Super League Triathlon has announced its 2018-19 season schedule, consisting of five Championship rounds as well as two Qualifier events. The qualifiers will take place in the triathlon heartlands of Poznan (Poland) and Penticton (Canada), setting the tone for what looks set to be a gripping season ahead.
The Championship events will be held in five unique locations across Europe and Asia Pacific, showcasing ‘pristine beaches, epic terrains and historical landmarks’. The five locations for the 2018-19 season are: Jersey (UK), Malta, Mallorca (Spain, in collaboration with host venue partner Rafa Nadal Sports Centre), Singapore and Australia.
After successful globally televised pilot races in Jersey and Hamilton Island (Australia) last year, SLT will be bringing its innovative, action-packed triathlon league to a ‘globally engaged triathlon fanbase of over 590 million people with races across four continents.’
The newly introduced Championship series will kick off in Jersey on 29th September, with big names competing including the Brownlee brothers (GBR), Flora Duffy (BER), Richard Murray (RSA), Henri Schoeman (RSA), Mario Mola (ESP), Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Nicola Spirig (SUI) and Katie Zaferes (USA). The league will continue in Malta (27-28 October), Mallorca (3-4 November) and Singapore (23-24 February 2019), with the final event held in Australia (16-17 March 2019).
SLT offers up the top 50 (25 male and 25 female) triathletes from around the world compete, to discover who can own the bragging rights as the best all-round triathlete of the season. Athletes qualify for the five-event series in one of three ways (equally split between men and women): automatic qualification from the previous SLT season (20 places), wildcard qualification (10 places) and ‘Golden Ticket’ success at the SLT Qualifiers in Poland and Canada (20 places) in June and August.
Michael D’hulst, CEO and Co-Founder of SLT, said “After a successful launch last year, which surpassed even our own expectations, we are excited to bring our league to all corners of the globe. Our first full season will continue to deliver an innovative and highly engaging spectator experience for fans watching at the venue as well as offsite and will feature great courses that push our athletes with fast and action-packed racing.”
Two-time Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee said “It’s great to kick off the Super League Triathlon season close to home. There was such a great crowd in Jersey last year; this new format of triathlon makes for some great racing and is really entertaining to watch, so I’m excited for a big turnout and to see what I can do in September.”
Two-time ITU World Champion and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Flora Duffy said: “I was pleased to see the commitment between Super League Triathlon and the ITU, towards gender equality, clean sport and building triathlon’s audience globally. These are ideals I am excited to contribute towards by racing my first Super League Triathlon in Jersey on Sept 29th. The format excites me, and I believe rewards a rounded triathlete, which I’ve always strived to be.
“At this exciting stage of my career, facing new race formats is a welcome challenge. The locations are new to my schedule too, and I look forward to exploring them as the series moves from Jersey, Malta, Mallorca, Singapore and Australia.”
Commonwealth gold medallist Henri Schoeman said “I’m excited to get the Super League Triathlon season kicked off again. I had bad luck in both Hamilton and Jersey last year so I’m hoping it can only get better and go for the series win. I’ve had a great start to the 2018 season so far with two medals at the Commonwealth Games, so I’m feeling confident.”
Super League Triathlon 2018-19 Season Schedule
Poznan, Poland – 29 June-1 July 2018
Penticton, Canada – 17-19 August 2018
Jersey, UK – 29-30 September 2018
Malta – 27-28 October 2018
Mallorca, Spain – 3-4 November 2018
Singapore – 23-24 February 2019
Australia – 16-17 March 2019
Super League Triathlon is a spectator-friendly race series which aims to give triathlon fans an action-packed and up-close experience. Fans can follow many of the best triathletes in the world from start to finish, as the series travels to some of the world’s most spectacular racing destinations. Super League races are focused on attracting a new generation of audiences with the aim of fostering and inspiring future champions and promoting a healthy lifestyle for the wider community.