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On Tuesday, the Professional Triathletes Organization (PTO) announced three-time Ironman world champion Craig Alexander, two-time Olympic medalist Simon Whitfield, two-time Ironman world champion Erin Baker and 11-time Ironman winner Lisa Bentley as the Team International Captains for next year’s Collins Cup, an event loosely modeled after golf’s Ryder Cup.
The event will take place next June, and organizers are slowly revealing the details. So far, we know it will will be a long-distance team competition among USA, Europe and “International” teams. Each team will consist of 12 professional triathletes, six men and six women. 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 Wellington and Stadler will lead Europe’s team. Alexander, Whitfield, Baker and Bentley will oversee the “Internationals.”
The next big question to be answered is, where will the first Collins Cup take place?
“Since we announced Chrissie and Norman as our European Captains, and lined up our International Captains, a bun fight has broken out as to where we should hold the first Collins Cup as a number of different locations have contacted us,” Charles Adamo of the Professional Triathlon Organization told Triathlete.com. “We hope to finalize our decision by no later than August.”
Review what we know so far about the Collins Cup here. We’ll post more details about the race as they’re announced.