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Deep Dive Into the 2022 Triathlon Money List

After 2020 saw a big dip in Professional triathlon racing and overall prize money, things have improved in 2021. The overall money has continued to increase in 2022, especially with the further increase in Pro prize money and two Ironman World Championships this season. This post looks at the overall trends and which athletes have been making good money in different categories.

If you want to check out the 2021 lists, you can find them in my post “Deep Dive Into 2021 Triathlon Money List“.

Money List – Overview

First, here is an overview of the races that are included in the money lists and comparisons to the 2022 and 2019 seasons. (I include 2019 as the last full season before the Corona pandemic disrupted racing.) The totals are shown in US$, for races that paid their prize purse in a different currency the amounts have been converted into US$. 

Type Description Total Money
2022
Change
to 2019
Total Money
2021
Total Money
2019
# Pro Events
(2019)
Ironman WTC Ironman-branded races $ 3.338.400  + 35% $ 1.448.250  $ 2.467.000 27 (32)
70.3 WTC 70.3-branded races $ 1.566.100  – 27% $ 1.246.750 $ 2.152.750 42 (71)
PTO PTO races (incl. Bonus Pool) $ 5.563.000   + 45%* $ 3.690.503  (2020: 
$ 3.846.316* )
4
(2020: 15*)
Challenge Challenge- and Clash-branded full and half-distance
races
(incl. Bonus Pool)
$ 811.920  – 11% $ 843.516 $ 909.586 20 (27)
WTCS World Triathlon Championship Series
(incl. Bonus Pool)
$ 1.930.000  – 12% $ 1.650.000 $ 2.185.000 8 (9)
SuperLeague SuperLeague Professional Events $ 987.000  + 9% $ 814.500 $ 904.800 6 (4)
Other Independent Races (e.g Embrun, XTerra
World Championships, Alpe D’Huez)
$ 791.545  n/a $ 406.769 $ 624.877 24 (9)
Total   $ 15.011.165   + 62% $ 10.580.288 $ 9.244.013
131 (152)

* comparisons for PTO are to 2020 (the first year they have been active), numbers not included in the 2019 totals

Some observations:

  • Ironman prize money is up compared to 2019 by 35%, but that is mostly due to two World Championship events in 2022, each paying US$ 750.000. Still, the average purse per event has gone up from 77k in 2019 to 124k in 2022. 
  • Prize money for 70.3s is still down (-27%), mainly because of the reduced number of Pro events. The average purse has slightly increased from 30k to 37k per event.
  • As in previous years, PTO money continues to increase significantly (+57% compared to 2020). While in 2020 they also supported smaller, existing events to be able to provide a Pro prize purse, they are now focused on their own events and the yearly bonus. Each PTO event pays more than one million US$.
    (Note: An earlier version of this post showed a slightly higher total for the PTO – they have notified me of a small error that has now been corrected.)
  • Challenge money is also slightly down (-11%), and they have fewer events on their calendar. The average Challenge race pays just over 40k per event.
  • WTCS numbers are slightly down because there was one fewer event than in 2019. Not including their bonus payment of 750k, the average WTCS event pays 166k.
  • SuperLeague is another well-paying short-course series – they have slightly increased their money over 2019, paying 137k per event plus a series bonus. They also have “Arena Games” events and series with additional money (not included here).
  • The number of independent races that are included has increased significantly. Some of it has to do with events getting more visibility, but there are also a number of events that have increased their prize money to be included in the PTO World Rankings (minimum of US$ 10k prize purse), so this can also be partially attributed to the PTO. 

Overall Money List

Kristian Blummenfelt is the overall leader in the 2022 Triathlon Money List, earning almost 500.000 US $ – more than twice the #1 from last year’s list. (Daniela Ryf made 244.000 in 2021.) Even though Daniela was able to increase her earnings this year to 335.00, she’s not even the top female athlete in 2022: Ashleigh Gentle earned just over 350.000 US$.

With the increased money from the PTO and more big events on the calendar, there were 33 athletes who were able to make more than $100.000 this year, compared to 23 in 2021 and 16 in 2019. There was a total of 762 athletes who were able to earn prize money in 2022, up from 647 athletes in 2021.  

Kristian Blummenfelt Race 09

Photo: Kristian claims the #1 spot after the Collins Cup, provided by the PTO.

