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21 Mar 2019
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The temperature isn’t the only thing heating up as we approach Super League Triathlon’s first race of the 2019 Qualifier Series. The competition is fierce, the heat is soaring and the views are incredible as we countdown to the inaugural BCA Super League Bali!
The Asia Pacific region’s first SLT Qualifier has attracted 13 different nations represented across 35 male and 17 female professional athletes, all vying for the coveted ‘Golden Tickets’ to race the Super League Championship Series. Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack has revealed his Super 6 Predictions, and you can view the full start list here.
Australia fields the largest contingent numbering 19 athletes, including Ryan Fisher and Danielle de Francesco who took part in the 2018-2019 SLT Championship Series. Indonesia comes in second with eight athletes led by former Olympian swimmer Andy Wibowo, recognized as the nation’s top triathlete.
European champion Pierre Le Corre is one of seven French athletes who have made the long trip across the ocean to race.
Compatriot Sandra Dodet says, “I’m glad to be in Bali for a taste of Super League Triathlon’s races. I hope to be able to join the Super League family for this next season!”
Super League Triathlon venues are also represented. Karsten Madsen is a two-time ITU Canadian national cross-triathlon champion who has raced multiple times in Penticton, while Ollie Turner once again takes on the challenge to make Jersey proud.
Turner says, “The start list has been released and there’s some big names, so I need to make sure I’m on my A game come race day if I want to stand a chance of getting on the podium and gaining one of them golden tickets.”
Golden Tickets will go to the top three male and female athletes, so the heat of competition over the two-day event may be matched only by the heat and humidity they will face on the course.
BCA Super League Bali also features mass participation events catering to local and international multi-sport enthusiasts, resulting in host hotel Ayodya Resort fully selling out their rooms and a near-full triathlon takeover of Nusa Dua.
An estimated 90% of the total of 2,500 athletes racing across the run race categories, sprint triathlon, and enduro triathlon hail from Indonesia. This also marks Super League Triathlon’s first 10-kilometer run, in a nod toward the huge run culture that’s picking up steam in the nation.
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