CHALLENGEFAMILY has introduced a pro athlete bonus scheme to its European races. The initiative provides professional athletes with the opportunity to race for a share of a €140,000 end-of-season bonus as well as a prize purse of €38,000 per each qualifying long distance race and €19,000 per each qualifying half distance race. Full distance races will pay eight deep, half distance races will pay six deep.
The €140k bonus will pay five deep across both men and women with the top ranked pro taking home €25k, second will earn €17k and third will win €13k, fourth €10k and fifth €5k. Ranking will be decided through a points system based on placings earned.
European full distance prize money and points breakdown
- All European full distance races (Venice, Roth, Regensburg, Almere-Amsterdam, Madrid) will pay 8th deep, except CHALLENGEROTH and CHALLENGEALMERE-AMSTERDAM (as the European Championship 2017) which will pay 10 deep.
- All European full distance races will award points 10 deep.
Please note that CHALLENGEROTH is paying € 75.000 prize money (www.challenge-roth.com).
Please also note that CHALLENGEALMERE-AMSTERDAM is paying regarding to the European Championship €38.000 prize money with the following breakdown – 6000, 3750, 2500, 1750, 1300, 1100, 900, 700, 550, 450 (www.challenge-almere.com)
European half distance prize money and points breakdown
(Gran Canaria, Rimini, Lisboa, Salou, Herning, Heilbronn, Poznan, Geraardsbergen, Iceland, Prague, Turku, Tonsberg, Walchsee, Paguera-Mallorca, Sardinia)
Special Points at THE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Championship will have a higher points breakdown.
Athletes are only able to count their best six CHALLENGEFAMILY races during the season, of which no more than two can be full distance races.
In the advent of a tie the prize money will be averaged between the two athletes and corresponding places.
The following races offer a purse of €25,000 paying 10 deep on the half distance:
- Challenge Maceió
- Challenge Florianopolis
Challenge Penticton pays CAD$30,000 paying five deep over the half distance
Challenge St Andrews pays CAD$15,000 paying five deep over the half distance
Total purse of AUD$20,000 paying five deep at all half distance races
Rest of World
All other CHALLENGEFAMILY races pay €50,000 for full distance and €25,000 for half distance races paying 10 deep.
For full breakdowns, please see individual race sites.