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How to get to the top of Triathlon (ITU)

How to get to the top of Triathlon (ITU)
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    Hey guys
    today I want to show you how to get to the top of ITU triathlon
    that means how to work your way up through the ITU World Rankings and
    get to the top level of ITU racing which means the
    WTS, the World Triathlon Series. First of all let's start with what kind of events do we got.
    We got three levels of events. There's the top level, which is the World Triathlon Series, which we want to get into.
    Then there's the second level of races which is the World Cups and then there's the third level which is the Continental Cups?
    The World Triathlon Series races which decide who's going to be the world champion
    at the end of each year got 9 races in total and each of the races
    feature 55 athletes on the men's and the women's side. On the second level, the World Cups
    we got a little more races over the year. About 15 in total and
    each of the races feature 65 men and 65 women and then on the lowest level of
    ITU racing in the Continental Cups we got loads of races.
    Roughly 50 in total and each of them features 70 men and 70 women on the start line.
    So what we want to do is work ourselves up through Continental Cups, through World Cups into the World Triathlon Series.
    And how do we do that?
    First of all, in each of those races you're gonna earn ranking points for the World Ranking and those points differ
    from level to level.
    So the higher the level the more points you will get which means you will get much more ranking points in the World Triathlon Series
    Then you will get in a World Cup and then out of those ranking points
    We are getting the world ranking and again
    this world ranking will decide who's gonna get on the start list of each race. So all the races,
    World Triathlon Series races World Cup races and Continental Cup races are
    seeded by the world ranking. So let's get into it in a little more detail.
    Again, we get those three levels of races and let's have a look on how many points can you actually earn in those races?
    So on the first level, the World Triathlon Series (WTS)
    you can earn earn 800, 1000 or 1200 points
    The 800 and 1000 points are both for the winner of each
    regular WTS race
    whereas he or she will win 800 points if
    it's a sprint distance race and 1000 points if it's an Olympic distance race.
    And the winner of the Grand Final will get
    1200 points for the world ranking. Then from the winniers points, points are decreased by 7.5% for each place.
    That means the second-place finisher will get 7.5 percent less than the winner and so on so on.
    So as you can see that's an exponential decrease in points which in reverse means if you finish better
    your points will increase by 7.5% as well. Then at World Cup races
    you can either win 400 or 500 points as the winner.
    400 points if it's sprint distance race and 500 points is if it's an Olympic distance race.
    In Continental Cups you can earn 240 or 300 points if you win the race.
    I have to add to that, that in the world ranking
    you can only include a total of maximum 3 Continental Cup events.
    Also some of the Continental Cups are counted less, for example if you win an Oceania Cup
    You will get a little bit less points, then if you would win a European Cup.
    So let's see how the points decrease.
    I got the three levels here next to each other.
    So we will compare Olympic Distance races now as an example.
    The winner in an WTS race will get a thousand points, and then it will decrease
    7.5 percent per spot
    Which means the 10th place finisher in the WTS race will get roughly 500 points.
    I rounded those numbers to get a better idea of how it actually works and to simplify it. So the tenth place of a WTS race
    is getting almost the same amount of points as the winner of a World Cup, so you could say 10th place in the WTS
    is roughly
    the same worth as
    a World Cup win. Then of course the points will keep on decreasing by 7.5 percent and then we are at
    about 300 points for the 15th place finisher in the WTS, which is similar to the 7th place finisher
    in a World Cup race where
    you'll also get roughly 300 points,
    which is also the same as the winner gets in a Continental Cup race?
    And if we keep on going we will get again roughly the same amount of points. 100 points for the 30th of a
    WTS race or the 20th of a World Cup race or the 15th of
    a Continental Cup race. As you can see the 30th of a WTS race only gets 1/10 of the points of
    the winner of the same race.That fast decrease is
    due to that exponential factor.
    So let's see how the levels actually compare,
    because on that point lists the points that are in one row don't really compare to each other.
    So again we're starting with 1000 points for a WTS winner and
    500 points for a 10th place WTS finisher which is pretty fair to say is
    about the same level if you win a World Cup race That makes more or less sense, but then we're starting to get some difference.
    So for the 15th place of the WTS race you are getting 300 points
    But I gotta say that the 15th place of a WTS race is
    about the same worth as a podium finish in a World Cup race
    That's about the same level and no Continental Cup is on that level at all. Then if we go on we got the 30th place
    finisher in the WTS. He will get about
    100 points.
    A 30th place in the WTS roughly
    equals a 10th place finish in a World Cup and
    If we take the points for a tenth place finish in the World Cup we will get to
    250 point. The tenth place finish World Cup is
    roughly the same level as if you would win a Continental Cup. Although. I gotta say that in continental cups
    there's a lot of variation so you can have rather good continental cups where it's actually like that that the winner is
    Almost the same level as a top ten finishers in the World Cup
    But then there's some Continental Cups that are just nowhere near that level
    So as you can see if you compare the reality to the actual point you get, you see if you're not on the very top
    of each level, just for getting points,
    it's better to go to the lower level and have a good result there. So for example if you're able to win a Continental Cup,
    stay there get the 300 points instead of finishing 10th in a World Cup race and just get 250 points.
    Especially don't go to the WTS and get 30th which is about the same level as winning a Continental Cup.
    But still you only get one third of the points that you would earn for the win of the Continental Cup.
    That is of course just regarding earning the points for the world ranking. A WTS race is a race of much higher quality
    so you might still want to go there to get the experience and get less points.
    So let's see what you can get with those actual points.
    How does the world ranking work?
