The race, on Sunday (15 May), will be available through the PTO’s YouTube and Facebook channels

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The inaugural PTO Pro-Am race from the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) will be streamed live for free around the world this Sunday (15 May).

The race, at the Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles, will see six of the world’s top professional athletes race an Olympic-distance course alongside Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) athletes and special guests including former UFC star Paul Felder and Olympic silver medallist Heather Fell.

CAF athletes will start the day with a 1,500m swim in the sea off Venice Beach. They will then tag-in a PTO professional who’ll complete a 40km bike course finishing in downtown LA between the Arena and Microsoft Square, outside the Herbalife Nutrition HQ. From here, another CAF star, or one of our special guests, will complete a 10km run to close out this first-ever PTO Pro Am event.

The six teams taking on the challenge of the PTO Pro-Am in LA are:

- Swimming and track runner Haven Shepherd, PTO World #3 Lionel Sanders and former UFC star Paul Felder.

- Swimmer and para climber Emily Gray, PTO World #8 Sam Long and swimmer and para-triathlete Rudy Garcia-Tolson.

- Para-triathlete Allysa Seely, PTO World #4 Daniel Baekkegard and GTN presenter and Olympic silver medallist Heather Fell.

- Swimmer Ahalya Lettenberger, PTO World #11 Holly Lawrence and swimmer and para-triathlete Roderick Sewell.

- Para-triathlete and hand cyclist Andre Kajlich, PTO World #7 Skye Moench and influencer and Herbalife ambassador Shirley Alvarez.

- Para-triathlete Chris Hammer, PTO World #14 Heather Jackson and para-triathlete, cyclist and marathoner Willie Stewart.

The first PTO Pro-Am will be broadcast live and will also introduce the PTO’s new core broadcast presentation team. UFC commentator and triathlon convert, John Gooden, will be lead commentator alongside long-time triathlon commentator Barrie Shepley.

Motorsports and athletics presenter, Rachel Stringer will present the coverage alongside Olympic bronze medallist Vicky Holland.

The broadcast starts 5:45am local time (1:45pm BST), and will be live streamed on the PTO’s YouTube and Facebook channels. It will also be available through Eurosport Player (Europe), Discovery+ (Europe, some exclusions apply), GCN+ (global, some exclusions apply), OutsideTV (global),  BeIN Sport (USA and Canada) and CBC Sport Digital (Canada).

Following the event, PTO Pro-Am highlights documentary will also be broadcast on Eurosport in Europe and Asia.

Tim Godfrey, chief marketing officer, PTO, said: “We are delighted to have John, Rachel, Vicky and Barrie present coverage of our first ever PTO Pro-Am which will be televised across the globe with some great broadcast partners in Eurosport, Discovery, CBC Sports, BeIN Sports and OutsideTV. The PTO Pro Am is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the powerful stories of CAF athletes alongside our own PTO professionals and special guests.”