Professional Triathletes Organisation

The Professional Triathletes Organisation - or the PTO for short - is a relatively new entity which is ploughing new funds into the sport.
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Professional Triathletes Organisation Profile

The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) truly hit the headlines in early 2020 after a number of false starts with a high-profile launch amid much excitement.

It did so billing itself as: “A not-for-profit entity that supports the body of professional triathletes and seeks to showcase the passion, talents, determination, struggles and achievements of the dedicated professionals who strive to realise the highest levels of the sport and inspire all those who participate in triathlon, from the seasoned age grouper to the newbie.”

Since then the PTO has set about elevating elite professional triathlon to new heights in a bid to make the sport sustainable for the long-term. It aims to replicate the success of golf and tennis via the PGA Tour, the ATP Tour and the WTA Tour.

Prior to that high-profile (re)launch in early 2020, PTO had already provided a huge statement of intent for the future by publicly making a play to purchase IRONMAN Group from Wanda Sports Group. That though came to nothing and eventually IRONMAN was purchased by Advance Publications in July 2020 for a reported $730million.

Despite the triathlon calendar in 2020 being ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic, the PTO provided invaluable support through troubled times to support the events which did take place by boosting prize money.

As well as providing support for other events the PTO will also look to stage a small number of high-profile events of its own each year, with the 2022 schedule adding two new ones to the mix. The United States Open and Canadian Open will debut in 2022, while The Collins Cup made a very successful bow in 2021…

The Collins Cup

The flagship event of the PTO, the inaugural Collins Cup had initially been planned for 2020 before the COVID pandemic struck. It was then delayed again before finally taking place on August 28, 2021. It had been a long journey, with the Collins Cup concept first released in September 2016.

A team event, we saw Team Europe take on Team USA and Team Internationals, with each containing 12 of the world’s finest triathletes at the purpose-built x-bionic® sphere in Samorin, Slovakia.

Eventually Team Europe prevailed in an event which saw 12 races taking place on the same day – each with an athlete from each team. The races took place with a 2km swim, an 80km bike and an 18km run.

The 2022 event will take place in Samorin once again – on August 20 and 2021 – with a total prize pool of $1.5million. It will then go on the road from 2023 onwards with the venue rotating each year.

New events in 2022

The PTO announced its 2022 schedule in December 2021, and there are two new major events on it.

The Canadian Open will take place in Edmonton on July 23 and 24, while the United States Open debuts in Dallas, Texas on September 17 and 18. Each event will have a total prize pool of $1million.

European and Asian Opens will be added to the PTO calendar from 2023 onwards.

PTO Race For The Rankings

The PTO’s annual Race For The Rankings is a bonus programme which offers leading triathletes the opportunity to significantly boost their annual earnings from the sport.

A $2million prize pool is split between the top 100 athletes in the PTO World Rankings at the end of each year. The rankings are based on a proprietary algorithm developed by the PTO in conjunction with respected triathlon statistician Thorsten Radde.

PTO 2020 Championship

With The Collins Cup cancelled in 2020, the PTO staged its first ever major event at the iconic Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

Run in conjunction with Challenge Daytona, the event attracted stellar PRO fields and took place on Sunday December 6, 2020.

Canada’s Paula Findlay took the women’s race with Norwegian star Gustav Iden dominating in the men’s event.

The prize pool for the event was a cool $1.15million – by comparison around four times that offered by the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship the previous year.

Investors – who is funding the PTO?

The good news for the PTO, its athletes and the wider sport of triathlon is that the organisation has significant and highly credible backing.

As part of that January 2020 launch, the PTO announced a major partnership with Crankstart Investments. What is Crankstart Investments you ask? It is the fund fronted by well-known British venture capitalist Sir Michael Moritz OBE.

Moritz, a former journalist, is also a partner in globally recognised Sequioa Capital and has been an active cyclist and swimmer.

Professional Triathletes Organisation Events

The Collins Cup

PTO Tour Canadian Open

PTO Tour USA Open

Professional Triathletes Organisation News

Joe Skipper IRONMAN Arizona 2022 [Photo credit Patrick McDermott Getty Images for IRONMAN]
Chris Kermode executive chair PTO
Collin Chartier PTO US Open 2022
Tom Bishop / PTO US Open 2022 Dallas (Photo Credit: PTO)
Collin Chartier US Open photo credit PTO
Collin Chartier PTO US Open 2022
PTO US Open winner Ashleigh Gentle
Alistair Brownlee run Kalmar 2022 photo credit Getty Images for IRONMAN
DATEV Challenge Roth 2022 - Magnus Ditlev finish line
Tom Bishop photo credit Nigel Roddis Getty Images for IRONMAN
Collins Cup 2022 Lionel Sanders Sam Long photo credit PTO
ST GEORGE, UTAH - MAY 07: Sam Laidlow of France high fives fans as he approaches the finish line of the 2021 IRONMAN World Championships on May 07, 2022 in St George, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Lucy Charles Barclay photo credit World Triathlon
Flora Duffy / Daniela Ryf / Collins Cup 2022
Michael Johnson in action picture courtesy of PTO
ST GEORGE, UTAH - MAY 07: Kat Matthews of Great Britain celebrates after crossing the finish line to place second in the 2021 IRONMAN World Championships on May 07, 2022 in St George, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Alistair Brownlee wins Ironman 70.3 Swansea photo credit IRONMAN
Ashleigh Gentle PTO Canadian Open 2022 finish
Collins Cup 2022 Daniela Ryf photo credit Darren Wheeler and PTO
Collins Cup 2022 Aaron Royle photo credit Darren Wheeler and PTO
Pierre Le Corre podium Samorin 2022 photo credit Petko Beier World Triathlon
Collins Cup 2022 Gustav Iden photo credit Darren Wheeler and PTO
Kristian Blummenfelt at the 2022 Collins Cup finish
Ben Kanute Collins Cup photo credit PTO
Collins Cup 2022 Daniela Ryf photo credit Darren Wheeler and PTO
Collins Cup 2022 Nicola Spirig photo credit Darren Wheeler and PTO
Collins Cup 2022 Sam Laidlow photo credit Darren Wheeler and PTO
Collins Cup 2022 Lionel Sanders Sam Long photo credit PTO
Normann Stadler Natascha Badmann Collins Cup opening ceremony photo James Mitchell and PTO
Collins Cup award ceremony 1 2022 photo credit PTO