I know way too early to be starting a thread but 101 teams?!!http://www.geocentricoutdoors.com.au/home/team/ful...
And it sold out in 15 minutes!
Canada will be represented by Spirit and Canada AR (with honourary Canadian JayXC).
Tecnu says it will be a U.S. Team but I think the only American on their team list is captain Doug, who won't be racing. And I think they need 3 members from a single nation for ARWC this year.
Hmm, anyone know how it works? I see there are places reserved for race winners, e.g. "1st Tierra Viva" and "1st Tierra Viva National Team". So maybe there are two categories and only national teams can win the world champs title?
I was assuming there would be a lot of overlap in those World Series qualifying races. Eg.. Merrell (or ??) could fill a 1st, 2nd, and 2(?) 1st national team spots.
So the 30 (27) spots held for qualifiers may only add up to 10 or so teams?
This would bring the 101 (98) teams down to 88 ish??
Is there an Ironman type roll down in effect?
So if #TriHarderAR (hypothetically speaking :D ) won ITERA 2016 and RAID in France for example rather than x2 1st places going to the team is it Teams 2nd & 3rd from Raid that would qualify?
That seems to be the case.
"1. The winning team at each Qualifier receives a prize of a guaranteed qualification spot and a paid entry to the AR World Championship. The second place team at each Qualifier receives a prize of a guaranteed spot to the AR World Championship. If any teams winning the 1st or 2nd place prizes already hold a Qualifying spot and/or a paid entry, then these prizes are transferred to the next placed team. They are passed until they are received by a team who doesn't already hold these Qualification and/or paid spots and stops at that team, and is not passed to another team in the event they are not able to race."
I wonder if the National team designation is for the first team from the country in which the race takes place? So, maybe the first-place Belize team would get a slot for Maya?
I think you're right:
2. One spot from each Qualifier is reserved for the top placed all national team from the host country of the Qualifier. This spot is in addition to any national team/s who may have Qualified with the 1st or 2nd place prize. A team must decide within 14 days of receiving this qualification spot if they will accept it or it will then be passed to the next team in the results until an all national team accepts this Qualification spot
I love that addition - should really diversify the field (assuming those teams can afford to go to Australia)!
And here's the answer to my other question:
National Team Rules
For a team to be eligible to race at the AR World Championship it must include a minimum of three members of the same nationality. Competitors will prove their nationality at race registration by officials checking their passport is valid and issued by the country the team is representing. Competitors representing their country of residence, if different to their passport, must show suitable proof of residency. This rule is not applicable to the Qualifying rounds. Teams at the AR World Championship will represent one designated nation only, being the nationality of the majority of team members.
The format of a team name will be adapted at the AR World Championship to include firstly the name of the country the team is representing, and may then be followed by sponsor names, for example team USA - Sponsor X. Multiple teams representing the same country are permitted.
So Tecnu remains a mystery.
Would Tecnu need to qualify (or receive a wild card) since they don't have any current results/ranking and are not from the host country? Or do they pretty much give any international-caliber team an entry if they want in?
They are already on the team list so they have entered without waiting for qualification. I'm just curious about how they can be a U.S. team based on the rules.