The team at Super League Triathlon has confirmed that ‘50 of the world’s leading male and female triathletes, including 25 Olympian’s from around the world, will compete in Jersey, UK, for the Super League Triathlon crown in September 2017.’
The men’s line-up will include the Brownlee brothers from the UK, their rivals Javier Gomez Noya and Mario Mola Diaz from Spain, and Richard Murray from South Africa, as well as 20 other leading male triathletes.
The women’s racing will see leading Brits including Vicky Holland, Jodie Stimpson, Lucy Hall and Non Stanford taking on three-time Olympian Flora Duffy from Bermuda, Olympic bronze medallist Erin Densham from Australia and the current World Triathlon Series leader Katie Zafares of the USA, among many other leading female triathletes.
The Super League Triathlon event in Jersey is offering equal prize money of US$130,000 for both the pro men and women triathletes. Super League Triathlon Co-Founder Michael Dhulst said “With $130,000 in prize money on offer at Super League Jersey, it’s high-stakes, high-octane racing with huge consequences for any mistakes. This is a sensational race course and an incredible location for spectators.”
A release from Super League continued, ‘As Japan 2020 approaches, national Olympic federations will be keeping a close eye on how their athletes perform in Super League Triathlon in Jersey, because the 2020 Olympic Games will be introducing triathlon mixed relay events, which are very similar to the fast and furious Super League Triathlon format.’
Senator Lyndon Farnham, Minister for Economic Development, Tourism, Sport and Culture in Jersey, said “Jersey is delighted to have been chosen to host the 2017 Super League Triathlon World Series. The natural beauty of our island combined with our strong sporting culture lends itself perfectly to hosting such a prestigious global event.
“I am sure the whole island will get behind this as we share with the rest of the world our enthusiastic and friendly spirit in welcoming some of the world’s greatest athletes and sports fans to our shores. Jersey is beginning to establish itself as one of the leading venues in the world for events and hosting the second race of the 2017 Triathlon Super League World Series is a great example of what we can offer.”
Commenting on the men’s rivalries, two-time IRONMAN world champion and Super League Triathlon Co-founder Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack said “The Brownlee brothers have been the gold standard, and they respect long-term rival Javier Gomez Noya from Spain. The new wave of rivalry is coming from Richard Murray and Mario Mola Diaz. The new athletes to look for are Jake Birtwhistle and Ben Dijkstra.”
Jonny Brownlee, who was sidelined for the Hamilton Island event due to injury, will debut the number 05 race suit in Jersey in what is being seen as a baptism of fire. Jonny commented, “I had to miss Hamilton Island because of injury but I watched the races and know that the Super League Triathlon format will suit me as an athlete. Jersey will be brilliant, with the conditions not as humid as Hamilton Island, and I’m looking forward to racing Super League there for the first time.”
Javier Gomez Noya said “I think Super League Hamilton Island exceeded everyone’s expectations. New engaging formats, amazing setup, great TV coverage & impressive treatment of the athletes. Super League is something great for the sport of triathlon and I’m looking forward to being part of the next race!”
South African Richard Murray, flourished under the new Super League Triathlon format, winning the title at the inaugural race in Australia. He said “Super League Hamilton Island changed triathlon racing and showed fans how exciting it can be when showcased properly. I can’t wait for round two at Super League Jersey. Athletes and fans should expect wild, exciting and full speed racing from the fastest triathletes in the world. It’s big gear, no fear! I’m planning for this event already. My competitors will need to turn up in peak condition. I’m ready for them!”
The women’s event
“Super League Jersey will see the world’s finest female triathletes enter the fray of Super League Triathlon for the first time alongside their male counterparts,” said Super League Triathlon Co-Founder Leonid Boguslavsky. “Like the male professional fields, the best female athletes from short and long course racing will face-off in a best-of-the-best battle. Separate races will be conducted for the male and female fields each day.”
25 elite female athletes will be announced soon to take part in Super League Triathlon Jersey, including 2016 World Triathlon Series Champion Flora Duffy from Bermuda, and Rio 2016 Bronze medallist Vicky Holland from the UK. Vicky Holland commented, “Having spent a lot of this season side-lined due to injury, the prospect of being back on a start line to race in Jersey in September is really motivating.”
Saturday’s Triple Mix format will see athletes complete three rounds of competition with alternating sequences and a 10-minute break in between rounds. Round one is swim-bike-run, round two is run-bike-swim, and round three is bike-swim-run. The winner of Triple Mix is the athlete with the lowest time across the three rounds.
Sunday’s Eliminator format will again be conducted in three rounds each in a swim-bike-run format with a 10-minute break in between. Eliminator is about speed and strategy with athletes finishing 16th and above in round one being eliminated and not progressing to round two. Athletes finishing 11th and above in round two are eliminated and do not progress to round three. Round three sees the remaining 10 athletes battle it out for the Eliminator title.
On both days racing will take place in the afternoon, with racing between 14:00 GMT and 18:00 GMT each day.
Super League aims to showcase triathletes and the sport in a new and exciting way. Unlike the traditional triathlon format, athletes won’t be able to rely on specialising in one of the three disciplines. The Super League ‘Triple Mix’ format tests the versatility and adaptability of the athletes by mixing up the traditional swim-bike-run sequence into three events split over two days.
Chris McCormack, added “Super League Hamilton Island changed triathlon forever. The made-for-television racing is exciting, action packed and full of entertainment. It set the stage for the forthcoming season, which comprises four events, all to be held in iconic destinations around the world between September and April.”
Super League Triathlon’s television and digital coverage will continue at Super League Jersey. All racing will be broadcast live with programming distributed across international broadcast partners and digital channels ‘making it easy for any fan, in any time zone to view programming live or on demand’. Full programming schedules will be announced prior to the event.
Expanding upon the Championship format, Super League Jersey will also feature a corporate triathlon event, offering the opportunity for corporate participants to race on the Super League Triathlon Championship course prior to racing each day. Corporate racing is open exclusively to official corporate package partners. Spectator travel packages will also soon be announced via Super League Jersey’s travel partner, Nirvana Europe.
The course for Super League Jersey has a ‘super-tight and technical layout’ located in the Elizabeth Marina precinct in St Helier. The 300m swim course is located among the yachts in Elizabeth Marina. The 5-lap bike course is ‘super-technical with hairpin turns, narrow passages through high-rise apartment blocks and a cobblestone surface that will truly test bike handling skills’. The high-speed, two-loop run course navigates the foreshore of Elizabeth Marina and will favour athletes with top end speed, versus the more explosive run course of Super League Hamilton Island.
The Super League Jersey organising team add that there are dead turns on the bike and run leg and varied surfaces on both… ‘It’s going to test technique, power, speed, endurance and race craft all at once.’
A unique element to racing is the huge tides in Jersey where the difference between high and low tide is as much as 14m in depth. The races will be conducted at near low tide and athletes will ‘face a lung-busting run out of the swim course up a ramp that brings athletes up some 12m in vertical height from water level to transition.’
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.’