Hell of the West 2021 – Analyzing Results

Festival of Hell 2020 logoMale Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Steven McKenna AUS 00:26:14 01:51:59 01:07:50 03:29:41 -06:18 AU$ 2,500
2 Simon Hearn AUS 00:26:17 01:51:59 01:07:59 03:29:51 -17:49 AU$ 1,000
3 Tim Reed AUS 00:26:22 01:51:50 01:09:23 03:31:16 -01:28 AU$ 500
4 Kieran Storch AUS 00:28:42 01:51:13 01:11:15 03:34:43 n/a  
5 Jarrod Harvey AUS 00:29:11 01:54:52 01:22:08 03:49:47 -02:15  
6 Brodie Gardner AUS 00:32:26 02:01:02 01:20:18 03:57:48 11:13  
7 Max Quirk AUS 00:30:52 01:58:42 01:22:39 03:58:56 n/a  
8 Dominic Churchett AUS 00:30:27 02:05:17 01:22:21 04:01:38 n/a  
9 Nathan Josefski AUS 00:33:08 02:06:59 01:23:24 04:07:36 n/a  
10 Joshua Cresswell AUS 00:31:40 02:11:19 01:30:28 04:17:33 n/a  
11 Nick Kenny AUS 00:39:07 02:10:45 01:27:10 04:22:12 n/a  
  Trent Thorpe NZL 00:24:50 01:49:23   DNF    
  Fraser Walsh AUS 00:27:10 01:53:57   DNF    
  Lachlan Kerin AUS 00:27:47 01:54:13   DNF    
  Eddie Vinning AUS 00:29:20 01:54:15   DNF    
  Ethan Wight AUS 00:33:10 01:55:22   DNF    
  Caleb Noble AUS 00:26:09     DNF    

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Ellie Salthouse AUS 00:27:44 02:00:56 01:18:26 03:50:41 -08:39 AU$ 2,500
2 Amelia Watkinson NZL 00:29:33 02:00:38 01:21:44 03:55:26 -00:02 AU$ 1,000
3 Kylie Simpson AUS 00:40:33 02:06:44 01:15:54 04:07:49 -00:03 AU$ 500
4 Shannon Chapman AUS 00:35:52 02:14:28 01:24:24 04:19:21 -16:05  
5 Sarah Thomas AUS 00:35:45 02:14:06 01:28:26 04:22:23 n/a  
6 Ashleigh Hunter AUS 00:35:03 02:12:44 01:50:16 04:42:13 n/a  
  Laura Dennis AUS 00:29:47     DNF    
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Deep Dive Into the 2020 Triathlon Money List

2020 has been a different year in a lot of regards, and of course there has been a huge impact on triathlon racing in general and also for Professional racing. This post has a look at the “raw numbers” on the Prize Money paid in 2020, but with the lower number of races this season a discussion about the limitations of these numbers (and what is not included) is even more important than for other years. I will close with a discussion of some trends that we have seen this year (beyond the simple observation of “lower numbers”) and what we might see in future seasons when racing is “back to normal”.

If you want to check out the 2019 lists, you can find them in my post “Deep Dive Into 2019 Triathlon Money List“.

Money List – Overview

First, here is an overview of the races that are included in the money lists and a comparison to the 2018 season. The total is shown in US$, for races that paid their prize purse in a different currency the amounts have been converted into US$. For some comments on the race types, see the “Limitations” section below.