# Name Nation Sex Total Ironman 70.3 PTO Challenge WTCS SuperLeague Other
1 Kristian Blummenfelt NOR M $491,700 $170,000 $50,000 $260,000   $11,700    
2 Gustav Iden NOR M $416,755 $125,000   $270,000 $18,255 $3,500    
3 Ashleigh Gentle AUS F $351,368   $14,000 $325,000 $12,368      
4 Daniela Ryf SUI F $335,000 $153,000 $2,000 $180,000        
5 Anne Haug GER F $293,788 $90,000 $2,250 $180,000 $21,538      
6 Magnus Elbaek Ditlev DEN M $293,038 $34,000 $18,000 $210,000 $31,038      
7 Chelsea Sodaro USA F $278,250 $140,000 $3,250 $135,000        
8 Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR F $273,000         $143,000 $130,000  
9 Taylor Knibb USA F $270,600   $57,500 $140,000   $73,100    
10 Hayden Wilde NZL M $255,000     $20,000   $105,000 $130,000  
11 Sam Laidlow FRA M $250,000 $78,000   $172,000        
12 Flora Duffy BMU F $227,400   $10,000 $60,000   $157,400    
13 Paula Findlay CAN F $222,000   $41,000 $181,000        
14 Laura Philipp GER F $216,500 $50,000 $6,500 $160,000        
15 Lionel Sanders CAN M $207,750 $65,000 $10,750 $132,000        
16 Lucy Charles-Barclay GBR F $198,250 $65,000 $12,000 $110,000       $11,250
17 Katrina Matthews GBR F $185,000 $65,000 $7,000 $113,000        
18 Max Neumann AUS M $182,658 $57,500 $4,000 $120,000 $1,158      
19 Sam Long USA M $169,410 $4,000 $10,000 $115,000 $40,410      
20 Taylor Spivey USA F $162,200         $61,200 $101,000  
21 Skye Moench USA F $158,000 $71,000 $1,000 $86,000        
22 Patrick Lange GER M $152,519 $26,000   $115,000 $11,519      
23 Leo Bergere FRA M $151,100   $3,000     $148,100    
24 Collin Chartier USA M $148,500 $20,500   $128,000        
25 Holly Lawrence GBR F $145,000   $20,000 $125,000        
26 Matthew Hauser AUS M $140,400         $44,400 $96,000  
27 Alex Yee GBR M $135,900         $125,900 $10,000  
28 Braden Currie NZL M $125,877 $60,000   $63,000       $2,877
29 Daniel Baekkegard DEN M $122,000 $24,000 $14,000 $84,000        
30 Matt Hanson USA M $120,056 $42,000 $12,500 $59,000 $6,556      
31 Aaron Royle AUS M $115,259   $7,000 $104,000 $4,259      
32 Jocelyn McCauley USA F $104,000 $21,000   $83,000        
33 Sophie Coldwell GBR F $103,700         $32,700 $71,000  
34 Lisa Norden SWE F $97,034 $45,000   $51,000 $1,034      
35 Fenella Langridge GBR F $94,567 $31,000   $18,000 $45,567      
36 Joe Skipper GBR M $92,500 $57,500   $35,000        
37 Jackie Hering USA F $92,000   $22,000 $64,000 $6,000      
38 Florian Angert GER M $91,034 $28,500 $1,500 $51,000 $1,034     $9,000
39 Beth Potter GBR F $87,400         $49,400 $38,000  
40 Cassandre Beaugrand FRA F $86,800         $55,300 $31,500  

PTO Events

For Ashleigh Gentle, 2022 was a breakthrough season on the longer distances. Winning both the Canadian and US Opens, she is the top PTO earner. All of the athletes in the table below made a significant part of their 2022 earnings from the PTO – the lowest is Kona Champion Chelsea Sodaro with “only” 49%. There were 206 athletes who earned PTO money in 2022.

Ashleigh Gentle US Open 2022 12

Photo: Ashleigh running to her second win on the PTO Tour in Dallas, provided by the PTO.

