The first-ever Super League Triathlon Corporate Mix commenced at the weekend in Jersey – with 17 teams from nine different corporate entities competing alongside many of the world’s top elites at Super League Jersey, the second event in the international Super League series.
After a weekend’s racing the top three corporate teams were: Team Comprop, First Names Group Team 2 and Ravenscroft Titans.
According to a release from the Super League Triathlon team, the Corporate Mix format has allowed the local community and businesses to be part of what has become one of Jersey’s biggest sporting events. As the weekend’s racing got under way, local teams were in fact among the most competitive, with the top six fastest teams coming from the Channel Islands.
Comprop is a leading privately owned property developer of both commercial and residential sites in Jersey and Guernsey. Its corporate mix team is composed of some of Jersey’s most dedicated athletes including pro coach Nick Saunders and full-time triathlete Ollie Turner.
After assessing the course and the safety needs of what were largely age-group participants, the race officials decided to change the Corporate Mix run course to follow the pier, instead of taking place on the same section of road as the bike course since not all cyclists would be off the course by the time the first runners would start.
Officials also implemented the Sprint Pursuit format instead of the planned Enduro (non-stop swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run). The Sprint Pursuit involved two stages of swim-bike-run with ten minutes of rest between stages. At the start of the second stage, swimmers were released according to the previous stage’s finish order as well as the time gaps between their team finishes.
Though out for the rest of the season due to hip surgery, Alistair Brownlee found a way to be a part of Super League Jersey, pinch-hitting as a swimmer for the MaccaNOW Foundation team. ‘It was one very special highlight not just for the Corporate Mix competitors to swim alongside the dual Olympic gold medallist, but also for the Jersey locals who thronged the barricades to join the festivities and spectate.’
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.’