With the Ironman 70.3 and Ironman World Championships under her belt, Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf will now turn her attention to claiming the Triple Crown title—and the huge bonus that comes along with it.
Following last year’s Challenge Bahrain race, Challenge Family announced the $1 million Triple Crown Series for 2015. A prize of $1 million would be available to any one athlete who could win all three races in the Triple Crown Series, made up of Challenge Dubai, Challenge Oman and Challenge Bahrain. Challenge Dubai took place on Feb. 27, with New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone and Ryf taking the wins. The second race of the series, Challenge Oman, was cancelled due to conflict in a bordering nation. The Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Austria was slated as the second race in the series, and with Ryf taking the victory there she is the only athlete eligible for the $1 million prize.
With Challenge Bahrain cancelled, it has been confirmed that the Ironman 70.3 Middle East Championship in Bahrain on Dec. 5 will serve as the final race of the Triple Crown.
According to the Bahrain Endurance 13 team press release, Ryf is currently training in Phuket under the guidance of coach Brett Sutton. With several Bahrain Endurance 13 team members planning to race at 70.3 Bahrain, and with a $100,000 prize purse on the line, the start list—which will be announced soon—should include several big names.