Everything You Need To Know About The SLT Arena Games Powered By Zwift

Justus Nieschlag wins the SLT Arena Games for Super League Triathlon

What are the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift?

The SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift are an innovative concept that blends in real life and virtual racing to deliver a new level of immersive viewing experience. It took the triathlon world by storm on its debut in Rotterdam and is back in two epic locations for 2021. With further innovations and more live data and in your face cameras the events will get closer to the athletes than ever before.

Rachel Klamer at the SLT Arena Games for Super League Triathlon

When are the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift?

London plays host to the first 2021 edition of the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift on Saturday March 27. It takes place at the London Aquatic Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Racing is 3pm-5pm local time.

Rotterdam will host for the second time on April 18, with the Zwemcentrum taking centre stage for all the thrilling action. Racing is 2pm-4pm local time.

How can I watch the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift?

We have broadcasters around the world covering the event live from London, as well as extensive coverage across our digital platforms and streaming on our website. We will make a full announcement shortly, but here are a few of the major key broadcasters:

UK: BBC – iPlayer and BBC Sport website

France: L’Equipe

USA: FloSports

Germany: Coming soon

Europe wide: Highlights on Eurosport

Vasco Vilaca Super League Triathlon

How does the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift work?

The SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift is an amalgamation of in real life and virtual racing and provides an immersive viewing experience that allows fans to get up close and personal with the best triathletes in the world and enjoy live data.

The swim leg takes place in an Olympic sized pool while the bike and run disciplines are completed on Tacx Neo2T smart trainers and self-powered curved treadmills with the power and speed of the athletes turned into a visual race via Zwift’s online platform.

The TV broadcast brings together the best of all these elements to produce a captivating event, with in your face cameras of athletes in an enclosed environment showing their effort and raw suffering like never before.

What format is the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift?

The Pros will be racing Super League’s unique Triple Mix format.

That means three short, sharp and unpredictable stages that all feature swim, bike and run and offer no respite to the athletes with the added challenge that the order of the disciplines is shuffled each time.

There is a very short break of around a couple of minutes between the three stages, with each starting at a set time. That will reward those that finish quickest by giving them a longer rest period.

The results of the three individual stages will combine to determine the overall winner.

Watch the video below for all the details.

What order will the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift races be in?

  1. The first stage will be swim-run-bike
  2. The second stage will be run-bike-swim
  3. The final stage will be bike-swim-run

What distances will the athletes race at the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift?

The swim legs are 200m, the bike 4km and the run 1km.

How will the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift point scoring work?

For each of the three individual stages in the Triple Mix format all ten athletes will be awarded points. It is as simple as 10 points for first place down to one point for 10th.

The cumulative totals at the end of the Triple Mix will confirm the winners.

What if there is a tie?

In the event of a tie the athlete with the best result in the final stage of the Triple Mix will be placed higher in the rankings.

Which Zwift course is being used at the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift?

The athletes will bike and run on Zwift’s Crit City course.

Jonas Schomburg SLT Arena Games for Super League Triathlon

Who is racing the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift?

Super League has recruited the biggest names in the sport with ten men and ten women competing. There are Olympic medallists, world champions, short and long course athletes and even a couple of up and comers in a stellar field.

The line-up for London is confirmed, with the announcement of Tim Don embargoed until March 8. The full line-up for Rotterdam will be confirmed after the London event, however, already secured are the headline names such as Georgia Taylor-Brown, Lucy Charles-Barclay, Jonathan Brownlee and Alex Yee.

London Line-ups

Women’s line-up: Lucy Charles-Barclay, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Sophie Coldwell, Kate Waugh, Ruth Astle, Beth Potter, Helen Jenkins, Alice Betto, Ilaria Zane, Anna Godoy.

Men’s line-up: Alex Yee, Jonathan Brownlee, Ben Dijkstra, George Goodwin, Justus Nieschlag, Leo Bergere, Vasco Vilaca, Jonas Schomburg, Tim Don, Reece Charles-Barclay.

For more information on the athletes please visit our dedicated London event page.

Lucy Charles-Barclay Super League Triathlon SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift

Is the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift COVID secure?

Yes. As elite sports events the SLT Arena Games Powered by Zwift fully comply with all applicable local and national regulations. It is also designed with social distancing in mind with athletes swimming in their own lanes and bike and run stations more than 2m apart.

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