• Andy Marston

The Collins Cup has a successful debut in Slovakia

Europe have won the first-ever Collins Cup, a brand-new competition billed as triathlon’s answer to the Ryder Cup. Here's a quick run-through.

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The results from the inaugural Collins Cup on Saturday in Šamorín saw Team Europe win six of the 12 individual events on their way to amassing a winning total of 42.5 points. However, it’s the success of the event itself, rather than that of Team Europe, that is perhaps the more interesting aspect for which to focus upon.

Firstly, the new format, which (somewhat) mirrors golf’s Ryder Cup, pitted the athletes against one another, increasing the display of rivalry, drama, and personalities – something which has arguably been lacking from the sport of triathlon previously.

The extraordinary x-bionic® sphere also proved to be the perfect backdrop for an electrifying race with the 2km swim taking place in the Danube River, an 80km bike on closed roads and an 18km run. With $1.5 million on offer, the largest the sport has ever seen, the racing was truly fast and furious.

Furthermore, while viewing figures are yet to be reported, the full seven-and-a-half-hour broadcast of The Collins Cup was carried live in over 100 countriesand in over 20 languages. This is made all the more impressive given the lack of airtime that triathlon has traditionally received outside the Olympics.

The Professional Triathletes Organisation, who organised the event, are an example of a rights holder, similar to the Professional Fighters League and Sail GP, that are willing to challenge the status quo and embracing content and narrative. Their winning formula is likely to be replicated more times over by other challenger sports and leagues in the near future.