Ottawa in Canada will make its return to the Super League Triathlon Qualifiers calendar on July 4-5, 2020 after a debut in 2019, which saw Super League athletes ‘seize the rare opportunity to swim in the famous Rideau Canal – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.’
Next year’s Qualifiers will offer 18 professional athletes the chance to win their ‘Golden Tickets into the big-money Championship Series’, which resumes later in the year.
Ottawa is one of four Super League Qualifiers confirmed for 2020, along with events in Bali (3-5 April); Salinas, Ecuador (24-26 April); and Poznan, Poland (27-28 June). One further event to be announced in early 2020 will round off the season event list.
Super League’s 2019/20 Championship Series will resume after the Tokyo Olympics next August.
The stakes are high for pro triathletes in Ottawa, with the event providing the final chance to win a Golden Ticket to the 2019/20 Super League Triathlon Championship Series.
Only the top three men and women across the line will earn a contract for what is billed as ‘triathlon’s most lucrative professional race series, where spectators will be able to watch the best in the business go head to head, for free and at close quarters.’
As well as the pro athlete races, there will be opportunities for amateurs to get involved too, with Age Group Sprint, Enduro and Relay races on offer. The weekend will also showcase ‘some of the best young talent around, with Youth and Junior races adding to the mix.’
Super League CEO and co-founder Michael D’hulst said “Super League is delighted to be returning to Ottawa for the second time after a hugely successful debut year. There is a huge demand for Super League racing across the world, so it is fantastic to have a presence in Canada’s capital city and to give the chance for its thriving triathlon community to participate and spectate close to home.
“Super League will also deliver its famous spectator experience, allowing fans to get close to the action and enjoy a fun weekend for the entire family, as well as a whole host of racing options that offer something for everyone to enjoy.”
Jim Watson, City of Ottawa Mayor, said “Ottawa is thrilled to once again welcome Super League Triathlon to the nation’s capital, along with some of the best junior and senior male and female triathletes from around the world.
“Building on the success of the 2019 Super League Triathlon qualifying event, the 2020 Super League Qualifier will offer participants the opportunity to compete and swim in the UNESCO World Heritage Rideau Canal, while offering our passionate sports and triathlon community a unique spectator experience.’’