How The Collins Cup Works

How The Collins Cup

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Introduction

The Collins Cup

Match Format

An athlete from each of Team US, Europe and the Internationals will battle against one another in an individual race of three, so there will be 12 separate race matches, each staggered 10 minutes apart. Each race/match will consist of a 2km swim, 80km bike and an 18km run.

Match Draft Process

On Wednesday 25th August during the Collins Cup Opening Ceremony, the Team Captains will select their individual race match-ups by way of a draft mechanism. For Match No 1, US will first designate an athlete, then Europe will name an athlete, and finally The Internationals will name an athlete. For Match No 2 Europe will select first, then the Internationals, then the US. For Match No 3, The Internationals will select first, then US, then Europe. This process will be repeated until all twelve Race Matches are set.

Team Captains’ Tactics

There is no criteria for match selection, it is down to pure tactics and strategic plans of the Team Captains.

Communications

During the bike and run portions of the event, each athlete will be mic’ed and in contact with their respective Team Captains, and their communications will be broadcast to the viewers. All Team Captains and the viewing audience will have access to various live metrics (pace, power watts etc.) of all competitors. Team Captains will be permitted to communicate this information to their athletes throughout the race.

Scoring

How the scoring works

For each of the 12 race matches, the winner is awarded 3 points, second place is awarded 2 points and third place is awarded 1 point. In addition, athletes will be awarded bonus points of ½ point for every 2-minute margin by which they beat their opponents in their respective race match, with a maximum of 1- ½ points for a margin of victory in excess of 6 minutes.

Race Scoring System

Position
Points awarded
1st Place
3 points
2nd Place
2 points
3rd Place
1 point

Bonus Points Awarded

Winning by
Points awarded
+6 mins difference
1.5 points
+4 mins difference
1 point
+2 mins difference
0.5 point

Race Scoring System

Position
Finish
Diff.
PTS
Bonus
Total points
1st – Smith
4:29:47
3.0
1.5
4.5
2nd – Johansen
4:32:47
+3:00
2.0
0.5
2.5
3rd – Jones
4:35:47
+6:00
1.0
0
1.0

Trophies

3 teams. 2 trophies.

The Collins Cup

The team with the most overall points from the 12 race matches will claim the spoils of The Collins Cup and bragging rights as the most powerful athletic force in the sport.

The Broken Spokes

The team that finishes last will be presented with The Broken Spokes Trophy. For the next 12 months they will have the ignominious title of being The Broken Spokes, determined to relinquish the title to an opposing team in the following year’s competition.