Super League Triathlon has today unveiled itself as “the future of triathlon” with huge prize money, superstar fields and action-packed racing formats that aim to tear up the sport and get more people watching.
So far, they’ve got off to an impressive start signing up the world’s best triathletes including two-time Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee (GBR), dual Olympic medallist Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), five-time ITU Triathlon World Champion Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) and reigning ITU Triathlon World Champion Mario Mola (ESP). They’re among twenty-five superstar athletes that have signed lucrative Super League Triathlon contracts for the championship series.
In what is a closed league series open only to athletes who have secured a Super League Triathlon championship series contract, all athletes will race in Super League Triathlon uniforms and chase USD $1.5 Million in professional prize money and incentives over season one of Super League Triathlon.
“Super League Triathlon is here to bring mainstream attention to triathlon and usher the sport into the big leagues of sport entertainment,” Super League Triathlon co-founder Chris McCormack said.
“All races are being broadcast live on television, on our digital platforms, and our racing and content focuses on what fans want to see. The racing is frenetic and action-packed but we’ll also tell the stories behind the racing. Don’t think for a second that it’s all happy families among our athletes. We’ll highlight the rivalries, the personality clashes and intensity of a closed-league, big prize money series. For triathlon and sports fans we’ll be taking them deeper into the inner sanctum than ever before.”
Super League Triathlon has dispensed with the traditional swim, bike and run formula with five unique race formats that provide variety, unpredictability and requires athletes to apply new strategy and race tactics in each format. Super League Triathlon race formats include a 300m Swim, 6km Bike and 2km Run with varying multiples and sequences of each discipline across the five race formats. The Super League Triathlon race formats for the championship series include ‘Triple Mix’, ‘Equalizer’, ‘Eliminator’ and ‘Enduro’. In each format athletes will compete for prize money, championship series points and the prestigious series leader jersey and the swim, bike and run leader’s jerseys.
“Our race formats are a game changer and we’re going to find out who is truly the greatest multisport athlete on the planet. We’ve seen it so often over the years with the Brownlees and Gomez dominating in short course and in long course we see a relatively similar story unfold race after race,” said McCormack.
“Of course, we’re expecting the blockbuster clashes between the Brownlees, Gomez and Mola, however, it may not always be at the front of the field. Our race formats also play to the strengths of the standout swimmers, bikers and runners who can destroy the traditional race strategy and lead from the front. And, then there’s the young brigade of super talented athletes like Jake Birtwhistle whose blistering run speed is made for Super League Triathlon racing. These next generation athletes have little regard for reputation and Super League Triathlon is the ultimate platform for them to shake up the establishment.”
The inaugural Super League Triathlon event will take place on Hamilton Island, located on the incredible Great Barrier Reef, Australia, with three days of racing on March 17, 18 and 19, 2017.
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