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Andrew Messick WTC – Part One

Triathletes / Interviews


Tim Bradley and Phil Wrochna

A day before he completed Ironman 70.3 Auckland – Asia-Pacific Championship, Andrew Messick (WTC) spent the afternoon with the team from answering our many questions on the state of play in Ironman.

In the first of this two-part series, Andrew Messick discusses the state of play in Ironman, the business of triathlon, the development of the 5i50 Series, Kona slots, the acquisition of USM Events and past 12 months in the world of the WTC’s CEO.

In part two, which will be live on the website on Friday January 25 (AEST), Messick opens up on the WTC’s deal with Lance, discusses Challenge’s movement into Asia and the way forward for Ironman in 2013.


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  • BC

    Great questioning on Kona slots Tim. Maybe Andrew needs to be taken to task that Las Vegas slots should be for 70.3 events and slots to Knoa only be at full ironmans? The issue as an athlete is the lack of consistency and ‘wer’e experimenting with slot allocation’. Isn’t that what the 70.3 World Championship is for?
    Good work and looking forward to part two.

  • challenged

    Pity the distance question didnt arise POST auckland, given most GPS devices i saw had 22-22.3km on them. How can they get it wrong?
    Big money, big company, people want to start believing in an amazing time/world records etc….course accuracy shouldnt be so hard.

  • Kiwi Tri Guy

    what time Friday is part 2 of interview with Andrew Messick ?

  • Firstoffthebike’s Tim Bradley

    Lunchtime today mate.



  • Paul

    it is easy to be critical of WTC but I thought Andrew was honest in saying they dont always get everything right, but clearly he is an intelligent and articulate guy making me think WTC is in good shape and good hands.

  • TriGuy

    “1,950 Kona slots, take out lottery and legacy and you have 1700 slots you try to spread across 36 races (including the 5-6 70.3’s that get slots)”

    Simple solution Andrew, it’s a World Championship. Get rid of the legacy and lottery spots (plus the freebie sponsor slots and promo slots you forgot to mention) and you give people trying to qualify through being the best in ironman races a better chance.

    I just got you approximately 250 more opportunities you can use for people that deserve to qualify to race at a world championship race Andrew….you are welcome. This would include qualifying slots for disabled athletes who also deserve the right to race for a world title in Kona.

    • RT

      Very well said! The lottery, legacy and sponsor slots are a joke! It’s a world championship.
      They’ll never get rid of them though…it brings them so much money every year.

    • Julie B

      And what about the ‘celebrity’ slots arlah Caine Eckstein getting to race after never doing a triathlon before?! And racing as an age grouper yet puts his job title as professional triathlete.

  • Caine who?

    Scoop – won’t gain a pro spot therefore needs a sponsor spot. Struggles to keep up with his brother and would struggle to qualify as an amateur.
    Up the Kona start number by 150 – 200 now that professionals start separate. The big island can sustain 2,000 amateurs and 150 professionals

  • Selective jurno

    Watching surf ironman at Portsea yesterday and one of Ten’s high paid Jurnos said Caine was 2nd off the bike in Kona and had a big chance to win. No mention given to him racing as Amo V pro.

  • MK

    I was curious about your thoughts on the comments made about Mdot being seeing as an evil corporation. Andrew Says the athletes don’t feel this way and are treated extremely well… Macca and Pete Jacobs have noted that this isn’t really the case both Macca and Pete offered to be ambassadors. Both guys have commented that they try to prevent them racing other races and no brand treats them better then the challenge family. Thoughts?