The Professional Triathletes Organization (PTO), Challenge Family and Challenge Roth today announced that the inaugural Collins Cup will take place in Roth, with Challenge Roth as the host race, on July 1, 2018.
Modeled after golf’s Ryder Cup, The Collins Cup is a long-distance team competition among USA, Europe and the Internationals. Each team will be made up of 12 professional triathletes, six men and six women. An athlete from each team will battle against one another in an individual race of three, so there will be 12 separate race matches, each staggered 10 minutes apart. Athletes will be awarded points for their team based on performances in their respective race match and the team with the most overall points from the 12 race matches will claim The Collins Cup.
The first eight athletes on each team will be chosen based on standings in the PTO’s own ranking system, with the team captains choosing the final four. Tri legends Dave Scott and Karen Smyers will be USA’s team captains, and Chrissie Wellington and Normann Stadler will lead Europe’s team. Craig Alexander, Simon Whitfield, Erin Baker and Lisa Bentley will oversee the “Internationals.”
“Europeans love triathlon and especially the 260,000 dedicated German fans at Roth,” said Felix Walchshoefer, CEO of Challenge Roth. “As Germany has been unsuccessful in its last two bids to host the Ryder Cup, we were not going to miss the opportunity to bring The Collins Cup to Germany. The whole Challenge Family team pulled out all the stops to make sure that The Collins Cup would be contested at Roth, and we are pleased to have been selected as host venue for the inaugural event. It is only fitting that our dedicated fans and supporters have the opportunity to witness what will be an iconic event for the sport for triathlon.”
The Collins Cup 2018 will be the highlight of the weekend celebrations at Roth. In order to accommodate a live global media broadcast, the first Collins Cup match is expected to start at noon. There will be the usual field of age groupers and professionals (not otherwise on a Collins Cup team) racing the traditional Roth course beginning at 6:30 a.m.