Championship Series

The Ultimate Guide to the Championship Series

What is Super League Triathlon?

Super League Triathlon (SLT) is the Champions League of Professional Triathlon, pitching the very best swim-bike-run athletes against each other in fast and exciting race formats in fantastic destinations across the globe.

The Championship races are broadcasted to a huge worldwide audience via TV, digital and social media channels. You can also follow the Championship races on live our website.

Furthermore, we offer elite athletes as well as new talent the chance to compete at the highest level in the Qualifier Series. Apart from the professional racing, there is a variety of races for Age Groupers, young and junior athletes, corporate teams and run enthusiasts.

This ultimate guide is all about Championship Series. It covers its essence, explains how the athletes are selected, describes the race formats and rules, deciphers how the points are scored, and reveals the amazing prizes.

General

What is the Championship Series?

Championship Series is the series of races in which our athletes earn points towards the overall leaderboard. At the end of each season, the leaderboard decides who are crowned as the male and female Super League Championship Series winners. The winners are taking home the coveted Boguslavskiy Trophy.

There are a number of Rounds in each Championship Series season, culminating with a Championship Series Finale.

Super League is the only globally broadcast series that answers the question: Who is the fastest triathlete in the world?

General

How do you select the athletes?

At the end of each Championship Series season the Top 10 Ranked Athletes are automatically invited back for the next season.

The majority of the remainder is made up of Qualifiers – athletes who qualified for the Championship Series by winning in the Qualifier Series. The Qualifier Series are qualifying events taking place around the world allowing any professional athlete the chance to win a Golden Ticket into the Championship Series.

There are then a small number of Wildcards awarded to ensure the most exciting talent on the planet is on the start line.

Athletes

How do the races work?

Each Round is held over 2 Days. The Semi-Finals take place on the Day 1 (usually a Saturday), with the Final on Day 2 (usually a Sunday).

The line-ups for the two Semi-Finals are decided by a random draw with the athletes seeded into two baskets: one basket containing the Top 10 Ranked Athletes from the previous year and the other the Qualifiers and Wildcards.

The Top 5 from both Semi-Finals and the 5 fastest times of athletes who were outside of those positions make the cut to be among the 15 who start the Final.

Race

What are the race formats?

This is where Super League is truly unique. Super League’s standard distances are:

swim 300m
bike 4km
run 1.6km

Saturday’s Semi-Finals are always a continuous swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run with a mass start, totalling to 6 continuous stages.

The Finals on a Sunday can have 1 of 4 formats – Enduro , Triple Mix, Equalizer or Eliminator – depending on the course and the racing excitement factor.

Race

Race Format: Enduro

The Enduro is considered the most brutal format of all, requiring endurance and tactics. It adds on another round of swim-bike-run to the Semi-Final format, so there are 9 continuous stages.

The easiest way to think about it is: swim-bike-run repeated 3 times in a row without breaks in between. The added element of speed is tied into the race demands of The Enduro, with the slowest athlete eliminated immediately at the end of each discipline. The winner is the first athlete across the finish line upon completion of the entire race sequence.

Repeat x3

swim 300m
bike 4km
run 1.6km
Race Format

Race Format: Equalizer

Want to see how quickly these athletes can go solo with no drafting or pacing help? Then the Equalizer is for you.

After one discipline is selected – either swim, bike or run – the athletes race it as a standalone event. It is called an Individual Time Trial (ITT).
Stage 1

swim 300m
or
bike 4km
or
run 1.6km

Stage 2

The athletes are then set off based on their finish times in the ITT in a pursuit style to tackle a continuous swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run as in the Semi-Finals.

Repeat x2

swim 300m
bike 4km
run 1.6km
Race Format

Race Format: Triple Mix

Throwing the traditional swim-bike-run sequence out of the window, the Triple Mix shuffles the disciplines over 3 Stages.

Stage 1

Athletes have a mass start and race a swim-bike-run.

swim 300m
bike 4km
run 1.6km

Stage 2

Athletes have a mass start and race a run-bike-swim.

run 1.6km
bike 4km
swim 300m

Short Chute also comes into play in Stage 1 and Stage 2.

Stage 3

Based on their times over those races, it’s a Pursuit Style Start for the final bike-swim-run.

bike 4km
swim 300m
run 1.6km

At the end of each stage, athletes enjoy a 6 to 10 min. break based on the first athlete’s arrival time.

Race Format

Race Format: Eliminator

The Eliminator was the first ever format raced in Super League with 3 traditional triathlons (swim-bike-run) repeated x3 with 6 min. breaks between each stage:

Stage 1

5 Eliminations: 1 after the bike | 2 after the 1st lap of the run | the slowest 2 across the line

swim 300m
-1
bike 4km
-2
run 1.6km
-2

Short Chute is earned by the first three athletes across the line.

