Having recently offered up a background to its Triple Mix event format, the team behind the new Super League Triathlon race series have prepared a guide to the series’ Equalizer race format. The Super League Triathlon team note that the new race series, which incorporates some big names in the pro triathlete ranks, is not a traditional swim, bike and run. Super League Triathlon’s unique race formats across super-sprint distances ‘aim to eliminate predictability and provide variability and excitement from start to finish’.
The Super League team elaborates…
In triathlon, being first off the bike has almost a mystical quality to it. The athlete who takes his chance and rides the legs off everyone else must then hold onto his lead as estate, but it is the common thought that that an uber biker will not have the legs to stave off the fleet of foot. The traditional swim-bike-run format, especially across the short distances, rewards those who can stay within striking distance of the front on the bike and then finish it off on the run.
The Equalizer is one of the featured formats in Super League Triathlon’s inaugural event on Hamilton Island. It is a two-stage race comprising an individual cycling time trial in Stage One and a swim-run-swim-bike-run sequence as Stage Two. To make it really interesting, athletes must serve a time penalty in Stage Two that is equivalent to any time lost to the winner of Stage One.
Stage One of Equalizer, an individual cycling time trial of 6km, will take place from 06:00 AEST on Saturday 18 March 2017. The individual time trial starts on the tarmac of Hamilton Island airport for a flat out and back section, but then it’s all uphill. The climb to the finish line at One Tree Hill is a ‘brutally steep ascent where athletes will be tested to the limit’.
In the last 1.4 kilometres of the Equalizer time trial course athletes will gain 121 metres in elevation with a maximum gradient of 24.4%.
“It may be one of the prettiest finish lines I’ve ever seen at a sporting event, but you’ve got to work your backside off to get there,” explained Super League Triathlon co-founder, Chris McCormack.
He continued, “The time trial course may be only six kilometres but the last kilometres are as tough as I’ve seen in triathlon. Athletes will need to put it all on the line here to minimize any time losses. They’ve already raced Triple Mix the afternoon before and some will have tired legs. We’re going to see some real damage done here and the stronger bikers are going to have a huge advantage and an opportunity to really set up the win leading into Equalizer Stage Two.”
At 17:00 AEST athletes will begin Equalizer Stage Two, which is a continuous swim-run-swim-bike-run sequence. Athletes will pay a penalty for any time losses in Equalizer Stage One on the start pontoon of Stage Two. The winner of Stage One will start Stage Two first and all other athletes will start at the equivalent to the time lost to the winner in Stage One.
“If Javier Gomez Noya wins Stage One and Alistair Brownlee finishes Stage One eight seconds behind Gomez Noya, [then] Gomez Noya will start from the gun at Stage Two and Alistair Brownlee will not be able to dive into the water for a further 8 seconds. This is repeated for all time gaps for all athletes, depending on their individual time losses to the winner of Stage One,” explained McCormack.
Each swim, bike and run section of Stage Two is 300 metres, 6 kilometres and 2 kilometres respectively. The winner of Equalizer is the first athlete to cross the finish line in Stage Two.
The Equalizer race at Super League Hamilton Island will be broadcast live on www.superleaguetriathlon.com from 17:00 AEST on Saturday 18 March including a highlights package of the Stage One time trial.
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.’