Challenge Roth purse increased to $200,000 as Collins Cup moved to 2019

The inaugural Collins Cup is to be put back a year to 2019 - but Challenge Roth 2018 will now feature a $200,000 prize purse

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Inaugural Collins Cup moved to 2019

Citing the need to gain “knowledge around the logistics” in 2018 to ensure a “ground-breaking broadcast event for the sport of triathlon.”, the inaugural Collins Cup (, the Ryder Cup style international team-based event for long distance triathlon that was set to be held alongside Challenge Roth later this year (previously announced HERE), has been moved back a year to 2019.

As part of that arrangement, the three parties involved – Professional Triathletes Organisaton (PTO), Challenge Family and DATEV Challenge Roth have announced the largest prize purse in Europe for the 2018 Edition of Challenge Roth.

Previously set at a total of EUR 73,500, the 2018 will offer a total of $200,000 and first prize of $40,000 for the winners.

Here is the full announcement today from the PTO, Challenge Family and DATEV Challenge Roth


The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO), Challenge Family and DATEV Challenge Roth today announced that the inaugural Collins Cup to be hosted by DATEV Challenge Roth will move to 2019. As part of this arrangement, the PTO and DATEV Challenge Roth have agreed to increase the prize purse for DATEV Challenge Roth 2018 to $200,000, the largest purse in Europe.

CEO of DATEV Challenge Roth, Felix Walchshöfer, stated, “We are very excited to host the inaugural Collins Cup. Due to the size and scope of the production, we felt it prudent to have the various production teams onsite to observe and assess in 2018. The resulting knowledge around the logistics will ensure The Collins Cup in 2019 is a ground-breaking broadcast event for the sport of triathlon.”

Walchshöfer went on to say the partnership between the PTO and DATEV Challenge Roth will still make triathlon news in 2018. “This year’s race will feature a USD200,000 prize purse, the largest in Europe and more than doubled from 2017. First place male and female will each earn USD40,000,” he said. “This is a truly wonderful way to celebrate 35 years of triathlon in Roth!”

Charles Adamo of the PTO, commented “The Collins Cup’s dramatic format is designed to take triathlon broadcasts to the next level and this involves more than a helicopter and a few cameras on the back of motorcycles, particularly at a location as iconic as Roth with its 260,000 dedicated fans. We are pleased to be working with both Felix and Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of Challenge Family, who share our passion to bring to the fans and supporters of triathlon an unrivalled competition. We are also very pleased to support the whole Challenge Family so that DATEV Challenge Roth 2018 will have the largest prize purse in Europe.

Rachel Joyce and Tim O’Donnell, co-presidents of the PTO, stated, “We are excited as the PTO continues to progress towards its goal of providing professional triathletes with our own platform to better participate in the economics of our sport. We are committed to have a world class production of The Collins Cup at Roth in 2019. It is great to partner with Felix and Zibi in having the largest European prize purse for DATEV Challenge Roth in 2018, and we hope a number of potential Collins Cup athletes will put this year’s race on their schedule to get a sense of the unrivalled experience it is to race at Roth.

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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