# Name Gender PTO Total Share
1 Ashleigh Gentle F $ 325.000 $ 351.368 92%
2 Gustav Iden M $ 270.000 $ 416.755 65%
3 Kristian Blummenfelt M $ 260.000 $ 491.700 53%
4 Magnus Elbaek Ditlev M $ 210.000 $ 293.038 72%
5 Paula Findlay F $ 181.000 $ 222.000 82%
6 Daniela Ryf F $ 180.000 $ 335.000 54%
6 Anne Haug F $ 180.000 $ 293.788 61%
8 Sam Laidlow M $ 172.000 $ 250.000 69%
9 Laura Philipp F $ 160.000 $ 216.500 74%
10 Taylor Knibb F $ 140.000 $ 270.600 52%
11 Chelsea Sodaro F $ 135.000 $ 278.250 49%
12 Lionel Sanders M $ 132.000 $ 207.750 64%
13 Collin Chartier M $ 128.000 $ 148.500 86%
14 Holly Lawrence F $ 125.000 $ 145.000 86%
15 Max Neumann M $ 120.000 $ 182.658 66%
16 Sam Long M $ 115.000 $ 169.410 68%
16 Patrick Lange M $ 115.000 $ 152.519 75%
18 Katrina Matthews F $ 113.000 $ 185.000 61%
19 Lucy Charles-Barclay F $ 110.000 $ 198.250 55%
20 Aaron Royle M $ 104.000 $ 115.259 90%
21 Skye Moench F $ 86.000 $ 158.000 54%
22 Daniel Baekkegard M $ 84.000 $ 122.000 69%
23 Jocelyn McCauley F $ 83.000 $ 104.000 80%
24 Ellie Salthouse F $ 66.000 $ 76.000 87%
25 Jackie Hering F $ 64.000 $ 92.000 70%

WTC Races

Kristian Blummenfelt was the most consistent racer on the longer distances. Winning two World Championship titles (both in St. George) and a third place in Kona was good enough to be the top earner from WTC races. He is followed by the other Ironman World Champions of this year, Daniela Ryf (St. George), Chelsea Sodaro (Kona) and Gustav Iden (Kona) – these four are also the only athletes at over 100k from WTC. All in all, there were 497 athletes who earned prize money from WTC in 2022. Almost all of the top earners also made significant money from other sources, almost always more than half.

Blummenfelt 703 Worlds

Photo: Kristian celebrating his win at 70.3 Worlds in St. George, provided by Ironman.

# Name Gender IM 70.3 WTC Total Share
1 Kristian Blummenfelt M $ 170.000 $ 50.000 $ 220.000 $ 491.700 45%
2 Daniela Ryf F $ 153.000 $ 2.000 $ 155.000 $ 335.000 46%
3 Chelsea Sodaro F $ 140.000 $ 3.250 $ 143.250 $ 278.250 51%
4 Gustav Iden M $ 125.000   $ 125.000 $ 416.755 30%
5 Anne Haug F $ 90.000 $ 2.250 $ 92.250 $ 293.788 31%
6 Sam Laidlow M $ 78.000   $ 78.000 $ 250.000 31%
7 Lucy Charles-Barclay F $ 65.000 $ 12.000 $ 77.000 $ 198.250 39%
8 Lionel Sanders M $ 65.000 $ 10.750 $ 75.750 $ 207.750 36%
9 Katrina Matthews F $ 65.000 $ 7.000 $ 72.000 $ 185.000 39%
9 Skye Moench F $ 71.000 $ 1.000 $ 72.000 $ 158.000 46%
11 Max Neumann M $ 57.500 $ 4.000 $ 61.500 $ 182.658 34%
12 Braden Currie M $ 60.000   $ 60.000 $ 125.877 48%
12 Sarah Crowley F $ 55.000 $ 5.000 $ 60.000 $ 74.930 80%
14 Taylor Knibb F   $ 57.500 $ 57.500 $ 270.600 21%
14 Joe Skipper M $ 57.500   $ 57.500 $ 92.500 62%
16 Laura Philipp F $ 50.000 $ 6.500 $ 56.500 $ 216.500 26%
17 Matt Hanson M $ 42.000 $ 12.500 $ 54.500 $ 120.056 45%
18 Magnus Elbaek Ditlev M $ 34.000 $ 18.000 $ 52.000 $ 293.038 18%
19 Daniela Bleymehl F $ 49.000 $ 2.750 $ 51.750 $ 62.792 82%
20 Lisa Norden F $ 45.000   $ 45.000 $ 97.034 46%
21 Emma Pallant-Browne F   $ 44.000 $ 44.000 $ 83.212 53%
22 Ruth Astle F $ 39.000 $ 4.750 $ 43.750 $ 60.750 72%
23 Paula Findlay F   $ 41.000 $ 41.000 $ 222.000 18%
24 Cody Beals M $ 34.000 $ 5.750 $ 39.750 $ 47.750 83%
25 Leon Chevalier M $ 34.500 $ 3.750 $ 38.250 $ 62.578 61%

Challenge

The top money earners on the Challenge side are typically athletes who focus on the Challenge Family “World Bonus”. This year, Fenella Langridge was the winner on the female side, and she also made enough money in her other Challenge races to become the top money earner. Similar to the WTC side, almost all of the top earners also make significant money from other race organizers. In total, there were 189 athletes who finished in the money ranks in 2022 Challenge and Clash races.

