Having wrapped up the 2019 Challenge Family World Bonus in December – with Pieter Heemeryck and Radka Kahlefeldt the main winners – Challenge Family notes that ‘pro triathletes can already look forward to the upcoming season with another US$150,000 end-of-season bonus. This will be paid five deep across both men and women.
Athletes can earn points throughout the year at Challenge Family races. More points can be earned at long distances events such as Challenge Roth, Challenge Almere-Amsterdam and Challenge Anhui. The event organiser adds that middle distances are a good way for pros to earn points and boost their world bonus rankings.
There are 21 Challenge Family middle distance races counting towards the rankings, including Challenge Wanaka, Challenge Shepparton, Challenge Bled, Challenge Wuhan and Challenge St Pölten. The organiser noted that ‘there will be two more new races announced very soon.’
Last year’s winner of the Challenge Family World Bonus, Pieter Heemeryck from Belgium, said “Thanks to the world bonus there will be more and even better pros at the races of Challenge Family. This makes racing much more attractive for us as athletes, but also for all those spectators along the course or watching the races via livestreams.”
Last year’s female winner Radka Kahlefeldt said “For us as pros it’s an extra motivation to push ourselves even more to the limit. When we aren’t able to win a race, it’s still interesting to fight for a second, a third or even a fifth or sixth place, simply because this can influence the World Bonus Rankings and therefore our price money.”
The Challenge Family World Bonus introduces a pro athlete bonus scheme to the organiser’s races. The initiative provides professional athletes with the opportunity to race for a share of a US$150,000 end-of-season bonus as well as a prize purse at the races.
The US$150k bonus will pay five deep across both men and women. The top ranked pro takes home US$30k. Second will earn US$20k and third will win US$14k, fourth US$8k and fifth US$3k. The athletes’ ranking will be decided through a points system based on placings earned.