With a $165,000 bonus pool up for grabs, the battle for the top of the Challenge Family World Bonus Pool heats up as Pablo Dapena and Sebastian Kienle sit at the top of the men's standings, while Yvonne Van Vlerken leads for the women.
October 31, 2018 | NEWS|
Challenge Family might not have the same name value as Ironman, but their events have long been pro favorites and, with the opportunity to earn an added bonus through participation in multiple events, many pros look to the series as a welcome chance to earn some extra cash.
Thanks to a number of Challenge Family wins through the season, including his impressive Challenge Roth title, Germany's Sebastian Kienle has been atop the ranking for much of the year. Last weekend, though, this year's ITU Long Course world champion, Spaniard Pablo Dapena Gonzalez, moved into a tie with Kienle after winning Challenge Paguera-Mallorca. After winning Challenge Forte Village Sardinia, Pieter Heemeryck managed to move himself up to fifth in the standings.
Van Vlerken still on top
Points leader Yvonne Van Vlerken didn't race on the weekend, but the woman chasing her, Laura Siddall, was at Challenge Forte Village Sardinia in hopes of a first- or second-place finish to move herself to the top of the standings. After winning Challenge Madrid, two weeks later Siddall was in Kona for the Ironman World Championship. The following weekend she supported a friend at the Challenged Athletes Foundation event in San Diego, then travelled to Sardinia for the race. Siddall made a go of it, but would eventually fade to fifth.
The woman who got that coveted second-place finish in Sardinia, Belgium's Katrien Verstuyft, managed to move herself into the top-three of the points standings, moving ahead of American Lisa Roberts in the process.
The winner of the Challenge Family World Bonus Pool will take home $30,000. Second earns $20,000, while third, fourth and fifth earn $15,000, $12,000 and $5,000 respectively.
The next opportunity to earn points in the standings will be the Asia-Pacific Championship in Taiwan on November 18.
2018 Challenge Family World Bonus Ranking | Men
October 31, 2018
Pablo Gonzalez Dapena
Timothy van Houtem
2018 Challenge Family World Bonus Ranking | Women
October 31, 2018
Yvonne van Vlerken