22 August

Triathlon Powerhouses USA vs. Great Britain

No doubt Great Britain currently rules Olympic triathlon, with the Brownlees having led the charge on the men's side the past two Olympic cycles, Non Stanford and Helen Jenkins taking World Triathlon Series (WTS) championships, and Vicky Holland clinching a bronze in Rio just ahead of Stanford.

Across the Atlantic, the US has a strong legacy of world champions on the women's side. Its latest incarnation is seen in Gwen Jorgensen taking back-to-back world championships and an Olympic gold medal, and American women taking medal sweeps at WTS races.

“Success breeds a culture of success,” says Super League Triathlon co-founder Chris McCormack. “What the Brownlees did with their success and the culture that they bred, it’s widened that success amongst the males and females in Great Britain. Vicky Holland really capitalized on training with those guys, you had Helen Jenkins as a favourite in London and young World Champion Non Stanford… When you’ve got Olympic and world champions in your national training camps, the clarity of what it takes, is right in front of you. The depth in the UK right now is simply mindblowing.”

The same goes for the US, McCormack says. “The yardstick being when you’re a young female athlete you’re looking up at Gwen Jorgensen and Katie Zaferes. You’re at training camps and at the biggest events in the world with them as part of the national team. You absorb everything. Gwen is the best, and is in the same uniform as yourself, and you absorb this mindset and culture as your own. It is contagious.”

These two nations arguably have the deepest wells of talent, with any of their top female athletes as leading contenders for any titles they contest. At Super League Jersey, they will all toe the line together, setting the scene for blisteringly fast and furious racing.

The US talent pool is deep. Katie Zaferes has had a meteoric rise through the ranks, taking only three years from her beginning on the International Triathlon Union (ITU) circuit to making the Olympic team last year. She has also figured in the three podium sweeps on the World Triathlon Series that trumpeted the USA’s dominance in the past Olympic cycle. Summer Cook led the sweep of the WTS Edmonton podium in Jorgensen’s absence last year and was named the ITU Breakout Star of the Year. Kirsten Kasper this year has shown a maturity and strength to her racing that has moved her to a top-five world ranking.

McCormack tags young talent Taylor Spivey as one to watch especially after her breakthrough podium at WTS Leeds only three years after she turned pro in 2014. “The other women are consistently performing, but they’ve been at the game longer. She’s an athlete to look for. She seems to have come a long way and has a nice way of racing. She’s just a opportunistic racer, which signals a smart racing head on her shoulders. You can develop talent, but racing smarts can take years to perfect. She is mature beyond her racing experience in this sense.”

Great Britain’s racers at Super League Jersey draw not just from talent, but also experience. Lucy Hall, Jodie Stimpson, and Non Stanford have a combined 159 starts, 48 podiums, and 27 wins between them. They also compete fiercely against each other for Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games selection.

Emma Pallant is the outsider, an under-23 European cross-country champion turned triathlete, two-time duathlon world champion, and Ironman 70.3 UK winner. Super League Triathlon is her opportunity to compete against the women she doesn’t get to compete against because, according to McCormack, “She doesn’t toe the federation lines. She’s doing 70.3 because she was shut out of the Olympic program. She never had the opportunity to showcase her talent as an ITU racer because she didn’t want to go to Leeds and leave her coach Michelle Dillon who’s a dual Olympian for Great Britain. If she can reconvert her racing speed after a couple of years at long distance racing, she has the point to prove that could be pivotal in determining results at Super League Triathlon’s dynamic mixed-format racing.”

It will be a mighty clash on 23-24 September in Jersey. With the way their strengths may play out, shoulder-to-shoulder racing will start from the gun as the Americans and the British are well-matched in the water. The Americans are more aggressive on the bike, but on the run it’s once again a toss-up.

“The Brits have a gritty style of racing and I would tend to give the edge to them if the distances are longer and it gets into a match race,” says McCormack. “But the Americans are younger racers. Youth and inexperience have unpredictability and raw speed, which is so beneficial in Super League racing.”

Which of these two triathlon nations will rule Super League Jersey, and will it be a top name or a dark horse? Join the conversation on social media. Follow Super League Triathlon on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and use our hashtags #IAmSuperLeague #ItsWorthIt

 

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16 August

MEET THE CORPORATE TEAMS COMPETING IN ONE OF THE WORLD'S BIGGEST TRIATHLONS

Fifty of the world’s leading triathletes, including 25 Olympians, will compete for round two of the Super League Triathlon crown on 23rd and 24th September 2017, in Jersey, UK. They will be joined by teams of corporates, including Santander Group, UBS AG, First Names Group, Ravenscroft Group, and others looking to test themselves at the same event as the best triathletes in the world.

