Following a battle for qualification in Bali last month, and with the impending second Super League Triathlon (SLT) qualifier in Poznan, Poland on 28-30 June, the scene has been set for Canada’s capital city of Ottawa to host the third and final pre-series event on 3-4 August. This will be the last opportunity for pros athletes to fight for the final Golden Tickets to the main series later in the year.
Taking place at Lansdowne Park over Canada’s August Long Weekend, Ottawa’s historic Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – will be the focal point for the swim leg of the Pro, Age Group and Youth races. SLT athletes having the privilege of being the very first to race in the iconic waterway.
“Ottawa Tourism is thrilled to welcome Super League Triathlon to Canada’s capital this summer as part of our ‘Bid More, Win More, Host More’ strategy,” said Michael Crockatt, President & CEO of Ottawa Tourism.
“This distinguished sporting event brings some of the top world-class athletes to our city, showcases the best of our destination to the event’s international audience, and will result in significant economic impact for our community.”
2018 Canadian Triathlete of the Year and Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Joanna Brown witnessed the intensity and excitement of SLT racing last season. The Ottawa-born athlete said, “Ottawa will be a great host for the final Super League Qualifier. Even though it might be the seventh coldest capital city in the world, things really heat up in the summer and you’ll find tons of people meandering along the many bike paths or the 7.8km Rideau Canal.
“There are many reasons why Queen Victoria herself picked Ottawa to be the capital of Canada… I really hope that the participants of Super League feel the incredible vibe of the city and that the lucky few find some extra magic for those Golden Tickets.”
A ticket to the big league
The Qualifier events are billed as the best opportunities for up-and-coming athletes to have their ‘shot on the world stage, against the giants of the sport’. Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk earned his Golden Ticket in last year’s Poznan qualification event. This saw him go on to compete against the likes of World Champion Mario Mola and double-Olympic medallist Jonny Brownlee.
Tyler Mislawchuk said, “I was stoked to receive that Golden Ticket last year in the Poznan Qualifier. Lining up on the pontoon for the first Championship Series event in Jersey was insane. I was so nervous but the crowd was buzzing – it was unlike anything I’d done before.
“I think I really found my feet when I got to Malta and winning that second stage gave me so much confidence. It was just awesome to come away from the finale in Singapore with a podium finish for the weekend and ranking fourth overall for the season. Bring on next season!”
‘A treat for age groupers’
The Age Group (AG) races are ‘set to be as spectacular and memorable as the Pro events’.In addition to swimming in one of the oldest and most famous canals in North America, Ottowa’s picturesque 40-acre urban park will serve as the backdrop to the course. As with all SLT AG events, the amateurs will be able to choose between the Sprint or the Enduro formats, and they can take part as an individual, team or relay.
Super League Ottawa isn’t just for the triathletes. Those not wanting to bike or swim can join in the action in the 10k, 5k and 2.5k Fun Runs on the Saturday.
SLT co-founder and two-time IRONMAN World Champion Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack said, “Witnessing the hype Super League has created around the world has been incredible, and getting Age Groupers to participate on the same global stage as the pros is a huge part of the SLT mission. Age Group racing is very much a part of SLT’s DNA so we want to continue to make the series as inclusive and attractive as possible to both amateur and professional racers alike.”