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Super League Triathlon’s blockbuster 2021 Championship Series kicks off in style as London plays host to the best triathletes in the world. West India Quay provides the stunning backdrop for the stars of swim-bike-run to take on Super League’s amazing formats outdoors for the first time in almost two years.
The event will set the tone for the rest of the Championship Series, with a fast start essential for all those harbouring hopes of challenging for the podium come the end of the month.
The water at West India Quay will offer a spectacular vantage point, but the real challenge for the athletes will come on dry land. A tight and technical course will be made all the more tricky by the presence of cobblestones in some areas, testing adaptability and biking handling to the max.
The race will be the first time that Super League has hosted a Championship Series event in the UK, and with so many top-level British athletes set to compete and an eager home crowd, the stage is set for a spectacular event.
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Throwing the traditional swim-bike-run sequence out the window, the Triple Mix shuffles the disciplines over 3 Stages. It tests the versatility of the athletes and whether they can keep track of what comes next in the heat of battle.
Mistakes in this format are costly, and every second counts on Stage 1 and 2 as they define Stage 3’s pursuit start. At the end of each stage, athletes have a few minutes to reset themselves and their equipment. Stage 1 and Stage 2 are mass starts with the order of swim-bike run and run-bike-swim. The accumulated times across Stages 1 and 2 set the timings for a pursuit start in Stage 3, which is bike-swim-run.
There are three Short Chutes up for grabs – for the first athlete across the Mount Line after the swim on Stage 1, for the first athlete across the Dismount Line after the bike on Stage 1 and for the first athlete across the Finish Line at the end of Stage 1. Short Chutes are won for a Team and awarded to an athlete during the race by their Team Manager. Short Chutes are to be taken on the first lap of the run in Stage 3. No team can win more than one Short Chute.
Tactics for survival are fierce as the 90 second rule is also in place, meaning athletes are eliminated from the race if they fall more than 90 seconds behind the leader after any discipline.
What is the Championship Series?
Super League Triathlon’s Championship Series is the season of races in which our athletes earn points towards the overall leaderboard. At the end of each season, the leaderboard decides who are crowned as the male and female Super League Triathlon Championship Series winners. The winners take home the coveted Boguslavskiy Trophy.
There are four events in the 2021 Championship Series, with amazing destinations around the world. Super League is the only globally broadcast series that answers the question: Who is the fastest triathlete in the world?
How do the races work?
Each race weekend features a star-studded men’s and women’s race, with everything on the line making it a nerve-wracking day for the athletes and compelling viewing for fans. All 20 men and 20 women to the start line hoping to get the better of one another across whichever of Super League’s unique race formats are being employed on that day.
The events have 1 of 4 formats – Enduro, Triple Mix, Equalizer or Eliminator – depending on the course and the racing excitement factor. And this is where Super League is truly unique. Our standard distances are:
Swim: 300m Bike: 4km Run: 1.6km
How do athletes score points?
Points are primarily accumulated according to the finish position of each weekend of the Championship Series. There are also cash bonuses to be accrued along the way for the fastest in the swim, bike and run disciplines across the Series. To see detailed race results or overall standings, please head over to leaderboards. The instant results may contain minor errors. They are finalized within 24 hours after the race takes place.
How many points do you get for a race?
The top 15 athletes score points across the regular Championship Series weekends. It is 15 for the winner down to 1 point for 15th place.
What’s the prize money on offer?
Super League offers a huge prize purse, which ensures the best talent on the start line and seriously competitive racing. There are prizes both for event finishes and the overall Championship Series leaderboard and the winners of the various coloured jerseys. Super League will announce its prize structure ahead of the start of the 2021 Championship Series.
On top of all that, every Super League athlete is guaranteed to be treated like a true professional. That means Super League pays for all flights, accommodation, food and provides all-around support, bike mechanics, physiotherapy, marketing, promotion, social media support and much more.
Want to find out more?
Check out the ultimate Championship Series Guide. It covers its essence, explains how the athletes are selected, describes the race formats and rules, deciphers how the points are scored, and reveals the amazing prizes.
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