Type Description Total Money Change to
2019
# Races
(2019)
# Athletes
(2019)
Ironman (1) WTC Ironman-branded races $    200.000 -92% 3 (32) 49 (277)
70.3 WTC 70.3-branded races $    233.900 -89% 9 (71) 130 (400)
PTO (2) PTO-supported races (incl. Bonus Pool) $ 3.846.316 new Category 14 + Bonus 296
Challenge (2) Challenge-branded full and half-distance
races
$      16.614 -98% 1 (26+Bonus) 12 (208)
ITU (3) ITU World Triathlon Series (incl. Bonus Pool) $    250.000 – 89% 1+Bonus (8+Bonus) 101 (115)
SuperLeague (4) SuperLeague Professional Events $      50.000 -95% 1 (4+Bonus) 20 (58)
Other (5) Port of Tauranga, Hell of the West $      15.822 n/a 2 (9) 16 (183)
Total $ 4.612.652 -50% 31 (152)  457 (767)

Limitations

Of course, prize money is only one part of how triathletes can make money in their sport. Especially the top athletes make a lot of money with sponsor payments and appearance money, but most of the sums involved in these areas are confidential. Sometimes, there is talk in the press (and sometimes even some form of acknowledgment), and here are some additional components that have been paid in 2020 but are not included in the table above. (If you’re interested in these aspects, Jordan Blanco has written an excellent post on Witsup.com about “The Economics of Professional Triathlon“.)

  1. Virtual Racing by Ironman
    When Ironman was forced to cancel (aka “reschedule”) most of their 2020 races, they started their new “Virtual Racing” series. They even had some Pros who appeared in the race and who were paid an “appearance fee”. No official numbers have been released, my best guess is that the total sum paid out to Pros is somewhere around $ 100.000 in total.
  2. Challenge Davos
    Challenge Davos had to be stopped during or just after the swim when a thunderstorm moved in that made racing dangerous. However, the intended prize money (€ 19.000 by Challenge and € 21.000 by the PTO) was paid out to all Pro categories competitors.
  3. ITU World Cups
    As in other seasons, I’m only counting the top-tier “World Triathlon Series” races and the money paid out there in the ITU category. However, there are also several second-tier World Cup races where prize money was paid. As there was only one WTS event this year, a lot of the top athletes competed in the World Cups and made some additional money there.
  4. SuperLeague: Rotterdam “Arena Games”
    SuperLeague was also forced to cancel their racing plans. They were able to put together an “Arena Games” event for ten men and ten women, swimming in a pool, riding on smart trainers and running on treadmills. I haven’t been able to find any official prize money breakdown, the 2020 numbers are estimates, probably erring towards the high side.
  5. Zwift Racing
    There have also been races on Zwift geared towards Professional triathletes, again without official information about the total money or breakdown.

Individual Athletes

The following table lists the top 2020 money earners.

# Name Gender Nation TotalMoney WTCMoney PTOMoney ITUMoney OtherMoney
1 Anne Haug F GER $142.503 $142.503
2 Paula Findlay F CAN $115.000 $115.000
3 Gustav Iden M NOR $105.938 $103.338 $2.600
4 Lionel Sanders M CAN $105.000 $105.000
5 Matt Hanson M USA $101.300 $15.250 $86.050
6 Jan Frodeno M GER $100.000 $100.000
7 Daniela Ryf F SUI $100.000 $100.000
8 Holly Lawrence F GBR $98.500 $3.500 $95.000
9 Alistair Brownlee M GBR $96.300 $93.000 $3.300
10 Lucy Charles-Barclay F GBR $90.000 $90.000
11 Sarah Crowley F AUS $88.750 $6.250 $82.500
12 Rudy Von Berg M USA $86.003 $3.500 $82.503
13 Laura Philipp F GER $85.000 $85.000
14 Sebastian Kienle M GER $82.250 $2.250 $80.000
15 Teresa Adam F NZL $73.030 $12.000 $61.030
16 Joe Skipper M GBR $72.500 $12.000 $60.500
17 Skye Moench F USA $65.750 $9.000 $56.750
18 George Goodwin M GBR $62.500 $62.500
19 Ben Hoffman M USA $62.500 $62.500
20 Javier Gomez M ESP $53.503 $52.503 $1.000
21 Carrie Lester F AUS $52.500 $52.500
22 Amelia Watkinson F NZL $51.553 $9.000 $42.553
23 Braden Currie M NZL $48.353 $4.000 $41.030 $3.323
24 Cameron Wurf M AUS $45.000 $45.000
25 Heather Jackson F USA $44.000 $44.000

If you’re only looking at prize money provided by Ironman, the top earners were Katrina Matthews ($18.000) and Matt Hanson ($15.250).

