While the Challenge Family World Bonus 2018 is still in full swing, new plans for the 2019 edition of the international series’ world bonus are on the way. Challenge Family will celebrate three new races at the end of this year – Challenge Asia-Pacific Championship, Challenge Baja and Challenge Daytona – by offering a special ‘double’ bonus package.
Points earned at the end of this year at any of these three new events will count in the Challenge Family World Bonus ranking for both 2018 and 2019.
Challenge Family’s US$165k end-of-season bonus will pay five deep across both male and female athletes – with the top ranked pro taking home US$30k. Second place will carry a bonus of US$20k, third, fourth and fifth positions will pay US$15k, US$12k and US$5k respectively. Challenge Family adds that the ranking will be decided through a fair points system based on placings earned. In the event of a tie, the prize money will be averaged between the two athletes and their corresponding places.
The Challenge Asia-Pacific Championship (Taiwan) will be the first race where athletes can earn points for the Challenge Family World Bonus in 2018 and 2019. This event will be held on 18 November 2018. The second opportunity will be Challenge Baja (Mexico) on 2 December 2018 followed a week later by Challenge Daytona (USA) on 8 December. This race will be the last opportunity for athletes to benefit from the organiser’s special bonus offering.
During next year, there will be more qualifying races for the Challenge Family World Bonus 2019 rankings. The complete schedule, including all the participating races, will be announced by Challenge Family at the Challenge Asia-Pacific Championship 2018 in November.
Sebastian Kienle (GER), the current 2018 rankings leader welcomed the Challenge Family World Bonus system. ”For me, the ranking is a very good idea, because I see more and more athletes doing more and more races. Also, the quality of the races increases because of this. This is similar to the ITU World Triathlon Series where you have a very high overall bonus that pays down pretty deep. For me it’s also a very nice opportunity to get to know some new races. In my opinion this is very good for our sport.”
Pablo Gonzalez Dapena (ESP), third in the current male rankings, added “It’s a fantastic idea to create a global ranking through the races of Challenge Family. Due to the situation in which I am third now, this year I will make my debut in my first Long Distance at Challenge Madrid to try to get the highest possible points. Thanks to the world bonus, Challenge Family offered me [an] opportunity. Trips to Rome, Gran Canaria, Salou or Lisboa allowed me to compete with great world-class triathletes and test what level I am.”
Belinda Granger, responsible for pro athlete liaison at Challenge Family said “I am really excited that we now have even more races involved in our World Bonus Series for 2019. It makes it a truly global series. I firmly believe in rewarding those who race strongly over the year. It has been fantastic to see so many athletes planning their race season around the Challenge Family global series.”
The current 2018 standings can be viewed online.