Sunday’s PTO championship course consists of a 2km swim (2x1km laps) in Lake Lloyd in the middle of the course, a fast 80km bike leg (20x4km laps) along the famous speedway, and an 18km run, made up of 4×4.5km laps.
Set to race the women’s pro race are Brits Jodie Stimpson, Nikki Bartlett, Holly Lawrence, Katrina Matthews and Fenella Langridge, with Lawrence, Matthews, 2019 IM world champ Anne Haug and Switzerland’s Nicola Spirig (2012 Olympic gold medallist) possible favourites to win.
The men’s pro race has a gold-studded line up of both Ali and Jonny Brownlee and fellow Brits George Goodwin and our very own Tim Don, alongside Canadian Lionel Sanders and Spain’s Javier Gomez.
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The top six male and female finishers will qualify for the The Championship, set for May 2021 at the x-bionic sphere in Samorin, Slovakia. The top 60 finishers will receive prize money, with first place winning a huge $100k, second $70k and third $50k. Event organisers say that they have committed such a big sum to help support the athletes because so “many professional events have been cancelled and some races rescheduled without a professional prize purse”.
How can I watch Challenge Daytona PTO World Championship live?
The women pro athletes will set off at 10am EST/3pm GMT and the men later on at 2pm EST/7pm GTM. Watch the athletes live on PTO streaming or after the event on BT Sport through IMG broadcast.
220 will also be tweeting live @220Triathlon and posting all the action and results here on the website.
USA Triathlon, Challenge North America and PTO have joined forces to “showcase the camaraderie of our sport” at Challenge Daytona triathlon festival, which also includes a middle-distance race, an age-group sprint, junior races and Pro-Am relay.