Stage 2

4 Eliminations: 1 after the bike | 2 after 1st lap of the run | the 1 slowest across the line

swim 300m
-1
bike 4km
-2
run 1.6km
-1

Short Chute is earned by the first two across the line.

Stage 3

3 Eliminations: 1 after the bike | 2 after each lap of the run

swim 300m
bike 4km
-1
run 1.6km
-2
Race Format

What is a pursuit style start?

The finishing times of each athlete on the previous stage determine at what point they are allowed to begin a race that starts pursuit style.

So, in Triple Mix the total times from Stage 1 and Stage 2 are calculated. The fastest athlete after those first two Stages of racing starts first for the final bike-swim-run.

If second place’s cumulative time was 5 sec behind, then they start 5 sec later. If the last athlete’s times for Stage 1 and Stage 2 were 45 sec behind, they start 45 sec after the leader.

The same format is used for the Equalizer, with the starts based on the ITT times.

Rule

Do all athletes complete the course?

Probably not! That’s what makes Super League so engaging.

In all race formats the 90 second rule is in play. So any athlete that falls 90 seconds or more off the pace of the leader at the end of any individual lap – note that’s a lap rather than an entire discipline – is shown the Yellow Elimination Flag and is out of the race.

If no athlete is eliminated by the 90 second rule, then in Finals utilising Enduro or Equalizer formats we keep the pressure on at the back, so the last athlete across the line in every single discipline completed is eliminated. This does not apply in Triple Mix because athletes are racing for their time towards the pursuit start in Stage 3.

The only other time 90 second rule does not apply is when the Super 6 rule is invoked. The Super 6 rule ensures that there are always a minimum of 6 athletes in a race and, therefore, six finishers. In that happens, the field has been well and truly obliterated!

Rule

What is a Short Chute?

Super League has a very special little twist up its sleeve as part of its constant innovation. It’s called the Short Chute.

That is, quite simply, a shortcut on the course. But not everybody can take it. It has to be earned.

A Short Chute is always awarded to the winners of the two Semi-Finals, no matter what format is used for the Final.

You can also get a Short Chute in Triple Mix’s Stage 1 and Stage 2. By winning an allotted discipline you earn the right to take the Short Chute on to the next discipline.

Rule

How do athletes score points?

Points are primarily accumulated according to the finish position in the Final race of each weekend of the Championship Series.

There are also Bonus Points to be accrued along the way for the fastest in swim, bike, run and transition disciplines across the series, and recurring rounds wins.

To see detailed race results or overall standings, please head over to results. During the actual race you can follow the leaderboard here. The instant results may contain minor errors. They are finalized within 24 hours after the race takes place.

Points

How many points do you get for a race?

All 15 athletes who make it through to the Final on Day 2 score points. It is 15 for the winner down to 1 point for 15th place.

The Championship Series Finale has additional points on the line with:

20 for the 1st,
18 for 2nd,
16 for 3rd,
14 for 4th,
12 for 5th, running down one point at a time with
1 point for 15th place again.

Points

What about the bonus points?

Bonus Points are largely connected to our Championship Jerseys, which ensure to keep things highly competitive at every stage of the race. The Jerseys have their own point system. The points are scored in both Semi-Finals and Finals, and are awarded to the quickest time of the day for the first swim, bike and run disciplines, and the total time in the first two transitions.

So, the fastest athlete in the first swim, scores 5 points for the Championship Swim Jersey Leaderboard. That rolls down to 1 point for fifth fastest athlete. As Semi-Finals and Finals are both scored, there is a maximum of 10 points up for grabs at each event.

At the end of the Championship Series the Jersey holder is awarded 1 bonus point towards the overall Leaderboard.

There is also 1 bonus point for any athlete that wins back-to-back rounds in the Series.

Points

Are there literally different Jerseys?

Yes. Topping a Leaderboard carries with it the right to wear a different colour kit to signify you currently lead that division. The fastest athlete in a particular discipline in a previous race wears the equivalent jersey in the next race. The Leaderboards are updated after every Final. The different colours worn by SLT athletes signify:

Pink Jersey

Overall Leader

Red Jersey

Run Leader

Blue Jersey

Swim Leader

Green Jersey

Bike Leader

Grey Jersey

Transition Leader

White Jersey

Youngest Athlete

White Jersey

All Athletes

Injured Jersey

Injured Athletes

Jerseys

What’s the prize money on offer?

Super League carries the richest prize purse in the sport. 1st place in each Final wins $20,000. The Championship Series winner takes home an extra $100,000.

There are big prize money pay-outs for all 15 athletes who compete in every Final, and significant bonuses for the Top 10 Ranked Athletes at the end of the Championship Series.

There is also $10,000 on the line for the overall winner of each of the different coloured Jerseys come the end of the Series.

On top of all that, each Super League contract comes with a commitment to be treated like a true professional. That means Super League pays for all flights, accommodation, food, and provides all-around support, bike mechanics, physiotherapy, marketing, promotion, social media support and much more.

Prize

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