love Shep to be an Ironman 70.3

I'd be ecstatic if the old Challenge Melbourne became Melbourne Ironman 70.3

If they both come off int he next 12 months - imagine how many Worlds slots would be available for NZ nation wide😂

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