Challenge Roth  pbh2022 Simon Fischer

Photo: Fenella leading on the bike leg at Challenge Roth, provided by Challenge Roth

# Name Gender Challenge Total Share
1 Fenella Langridge F $ 45.567 $ 94.567 48%
2 Sara Perez Sala F $ 44.755 $ 64.755 69%
3 Sam Long M $ 40.410 $ 169.410 24%
4 Magnus Elbaek Ditlev M $ 31.038 $ 293.038 11%
5 Niek Heldoorn M $ 25.627 $ 61.417 42%
6 Lucy Byram F $ 22.648 $ 34.398 66%
7 Anne Haug F $ 21.538 $ 293.788 7%
8 Gustav Iden M $ 18.255 $ 416.755 4%
9 Lucy Buckingham F $ 17.278 $ 23.528 73%
10 Emma Pallant-Browne F $ 15.212 $ 83.212 18%
11 Vincent Luis M $ 15.000 $ 78.000 19%
11 Angelica Olmo F $ 15.000 $ 15.000 100%
13 Thomas Steger M $ 12.778 $ 29.871 43%
14 Jason West M $ 12.500 $ 78.000 16%
15 Ashleigh Gentle F $ 12.368 $ 351.368 4%
16 Patrick Lange M $ 11.519 $ 152.519 8%
17 Richard Varga M $ 10.953 $ 12.953 85%
18 Joao Pereira M $ 10.000 $ 10.000 100%
19 Reinaldo Colucci M $ 9.909 $ 24.409 41%
20 Thomas Bishop M $ 9.104 $ 19.104 48%

Short Course

As in previous years, the top earner of “short course money” had to be successful in both major events, the World Triathlon Series WTCS and SuperLeague. World Champions Flora Duffy and Leo Bergere did not race any SuperLeague events and were overtaken in this money list by SuperLeague winners Georgia Taylor-Brown and Hayden Wilde. In total, 114 athletes made money in these short-course events, most of which made the majority of their money on these distances.

GTB wtcs cagliari

Photo: “GTB” pops a bottle of champagne after her win at WTCS Cagliari 2022, provided by World Triathlon.

# Name Gender WTCS SuperLeague Short Course Total Share
1 Georgia Taylor-Brown F $ 143.000 $ 130.000 $ 273.000 $ 273.000 100%
2 Hayden Wilde M $ 105.000 $ 130.000 $ 235.000 $ 255.000 92%
3 Taylor Spivey F $ 61.200 $ 101.000 $ 162.200 $ 162.200 100%
4 Flora Duffy F $ 157.400   $ 157.400 $ 227.400 69%
5 Leo Bergere M $ 148.100   $ 148.100 $ 151.100 98%
6 Matthew Hauser M $ 44.400 $ 96.000 $ 140.400 $ 140.400 100%
7 Alex Yee M $ 125.900 $ 10.000 $ 135.900 $ 135.900 100%
8 Sophie Coldwell F $ 32.700 $ 71.000 $ 103.700 $ 103.700 100%
9 Beth Potter F $ 49.400 $ 38.000 $ 87.400 $ 87.400 100%
10 Cassandre Beaugrand F $ 55.300 $ 31.500 $ 86.800 $ 86.800 100%
11 Taylor Knibb F $ 73.100   $ 73.100 $ 270.600 27%
12 Vasco Vilaca M $ 26.100 $ 46.000 $ 72.100 $ 72.100 100%
13 Jonathan Brownlee M $ 12.000 $ 54.000 $ 66.000 $ 66.000 100%
14 Jelle Geens M $ 60.700   $ 60.700 $ 60.700 100%
15 Miriam Casillas Garcia F $ 25.700 $ 27.500 $ 53.200 $ 53.200 100%
16 Vincent Luis M $ 51.000   $ 51.000 $ 78.000 65%
17 Verena Steinhauser F $ 15.700 $ 24.000 $ 39.700 $ 39.700 100%
18 Kenji Nener M $ 11.100 $ 27.500 $ 38.600 $ 38.600 100%
19 Laura Lindemann F $ 27.100 $ 8.000 $ 35.100 $ 35.100 100%
20 Emma Lombardi F $ 32.200   $ 32.200 $ 32.200 100%

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