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The SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift are back.
London will play host to the best athletes in the world doing battle in Super League’s unique mix of real-life and virtual racing with the London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park playing host on March 27.
British Olympic medal hopefuls Jonathan Brownlee, Alex Yee and Georgia Taylor-Brown are already confirmed to take on one of the triathlon’s most remarkable ever innovations.
Athletes complete three rounds of fast and furious action. The swim takes place in an Olympic sized pool and the bike and run legs on static equipment with the racing realised in the virtual world of Zwift, the world’s leading online training and racing platform, providing detailed data insights and up close and personal emotions of the competitors.
The SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift took the triathlon world by storm on its debut in Rotterdam last year, drawing a huge audience thanks to its innovative and exciting indoor race concept, and leading to the 2021 events securing global broadcast deals that cover more than 100 territories.
The athletes face three stages of swim, bike and run, with the order of the legs shuffled every round. Each swim is 200m, bike 4km and run 1km, guaranteeing maximum excitement and maximum suffering for the best of the best.
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Bike 2 laps | 3.8km & 16m elevation | Downtown Dolphin © ZwiftHacks
Run 1 lap | 912m | Bell Lap © ZwiftHacks
What are the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift?
The SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift are an innovative concept that blends in real life and virtual racing to deliver a new level of immersive viewing experience. It took the triathlon world by storm on its debut in Rotterdam and is back in two epic locations for 2021. With further innovations and more live data and in your face cameras the events will get closer to the athletes than ever before.
When are the races?
London plays host to the first 2021 edition of the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift on Saturday March 27. It takes place at the London Aquatic Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Rotterdam will host for the second time on April 18, with the Zwemcentrum taking centre stage for all the thrilling action.
How does it work?
The SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift is an amalgamation of in real life and virtual racing and provides an immersive viewing experience that allows fans to get up close and personal with the best triathletes in the world and enjoy live data.
The swim leg takes place in an Olympic sized pool while the bike and run disciplines are completed on Tacx Neo2T smart trainers and self-powered curved treadmills with the power and speed of the athletes turned into a visual race via Zwift’s online platform.
The TV broadcast brings together the best of all these elements to produce a captivating event, with in your face cameras of athletes in an enclosed environment showing their effort and raw suffering like never before.
What format will the athletes race?
The Pros will be racing Super League’s unique Triple Mix format.
That means three short, sharp and unpredictable stages that all feature swim, bike and run and offer no respite to the athletes with the added challenge that the order of the disciplines is shuffled each time.
There is a very short break of around a couple of minutes between the three stages, with each starting at a set time. That will reward those that finish quickest by giving them a longer rest period.
The results of the three individual stages will combine to determine the overall winner.
What order will the races be in?
What distances will the athletes race?
The swim legs are 200m, the bike 4km and the run 1km.
How will the point scoring work?
For each of the three individual stages in the Triple Mix format all ten athletes will be awarded points. It is as simple as 10 points for first place down to one point for 10th.
The cumulative totals at the end of the Triple Mix will confirm the winners.
What if there is a tie?
In the event of a tie the athlete with the best result in the final stage of the Triple Mix will be placed higher in the rankings.
Which Zwift course is being used?
The athletes will bike and run on Zwift’s Crit City course.
Who is racing?
Super League has recruited the biggest names in the sport with ten men and ten women competing. There are Olympic medallists, world champions and even a couple of up and comers in a stellar field.
You can view the first athletes to be announced here on the races tab. Stay tuned for many more big names to come.
Is there prize money?
Yes, the Pros will be racing for cash to add extra incentive to race at full throttle throughout.
Is the event COVID secure?
Yes. As elite sports events the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift fully comply with all applicable local and national regulations. It is also designed with social distancing in mind with athletes swimming in their own lanes and bike and run stations more than 2m apart.
How can I watch?
The SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift has secured global broadcast deals.
You can see the confirmed broadcaster in your region in the Race section. We will publish full details shortly.
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