Challenge Triple Crown a 'game changer' for tri
Grand Final in Bahrain to offer $1m prize purse next year
The organisers behind last weekend's Challenge Bahrain have announced a three-race series for the region next year, called the Challenge Triple Crown and offering a $1m prize fund for the Grand Final in Bahrain.
Triathlon legend Chris 'Macca' McCormack was one of the first to express his excitement:
This follows an exciting weekend's half iron distance racing in Bahrain over the weekend, which saw strong performances from Brits Tim Don (4th), Rachel Joyce (2nd), Jodie Swallow (3rd) and Jodie Stimpson (8th). Overall victory came for Michael Raelert (GER) and Helle Frederiksen (DEN), who claimed the biggest chunk of the $500k prize pot.
“The Triple Crown is changing completely the perception of triathlon on a global scale,” said Challenge Family CEO, Zibi Szlufcik. “It’s a game changer for the sport, taking it to a whole new level. Plus it is providing Challenge Family opportunity to grow the sport in line with our core values and providing pro athletes as well as age groupers with an amazing structure throughout the whole year, leading to a grand final in Bahrain.”
The series is already a talking point among pros – GB athlete Tamsin Lewis told 220 earlier today: "The Sheikhs can sure put on a show! After years of suffering poor prize money and rewards as a pro triathlete (albeit my own choosing), this is good news for the sport. As Challenge Bahrain showed money talks attracting the best fields and athletes in mint condition.
"My only reserve is that the courses will all be similar – flat and therefore only suit a certain type of athlete. My experience with the Challenge organisation has a whole has been highly positive, with pro athletes being treated with respect and provided with a HomeStay and decent prize money. The same cannot be said for Ironman."