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IRC Selection

Represent your region at the British Triathlon Grand Final 2022l

The 2022 Inter Regional Championships (IRC) will be held on August 20th & 21st in Sunderland as part of the British Triathlon Grand Final.

 

Each region takes a team of 16 athletes from TriStar 2 and TriStar 3 categories (4 male and 4 female athletes from each age group).  A non-travelling reserve may also be selected.

 

The exact format and timings for this year’s event are still to be published, however as with previous years it is anticipated that on day one there will be the individual races with heats and finals meaning that all athletes will race twice on the day over the following approximate distances (full course detail still to be released):

 

TS2:  Heat 300m swim/1.2km run + Final 300m swim/1.2km run

 

TS3:  Heat 300m swim/2.6km bike/1.2km run + Final 300m swim/2.6km bike/1.2km run

 

In 2022, there will also be an opportunity for the selected athletes to race in a mixed relay triathlon on the same weekend, normally on the second day of the weekend.

 

More details will be published about this as it becomes available.

Eligibility Criteria for the North West Regional Team

To be eligible for selection to the North West Region IRC Team, athletes must be members of Triathlon England with North West on their Membership Card as their registered region.

 

The 2022 selection criteria for the North West team is designed and will be applied to ensure that the region’s best athletes can be taken to the Inter Regional Championships (IRCs).

 

As a result of the relatively recent changes in IRC format, a new selection process will apply in 2022.  There will be two selection events.  

 

DATE EVENT

 

18th June 2022  Cholmondley Castle Triathlon - TENW Draft Legal Races (only)

25th June 2022 Three Sisters Aquathlon (Selection Race)

 

Because of the race format and the distances being raced, the following selection criteria will be used:

 

  1. Cholmondley Castle Triathlon 18th June 2022 (Open Water Swim) and Three Sisters Aquathlon 25th June 2022 (Open Water Swim) will be IRC qualification events.

 

  1. Points will be awarded to athletes based on the winning North West eligible athlete time at each event (with the North West winner receiving 1000 points, as per the North West Junior Series Scoring).  

Points from both events will be combined as per the below. 

 

  1. For TS2, 50% of the points from the triathlon will be added to 50% of the points from the aquathlon.  To reflect the fact that the individual TS2 event is an Aquathlon but the relay format a triathlon.

 

For TS3, 75% of the points from the triathlon will be added to 25% of the points from the aquathlon to reflect the fact that both IRC events for TS3 are triathlons albeit with a very short bike leg.

 

TS2: Points at Cholmondley x 50% + Points at Three Sisters x 50%

 

TS3: Points at Cholmondley x 75% + Points at Three Sisters x 25%

 

Example:

TS2: Points at Cholmondeley x 50% + Points at Three Sisters x 50%

Athlete

Cholmondley

Three Sisters

Total

1

1000

945

972.5

2

943

1000

971.5

3

994

800

897

4

976

687

831.5

5

780

300

540

       

TS3: Points at Cholmondeley x 75% + Points at Three Sisters x 25%

Athlete

Cholmondley

Three Sisters

Total

1

1000

945

986.25

2

948

1000

961

3

994

800

945.5

4

976

687

903.75

5

789

300

660

 

 

  1. TS3 Age Group:  The top 3 athletes, using this formula, will automatically qualify for the IRC team providing that the scores of the 2nd and 3rd placed athlete are no lower than 95% of the top placed North West athlete.  If the score of the 2nd or 3rd placed athlete is lower than 95% then Clause 5 will apply.

 

  1. TS3 Age Group: In the case of 4th selection place, a wider selection criteria may also be used, in addition to the formula above, performances at TENW Junior Race Series events up to and including Three Sisters Aquathlon will be considered by the selection panel made up of the IRC Team Manager and the Junior Series Co-Ordinator.

 

  1. As an example, if an athlete crashed out of Cholmondley, had a mechanical fault, or was ill for either of the selection events and could not take part then, as part of an appeal process, St Annes Triathlon may also be used to guide the selection.

 

  1. TS2 Age Group.  The top 3 athletes, using this formula, will automatically qualify for the IRC team providing that the scores of the 2nd and 3rd placed athlete are no lower than 90% of the top placed North West athlete.  If the score of the 2nd or 3rd placed athlete is lower than 90% then Clause 8 will apply.

 

  1. TS2 Age Group.  In the case of 4th selection place, selection will be based on performances at events up to and including Three Sisters Aquathlon and will be considered by the selection panel made up of the IRC Team Manager and the Junior Series Co-Ordinator.

 

  1. For both Age Groups, the top North West athlete’s time at each event should be no lower than 90% of the winning athlete.  For both age groups if at any event this standard is not met by a North West athlete then there will be no automatic qualification places and the policy for discretionary places will be applied. Scores at both events will disregard any athlete not eligible for the NW IRC team selection.

 

  1. The full NW IRC team will be announced, at the latest, two weeks after the Three Sisters Aquathlon.

 

  1. If a race is cancelled or deemed not to have met the level of quality that is required from a IRC selection race, then race performances at TENW Junior Race Series events up to and including Three Sisters Aquathlon will be considered by the selection panel made up of the IRC Team Manager and the Junior Series Co-Ordinator.

 

  1. Any appeals to race results which may impact the decision of the selection panel must be made within 24 hours of the event conclusion and in writing.

 

  1. Any appeals/grievances with regards to the IRC team selection or its policies should be made in writing to the North West Region Committee.  Appeals will be heard by the members of the Appeals Panel made up of the following and their decision will be final: the Chair of the NW Committee plus one or more members from the Committee as time, availability and issues dictate.

 

 

If you have any questions about the IRC event, selection races or training days, please contact:  

 

IRC Team Manager, Jonathan Grundy 

Email: nwircmanager@gmail.com

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