Collins Cup to take place in Roth in 2018

The Collins Cup, a long-distance triathlon event modelled after golf’s Ryder Cup, will be hosted by Challenge Roth in 2018.

| July 7, 2017 | NEWS

Charles Adamo, Lisa Bentley, Chrissie Wellington, Felix Walchshoefer, Simon Whitfield and Zibi Szlufcik.

Charles Adamo, Lisa Bentley, Chrissie Wellington, Felix Walchshoefer, Simon Whitfield and Zibi Szlufcik.

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At a press conference today in Roth, Germany members of the Professional Triathletes Organization (PTO), Challenge Roth, Challenge Family and three of the eight team captains (Chrissie Wellington, Simon Whitfield and Lisa Bentley) announced that the inaugural Collins Cup will be hosted byChallenge Roth next year. Other captains involved in the event include Normann Stadler (Europe, along with Wellington), Craig Alexander and Erin Baker (International along with Whitffield and Bentley) and Dave Scott and Karen Smyers, who will captain the American team.

Modelled after golf’s Ryder Cup, the long-distance event (3 km swim, 120 km bike and 25 km run) includes 12 athletes from three different teams – USA, Europe and International. The teams will consist of six men and women – eight will qualify automatically based on  points system based on non-drafting results. (Tri-Rating’s Thorsten Radde helped develop the points ranking system.) Athletes from each team will compete in 12 different individual races of three. The winner of each min-race will earn three points, second will earn two with third taking one. There’s an additional half-point bonus for finishing with a gap of three minutes.

The decision to host the event in Roth was a quick one – Challenge Roth CEO Felix Walchshoefer and Challenge-Family CEO Zibi Szlufcik met with members Charles Adamo and others from the PTO a few weeks ago and a deal was struck to host the event in Roth next July.

“We saw immediately that our values are very much the same,” Walchshoefer said. “It will be exciting to see the world’s best athletes in Roth. The race will be delivered within Challenge Roth.”

“I’ve experienced Ryder Cup a few times myself – I am very excited about seeing this happen in here in Roth,” Szlufcik continued.

2000 Olympic gold medalist Simon Whitfield and Challenge Roth CEO Felix Walchshoefer.

2000 Olympic gold medalist Simon Whitfield and Challenge Roth CEO Felix Walchshoefer.

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The captains on hand were extremely enthusiastic about the event taking place in Roth. According to Adamo, the initial event was always slated to take place in the United States, but when Wellington and co-European captain Normann Stadler came on board, they put a lot of pressure on organizers to host the event in Europe.

Four-time Ironman world champion and world-record holder Chrissie Wellington

Four-time Ironman world champion and world-record holder Chrissie Wellington

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“I’ve said so many times what Roth means to me – it really does feel like coming home,” Wellington said. “It’s the best race  in the world.”

“This new event celebrates everything that’s great about our sport,” Wellington continued. “We’re always innovating and this represents another innovative stage. We’re all behind making this innovation work. It’s a great celebration of our sport – it’s a great celebration of gender equality.”

At this point there are no television contracts in place, but according to Adamo the goal is to work with “live commercial network television” and to offer prize money that will be a “multiple of the prize money offered at any other race in the sport.”

The executive producers of the Collins Cup will be produced by Los Angeles-based Wasserman group.

11-time Ironman champion Lisa Bentley.

11-time Ironman champion Lisa Bentley.

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“Combining the Collins Cup’s nationalistic, patriotic fervour and compelling dramatic format, with the Tour de France style atmosphere of Challenge Roth will result in an event that will captivate the endurance space and be highly sought after in the global media markets,” says Wasserman’s Matt Wikstrom.