Super League Qualifier Series – 9 Men Out To Win It All
They are the Golden Tickets that the triathlon world was fighting for, and now our lucky nine men are preparing for life in the Super League Championship Series 2019.
Super League Ottawa marked the last chance to make it to the start line of RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey on September 28-29.
The three Golden Ticket winners from an epic weekend of racing in Canada’s capital city will join the top ten athletes from the 2018 Championship Series, six other Qualifiers, and six Wildcards in Jersey.
So just what can we expect from our qualifiers?
It seems so long ago already that Super League’s Qualifiers kicked off in style on the tropical island of Bali.
Ryan Fisher took out wins over both days of the weekend to secure his spot in style and mark an incredible comeback to short course racing. Having moved to long course disciplines following the 2016 Olympic Games, and previously almost quitting the sport for AFL, Fisher was tempted back by a go at Super League, and now the all-round skillset he has developed and his determined mindset with his crossover make him a real threat.
Also getting through in Bali were French duo Raphael Aurelien and Anthony Pujades. Experienced Aurelien and 27-year-old Pujades are both from the hugely successful Poissy Tri group which means they are well rounded athletes.
Poland played host to the second round of Qualification and it was Russian brothers Igor Polyanskiy and Dmitry Polyanskiy who battled through in first and third respectively. Igor’s mega swim capability could change the dynamic of races and will put pressure on the likes of Vincent Luis and Henri Schoeman, who are used to being up front throughout.
Great Britain’s Chris Perham also made it through and is another superb swimmer, having won a medal at the British Swimming Championships. He and Igor will surely shake things up in the water.
Super League’s bike segments just got a whole lot more interesting with Ryan Bailie, known for his cycling prowess, in the mix after winning in Canada. Expect him to go hard off the front whenever he can, joining aggressive racers such as Ben Kanute, or if he falls behind to drag a pack up.
Aiden Longcroft-Harris and Michael Arishita were the final two winners of Golden Tickets. Longcroft-Harris is another former swimmer who can take it out at the front, while Arishita comes from a running background and so will rely on that to try and outsprint Super League’s fastest movers such as Hayden Wilde.