Sam Long stronger in the lead Challenge Family World Bonus, Fenella Langridge takes first spot

(Photo: Sam Long Instagram)

Recent racing at Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee, Challenge Vansbro and Challenge Roth has shaken things up in the US$125k Challenge Family Pro Athlete World Bonus with the big mover, Fenella Langridge, taking the top spot in the women’s rankings after her second place in Roth. With 900 points, she has a clear lead over Sara Perez Sala who sits at 650 while Lucy Buckingham and Anne Haug, winner at Roth, are tied for third with 600. Other movers are India Lee who moves up to seventh with 500 points after her win at Challenge Vansbro, tied with Laura Siddall who moves up following her fourth at Roth.

“I love being part of the Challenge Family races… so to be at the top of the rankings is a huge privilege and I feel a lot of pride,” said Langridge.

In the men’s rankings, Sam Long has further extended his lead with his second place in Walchsee and sixth place at Roth. At 875, he is 275 points clear of Magnus Ditlev whose Roth win has catapulted him up into second place with 600. Tied for third are Reinaldo Colucci and Patrick Lange on 500 points with their respective podium finishes in Roth.

“It feels good to be well on track in accomplishing one of the main goals I set out this year – to win the World Bonus,” said Long.

Challenge Family’s World Bonus provides professional athletes with the opportunity to race for a share of a US$125,000 end-of-season bonus as well as a prize purse at the races. The World Bonus starts with the first Challenge Family / Clash event in 2022 and ends with the last race taking place in 2022.

The US$125k bonus pays five deep across both men and women with the top ranked pros taking home $25k, second will earn $16.5k and third will win $12k, fourth $6k and fifth $3k.

Full current rankings can be found here.