The men’s line-up will include Jonny Brownlee from the UK, rivals Javier Gomez Noya and Mario Mola Diaz from Spain, and Richard Murray from South Africa, as well as 20 other leading male triathletes. The women’s racing will see leading Brits including Jodie Stimpson, Lucy Hall and Non Stanford taking on Olympian Nicola Spirig from Switzerland, Olympic bronze medallist Erin Densham from Australia and the current American World Triathlon Series leader Katie Zafares, among many other leading female triathletes.

Expanding upon the Championship format, Super League Jersey will also feature a corporate triathlon event. Companies will be able to enter two Corporate or VIP teams to race in the ‘Corporate Mix’ format, on the same course as the professional athletes. The ‘Corporate Mix’ will allow companies to compete against each other, with the scores being a total of their teams’ sponsored pro athletes and their own team relays.

Super League Triathlon co-founder and Managing Director, Michael Dhulst, commented: “‘Corporate Mix’ partners will gain access to the world’s greatest triathletes, including Jonny Brownlee, and will enjoy unique corporate hospitality opportunities for their clients. Corporates will be able to race in their own teams with two of the world’s best triathletes, with corporate branding on the front of the race uniforms.”

The inaugural event in Australia gained world-wide exposure, reaching 388 million households on television, as well as nearly ten million video views and impressions on social media. As a result of this, in excess of five million pounds’ worth of media value was delivered to sponsors across live, packaged and digital content.

Super League Triathlon’s ground-breaking television and digital coverage will be even better at Super League Jersey, as they partner with leading sport and entertainment agency Lagardère. All racing will be broadcast live with programming distributed across international broadcast partners and digital channels making it easy for fans in any time zone to view programming live or on demand.

The continued attractiveness of Super League Triathlon was again demonstrated recently by the launch coverage of this year’s Jersey event, which reached almost 120 million people last month.

Susan Clark, Head of Marketing at Santander International commented: “Santander International are delighted to be involved with Super League Triathlon and look forward to welcoming everyone to Jersey in September.”

Andy Ruddy, Financial Director at global trust and corporate services provider First Names Group, commented: “It is fantastic that the world’s best triathletes are coming to Jersey to compete in an event of this calibre. First Names Group are thrilled to partner the highest profile event the Island has ever hosted and look forward to giving some of our ‘First Names’ the opportunity to compete in the Super League ‘Corporate Mix’ Cup which will be an incredible experience for all involved.”

Haydn Taylor, Managing Director of Ravenscroft Group’s Jersey offices said: “Ravenscroft is a significant sponsor of sport in the Channel Islands and we are proud to support some of the islands’ successful athletes including triathletes Jack Kennedy, Andrea Nightingale and Josh Lewis. We recognise talent, within the wider community and in our own teams, and are committed to nurturing it. The Super League Triathlon is a huge event for Jersey and we look forward to playing a part in showcasing the island to a global audience through the extensive media coverage the weekend will attract.”

Corporate Super League Triathlon partners have the unique opportunity to reward employees, excite partners and attract new business opportunities. Spectator travel packages will also soon be announced via Super League Jersey’s travel partner, Nirvana Europe.

 

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16 August

Jersey Evening Post - Mixing it with the Olympians

Corporate Mix will give companies 'access to the world's greatest triathletes'

A CORPORATE competition will be run alongside the main championship format when the Super League Triathlon visits Jersey, organizers have announced.

Fifty of the world's leading triathletes, including 25 Olympians, will compete at the event on 23 and 24 September, and they will be joined by teams of corporates who aim to test themselves around exactly the same course.

Companies will be able to enter two corporate or VIP teams to race in the 'Corporate Mix' format. The Corporate Mix will allow companies to compete against each other, with the scores being a total of their own relay times plus the performance of their sponsored pro athletes.

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16 August

EUBankers - Corporate teams will join world’s leading triathletes in Jersey

08/10/2017 by News Team

50 of the world’s leading triathletes, including 25 Olympians, will compete for round two of the Super League Triathlon crown on 23rd and 24th September 2017, in Jersey, UK.

They will be joined by teams of corporates, including Santander Group, UBS AG, First Names Group, Ravenscroft Group, and others looking to test themselves at the same event as the best triathletes in the world.

Susan Clark, Head of Marketing at Santander International commented: "Santander International are delighted to be involved with Super League Triathlon and look forward to welcoming everyone to Jersey in September.”

Andy Ruddy, Financial Director at global trust and corporate services provider First Names Group, commented: "It is fantastic that the world’s best triathletes are coming to Jersey to compete in an event of this calibre. First Names Group are thrilled to partner the highest profile event the Island has ever hosted and look forward to giving some of our ‘First Names’ the opportunity to compete in the Super League ‘Corporate Mix’ Cup which will be an incredible experience for all involved."

