Breaking news! Our Dorney Triathlon on 13th June has been chosen as the event for the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) race this year. The event jointly organised by Active Training World (ATW) and Run Through under the Dorney Lake Events brand will see over 500 triathletes race in the morning followed by an invite only professional race in the afternoon.
The PTO will provide a £12,000 prize purse along with media and marketing support to showcase the event and its athletes to fans. PTO Professionals will also be able to earn points towards Collins Cup qualification in addition to possibly obtaining a Captain’s Pick by attracting the attention of Team Europe Captain, Chrissie Wellington, who will be in attendance on the day to observe any standout performances.
The Professional Race is a closed event taking place uniquely within the scenic grounds of the inspiring Olympic venue and comprises of a 1.8 km swim, a 60km, 12-lap fast and flat bike and a 15km, 3-lap fast and flat run around the lake.
James Shipley, ATW founder and co-organiser of Dorney Lake Events said, “It is such a privilege to be able to host a professional race and we thank the PTO for their support. The professional race will start after the age group race finishes so the amateurs will have a great opportunity to see the PTO Professionals multiple times on this spectator friendly course. I’m sure we are guaranteed to see some very fast times”.
Matt Wood, Director at RunThrough and co-organiser of Dorney Lake Events “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing this event to what we think is one of the best venues for a triathlon in the UK”
Charles Adamo, Executive Chairman of the PTO, commented, “Given the UK’s continuing restrictions on travel we are very grateful to find opportunities to support local and regional races, our national federations and our triathlon community. It is a tribute to the commitment of British Triathlon and race directors like James Shipley of Dorney Lake Events that they are able to host an event in these difficult times. It is an honour to be part of an event that not only puts on display the resilience of those committed to supporting our sport, but also gives our PTO Professionals in Europe the chance to race and earn points towards Collins Cup qualification.”
Currently on the start list Lucy Charles-Barclay (PTO World Ranked #4) who commented, “It’s amazing the continued support the PTO is giving to local races. This massively reduces the risk of travel and gives me the opportunity to race in the UK in front of a home crowd which I love to do. PTO Professionals can also earn World Ranking points and move up the standings with a good race in advance of the Collins Cup which is great. The multi-lap closed venue should also deliver some very special racing.”
Other professional athletes racing include Joe Skipper, Lucy Hall and India Lee.
Professionals should contact firstname.lastname@example.org to enter.
Other opportunities to join a triathlon event at Dorney Lake this year: 18th July, 29th August – find out more here.
Release date: 28th May 2021
About Dorney Lake Events
Dorney Lake Events is an event organiser partnership by ATW and RunThrough. Events include sprint and standard triathlons, swim events, duathlons and the Dorney Lake Marathon. Active Training World Ltd was established in 2011. ATW is a national events company in the UK, specialising in Running, Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquathon, Cycling, Swimming and all permutation of swim-bike-run events. They have a varied portfolio of events from fun runs to marathon, open water swimming to long distance triathlon events.
Active Training World
James Shipley, Managing Director
About the Professional Triathletes Organisation
The Professional Triathletes Organisation is a not-for-profit entity consisting of both men and women professional triathletes who have come together to form a representative body which not only gives them a meaningful voice in the way the sport operates but a means to contribute to its growth for the benefit of the entire triathlon community. The PTO seeks to showcase the passion, talents, determination, struggles and achievements of its dedicated professionals through iconic events, reimagined broadcast and compelling storytelling, inspiring global sports fans to watch, engage and participate in Triathlon. The PTO’s inaugural flagship event, The Collins Cup, will be held on 28th August 2021 in Samorin, Slovakia and will be a head-to-head showdown between the world’s greatest athletes to determine who rules triathlon. Sign up here for updates.
Professional Triathletes Organisation
Jane Hansom, Head of Communications