WATCH: Herbalife24 Los Angeles Triathlon Pro Am from the PTO

Triathlon hit Tinseltown on Sunday as the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) stages the Herbalife24 Los Angeles Triathlon, and you can watch every second of the action again.

Elite professionals, celebrities and athletes from the Challenged Athletes foundation were all an integral part of the show in a new Pro Am, as swim/bike/run hits Hollywood with a $100k Pro prize purse up for grabs too.

Start time & watch live

The Pro Am started at 0608 local time, that is 0908 on the East Coast of America, 1408 in the UK and 1508 in Central Europe. The Pro Men meanwhile started at 0600 with the Pro Women heading into the water at 0603.

You can watch all of the action again by clicking on the embed below:

YouTube video

How did the Pro Am work?

Okay, so we had six teams, each featuring a top elite triathlete along with CAF athletes and special guests.

  • CAF athletes started the day with a 1500m swim off Venice Beach
  • They then tagged in a professional who took on the 40km bike leg
  • A CAF athlete or celebrity then completed the 10km run in downtown L.A.

The teams were as follows:

  1. U.S. Paralympian Haven Shepherd, Lionel Sanders and former UFC star Paul Felder.
  2. Swimmer and para climber Emily Gray, Sam Long and swimmer and para-triathlete Rudy Garcia-Tolson.
  3. Para-triathlete Allysa Seely, Daniel Baekkegard and Olympic silver medallist Heather Fell.
  4. Swimmer Ahalya Lettenberger, Haley Chura and swimmer and para-triathlete Roderick Sewell.
  5. Paralympian Jamal Hill, Skye Moench and influencer and Dr Bradley Kent.
  6. Para-triathlete Chris Hammer, Heather Jackson and para-triathlete, cyclist and marathoner Willie Stewart.

Pro fields

The Pro fields were racing for a $100k prize purse which paid 15-deep as follows:

  • 1st – $9000
  • 2nd – $7500
  • 3rd – $6000
  • 4th – $5000
  • 5th – $4300
  • 6th – $3500
  • 7th – $3100
  • 8th – $2700
  • 9th – $2300
  • 10th – $2000
  • 11th – $1400
  • 12th – $100
  • 13th – $900
  • 14th – $700
  • 15th – $500

A new broadcast team…

The PTO has set out its stall to change the sport of triathlon with ground-breaking broadcasts and broadcast quality.

The first attempt came at the inaugural Collins Cup in Samorin last August – and you can review our take on the production from Slovakia that day.

Well some nine months on, we had a brand new ‘core broadcast team’ here – which judging by the pre-race comms we can expect to see more of this year.

UFC commentator John Gooden anchored the presentation alongside long-time triathlon commentator Barrie Shepley. They were joined by Rio 2016 bronze medallist Vicky Holland along with motorsports and athletics presenter Rachel Stringer.

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