Behind the Scenes
5 Jun, 2020
4 min read
Super League Triathlon’s eSports Cycling Series is bringing together some of the biggest names in the sport to compete for individual and team glory over three weeks of intense racing on Zwift.
Prize money, national pride and the chance to be crowned the best cyclist in triathlon are all on the line in what is sure to be a gripping race series.
Want to know more? Read our FAQ:
It’s the best triathletes in the world coming together to compete in a virtual environment for prize money and the chance to prove they and their country are the best cyclists in the sport.
The roster is a who’s who of big names.
Double Olympic gold medallist Alistair Brownlee leads a British team which also features his brother Jonny and Alex Yee.
Super League champion Vincent Luis will be riding for France while a man widely regarded as one of the most powerful bikers in the sport, Kristian Blummenfelt, is representing Norway.
Sophie Coldwell has proved a massive success in virtual racing during the recent lockdown and is a strong contender in the female side with the full women’s line up to be confirmed shortly.
Men’s teams are formed by nation, so British riders represent Great Britain, French riders represent France and so on. There are one or two exceptions as a couple of athletes temporarily switch allegiances to take part.
Teams can contain more than four riders, but only four will race in each event. Guest riders are allowed but there must be a minimum of two Super League athletes in each team.
The women will be racing as individuals rather than teams.
Racing starts on Thursday June 11. It then follows a Tuesday (women), Thursday (men) pattern for the following fortnight, making five races in total. All races start at 7pm BST.
Men: Thursday June 11, Thursday June 18, Thursday June 25
Women: Tuesday June 16, Tuesday June 23
In every men’s race the combined times of the two fastest riders from each team will count towards the overall Team Classification Leaderboard.
Each race will also award points for the quickest athletes in intermediate sprints and KOMs/QOMs. The top five in each will score points – 5/4/3/2/1. The team with the most points from these elements picks up a cash bonus at the end of each race.
We also collate an informal individual leaderboard using the points awarded for the sprint/KOM/section plus for the top ten across the finish line awarded as 10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1.
The women will race as individuals rather than teams. The top eight point scorers in each race will earn prize money. Points will be scored as 5/4/3/2/1 for QOM and sprints and 10/8/6/4/2 across the finish line.
Yes, very much so.
Super League is supporting athletes during these challenging times and has arranged this series to keep them in the spotlight, earning money and providing exciting action for sports fans.
There is prize money in each race for the first three riders across the line in the men’s as well as a cash bonus for the team who accumulates the most points in the intermediate sprints and KOM in each race.
The big money is paid to the top three teams in the Team Classification Leaderboard at the end of the series.
For the women, prize money is paid to the top eight point scorers in each race.
The men and women will both race the same Zwift courses (and, of course, that means you can have a go at them too to see how you stack up).
Full details of the courses can be viewed here
Each of the five races will be broadcast live as part of a full hour long show also featuring interviews and analysis with Will McCloy joined by Chris McCormack and Annie Emerson. There will also be post-race interviews with the athletes on Instagram Live.
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