Haydn Taylor, Managing Director of Ravenscroft Group’s Jersey offices said: “Ravenscroft is a significant sponsor of sport in the Channel Islands and we are proud to support some of the islands’ successful athletes including triathletes Jack Kennedy, Andrea Nightingale and Josh Lewis. We recognise talent, within the wider community and in our own teams, and are committed to nurturing it. The Super League Triathlon is a huge event for Jersey and we look forward to playing a part in showcasing the island to a global audience through the extensive media coverage the weekend will attract.”

Read the full article at EUBankers (registration required).

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16 August

International Finance - Corporate Teams Will Join World's Leading Triathletes in Jersey

Corporates will be able to race in their own teams with the best triathletes
 
IFM Correspondent
August 14, 2017
 

Expanding upon the Championship format, Super League Jersey will also feature a corporate triathlon event. Companies will be able to enter two Corporate or VIP teams to race in the ‘Corporate Mix’ format, on the same course as the professional athletes. The ‘Corporate Mix’ will allow companies to compete against each other, with the scores being a total of their teams’ sponsored pro athletes and their own team relays.

Super League Triathlon Co-founder and Managing Director, Michael Dhulst, commented: “‘Corporate Mix’ partners will gain access to the world’s greatest triathletes, including Jonny Brownlee, and will enjoy unique corporate hospitality opportunities for their clients. Corporates will be able to race in their own teams with two of the world’s best triathletes, with corporate branding on the front of the race uniforms.”

Read the full article at International Finance

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16 August

Finance Monthly - Meet The Corporate Teams Competing In One Of The World’s Biggest Triathlons

Santander Group, UBS AG, First Names Group, Ravenscroft Group, and others are looking to test themselves at the same event as the best triathletes in the world.

By Finance Monthly Last updated Aug 14, 2017

50 of the world’s leading triathletes, including 25 Olympians, will compete for round two of the Super League Triathlon crown on 23rd and 24th September 2017, in Jersey, UK. They will be joined by teams of corporates, including Santander Group, UBS AG, First Names Group, Ravenscroft Group, and others looking to test themselves at the same event as the best triathletes in the world.

The men’s line-up will include Jonny Brownlee from the UK, rivals Javier Gomez Noya and Mario Mola Diaz from Spain, and Richard Murray from South Africa, as well as 20 other leading male triathletes. The women’s racing will see leading Brits including Jodie Stimpson, Lucy Hall and Non Stanford taking on Olympian Nicola Spirig from Switzerland, Olympic bronze medallist Erin Densham from Australia and the current American World Triathlon Series leader Katie Zafares, among many other leading female triathletes.

Read the full article at Finance Monthly

 

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25 July

Triathlon World - Next Super League Triathlon set for Jersey, UK

It would have been suicidal for the Super League to run their next event without women, so it comes as little surprise that the next event in the series will both men's and women's races with 25 athletes in each field.

Details on the the final fields are still to be released, but here's what we know so far:

Two days of events are planned included a Triple Mix on Saturday that will see athletes compete in three stages with alternating sequences of swim, bike and run. Sunday features an Eliminator race that again features three stages with the top 16 from the first race moving to the second round, with the top 10 from that race heading into the final.

Read the full article at Triathlon World

 
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25 July

220 Triathlon - Super League Triathlon comes to Jersey

The organisers of the new Super League Triathlon, which debuted in Australia in March, have announced that Jersey will be the second location of the event. Fifty of the world’s leading male and female triathletes, including 25 Olympians from around the world, will compete in the Channel Islands, UK, for the Super League Triathlon crown from 23-24 September 2017.

Read the full article at 220 Triathlon

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25 July

Washington Business Journal - World's Leading Triathletes to Compete in Jersey, UK, for Super League Crown

The men's line-up will include the Brownlee brothers from the UK, their rivals Javier Gomez Noya and Mario Mola Diaz from Spain, and Richard Murray from South Africa, as well as 20 other leading male triathletes.

The women's racing will see leading Brits including Vicky Holland, Jodie Stimpson, Lucy Hall and Non Stanford taking on three-times Olympian Flora Duffy from Bermuda, Olympic bronze medallist Erin Densham from Australia and the current American World Triathlon Series leader Katie Zafares, among many other leading female triathletes.

The Super League Triathlon event in Jersey is offering equal prize money of US$130,000for both the men and women triathletes. Super League Triathlon Co-Founder Michael Dhulst commented: "With $130,000 in prize money on offer at Super League Jersey, it's high-stakes, high-octane racing with huge consequences for any mistakes. This is a sensational race course and an incredible location for spectators."

Read the full article at Washington Business Journal

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