Additional Observations and Trends

Of course, the big changer for the 2020 season has been Covid and the resulting race cancellations. However, there are a few additional trends that are likely going to continue to impact Pro racing even after racing has returned to a more normal level:

  1. With the PTO, a new player has entered the triathlon scene. They have already been the main money provider in the 2020 season, and they have big plans for 2021 as well. With another big-purse event (the Collins Cup with $2 million for the athletes who make the teams) they are likely going to extend their #1 position.
  2. Prize Money provided by WTC has declined from year to year even before Covid. Their Pro racing calendar until early June 2021 has a total of $850.000 – the corresponding number for 2019 was almost $1,5 million. It seems very likely that the decline is going to continue further.
  3. The 2020 dip in Professional racing is not evenly distributed, for example Asia and South America haven’t seen any Pro races in 2020. When Ironman was sold in early 2020 they have stated that they want to continue to offer races in China, but currently there are no Pro races planned and all Chinese races are planned for “TBD”. Hopefully, there will be a good number of races across the globe in 2021.
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Port of Tauranga 2021 – Analyzing Results

PortofTaurangaPort of Tauranga (part of the Mount Festival of Multisport) is traditionally the first Professional race of the year. With the limited amount of travel, the complete Pro field was from New Zealand.

Course Conditions

The finishing times were super-quick this year: Not only were both winners under the old course records, but also second and third on the men’s side and second-place finisher of the female race. A lot of other athletes were also faster than expected, so fast course conditions likely played a big part in these fast times.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Kyle Smith NZL 00:22:12 01:58:26 01:17:21 03:39:43 04:59 NZD 4,000
2 Braden Currie NZL 00:23:00 02:01:07 01:13:46 03:39:53 02:39 NZD 2,000
3 Jack Moody NZL 00:25:12 02:01:45 01:10:53 03:40:19 -04:21 NZD 1,000
4 Mike Phillips NZL 00:23:07 02:01:07 01:17:13 03:43:12 02:43 NZD 500
5 Cameron Brown NZL 00:24:51 02:02:05 01:16:29 03:45:39 -06:48 NZD 250
6 Olly Shaw NZL 00:24:52 02:02:23 01:18:03 03:47:12 -04:28
7 Simon Cochrane NZL 00:23:00 02:07:52 01:17:01 03:50:20 -01:17
8 Matt Kerr NZL 00:24:21 02:03:58 01:23:02 03:53:41 n/a
9 Jason Hunt NZL 00:28:29 02:07:20 01:16:44 03:55:18 02:27
10 Lucas Duross NZL 00:26:22 02:09:44 01:18:26 03:56:56 00:23
11 Brendon Bergs NZL 00:25:58 02:07:18 01:24:06 03:59:58 n/a
12 Jacob Hendrickx NZL 00:29:16 02:14:54 01:30:30 04:17:15 n/a

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Teresa Adam NZL 00:24:12 02:02:52 01:27:38 03:57:01 -12:05 NZD 4,000
2 Hannah Wells NZL 00:24:26 02:06:31 01:28:38 04:01:46 -04:08 NZD 2,000
3 Rebecca Clarke NZL 00:24:06 02:16:57 01:32:01 04:15:14 -04:32 NZD 1,000
4 Nikkola Mathews NZL 00:28:31 02:20:05 01:32:49 04:24:21 -04:23 NZD 500
5 Emily Mcnaughtan NZL 00:28:50 02:26:50 01:28:31 04:27:27 -00:31 NZD 250
6 Hannah Howell NZL 00:26:41 02:26:45 01:37:28 04:33:31 n/a
7 Claire Badenhorst NZL 00:27:18 02:25:13 01:39:15 04:34:28 n/a

