The qualifiers for the 2015 ETU Geneva Sprint Triathlon are done and here are the results.
Except they aren’t done but I’ll come back to that! Anyway here are the results
4. Big Cow (September 2014 to follow) ETU 2014
So we all know it’s 4 slots and then rolldown! Not this year. Because of a clash with Kitzbuhl next week it was assumed that no-one there would want to compete at Rother and Southport (err…there were quite a few!!) and so an extra race was added at Big Cow Emberton MK in September as a 4th ETU qualifier.
so now it’s 4 lots of qualifiers with 3 (three) places at each and then 8 rolldown places (including any PQs). Except no rolldowns are allowed from Big Cow. confused? You will be!
As a result of this there are some now apparently amazingly high minimum qualifying standards in some of the main qualifying groups – remember it’s an ETU not an ITU. I had a glance through and did some sums and I reckon that sub 105% is required for very many roll downs. Relatively unheard of since London 2013.
It’s not quite as it seems though, the standards of the winners’ times at Southport appear a little lower, presumably as the top guys were going for an ITU place at Rother. Similarly if Nottingham was your race the ITU guys were there as well – high standards. So if you still have not got a place and you were at Nottingham or Rother then you are now faced with the uphill task of securing a top 3 place at Big Cow/Emberton in September against the top(ish) ETU guys from Kitzbuhl and probably many half decent locals and London lot up for an end of season tri. Good luck!