After the win of Mattia Ceccarelli and Elisabetta Curridori at CHALLENGERICCIONE, both athletes earn 250 points for the CHALLENGEFAMILY World Bonus and therefore rise in the rankings. Nevertheless the top three for both men and women remains unchanged after this race in Italy.
In the men’s ranking it’s still Pieter Heemeryck who shares the first position together with Romain Guillaume. Both athletes have the same amount of points. Heemeryck did earn his 750 points so far thanks to wins of the Middle Distances at CHALLENGEDAYTONA, CHALLENGESALOU and CHALLENGEGRANCANARIA, while Guillaume has won the Long Distance CHALLENGETAIWAN last week and therefore earned himself 750 points as well. It’s still Michael Alonso who comes in third in the rankings with 600 points.
Thanks to his CHALLENGERICCIONE victory, Mattia Ceccarelli earns himself 250 points. Added to his 75 points earned earlier at CHALLENGESALOU, he is on a fifth place in the rankings right now with a total amount of 325 points. Thomas Steger became second in Riccione, earned himself 200 points and is tenth in the CHALLENGEFAMILY World Bonus now. Frederic Funk took the third place at CHALLENGERICCIONE, earned his first 150 points of the season and is 18th in the rankings.
You can check the current male rankings here: https://www.challenge-family.com/world-bonus/
Just like the men’s ranking, also the women’s top three in the ranking remains unchanged. It’s still Lisa Roberts in the lead, thanks to her win at CHALLENGETAIWAN (750 points) and 75 points earned earlier at CHALLENGEDAYTONA. Both races putt her on a total of 825 points. Carolin Lehrieder is the runner-up in the rankings with 600 points, while Julia Grant is still coming in third with 450 points. Both Lehrieder and Grant did earn these points at CHALLENGETAIWAN.
It was Elisabetta Curridori who took the win at CHALLENGERICCIONE and with this also 250 points for the World Bonus. Earlier this season she earned 75 points at CHALLENGESALOU already, which puts her on a sixth place in the rankings with 325 points in total. Margie Santimaria became second in Riccione, earned her first 200 points of the season and is on a 12th place in the rankings right now. Bianca Steurer, who became third in Riccione, also earned her first points of the season and thanks to her amount of 150 points she is on a 16th place.
You can check the current female rankings here: https://www.challenge-family.com/world-bonus/
CHALLENGEFAMILY World Bonus Explained
CHALLENGEFAMILY has introduced a pro athlete bonus scheme to its races. The initiative provides professional athletes with the opportunity to race for a share of a USD 150,000 end-of-season bonus as well as a prize purse at the races.
The USD 150k bonus will pay five deep across both men and women with the top ranked pro taking home $30k, second will earn $20k and third will win $14k, fourth $8k and fifth $3k. Ranking will be decided through a points system based on placings earned.