Super League Ottawa: No Margin For Error
The pressure is well and truly on for six pros hoping to secure a return to the Super League Championship Series.
Only the top three in each category will earn a coveted spot in the 2019 Championship Series, which kicks-off in Jersey on 28-29 September.
And the competition looks intense as the field knows there is no margin for error with the final line-ups set to be sealed once race day is over.
So, who is returning to Super League in Ottawa and hoping to fill one those final few places in the Championship Series line-up?
The competition in the female division is unreal with some top class athletes lining up. McShane is the highest ranked athlete from the 2018 Championship Series taking part having finished just two spots outside of an automatic qualification berth in 12th. The Australian has been a model of consistency throughout her career and underlined that last season with finishes of 16, 9, 8 and 10 over Super League’s four events.
Another who competed in all four Super League events last season, Ridenour ended the season in 15th. The 20-year-old will have the advantage of racing on home turf in front of Canadian fans but knows from experience how hard Super League is having also competed in Jersey in 2017.
American former collegiate swim star Foley has lit up triathlon in just five years as a pro. She ended last season 19th in the Super League rankings but has improved still further and understands how to handle the formats.
The Jersey native is a big star on his home Channel Island and desperate to qualify for this year’s series and secure his space on the start line of the first Super League Triathlon Championship Series event of 2019 on 28-29 September. Turner warmed up in the Poznan qualifier and is hoping for success this time around.
The inspirational pro, who came to the sport late after deciding to lose weight, is 33 but a popular figure in his home country of Canada. Killam revelled in his time at Super League in 2018 where he finished 21st in the rankings and desperately wants a return.
Experienced Australian swim, bike, run star Bailie returned to Super League after competing in the Series Final in Singapore where he finished 16th, and his 2017 appearances in Jersey and Hamilton Island. The 29-year-old now wants to take that a stage further and ensure he is in for the entire Championship Series this time around.