France And USA Dominate Jersey In An Incredible Weekend Of SLT
30 September 2018 – St Helier, Jersey:
Super League Triathlon (SLT) came to Jersey with a BANG and we saw some of the most exciting racing in professional triathlon spread across two days of action. The beauty of SLT is in it’s design, making the frantic racing and jeopardy ripple right back through the field as athletes fight to maintain position and stay in the race!
Day one saw both the female and male field take on the TRIPLE MIX which shakes up the existing format and provides three individual races of SWIM, BIKE, RUN but in different orders with a 10 min break in-between races.
The female field was first up, with 21 year old Cassandre Beaugrand of France producing a dominating display to take the win, followed closely by last year’s champion Katie Zaferes, and Ashleigh Gentle rounding off the podium.
On the male side another French athlete took out the TRIPLE MIX with 29 year old Vincent Luis wining in style, beating Henri Schoeman into second place, and leaving Kristian Blummenfelt to take the third step of the podium.
These two dominating victories by powerful and on form athletes left an ominous feeling going into day two – was it going to be a French whitewash with repeat winners across both days or could the existing SLT royalty pull something out of the bag?
Day two put the tired legs up against the ENDURO – one of the most savage formats SLT has derived to this point, SWIM, BIKE, RUN yes but three times with no break in between. This format takes the short distance triathlon and transforms it into a brutal test of stamina and endurance as the athlete puts their body through the ringer to stay in touch.
It was fast from the gun and on the woman side, Katie Zaferes proved exactly why she is the champion that she is and showed true class as she took the race by the scruff of the neck and did not let go. She led home Kirsten Kasper, and the winner from the previous days racing, Cassandre Beaugrand, coming home in third. With Cassandre slipping to the third spot and Katie taking a step up from second to first it meant Katie was the one to take the overall Championship Weekend victory and with it the series lead going forward.
On the mens side the racing was frantic with changes of lead right up until the very last lap and almost until the final corner of the run. It was Vincent Luis who again showed he is someone to watch as the series continues by taking out the victory in front of Henri Schoeman, with a much improved Richard Murray taking the third spot. Vincent’s second victory in as many days means he takes the Championship Weekend victory and the lead in the series as we head to Malta.
SLT now takes a four week break but will be back on 27-28th October for the second Championship Weekend in Malta, followed the weekend after with the third Championship in Mallorca.
Jersey Championship Weekend:
Overall Podium and Championship Standings:
- Katie Zaferes
- Cassandre Beaugrand
- Kirsten Kasper
- Vincent Luis
- Henri Schoeman
- Kristian Blummenfelt
Download a selection of imagery from the weekend’s races here, and you can check out all the pictures from Jersey by searching for ‘Super League Triathlon’ at smugmug.com. Also, watch the full coverage of all the races on our YouTube channel here !
You can catch the next SLT Championship Series event in Malta on 27-28 October. The live action of the races is free to watch at superleaguetriathlon.com and Super League Triathlon Facebook. For TV coverage, you can check local listings.