Yesterday’s announcement from the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) on the new T100 tour has got triathlon fans buzzing. While the announcement came about five weeks before the first race, it’s certainly going to add lots of hype to that event – Clash Miami – which now truly becomes a triathlon festival with an Americas Triathlon Championship, extensive age group racing and the inaugural T100 event. (Pictured above is 2023 Clash Miami winner Jason West who will be one of the men’s favourites for the T100 Miami race.)
The PTO and the organizers of Clash have a long relationship. The race that was then known as Challenge Daytona served as the PTO 2020 Championship and was hands-down the biggest professional triathlon coming out of the pandemic. Clash had pulled away from professional racing, though, and didn’t have a pro race at last year’s Daytona event, and wasn’t planning one in Miami, either. The Daytona race was a huge success, and with a day of short-course, draft-legal racing featuring athletes in the hunt for valuable Olympic and Paralympic qualifying points on the Friday, Clash Miami was also seemingly on its way to being a success, too. Things only go to a new level now with the addition of the T100 race.
The race takes place at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Clash Daytona is set at the iconic Daytona International Speedway) and offers a spectacular venue for the pro racing. Add to the mix coverage provided by Nascar Productions and you have a perfect venue for the PTO to get things rolling with its new tour.
“We are excited to again collaborate with PTO; not only does it allow us to showcase some of the world’s top professional athletes but do so in conjunction with the America’s Triathlon Championship taking place on Friday where athletes will be on a quest for their Olympic spot,” says Clash Endurance CEO Bill Christy. “This unique opportunity for the best to race across multiple distances in one weekend in a spot such as Miami will be a historic day for our sport. Furthermore, this venue was literally built for spectators.”
One would imagine that many of those spectators will compete themselves – the Clash Miami weekend includes a sprint-distance triathlon and duathlon, a kids triathlon and the “Miami Distance” triathlon that includes a 1 mile (1,6 km) swim, 30 mile (48 km) bike and an 8 mile (12.8 km) run. You can find out more information about the event here.