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The definition of Clydesdale seems to have changed since my racing days. When the category was first introduced into the triathlon circuit in the late 80s/early 90s, (back when Budweiser was still the primary sponsor of many races, hence the division name,) it was strictly reserved for 200 pounders and over.
Somewhere along the way this 6' and up thing came into play, which is just ridiculous for exactly the reason that the OP mentioned, especially when there's such a diverse group in the division these days. Back 20 years ago, the starting line for the Clyde division races was about 4 or 5 of us; all in the low 200s and around 6'3" to 6'7"
How is it that a mere 3% above average height should qualify someone for the category? That's not even 1 SD, is it?
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