The Professional Triathletes Organisation has announced a strong contingent of American female triathletes for the $1 million PTO US Open women’s race in Dallas, 17-18 September, led by PTO World #7 Taylor Knibb and supported by #15 Jackie Hering, #18 Jocelyn McCauley, #23 Sophie Watts, #37 Danielle Lewis and #56 Lesley Smith.
They will be up against a stellar line-up of international stars including: PTO Canadian Open winner and runner-up Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) and Paula Finlay (CAN); Team Europe Collins Cup winner Holly Lawrence (GBR) and the resurgent Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR), who bounced back from injury in spectacular fashion by winning the recent World Triathlon Long Distance World Championships in Samorin on her return from injury.
Commenting on the announcement Taylor Knibb said:
“I’m really excited the PTO Tour is coming to the US in its first season. The chance to race in our home country is a huge opportunity for all of the American women taking part and having seen the success of the first couple of PTO Tour events in Edmonton, Canada, and then last month’s Collins Cup I can’t wait to get involved.”
The field features 13 of the world’s top 25 PTO World Ranked female triathletes and will take place on a specially designed course in Las Colinas, that will create a stadium-feel event where fans will see the athletes as many as 12 times during the 100km race.
McCauley, who has competed in both the Collins Cup and the PTO Canadian Open so far this season, added:
“The PTO Tour is a great addition to our calendar and speaking to all the professional athletes during the season, the dates have quickly established themselves as ‘must race’ events – in terms of the event support and production, atmosphere, prize money and profile that the global broadcast delivers. Which is all helping our athlete-owned organisation, the PTO, take the sport to the next level.”