I haven't been able to locate who has declined their invitations from the first wave of July selections, but the women are vying to be in the top 37 at least (Wellington and Carfrae are automatically qualified) to get in. The men's side has three additional spots to 43 (Alexander automatic bid, McCormack declined) since Patrick Evoe declined his invite so he can continue to improve this season and make a bigger impact next year. I really wanted to be able to scream "Pizza Pizza" when he screamed by. Some other notables declined their invite to Kona reported from Hawaii 24/7's article.
First off are the athletes on the bubble who would qualify before this weekend's races given a few roll-downs with athletes concentrating on Vegas and other late season races:
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While nearly half of the men and women on the bubble are racing, there will be a big shift in both KPR standings come August 29th. Lets take a look at each race, who is racing next weekend in Canada and Louisville and what it all means.
All IM races are not created equal on the calendar. Louisville is a P-1000 race for Ironman which means 1st Place gets 1000 points and has a total of $25,000 up for grabs. Canada is a P-2000 which awards 1st place 2000 points and has $75,000 up for grabs for the Pro's. That means Canada's winner has a better opportunity to move up in the KPR standings. It also means more people will gravitate to the race for that reason. There are some risky moves being played out as a few Pro's registered for both races and are probably weighing their options for their best points. #1 option, go for top 10 in Canada and have some insurance for more points, or head to Louisville and go for an Ironman Champion title and max out at 1000 points.
It is amazing all the different scenarios that will unfold from these races and when you throw in the 750 points available in Brazil 70.3 this weekend. Half the athletes on the bubble will be bounced out of Kona qualification, which is a tragedy as there are some fan favorites there. There are 15 men and 12 women who sit on the outside looking in for the KPR race. Trying to break it down as straightforward as possible, but who knows what will happen come race day. Below are the athletes who are racing next weekend, current KPR rank, and their best outcome with a win.
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This is leading up to be a great finish for the KPR system. While its benefits or shortfalls are yet to be seen, at least it will give us a great weekend of excitement as we watch what unfolds next Sunday. I'm hoping for some great racing to watch as I'm on my out on the run course in Canada. Should be a incredible battle to see.
Lets just hope Ironman Live can handle it.