What Is The Collins Cup? | Triathlon Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!

What Is The Collins Cup? | Triathlon Like You’ve Never Seen It Before!

the collins cup you’ve probably heard of it by now and if you haven’t welcome back to the world of triathlon you’ve missed a bit while you’re away it’s coming up soon and we thought we’d explain to you what it is because even if you have heard of it it’s a new and unique concept that’s never been done before in triathlon yeah so today we’re going to plan to answer all your questions starting with what is it [Music] well firstly it’s a triathlon it’s a pro only event it’s a middle distance and it’s non-drafting but does the format well it’s a little unusual if you’re a golf fan think the ryder cup usa versus europe unlike the ryder cup there’s a third region too that’s internationals that’s athletes from south africa australia canada pretty much anywhere that isn’t europe or usa yeah and athletes will represent their region for the two kilometer swim 80k bike and 18 kilometer run in this middle distance distance triathlon but unlike most triathlons we’re used to seeing where it’s winner takes all there will only be three athletes racing at a time in this head-to-head to head format where one athlete from one region will be up against two other athletes from the other two regions in each race match yes three athletes racing for first second and well lost but there’ll be six races for the men and six races for the women each with three athletes and so that’s 12 total races staggered 10 minutes apart so total of 18 of the best female athletes and 18 of the best male athletes going head to head to hid well for each of the 12 matches the winner is awarded three points second place finisher has awarded two points and third place or last place finisher is obviously awarded one point at the end of it all the team with the most points wins the collins cup and you might be forgiven for thinking well if there’s only three people racing there’s not much incentive once you’re behind to keep pushing however there are also bonus points on the line so if you finish more than two minutes behind the winner gets an extra half a point another two minutes another half a point up to a maximum of one and a half points why they didn’t just double the points and get right do away with the half points we don’t know but they can get a maximum of one and a half points bonus if you finish more than six minutes behind the person who beats you so everything to play for you can’t let your team down and just cruise it in 10 minutes behind the winner they’re competing for the prestigious collins cup an actual trophy we think we haven’t actually seen the trophy it’s probably an actual trophy also they get the bragging rats as the best triathlon region in the world and as if that wasn’t enough there’s also money for the athletes one and a half million dollars in fact but it’s not actual prize money now every athlete does get paid but it’s actually based on their world ranking heading into the race rather than their performance so 90 000 for the top ranked athlete heading into the race and still definitely a respectable twenty thousand dollars for the lowest ranked athlete now you may well ask well why kill yourself on race day if your prize burst at the end of the day doesn’t depend on your race performance good question and i think everyone’s asking that the answer according to the pto is that these are professionals and it’s very much in their interest to make sure that this is a successful spectacle and to be honest we kind of agree they are professionals and we don’t really know any professionals who wouldn’t would take that money and not give 100 on race day i’m pretty sure they’ll be out there killing themselves to win [Music] so the top four spots for each team which obviously means we’ve got 12 men and 12 women in total is chosen and based upon the pto world rankings and that is all finalized on august the 9th 2021 however the pto world rankings is live you can check into that year round and see where the athlete’s at and who is firing up for those spots the final two spots for each team that’s the final two men and two women for each country region will be decided by captain’s picks in association with the impartial pto board members and they can be the next two rankings down the list you know the the next highest ranking ranked athletes or they could just be any pto pro who the team captain nominates and believes is going to give it a good go now the team captains are not participating athletes but they are all triathlon stars from days gone by and then well for 2021 some names that you’re probably familiar with for the usa we’ve got mark allen and karen smiles for the international team we’ve got lisa bentley and simon whitfield and for europe we have norman stadler and natasha batman this is where it gets interesting no one will know who they’re racing until just a few days before the event when they have the live draft this is where the usa team captain will pick their athlete for the first race match then the european captain will choose his athlete to go against that athlete in race match 1 and finally the international’s captain will pick their athlete to go against those two athletes and then for the next race europe will pick their athlete first and so on and actually i guess it’s a bigger advantage to be the last team to pick because you will know who you’re up against their strengths their weaknesses and for instance you might like to put your weakest athlete up against someone like danny lariff and saving your best athlete for another match that they might win or perhaps you back your strongest athlete to go up against someone like danny reef and hopefully win no no the answer is definitely no the inaugural collins cup will take place on the 28th of august 2021 at the ex-bionic sphere in samarin slovakia which you may be familiar with as the host of the championship in the last few years it’s a flat fast nothing technical course you may as well be on zwift in fact it’s all going to be about racing each other you’re not going to have to worry about the course at all well this is what the pto have really been working on live broadcast innovations with a ton of exciting broadcasting first for this event so it will be live including the draft a few days before the event but for the race itself they’re gonna have a huge broadcasting team to make sure that you don’t miss any of the action no matter where the athletes are on the course add to that formula one like two-way radio communication between the athletes and the team captains which the viewers should be able to eavesdrop on let’s hope they have their bleep machine at the ready and live biometrics power pace heart rate from all the athletes all the time which we’ve been promised in other races before but the bto promises us they’re actually going to have it working this time so it should make for some enthralling viewing yeah and even if you could bypass covet travel restrictions i’ll be honest this one is probably best of just watching on tv with everything that they’re bringing to it now eurosport will be producing and broadcasting this event live and on demand you’ll be able to catch that one in europe and asia pacific and then in the usa you’ll be able to catch this one on outsidetv.com amongst many other channels in other regions so do check the pto website to find out the schedule for your region well we hope you’ve answered all your questions on the collins cup and we hope you’re as excited about this event as we are uh it’s certainly not how we’ve ever watched triathlon before or even how triathlons have been raced before but we’ve never been blown away by any live coverage on triathlon so let’s hope that this one is as impressive as the pto says it’s going to be we think it might be i’m personally just super excited to hear sam long talking on the radio communication during this race yeah yeah the things that guy might come out with anyway i hope you guys have enjoyed today’s video and found it interesting insightful and helped you ahead of the collins cup if you have enjoyed it please do give it a thumbs up give it a like don’t forget to give us a follow over on social media and subscribe down below
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