    So for the world ranking they will count your 6 best events of the last year, so the last
    52 weeks. And then in addition to that they will also count the 6 best races of the
    52 weeks before that, so from 1 year ago to 2 years ago, but those races are less important,
    so they're only counted by one third of the actual points. Let's go through some examples.
    Let's have a look at the current world champion Mario Mola from Spain, he's also the 1st of the world ranking.
    Let's go through his results. For simplicity I will just include the six best races of the last 52 weeks and not those
    52 weeks before that because it would be a lot of data.
    And who wants to look at a lot of data?
    So Marios best results of the last 52 weeks was 3 WTS wins
    which each mean a thousand points and then a 2nd, a 3rd and a 7th place
    result at the WTS.In total, with all the twelve races included,
    he has 6700 points. Let's go through the next example. Maybe you know that guy. Well... It's me!
    So I'm roughly 60th at the moment in the world ranking. My six best results are a 3rd place finish
    at a World Cup, a 11th place finish at the World Cup
    then I got 2 podium finishes at Continental cups and
    a 15th and a 16th place at
    World Cups as well, so let's just compare the best result against Mario. For my 3rd place finish at the World Cup
    I got roughly 400 points and as you can see Mario did get 1000 points just for one of those
    WTS wins, but of course he got it three times so he got 3000 points right there.
    Also the 60th place in the world ranking makes it about sure that you can actually enter a
    WTS race so if you want to get to a WTS race
    You want to get in the top 60 of the world ranking.
    I'll get into that in a minute, so let's just look at another example. I just picked the
    150th of the world ranking which is about the ranking you want to get if you want to enter a World Cup race.
    So usually you have to be amongst the top 150
    to get to a World Cup race. And the guy currently in 150th place
    got 2 podium finishes at Continental cups which earned him around 200 points
    and then a 16th place at a World Cup race and
    another 10th place at a Continental Cup race. As you can see there's two results missing.
    That just means he only did 4 ITU races in the last 52 weeks.
    So he could have potentially earned more points in the last 52 weeks if he just would have done more races.
    But sometimes you're injured or you're ill or your federation doesn't want you to go to races
    and then you may have less than six races in that period.
    What can we do with the position we earned on the world ranking? So here II got the top 15 of the world ranking.
    We'll just use them for simplicity so we don't have too many names. So as I said in the beginning
    we want to get into a WTS race as you might remember.
    There are 55 spots on the start list of each World Triathlon Series race. For making it simple
    we'll just assume there's only 10 spots on the start list so we have a pretty small field in our model.
    Then who's gonna get on the start list? So let's go through the world ranking
    Mario Mola, he decides he wants to race that particular race
    so he's number one on the world ranking and he gets on the start list for that race. #2 of the world ranking, Jonathan
    Brownlee is injured at the moment so he can't race the race.
    Then the next one, Kristian Blummenfelt from Norway. He wants to race that race
    He's gonna get on the start list, he's #2 on the start list because Jonathan Brownlee
    doesn't want to race. Then we're going on, Richard Murray wants to race the race, Fernando Alarza,
    he wants to race the race. Javier Gomez is doing some middle distance or long distance race at the moment
    so he doesn't want to race that WTS race. Then we're at number seven of the world ranking, Pierre Le Corre from France,
    he's actually not allowed by his Federation to go because he didn't fulfill some rule of them, so he's not gonna race the race.
    Then number eight is the next one, Henri Schoeman,
    he wants to race and gets on the star list, then #9, Ryan Sissons wants to race, gets on the start list, also does Vincent Luis from France,
    Jake Birthwistle and Andreas Schilling.
    Then we'll have Thomas Bishop. He's preparing for another race,
    he won't race and also #14 Rafael Montoya,
    he's not allowed by his Federation to go so he won't race as well.
    So next one and the last one on the start list will be Vicente Hernandez from Spain
    and he's closing the start list. So as you can see
    Vicente Hernandez as the 15th of the world ranking gets onto our start list of 10
    just because there's five guys not wanting to race or not able to race and that's quite common. You will never have
    everybody racing.
    But just to make
    mathematically sure that you will get on the star list
    You will have to be top 10 in the world ranking to get in that start list of 10.
    And as it's actually 55 athletes on the start list of each WTS race
    you will have to be top 55 to make mathematically sure that you will be able to race every race.
    But as there's always a athletes that don't wanna race or can't race you will probably be fine
    if you're top 60 or maybe even top 70 in the world ranking. So that's why I
    on the 60th spot of the world ranking would be able to race every World Triathlon Series race at the moment
    if my Federation would submit me to the race. And then on the World Cups with those 65 athletes,
    and of course the best athletes
    usually don't want to race in the World Cup races,
    they just go to the WTS races, so that means a lot of the guys on the top of the world ranking don't want to
    enter those races. So usually you're fine
    if you're amongst the top 150 of the world ranking if you want to enter a world cup race. And then on Continental Cups
    There's 70 athletes in the races and that means you basically don't need any points to get in those races.
    So anyone can basically join the Continental Cup events.
    So what do you want to do if you're new and triathlon and want to get to the top and want to go to the WTS?
    Your Federation has to enter you to a Continental Cup first.
    Then you will have to earn some points going through the Continental cups
    get those ranking points for the world ranking, work yourself up the world ranking and then at some point
    get to the start list of a
    world cup race and then again
    you can earn more points in the World Cup races because there's more points on the line than in continental cups and you will work
    your way up even more in the world ranking and then
    You can get on the start list of one of those World Triathlon Series races.
    Usually I would say that the whole journey will take you at least four years if you're very talented
    and if everything goes by plan. So there you have it.
    Now you know how to get to the top of ITU racing.
    If you've got any questions, leave them down in the comments and make sure to subscribe to my channel
    to get even more of those videos. Thanks for watching guys and see you next time!
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