A total of 4,000 triathletes from all over the world were the protagonists of the TriStar Series 2011 season in 9 event locations with 15 triathlons. Following a continuous growth in this season based on the successful TriStar111 format (1K swim / 100K bike / 10K run), the number of TriStar destinations will increase next year to 12 already announced.
All the TriStar distances (11.1, 33.3, 55.5, 111 and 222) have been officially recognized by the International Triathlon Union (ITU). Nevis, Mallorca, Worms-Germany, Madrid, Lyon, Otepää-Estonia, Minnesota, Monaco and Split hosted 15 different triathlons in 2011. Deauville, Berlin and Sardinia will join the list next year.
These unique and attractive tourist destinations offer unique cycling courses greatly enjoyed by triathletes. According to Star Events, ‘racing fun is guaranteed’ and the 111 format is positioned to be ideal for athletes’ quick recovery.
The greatest protagonist of the Star Events season has been the Swiss triathlete Olivier Marceau with two victories (TriStar111 Mallorca and StarMile2.5 Nevis), with a second place at TriStar111 Nevis and fourth place at TriStar111 Estonia. Marceau has seen the TriStar podium more times than any other professional and is today a specialist in the 111 format.
Australian triathlete Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack, the reigning Ironman World Champion, took the first TriStar victory of the season in 3:34:18 in one of the first triathlons held worldwide in 2011. A StarMile2.5 – open water swimming race in the middle of the Caribbean – also complemented the Nevis triathlons in April.
The historic Olympic Triathlon Portocolom gave way to the first TriStar55.5 and TriStar111 Mallorca, also held in April. The start-list was one of the richest in the season with a huge constellation of stars including the names of Chris McCormack, Marcel Zamora, Normann Stadler, Lothar Leder, Ain-Alar Juhanson, Olivier Marceau, Esben Hovgaard, Joel Jameson, Francesc Godoy and Georg Potrebitsch.
TriStar Worms-Germany is one of the fastest races of the TriStar World Series. Among the 1,000 athletes representing 21 nations at the start line of the second edition of TriStar111 Worms-Germany, it was the German athlete Markus Fachbach (3:16:59) and Britta Martin from New Zealand (3:44:45) who achieved victory. In 2012’s calendar, this race will move to June and the bike segment will change specifically to enable the organisation to ensure that the quality stays on the same high level as in 2011, with a greater number of participants.
The capital of Spain hosted the second TriStar111 race in Spain in 2011. As a novelty, because of the particularities of the cycle route (10 laps of 10K at the Casa de Campo), drafting was allowed.
The French capital of gastronomy witnessed the first TriStar111 held in this country, with nearly 400 participants and a high-level group of professionals.
On 5-7 August, Pühajärve hosted the fun triathlon festival in Estonia with three races: TriStar11.1, TriStar33.3 and TriStar111 Estonia plus a 5K run competition – StarRun.
In late August TriStar held its first triathlon in the United States. The idyllic nature park of Maple Grove, Minnesota, was the perfect setting for the inaugural TriStar111 Minnesota, which shared the weekend with the Maple Grove Triahtlon.
The Formula 1 of triathlon returned to Monaco to offer one of the most exclusive and desirable races for the nearly 1,000 athletes participating in the individual category or as a part of a relay team.
The intense 2011 season concluded with the inaugural TriStar111 Split in Croatia.
The TriStar label is owned by Star Production SARL, a Monaco based company specializing in organizing high quality sports events that are focused on fun, social responsibility and environmental protection.
The TriStar Series has grown to 21 races in 12 destinations in less than three years: Nevis (St.Kitts and Nevis), Mallorca (Spain), Madrid (Spain), Worms-Germany (Germany), Deauville (France), Berlin (Germany), Lyon (France), Estonia-Otepää (Estonia), Minnesota (USA), Monaco (Monaco), Split (Croatia) and Sardinia (Italy). TriStar has introduced new distances to the sport of triathlon (i.e 111K and 222K), is officially recognized by ITU, and is developing a new Team Racing Concept T5 for the 2012 season.