Macca’s Predictions for Super League Triathlon Poznan

Super League Poznan is here with the first opportunity for athletes from the pro ranks to qualify for the full Super League Triathlon Championship Series! This will be the first time in triathlon history we have seen a qualifier of this kind and with that in mind we caught up with 4 time World Champion Chris ‘Macca” McCormack to get his insight.

What are your thoughts on the new qualifier events for Super League Triathlon (SLT) and how this will shake up the expected order?

“The format of these super sprint triathlons make the racing so unique that the form guide can be thrown out of the window. Some observers may be tempted to select their qualifiers based on who has the highest Olympic ranking, but as our pilot event showed last year, being a World or Olympic champion is irrelevant. None of the established stars did anything of note in the series last season.

Speed kills and what Super League saw last year was the emergence of young talent highlighting this fact. If anyone was found lacking then this was exposed without the luxury of large fields and long predictable courses to tidy up mistakes.

Based on this it’s tough to make my predictions but I have selected the following male athletes to do something in Poznan. I’m all too eager to be proved entirely wrong as this would only solidify the fact that Super League Triathlon is the cutting edge within the triathlon racing arena and only the best survive.”

Macca’s Fast Five – Male

Andreas Schilling – Denmark

Strengths

SLT Experience

Bike Strength / Power

Racing finesse

Weaknesses

Run Pace

“Andreas Schilling will get a contract for the Championship series, but I truly believe he is looking to win the event and stamp his authority as a true contender for series honours. He has that type of talent, when he is on form”

Morgan Pearson – United States

Strengths

Run Pace (13:32 – 5K)

Self Belief

Weaknesses

Swim Pace

Bike Pace

“Morgan is a focal point for USA men’s triathlon and truly an athlete who if managed and trained correctly can have the same sort of upswing in performance that we have seen from Birtwhistle and even Brownlee. His belief in his ability to win is what impresses me the most about Morgan – one of my stars to watch and an athlete I truly want to see grab a contract to race. He could do anything”

Kevin McDowell – United States

Strengths

Resilience & Fight

Swim Pace

Bike Pace

Run Pace

Weaknesses

Inexperience

“An amazing story of resilience and fight; Kevin, as a young junior triathlete, was diagnosed with cancer (hodgkin lymphoma) after his first professional Triathlon race which threatened his career and his life. Since his return he has raced with a new zest for life and a positivity that is truly inspiring”

Andrea Salvisberg – Sweden 

Strengths

Experience

Support

Swim Pace

Run Pace

Technical Bike Skills

Weaknesses

Grit

“An absolute favourite with female fans, the good looking front runner is a crowd pleaser and a true professional. He will get a contract if he has his mind set on it, but tends to race better and expect more from himself when his back is against the wall. Look for him to be right near the front of the race from the onset”

Jonas Schomberg – Germany

Strengths

Swim Pace

Single-Mindedness

Weaknesses

Run

Temperament

He is without question the best swimmer in this field, but has a temperament and a talent that often clash. He is the perfect fit for SLT racing and his single-focused mindset will see him be successful if he can control his emotions.

The surprise about the women’s field is that it truly opens the opportunity to get into the Championship Series with many of the seeded global competitors caught out in French racing contracts. This has provided probably the biggest opportunity for many female racers to capitalise and avoid the loaded event in Canada which will be a last ditch race for entry to the series.

 Macca’s Fast Five – Female

Emma Jeffcoat – Australia

Strengths

Open Water Swim Pace

Aggressive Racing Temperament

Weaknesses

Unknown… Ominous

“She has the balance as an athlete to do big things in this field, the aggressive racing temperament to lead from the front and the growing experience in physicality and mindset to win this race. She will gain a contract to the series. An athlete to watch and one of the most popular young racers on the circuit”

Erin Densham – Australia

Strengths

Run Pace

Experience

Weaknesses

Race Form

“Her experience will make sure she is in the right place at the right time. I think the lack of big firepower in this field will give her the role as general on the road. If that happens, and her competitors fall into the “legend worship” trap, she will not only get a contract, she will win the race. Experience, when given a chance to shine, will always convert. Erin has that and more”

Gillian Sanders – South Africa

Strengths

Experience

Run Pace

Tactical Prowess

Weaknesses

Recent Injury

“Gillian is arguably Africa’s most successful female racer with Commonwealth Games medals from Glasgow and a consistent racing history that has seen her near the top of the women’s racing field for almost a decade. I am picking Gillian to get a contract on experience alone”

Desirae Ridenour – Canada

Strengths

SLT Experience

Talent

Desire

Weaknesses

Brute Strength

Bike Aggression

Positioning 

“One of the future young stars of the sport and the youngest athlete on the start list; Desirae has one thing that only one other athlete in this field has, and that is experience at SLT Championship racing. She lacks a bit of the brute strength and aggression on the bike and can be caught out with poor position especially in these smaller fields, without the horsepower to close down mistakes, but if she is in a position to strike for a contract she will seize it”

Beth Potter – Great Britain

Strengths

Run Pace

Experience On Big Stages

Weaknesses

Technical Bike Skills

“She has shown huge progression as a triathlete and at 26 years of age still has the youthful exuberance to be an extremely dangerous SLT racer. I am picking big things for Beth in SLT racing and from my standpoint she will gain a contract. She is one athlete I want to see in the Championship series as this type of pedigree does not shift across sports very often”

STARTING LINE UP

MALE
NOFIRST NAMESURNAMECOUNTRY
1ANDREASALVISBERGSWITZERLAND
2JORDIGARCIA GRACIASPAIN
3THOMASDAVISGREAT BRITAIN
4TYLERMISLAWCHUKCANADA
5CHRISTOPHERPERHAMGREAT BRITAIN
6KEVINMCDOWELLUSA
7MATTHEWSHARPECANADA
8KARSTENMADSENCANADA
9ANDREASSCHILLINGDENMARK
10MICHALOLIWAPOLAND
11ROSTYSLAVPEVTSOVAZERBAIJAN
12OLIVERTURNERJERSEY
13OSCARCOGGINSHONG KONG
14BARTOSZSMEDAPOLAND
15JONASSCHOMBURGGERMANY
16ALOISKNABLAUSTRIA
17UXIOABUIN ARESSPAIN
18JOHNRASMUSSENCANADA
19JACEKKRAWCZYKPOLAND
20ROBERTCZYSZPOLAND
21TOMASZSZALAPOLAND

 

FEMALE
NOFIRST NAME SURNAMECOUNTRY
1EMMAJEFFCOATAUSTRALIA
2ERINSTORIEUSA
3GILLIANSANDERSSOUTH AFRICA
4DESIRAERIDENOURCANADA
5ERINDENSHAMAUSTRALIA
6EMMAJACKSONAUSTRALIA
7MARIACZESNIKPOLAND
8DOMINIKAJAMNICKYCANADA
9AGNIESZKAJERZYKPOLAND
10-BETHPOTTERGREAT BRITAIN
11GRACEMUSGROVEAUSTRALIA
12KLAUDIASEBOKHUNGARY