The Race




A Battle to see who dominates
the Sport of Triathlon

How it works

  • Each team has six men and six women athletes.

    Eight are selected on the international rankings of the Professional Triathletes Organisation.

    The remaining four athletes (two men and two women) will be selected by the team captains. 


  • An athlete from each team, USA, Europe and Internationals, will fight it out against their opponents in an individual race of three.

    Twelve separate races in all,
    staggered ten minutes apart.


  • For each of the twelve races, the winner is awarded 3 points, second place, 2 points and third place, 1 point.

    In addition, athletes will be awarded bonus points of ½ point for every two minute margin by which they beat their opponents in their respective races. A maximum of fifteen minutes margin per race can earn a team a crucial 1½ bonus points.

The team with the most points hoists
The Collins Cup

PTO World Rankings

The PTO World Rankings is a first-of-its-kind ranking technology to measure the world’s greatest half and full distance professional triathletes. It is a worldwide benchmark of consistent excellence in Triathlon, and it is used to determine the automatic qualifying places for The Collins Cup.

The PTO World Rankings has a proprietary formula that does not favour any particular series of races or geographical area, but instead measures talent and achievement based on the results of an athlete no matter where and when they choose to race.

The PTO in association with, has analysed each race course to determine the theoretical Ideal Time that the top ranked athlete would likely achieve. Using proprietary algorithms, this Ideal Time is then adjusted based on the conditions of the race day to determine the Adjusted Ideal Time (AIT). An athlete’s PTO World Ranking points for his or her race will then be based on their race time set against the Adjusted Ideal Time.

If an athlete equals the AIT for any eligible race, they receive 100 world ranking points. If an athlete is faster than the AIT, they are awarded an additional point or fraction of a point for each .15% by which they beat the AIT. If they are slower than the Adjusted Ideal Time, they will lose an additional point or fraction of a point for every .15% slower.

Athletes are ranked based on the aggregate number of world ranking points they have earned for their four best races over a 18-month period preceding the date of calculation. There is a 5% bonus for an athlete’s best full distance race and a 10% deduction for points earned for a race that falls outside the most recent 12 months preceding the date of calculation.

World Ranking Protocol


The Collins Cup was inspired by and named after Judy and John Collins, who 40 years ago were instrumental in establishing the sport of triathlon by inaugurating a long distance event on the idyllic shores of Hawaii, where they were stationed while John was a Commander in the US Navy. Inspired by their recent experience in short distance triathlon in California, they designed a long distance, around-the-island event in Hawaii, by adding a long bicycle leg to existing swimming and running events. The winner was to be considered the best all-round athlete.

Since that fateful day, triathletes, male and female, have established themselves as some of the fittest athletes on the planet. From its earliest days, the competition has included men and women racing the same distance, over the same course, on the same day for equal prize money. This has always been an important principle of the Collins’ and the cornerstone of the philosophy of the Professional Triathletes Organisation.



On the formation of the Collins Cup, John and Judy Collins remarked, “It is quite incredible really. It is hard for us to believe that our endurance event started in Hawaii in the 1970s, with only 15 participants, has now inspired a global spectacle with professional teams from the USA, Europe and the Internationals competing for a trophy named after us. We are humbled and want to thank the Professional Triathletes Organisation for honouring us in this way.”


The Broken Spokes

The team that finishes last will be presented with


The Broken Spoke Trophy

For the next 12 months, that team will own the ignominious title of The Broken Spokes, determined to relinquish the title to an opposing team in the following year’s competition.


The stage is set for a world-class celebration of Triathlon in 2020 culminating in the Inaugural Collins Cup

Whether you are an amateur age-grouper, professional, or complete newbie to the glorious sport of Triathlon, we welcome you to come and celebrate the sport together!

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The Professional Triathletes Organisation is a not-for-profit entity of professional triathletes who seek to celebrate and promote the sport of triathlon. As host of The Collins Cup it will seek to foster the international good will, comradery and keen competition that is the foundation of all those who do the sport of triathlon.