Inaugural PTO Asian Open offers amateurs chance to do triathlon alongside pros

Race will take them around scenic Marina Bay with 2km swim, 80km cycling, 18km run

Swim leg start of the women's professional race at the 2022 PTO US Open Dallas. (PHOTO: PTO)
Swim leg start of the women's professional race at the 2022 PTO US Open Dallas. (PHOTO: PTO)

SINGAPORE — Professional and experienced amateur triathletes will be able to pit their endurance in a new race in Singapore - the inaugural Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) Asian Open, which will be held on 19 and 20 August around the scenic Marina Bay.

Registration began on Thursday (23 February) for amateur triathletes to have the opportunity to swim in Marina Bay for the first time in the 2km freshwater swim leg, together with the professional triathletes.

They must first meet the qualification standards, by showing proof during registration that they have completed at least three open-water swims. They must also submit proof that they have completed an open-water swim of a distance of 1.5km or greater since 1 June 2022, and at a pace of 2min30sec per 100m or faster.

Athletes who do not have suitable proof may join swim trials organised by MetaSport on 25 March and 17 June.

3 race categories for amateurs

For the professional triathletes, they will be racing over 100km for the PTO Asian Open. Here are the three legs of the competition:

  • A 2km freshwater swim in Marina Bay: Competitors will set off in a rolling start format from the pontoon and large marker buoys will guide them around the Bay on a point-to-point, non-wetsuit swim.

  • An 80km closed-roads bike course: The multi-lap course will start and finish at Marina Bay and take competitors on a tour around the city, incorporating 700m of elevation.

  • An 18km run on paved surfaces: The fast and flat run provides a scenic backdrop to complete the 100km journey.

Experienced amateur triathletes can also sign up for the 100km race in three categories: individual, team relay and the PTO100 Team Challenge, which is a 10-leg relay (1x2km swim, 5x16km cycle and 4x4.5km run).

"Few major sporting occasions around the globe offer a chance for amateurs to compete beside the best athletes in the world. You can watch Formula 1 drivers racing around the city streets of Singapore, but you can’t then get behind the wheel of an F1 car and drive on the track," said PTO chief executive officer Sam Renouf.

"You can do exactly that with the PTO Tour - and what makes this race extra special is the unique opportunity to start it all in the iconic Marina Bay.”

The PTO is a new sports body co-owned by the professional athletes, seeking to elevate and grow triathlon. The PTO Asian Open is the second race announced for the year, after the PTO US Open in Milwaukee on 4 and 5 August.

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