This weekends announcement of the $2 million Collins Cup race to be held in May has marked a huge boost for the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO). Based on the current standings, three Canadians would be automatically selected to the Internationals squad to compete in Samorin.
Earlier this week we learned that the PTO had found a financial partner to help make the long-awaited Collins Cup a reality. The race will take place in Samorin, Slovakia in May as part of the Challenge Championship weekend.
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The 12-member teams that will represent the United States, Europe and Internationals will be selected through a combination of automatic qualifying berths based on the PTO rankings (eight spots), with the last four being picked by the non-athlete members of the PTO board based on selections by the team captains. Two of those team captains are Canadian – Lisa Bentley and Simon Whitfield.
Leading the way in the PTO Standings right now are Daniela Ryf and Jan Frodeno, with Lucy Charles-Barclay and Alistair Brownlee in second, and Sarah Crowley and Sebastian Kienle in third.
A number of Canadians are in the mix for a Collins Cup berth based on the current PTO standings, including three who would receive automatic selection:
Lionel Sanders, despite an injury-plagued 2019 season, sits in fourth overall in the standings and is the top-ranked International.
Paula Findlay sits at 15th overall and is the fourth-ranked International.
Cody Beals, who also struggled a bit last season with injury and mechanical issues, is 21st overall and sixth International.
Other Canadians who sit in the top 100 include:
Jen Annett, 41st overall and 11th International
Angela Naeth, 52nd overall and 13th International
Melanie McQuaid, 67th overall and 15th International
Rachel McBride, 82nd overall and 18th International
Jackson Laundry, 50th overall and 16th International
Brent McMahon, 59th overall and 20th International
Taylor Reid, 71st overall and 24th International
Stephen Kilshaw, 96th overall and 29th International