PTO Championships 2020 at Challenge Daytona – Analyzing Results

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Female Race Results

Paula

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Paula Findlay CAN 00:25:01 01:51:13 01:06:25 03:24:55 -14:56 US$ 100,000
2 Anne Haug GER 00:25:55 01:54:26 01:05:01 03:27:32 -08:08 US$ 70,000
3 Laura Philipp GER 00:26:55 01:53:11 01:07:23 03:30:00 -07:22 US$ 50,000
4 Holly Lawrence GBR 00:24:58 01:55:38 01:08:26 03:31:09 -00:16 US$ 35,000
5 Amelia Watkinson NZL 00:25:57 01:55:06 01:08:38 03:31:50 -08:02 US$ 30,000
6 Skye Moench USA 00:26:04 01:54:18 01:09:44 03:32:30 -05:41 US$ 25,000
7 Fenella Langridge GBR 00:24:54 01:55:17 01:11:10 03:33:42 -10:52 US$ 23,000
8 Sara Svensk SWE 00:26:52 01:54:10 01:11:06 03:35:00 -07:41 US$ 20,000
9 Elisabetta Curridori ITA 00:27:43 01:56:32 01:08:17 03:35:07 -14:24 US$ 18,000
10 Nicola Spirig SUI 00:24:59 01:59:42 01:08:23 03:35:11 -04:50 US$ 17,000
11 Alissa Doehla USA 00:26:10 01:58:35 01:07:33 03:35:17 -09:15 US$ 15,000
12 Emma Pallant GBR 00:25:59 01:57:01 01:09:51 03:35:47 -03:23 US$ 13,000
13 Kimberley Morrison GBR 00:26:53 01:51:24 01:15:55 03:36:31 -10:11 US$ 11,000
14 Manon Genet FRA 00:27:15 01:56:54 01:10:01 03:36:35 -07:05 US$ 10,000
15 Jodie Stimpson GBR 00:24:59 02:00:39 01:08:48 03:36:38 02:20 US$ 9,000
16 Nikki Bartlett GBR 00:27:47 01:54:14 01:12:47 03:37:14 -08:15 US$ 8,000
17 Jeanni Seymour ZAF 00:25:00 01:58:43 01:11:18 03:37:23 -02:56 US$ 7,000
18 India Lee GBR 00:25:29 01:56:15 01:13:49 03:37:58 -02:42 US$ 6,000
19 Jackie Hering USA 00:26:49 01:55:58 01:12:51 03:38:19 00:26 US$ 5,000
20 Heather Jackson USA 00:29:11 01:55:51 01:11:35 03:38:41 00:27 US$ 4,000
21 Judith Corachan Vaquera ESP 00:26:14 01:57:20 01:12:44 03:38:46 -06:58 US$ 2,500
22 Lesley Smith USA 00:27:21 02:02:16 01:06:39 03:39:20 -02:03 US$ 2,500
23 Carrie Lester AUS 00:26:03 01:55:38 01:14:37 03:39:42 -03:47 US$ 2,500
24 Sarah Crowley AUS 00:26:02 01:56:57 01:14:56 03:40:33 04:58 US$ 2,500
25 Emma Bilham SUI 00:26:24 01:59:02 01:12:50 03:41:00 -07:10 US$ 2,500
26 Pamella Oliveira BRA 00:25:03 01:54:40 01:19:02 03:41:05 -00:44 US$ 2,500
27 Lauren Brandon USA 00:24:24 01:55:32 01:18:49 03:41:17 -10:42 US$ 2,500
28 Lucy Hall GBR 00:24:16 01:55:07 01:20:45 03:42:18 -05:12 US$ 2,500
29 Danielle Lewis USA 00:32:20 01:55:19 01:13:13 03:43:08 -06:32 US$ 2,500
30 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 00:31:10 01:59:06 01:10:17 03:43:28 -06:52 US$ 2,500
31 Renee Kiley AUS 00:29:12 01:54:21 01:17:58 03:44:40 -10:57 US$ 2,500
32 Rach McBride CAN 00:27:43 01:56:52 01:17:26 03:44:58 -01:00 US$ 2,500
33 Amelie Kretz CAN 00:25:25 02:01:52 01:16:37 03:46:07 n/a US$ 2,500
34 Lisa Becharas USA 00:27:47 01:57:14 01:19:00 03:46:52 -07:44 US$ 2,500
35 Jennifer Spieldenner USA 00:25:23 02:01:02 01:19:13 03:48:12 02:28 US$ 2,500
36 Michelle Vesterby DEN 00:26:55 01:58:52 01:19:59 03:48:47 -03:30 US$ 2,500
37 Kelsey Withrow USA 00:25:56 02:00:24 01:19:37 03:48:47 00:01 US$ 2,500
38 Agnieszka Jerzyk POL 00:26:57 02:04:15 01:17:50 03:51:24 08:19 US$ 2,500
39 Kristin Liepold GER 00:35:22 02:08:23 01:09:20 03:57:24 03:18 US$ 2,500
40 Angela Naeth CAN 00:30:57 01:59:42 01:24:56 03:58:21 16:22 US$ 2,500
  Lisa Norden SWE 00:25:02 01:51:04   DNF    
  Carolin Lehrieder GER 00:26:00     DNF    
  Katrina Matthews GBR 00:27:45     DNF    
  Ruth Astle GBR 00:30:24     DNF    

