5 Jun 2018
5 min read
Calling all elite triathletes, the world over, it’s here! The locations are chosen, the dates are set and the Super League Triathlon Championship debut season is roaring into view! Now is the time to line up and book a slot in the pro ranks using the innovative Qualifier Series – do you want to be part of the Super League Triathlon (SLT) pro field for 2018/19? Do you think you have what it takes to take on the best and hold your own on a global stage? Then it is up to you to prove it; not through some over filtered social media account that relies on likes or follows, but through ability, sweat, tactical awareness and pure speed!
The Super League Triathlon Championship is a closed series where the world’s best female and male professional triathletes compete under contract for a prize purse of $1.5 million! These weekends will see some of the fastest and most intense racing triathlon has ever seen from the sports most established performers – but we didn’t want to make it a closed book. In keeping with the vision of SLT to enhance and expand the sport we have created a Qualifier Series where YOU get the opportunity to demonstrate YOUR eligibility to race toe to toe with the pro field.
You won’t find any outdated qualifying criteria or points system, no reputation-based selection or past results being counted to boost you up the ladder – at the SLT Qualifier Series all that matters is how you perform over that weekend, at that location and in that moment in time. This won’t be a hand holding exercise but an all-out assault for the top placings which will see you gain a Golden Ticket and one of the 25 coveted Super League Triathlon Championship slots in your gender.
In total there are 50 professional places available in the full season (25 female and 25 male) with all competitors contracted to SLT. We offer three entry routes into the series all equally split between female and male competitors:
Professional triathletes from anywhere in the world can race to be in with a chance to participate under contract in the main series.
In order to apply to take part in one of the qualifying weekends an athlete will need to satisfy the following requirements:
Have the desire to put it all on the line over one weekend to prove you have what it takes!
Poznan Qualifying Weekend:
The first opportunity will come at Super League Poznan on the weekend of 29th June – 1st July 2018 where athletes will be tasked with racing the Triple Mix and Eliminator on consecutive days.
The Tripe Mix consists of a 400m Swim, a 6km Bike and a 2.4km Run but to shuffle the deck the race is formatted as below:
Testing the athlete’s ability to adapt and recover before racing again in a format their bodies won’t be used to will draw out the very best.
The Eliminator will be on the following day and consist of a 400m swim, a 6km Bike and a 2.4km Run again but will prove who has recovered well enough to take their performance to the next level:
Points will be allocated across the two days – point allocation detailed in link below – and an overall classification formed for both female and male athletes. The top 5 in both genders will be given a Golden Ticket and automatic entry into the Super League Triathlon Championship Series.
Penticton Qualifying Weekend:
The second opportunity will come at Super League Penticton on the weekend of 17th – 19th August 2018 where athletes will be tasked with racing the Equalizer and Eliminator on consecutive days.
The Equalizer Stage 1 will be held on the Friday with a 15km stand-alone time trial with these results deciding the seeding for the Equalizer Stage 2 on the Saturday.
The Equalizer Stage 2 will consist of a 300m swim, 2.5km run, 300m swim, 20km bike and a 2.5km run with the competitors seeded as per their time trial times. The fastest will start first with athletes following in a rolling start format using the time deficits they posted in the time trial.
The winner will be the first athlete to cross the finish line after the completion of the swim-run-swim-bike-run portion.
The Eliminator will be on the Sunday and consist of a 400m swim, a 6km Bike and a 2.4km Run in three repeats:
After the first run leg the last 5 athletes will be pulled from the course with the top 15 proceeding to Stage 2. The top 10 finishers will then battle it out in Stage 3 to take the victory.
As with Poznan points will be allocated across the two days – point allocation detailed in link below – and an overall classification formed for both female and male athletes. The top 5 in both genders will be given a Golden Ticket and automatic entry into the Super League Triathlon Championship Series.
As word spreads about this unique way into the Super League Championship we already have some recognisable names confirmed for the qualifiers. Professional triathletes the world over are registering to get their slot with names like Emma Jeffcoat (ITU Ranking – 23), Emma Jackson (ITU Ranking – 30), Tyler Mislawchuk (ITU Ranking – 30), Renee Tomlin (ITU Ranking- 33) and Kevin McDowell (ITU Ranking – 38).
These weekends will truly separate out those that have what it takes from the back markers so get in quick and register fast if you can see yourself racing in the most fast-paced, most dynamic and most unpredictable series triathlon has ever seen!
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