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March 1, 2024

PTO Announces Wildcards For Miami T100 Races

The Professional Triathletes Organisation have announced its wildcards for Miami T100

London, UK: The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) and World Triathlon have announced their wildcards for the women’s and men’s Miami T100 at CLASH Endurance Miami on 9 March, 2024.

For the women’s 100km race they include: Lucy Buckingham (GBR), Sara Perez Sala (ESP), Haley Chura (USA), Jodie Stimpson (GBR), Marta Sanchez (ESP), Kaidi Kivioja (EST), Diede Diederiks (NED) and Jackie Hering (USA).

Jodie won the Challenge Miami event at the same venue in 2021 when beating Lucy Charles-Barclay into second place. Marta has been quick out of the blocks already this year, winning the Ironman 70.3 Pucon (Chile) in January; and Sara is, to date, the only athlete to have led Lucy Charles-Barclay out of the water in a middle/long distance race, at the PTO Asian Open in Singapore last August.

For the men’s race it will be: Youri Keulen (NED), Menno Koolhaas (NED) and Gregory Barnaby (ITA) – who are the next best three athletes in the PTO World Rankings. Youri’s breakthrough result came at CLASH Miami in 2022 when he finished 4th behind the American trio of Sam Long, Jason West and Ben Kanute; Menno finished 10th at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Finland last year; and Gregory finished 9th at the 2023 PTO US Open in Milwaukee. He was also selected for the PTO European Open in Ibiza, but was a late withdrawal due to illness.

“With our 40 contracted athletes required to race 6 out of the 8 T100 races, to create that important season-long narrative we’ve talked about,” said PTO CEO Sam Renouf. “It also means there will be wildcard opportunities for other athletes to race at the highest level and lay down markers for what they can do. This is an important element to the T100 Triathlon World Tour and we look forward to seeing how they get on in Miami.”

The full start lists can be found here. On Saturday 9 March, the broadcast will begin at 1300 EST. The men will race the 100km course (2km swim; 80km bike; 18km run) at the Homestead-Miami Speedway first, starting at 1315 EST and then the women from 1650 EST. The course details can be found here. It includes 2.25 laps of the lake, 22 bike laps of a 3.54km circuit and then 7 run laps to finish.

Fans can watch exclusively live from 1900 CET in Europe on Eurosport, via PTO+ for the rest of the world and on Max in the US, and on TriathlonLIVE.tv in certain territories. Both races will be shown live around the world courtesy of the PTO’s partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery as well as a range of other international, regional and local broadcasters such as CCTV in China and ESPN in LATAM.

A reminder of how the T100 Triathlon World Tour works 

  • Each contracted athlete must complete a minimum of 5 races plus the Grand Final. Although racing obligations for athletes who’ve qualified and will compete in the Olympics have been reduced.
  • Athletes to score 35 points for first place to 1 pt for 20th place at each race
  • The Grand Final has increased points to up the ante (55 pts down to 4 pts)
  • Each athlete’s best three scores plus the Grand Final will count towards the race for the inaugural T100 World Championships
  • $250,000 USD prize fund at each T100, totalling $2,000,000 across the eight races (1st place – $25,000k; 2nd – $16,000; 3rd – $12,000 at each race)
  • The series winners following the Grand Final will be crowned T100 Triathlon World Champion and will win $210,000 USD from an additional total prize pool of $2,000,000

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Notes To Editors

Full details available on the T100 Triathlon World Tour at www.T100Triathlon.com

For journalists wanting media accreditation at this season’s T100 Triathlon World Tour races, please visit https://protriathletes.org/media-accreditation/ For media credentials specifically for the Miami T100 powered by CLASH Endurance, please visit: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdznZp6rORUxDgBs33BNYrJxvBQC7Jzzlpu_Q7q6HcDq3RbOA/viewform

For more information on the qualification criteria for the T100 Triathlon World Tour, please visit https://www.triathlon.org/uploads/docs/T100-Triathlon-World-Tour_Qualification-Criteria_2024_20240219.pdf

 

About T100 Triathlon World Tour Wildcards

There are four main categories of athletes who will be considered for a wildcard selection:

  1. Current well performing athletes, who have had great performances outside of the T100 Tour and have moved up the PTO World Rankings.
  2. Athletes whose rankings, because of injury, maternity or other reasons, do not accurately reflect the quality of their historical performances and who have demonstrated that they are capable of being in-form for the event.
  3. Up and coming athletes who have shown the ability to be competitive with the qualifying field, but have not yet had the opportunity to establish a sufficiently high ranking to be an automatic qualifier.
  4. Short course athletes who have a sufficiently high World Triathlon ranking so as to expect that they would be competitive in the event.

 

For Further Information

Anthony Scammell E: [email protected]

About the Professional Triathletes Organisation

The PTO is a sports body that is co-owned by its professional athletes, seeking to elevate and grow the sport of triathlon and take it to the next level. The T100 Triathlon World Tour is the new name for the PTO Tour and has been designated by World Triathlon as the ‘official World Championship for long distance triathlon’. It will be a season-long schedule of eight T100 races during 2024 that will be competed over 100km (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run) and will feature the world’s best triathletes going head-to-head in Miami (9 March), Singapore (13-14 April), San Francisco (8-9 June), London (27-28 July), Ibiza (28-29 September) , Lake Las Vegas (19-20 October), Dubai (16-17 November) and at the Grand Final (29-30 November). There will be racing opportunities for amateurs at all the events, including the new 100km distance at six stages, including: Singapore, London, Ibiza, Lake Las Vegas, Dubai and at the Grand Final. The broadcast will follow the 2023 PTO Tour model which showed races live around the world in 195+ territories, courtesy of the PTO’s partnership with Warner Bros. Discovery as well as a range of other international, regional and local broadcasters.

 

 

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