How The Collins Cup Works

The Collins Cup

A first of its kind global annual competition in which teams of professional triathletes from the USA, Europe and the Internationals will compete to determine which region dominates the sport of Triathlon.

Inaugural Collins Cup 2021

The inaugural Collins Cup in 2021 will take place at the x-bionic® sphere, a world-class purpose-built sporting complex in Samorin, Slovakia on 28th August. The weekend will be an all-inclusive festival-like celebration of the sport of triathlon. The race will be a half-distance non-drafting event.

Team Selection

Eight athletes, four men and four women, will earn a place on their respective Teams by way of the Collins Cup qualification protocol, and the remaining four athletes, two men and two women, will be designated as “Captains’ Picks”, and will be selected by a committee of non-athlete members of the PTO Board, in consultation with the Team Captains.

Qualification for The Collins Cup is open to any professional triathlete who is a member in good standing of the PTO. Any licenced professional triathlete is eligible for membership in the PTO and there are no membership fees or costs.

Team Captains

Each Team will have men and women Team Captains, who will be former greats in the sport. Team Captains will be selected by the PTO Board. For The Collins Cup in 2020, the Team Captains will be:


Karen Smyers
Mark Allen


Erin Baker
Craig Alexander
Simon Whitfield
Lisa Bentley


Chrissie Wellington
Normann Stadler


Race Matches

An athlete from each of Team USA, Europe and the Internationals will battle against one another in an individual race of three, so there will be 12 separate race matches, each staggered 10 minutes apart.

Example Race Matches


Match Selection

The day before the race the Team Captains will select their individual race match-ups by way of a draft mechanism. For Match No 1, USA will first designate an athlete, then Europe will name an athlete, and finally The Internationals will name an athlete. For Match No 2 Europe will select first, then the Internationals, then the USA. For Match No 3, The Internationals will select first, then USA, then Europe. This process will be repeated until all twelve Race Matches are set.

Team Captains’ Tactics

There is no criteria for match selection, it is down to pure tactics and strategic plans of the Team Captains.


During the bike and run portions of the event, each athlete will be mic’ed and in contact with their respective Team Captains, and their communications will be broadcast to the TV audience. All Team Captains and the viewing audience will have access to various live metrics (pace, power watts etc.) of all competitors. Team Captains will be permitted to communicate this information to their athletes throughout the race.


For each of the 12 race matches, the winner is awarded 3 points, second place is awarded 2 points and third place is awarded 1 point. In addition, athletes will be awarded bonus points of ½ point for every 2-minute margin by which they beat their opponents in their respective race match, with a maximum of 1- ½ points for a margin of victory in excess of 6 minutes.

The Collins Cup Race Scoring System

  • 1st Place = 3 Points
  • 2nd Place = 2 Points
  • 3rd Place = 1 Point

Bonus Points Awarded

  • Winning by + 2mins = ½ Point
  • Winning by + 4mins = 1 Point
  • Winning by + 6mins = 1 ½ Points

Scoring – example purposes only

FinishDiff.Pts.BonusTotal Points
1st – Smith4:29:4731.54.5
2nd – Johansen4:32:47+3:0020.52.5
3rd – Jones4:35:47+6:00101

The Trophies

The Collins Cup

The team with the most overall points from the 12 race matches will claim the spoils of The Collins Cup and bragging rights as the most powerful athletic force in the sport.

The Broken Spokes

The team that finishes last will be presented with The Broken Spokes Trophy. For the next 12 months they will have the ignominious title of being The Broken Spokes, determined to relinquish the title to an opposing team in the following year’s competition.