Last november, I registered for Challenge Barcelona 2014, the full distance triathlon taking place in Calella next October 5th.
I had visited Calella two months earlier. I hadn’t found much interest in this concrete seaside resort apart from its beautiful long beach stuck between the Mediterranean Sea and railways. Still I registered for Challenge Barcelona 2014 because comments about this event were OK ; because the hotel staff I had stayed in were really nice… and because I did not want to register for a WTC event (although the Ironman Mallorca looked more attractive in terms of landscapes and as convenient in terms of travel opportunities).
So I am sad to read that the structure organizing the triathlon in Calella has been bought by the World Triathlon Company (or its European declination ?) and that the full distance triathlon taking place in Calella next October 5th is now « Ironman Barcelona ».
Why am I so upset ? Because I think that the global monopoly over the long distance triathlon that the WTC is currently trying to build is not a good thing for our beloved sport and for the triathletes (age-groupers and professionals).
That being said, I now take off my triathlete cap and turn into the guy you might be more interested in : the consumer.
When one consumer orders a blue car, he has full right to cancel his order with no fee if the car-seller tells him a few months later that the blue car cannot be delivered and that it will be replaced by a red one (same model with the same caracteristics except the color).
Last November, I registered for a « Challenge » triathlon. Now I read that I won’t get a « Challenge » triathlon from you but you offer me an « Ironman » triathlon instead. I’m not interested in an « Ironman » triathlon so I cancel my order and I ask you to pay me back the entry fee + the cancellation insurance I paid for.
En bref et en français, il n’y aura pas de « Challenge hat-trick » pour bibi en 2014 car, le 16 avril, la WTC a annoncé avoir racheté la société organisatrice du Challenge Barcelona pour transformer cette épreuve en Ironman Barcelona. Ce sera sans moi.