Inspired by golf’s Ryder Cup, The Collins Cup features teams of professional triathletes from the USA, Europe and the rest of the World (the ‘Internationals’) competing to determine which region dominates the sport of triathlon.
Each team will consist of 12 professional triathletes, six men and six women.
Chrissie Wellington said: “I am thrilled to have been selected as one of the European Team captains for the inaugural Collins Cup. Triathlon is such an amazing sport – innovative, forward thinking and truly open to all.
“The Collins Cup marks a hugely exciting and important new addition to the race calendar, with the best male and female athletes in the world racing head-to-head in a fantastic new format.”
Men’s captain for Team Europe Stadler is a 2x Ironman World Champion (2004 and 2006) famous for his unyielding racing style. Stadler holds the Kona bike course record of 4:18:32 and is recognised as the most formidable cyclist in triathlon history.
Stadler said, “It is a privilege to be able to serve as a Team Europe captain with Chrissie. The Collins Cup, with its Ryder Cup format, will produce an exceptionally exciting and dramatic event.”
This announcement follows the news Dave Scott and Karen Smyers being named USA team captains for the Collins Cup. The captains of the ‘International’ Team will be announced soon.