How it Works
The Sexy Walrus Championship is a handicapped competition that will run from January 1 right up to the SW Triathlon 2017 – the Grand Final. Competitors will receive points based on their handicapped times achieved in the events they do between that time, with the winner at the end of the SW Tri 2017 being crowned Sir or Madame Walrus, a mantle he or she will hold until the following year. As with the SW Tri itself this will be a handicapped championship depending upon ability and experience – so it’s all to play for!
A selection of core events have been identified which will form the backbone of the championship, amounting to roughly one a month from March to September – see the ‘events’ tab. With any luck this is a good reflection of what people will be able to commit to and they’re affordable and accessible. You’ll be able to earn points at other events but these Championship events will be where the big money’s at.
Outside of these Championship events competitors can also gain points in events they take part in of their own accord. A smaller number of points can be achieved for any event that consists of the disciplines of the triathlon, for example:
Running (e.g. Official 10Ks or half marathons but also cross country or Adventure races)
Cycling (e.g. Sportives)
Swimming (Open-water races)
How it Works
A competitor can score points in two ways.
Firstly, an athlete will take part in as many of the listed Sexy Walrus Championship Events outlined at the ‘Events’ tab. They will win points based on their performance and for completing the event. These points will be allocated according to their handicap adjusted race time, further explanation below. It should reward those who enter the most events but it’s not necessary to enter them all to do well.
Secondly, an athlete can score an arbitrary number of points for entering other events in the year. The number of points scored is relative to the difficulty of the event (for example completing an Ironman will score more points that a 10K or Sportif). The points allocated per event will be confirmed by the Club Captain in advance of the event.
Essentially, we have trawled the available results and pulled out everyone’s swim/bike/run speed for their most recent races and obtained an average. Using this, we can then predict a time for whichever race we are entering and hence get a rough handicap for everyone. Then when the race is complete, we can work out what their adjusted time was based on the previous averages, and rank accordingly.
Basically, whoever beats their predicted time the most wins.
Although this might sound a little convoluted, it is felt this is reasonably fair as:
- it allows for different distances of race (for example Salmon is an excellent swimmer, and would be disadvantaged if competing in an event with a shorter swim).
- it rewards people for training throughout the year, as they should improve relative to their previous averages.
- there is no real way to compare 40 different people with vastly different skills and abilities so why the hell not.
Case Study – Based on 2015 Season
Take the All Nations Tri at Eton Dorney 2015 (short swim):
|Predicted results||Handicap||Actual||Adjusted results||Points|
Sammon jumps up the leaderboard as she had a storming performance, but also partly because her swim disadvantage is cancelled out. Graeme had a pretty woeful day so has slipped down significantly. Jeremy Lloyd also performed well relative to his averages (evidence of secret training perhaps?). The points allocated are then the same as the ITU athletes are given.
The top 10 for 2015 based on all 3 races (Eton, Blenheim and SW) were then:
How to Take Part
- Be a member of the SW Tri and Adventure Club (see membership policy)
- Send a competitor’s profile, including Strava code (strava.com on a pc > my profile > share my rides (bottom right) ).
- Just turn up, and we’ll do the rest. Oh, and also:‘Race hard. Train harder. With a belly full of kippers you can always go faster.’ May the best Walrus win!