Why Age-Graded ?
The age-graded classification rewards exceptional performance taking into account the age of each athlete. With the help of a biological factor it enables a direct comparison of performance. The high age range of the participants at the promodistance predestines this competition for an age-graded classification.
How does it work ?
For each of the three sub-disciplines we multiply the time required for the discipline by a factor predetermined for the athlete's age or for this discipline. For the transition times we use the factors of the run. We sum up all times to the total time, which is then included in the overall classification. The athlete with the fastest total time wins the competition. There is a separate rating for women and men, but no age group rating within the sexes. If for any reason intermediate times are missing in the result, the athlete remains in the ranking with his measured, not age-graded total time.
Where do the factors come from ?
The factors used come from different international sources specific to the sport, and also differ according to gender.
What does that mean to me now ?
Here is an example of a calculation for a male athlete who is 54 years old on competition day:
As an example we have calculated the result list of the sprint distance of the East Belgium Triathlon 2019 with this age graded factor here.