Having previously clarified its Triple Mix and Equalizer race formats, the team behind the new Super League Triathlon race series (which gets under way at Super League Hamilton Island on 17-19 March 2017) have prepared a guide to the series’ Eliminator format.
Billed as game-changing series for the sport, the new Super League Triathlon will hold its inaugural event on Hamilton Island, Australia from 17-19 March 2017. ‘With 25 superstar athletes pitted against each other across short-course formats aired live worldwide, Hamilton Island provides a stunning setting and lends its own unique climate and topography to the challenge of determining who is the world’s best multisport athlete.’
17 March 2017 – Triple Mix 16:30 AEST
18 March 2017 – Equalizer 16:30 AEST
19 March 2017 – Eliminator 16:30 AEST
The Super League team note that, in triathlon’s 40-year history, debate has raged over who should be considered the greatest of all time. Triathlon’s short-course and long-course formats put different premiums on speed and endurance. In short-course triathlon, the winner is the one who is able to outpace everyone else. In contrast, the winner in long-course triathlon is the one who manages his energy best and stays strong across the distance.
When bringing together specialists from both formats to toe the same starting line, Super League adds that ‘one needs to level the playing field and test them on both fronts’.
Super League is not traditional swim, bike and run. Its unique race formats aim to challenge the athletes’ usual strategies and capabilities, ‘eliminating predictability and ensuring action-packed racing that grips you from start to finish’.
The Eliminator is the final format to be raced at Super League Hamilton Island. Speed and stamina are put under pressure as the slowest athletes are eliminated in each successive stage. ‘Only the fastest will survive.’
The Eliminator format comprises three stages of swim-bike-run with a 10-minute break between each stage. The 10-minute break commences when the winner of the preceding stage crosses the finish line. This means every athlete behind the stage winner has less than 10 minutes to recover.
After each stage, athletes who finish below a certain threshold are eliminated. Only the Top 15 finishers from Stage One will proceed to Stage Two. Only the Top 10 finishers from Stage Two will race the final stage and be eligible to win the Eliminator.
Each swim, bike, and run section is 300m, 6K, and 2K respectively. Despite the super-sprint short distances, athletes will have to deal with fatigued legs and depleted energy levels with two days of hard racing behind them.
The Super League team add that ‘It can be fatal to an athlete’s chances to win if he races too hard and too fast from the first gun… Athletes will need to manage their energy output and balance this with how much they can benefit from resting more by finishing earlier in each stage.’
Long-distance athletes like Terenzo Bozzone are known to race back-to-back events and get even stronger despite reduced recovery. Last year after placing fourth overall behind ITU speedsters at the multi-day Island House Triathlon, Bozzone won IRONMAN Western Australia and backed it up with the title at IRONMAN 70.3 Bahrain. However, he will still need to be fast enough not to be eliminated in earlier stages by the short-distance specialists like Alistair Brownlee and Javier Gomez Noya.
“I’m really excited to be racing Super League Triathlon because it’s a different format,” Bozzone said. “No one knows what to expect out there over the three days. I’m looking forward to hurting and getting stronger every day.”
“It plays to that strategic racer who may not show his hand until the last event,” added Super League Triathlon co-founder Chris McCormack. “It’s about making sure that you have something left for the final race, because it’s only the final race that matters.”
The background to the final Eliminator format in Hamilton Island coincided with some disappointing news for pro triathlete Jonny Brownlee, who will not be racing due to injury. Super League co-founder Michael D’Hulst shared Jonny’s disappointment, but explained that the Super League series format allows athletes to make up for not starting in an earlier event. “Points are awarded according to finish position after each event, and these are tallied at the end of the season to decide the series winner,” D’Hulst said. “We are rolling out a Double Points Day in our upcoming events and if Jonny does well then, he certainly has a fighting chance at a series win.”
Jonny’s older brother Alistair remains on-track to start at Super League Hamilton Island. The two-time Olympic gold medalist is looking forward to the unique racing. “Super League Triathlon is really exciting to me,” said Alistair. “It’s racing across a number of different days, a number of different formats, in different ways, which should suit a really hard style of racing.”
The Eliminator race at Super League Hamilton Island will be broadcast live on superleaguetriathlon.com from 1630 AEST on Sunday 19 March 2017.
Pitting the many of the world’s best triathletes across unique short course formats for big prize money in a closed league series, Super League Triathlon aims to provide ‘pulse-pounding action, superstars to root for, and a spectator experience without parallel.’
The team at Super League Triathlon add that the new series catapults triathlon into the hearts, minds, and living rooms of triathlon and sports fans worldwide… ‘By offering incredible TV and digital content output with live race day television broadcasts, live race day digital streaming and Video on Demand content, we’ll be showcasing our Championship athletes and the sport of triathlon like never before.’
Super League Triathlon features action-packed racing formats in dramatic locations and fan-friendly courses across Asia-Pacific and the Gulf. The team is ‘committed to setting the gold standard experience for age groupers, professional athletes, and fans alike.’
Super League Triathlon was co-founded by two-time IRONMAN and two-time ITU World Champion Chris McCormack, and Michael D’Hulst and Leonid Boguslavsky… ‘three successful businessmen and passionate triathletes brought together by a common desire to break new ground in the sport of triathlon.’