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Super League and Zwift are bringing triathlon back with the first major professional race of 2020 and a trailblazing new concept.
In a first for the sport, the SLT Arena Games will be an amalgamation of in real life and virtual racing and provide an immersive viewing experience that allows fans to get up close and personal with the best triathletes in the world and enjoy live power, speed and heart rate data from Zwift.
Developed as part of a new partnership between Super League Triathlon and Zwift, the global online training and racing platform, the SLT Arena Games will make its debut in the fabulous city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, on August 23 (1-3pm CET).
What are the SLT Arena Games?
The SLT Arena Games are an innovative new concept that blends in real life and virtual racing to deliver a new level of immersive viewing experience. They have been developed by Super League Triathlon in partnership with Zwift to add an exciting fresh element to the sport, with live data and in your face cameras to get closer to the athletes than ever before.
When is the first race?
Rotterdam will host the first ever staging of the SLT Arena Games on August 23 (1-3pm CET). The event will be the pinnacle of the Rotterdam Summer of esports, with a city that has already hosted an ITU Grand Final innovating again to produce the debut of the SLT Arena Games.
How will it work?
In a first for the sport, the SLT Arena Games will be an amalgamation of in real life and virtual racing and provide an immersive viewing experience that allows fans to get up close and personal with the best triathletes in the world and enjoy live data from Zwift.
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 amazing platform.
The TV broadcast will bring 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 90 second rule will be in play after each stage with athletes who fall foul of it being eliminated.
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.
Is there prize money?
Yes, the Pros will be racing for cash to add extra incentive to race at full throttle throughout.
What time is the racing?
The live broadcast runs from 1pm-3pm CET (12pm-2pm BST). The women race first followed immediately by the men.
How can I watch?
The SLT Arena Games has secured global broadcast deals.
It will also be made free to watch by Super League Triathlon on our website. You can click the link here to set a reminder or watch live on the day.
Will this be broadcast on TV?
Yes, depending on where you live. We will announce further details in race week.
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