The first-ever PTO Pro Am will take place in Los Angeles this Sunday, 15 May – here’s what to expect and how to watch.
The PTO Pro Am will see six of the world’s top-ranked PTO professionals racing an Olympic-distance triathlon alongside Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) athletes and special guests including former UFC star Paul Felder and Olympic silver medallist Heather Fell.
What’s The PTO Pro Am Format?
The day will begin at Venice Beach with full focus on the CAF athletes as they take on a 1500m swim in LA’s warm sea waters.
From there, PTO pros will be tagged in to smash their way through a 40km time trial that will see them arrive at T2 in Downtown LA, right by the Crypto.com arena. Expect fireworks – the pros have been eyeing up the competition and are determined to show themselves the strongest on two wheels without the worry of wrecking their legs for the run.
From here, another CAF superstar, or one of our special guests, will complete the 10km anchor-leg run of the race to close out this first-ever PTO Pro Am event… but who will cross the line first to claim the inaugural title?
What Are The Pro Am Team?
We’re thrilled to be working so closely with the Challenged Athletes Foundation at the PTO Pro Am and celebrate the power of sport in everyone’s life.
- Swimming and track runner Haven Shepherd, PTO World #3 Lionel Sanders and former UFC star Paul Felder.
- Swimmer and para climber Emily Gray, PTO World #8 Sam Long and swimmer and para-triathlete Rudy Garcia-Tolson.
- Para-triathlete Allysa Seely, PTO World #4 Daniel Baekkegard and GTN presenter and Olympic silver medallist Heather Fell.
- Swimmer Ahalya Lettenberger, PTO World #65 Hayley Chura and swimmer and para-triathlete Roderick Sewell.
- Swimmer Jamal Hill, PTO World #7 Skye Moench and influencer and Herbalife Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kent Bradley.
- Para-triathlete Chris Hammer, PTO World #14 Heather Jackson and para-triathlete, cyclist and marathoner Willie Stewart.
Meet The PTO’s New Broadcast Team
Broadcast live, and for free, around the world, the PTO Pro Am will introduce our new broadcast team line-up.
UFC commentator, John Gooden will be lead commentator and will be joined by triathlon broadcasting stalwart Barrie Shepley. In front of the camera will be the presenting talent of motorsports and athletics presenter, Rachel Stringer will present the coverage alongside Olympic bronze medallist Vicky Holland.
John Gooden joins the PTO team as both a triathlon fan and competitor as well as a seasoned commentator thanks to his time calling fights for the UFC. He’ll be joined in the commentary box by Barrie Shepley, a true legend of triathlon commentary with over 30 years’ experience.
Another new addition to the PTO team, Rachel Stringer is Pit Lane Reporter for British Superbikes on Eurosport and World Athletics reporter, providing passion for all-things sport. Stringer will be joined in front of the camera by Vicky Holland, who returns to presenting after her sensational turn at the Collins Cup. The Olympic bronze medallist’s enthusiasm shines through with every moment of expert insight!
How To Watch The PTO Pro Am
The PTO Pro Am will be streamed live for free around the world thanks the PTO website, our YouTube channel and Facebook page. The Pro Am will also be available via a selection of other broadcasters including Eurosport Player (Europe), Discovery+ (Europe, some exclusions apply), GCN+ (global, some exclusions apply), OutsideTV (global), BeIN Sport (USA and Canada) and CBC Sport Digital (Canada).
Following the event, PTO Pro Am highlights documentary will also be broadcast on Eurosport in Europe and Asia.
Head to our Watch Live page for full details on where you can watch in your region.