Male Race Results

Gustav

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Gustav Iden NOR 00:23:44 01:41:02 00:58:16 03:05:06 -03:25 US$ 100,000
2 Matt Hanson USA 00:24:40 01:41:44 00:57:21 03:05:57 -12:29 US$ 70,000
3 George Goodwin GBR 00:24:47 01:39:34 00:59:29 03:06:09 -12:53 US$ 50,000
4 Lionel Sanders CAN 00:25:54 01:38:30 00:59:46 03:06:16 -04:06 US$ 35,000
5 Rudy Von Berg USA 00:23:41 01:39:31 01:01:27 03:06:41 -06:33 US$ 30,000
6 Sam Appleton AUS 00:23:14 01:39:58 01:01:34 03:06:58 -07:35 US$ 25,000
7 Henri Schoeman ZAF 00:22:25 01:42:15 01:00:30 03:07:16 -09:36 US$ 23,000
8 Vincent Luis FRA 00:22:28 01:41:53 01:01:05 03:07:21 n/a US$ 20,000
9 Sam Long USA 00:25:55 01:38:23 01:01:05 03:07:28 -10:40 US$ 18,000
10 Andreas Dreitz GER 00:24:42 01:39:18 01:01:23 03:07:45 -09:14 US$ 17,000
11 Javier Gomez ESP 00:22:30 01:44:31 00:58:49 03:07:51 -05:09 US$ 15,000
12 Thomas Davis GBR 00:22:35 01:40:57 01:02:18 03:07:57 -14:19 US$ 13,000
13 Florian Angert GER 00:22:42 01:40:41 01:02:42 03:08:14 -07:41 US$ 11,000
14 Magnus Elbaek Ditlev DEN 00:24:54 01:38:12 01:03:29 03:08:57 -04:04 US$ 10,000
15 Adam Bowden GBR 00:22:38 01:43:02 01:01:16 03:09:16 -08:14 US$ 9,000
16 Timothy O’Donnell USA 00:23:17 01:40:14 01:04:48 03:10:15 -05:42 US$ 8,000
17 Frederic Funk GER 00:23:47 01:40:17 01:04:04 03:10:34 -07:09 US$ 7,000
18 Pieter Heemeryck BEL 00:24:03 01:41:08 01:03:38 03:10:45 -03:48 US$ 6,000
19 Chris Leiferman USA 00:25:51 01:42:46 01:00:13 03:10:58 -07:12 US$ 5,000
20 Ben Kanute USA 00:22:33 01:42:02 01:04:47 03:11:21 -05:29 US$ 4,000
21 Cody Beals CAN 00:24:59 01:43:39 01:00:52 03:11:42 -08:57 US$ 2,500
22 Andy Potts USA 00:23:20 01:42:05 01:04:35 03:12:28 -06:18 US$ 2,500
23 Ruedi Wild SUI 00:24:05 01:45:21 01:01:06 03:13:03 -04:01 US$ 2,500
24 Jackson Laundry CAN 00:24:51 01:45:28 01:00:44 03:13:17 -03:30 US$ 2,500
25 Boris Stein GER 00:25:07 01:39:35 01:06:28 03:13:24 -05:04 US$ 2,500
26 Joe Gambles AUS 00:23:50 01:44:38 01:03:00 03:13:47 -03:42 US$ 2,500
27 Thomas Steger AUT 00:24:02 01:44:12 01:03:07 03:13:56 -04:40 US$ 2,500
28 Michael Weiss AUT 00:26:33 01:42:09 01:02:47 03:14:26 -01:52 US$ 2,500
29 Jason West USA 00:23:19 01:47:57 01:01:21 03:14:52 -03:05 US$ 2,500
30 Jonathan Brownlee GBR 00:22:30 01:43:05 01:07:47 03:15:12 n/a US$ 2,500
31 Eneko Llanos ESP 00:25:04 01:45:27 01:02:38 03:15:41 -07:01 US$ 2,500
32 David Plese SLO 00:25:12 01:46:31 01:02:03 03:16:29 -08:02 US$ 2,500
33 Justin Metzler USA 00:23:58 01:46:12 01:04:20 03:16:41 -05:00 US$ 2,500
34 James Cunnama ZAF 00:25:57 01:43:05 01:05:53 03:17:13 00:02 US$ 2,500
35 Bradley Weiss ZAF 00:24:45 01:45:55 01:05:12 03:18:18 01:17 US$ 2,500
36 Igor Amorelli BRA 00:24:40 01:46:10 01:08:03 03:21:16 07:21 US$ 2,500
37 Matthew Russell USA 00:29:49 01:41:57 01:07:21 03:21:51 00:57 US$ 2,500
38 Ben Hoffman USA 00:24:55 01:51:34 01:05:30 03:24:37 10:29 US$ 2,500
39 Eric Lagerstrom USA 00:23:16 01:49:03 01:11:26 03:26:08 08:59 US$ 2,500
40 Nils Frommhold GER 00:23:20 01:53:16 01:07:31 03:26:38 07:06 US$ 2,500
41 Kieran Lindars GBR 00:24:38 01:55:40 01:05:41 03:29:13 03:36 US$ 2,500
42 Taylor Reid CAN 00:24:44 01:46:54 01:15:09 03:29:17 07:09 US$ 2,500
43 Philipp Koutny SUI 00:25:06 01:47:58 01:13:59 03:29:29 06:55 US$ 2,500
44 Kristian Hogenhaug DEN 00:25:02 01:40:09 01:27:58 03:35:50 17:04 US$ 2,500
45 Andre Lopes BRA 00:23:50 02:07:19 01:05:51 03:39:29 18:48 US$ 2,500
46 Jesper Svensson SWE 00:22:53 02:03:39 01:11:30 03:40:25 19:39 US$ 2,500
  Alistair Brownlee GBR 00:22:29 01:40:58   DNF    
  Andrea Salvisberg SUI 00:22:27     DNF    
  Morgan Pearson USA 00:22:31     DNF    
  Matthew McElroy USA 00:22:34     DNF    
  Daniel Baekkegard DEN 00:22:40     DNF    
  Sebastian Kienle GER 00:24:51     DNF    
  Tim Don GBR 00:24:53     DNF    
  Andi Boecherer GER 00:25:00     DNF    

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