Super League Triathlon announces exciting new 2019/20 Championship Series
Super League Triathlon (SLT) is set to continue its exciting growth and can today confirm a new and expanded Championship Series for 2019/20.
After a stellar two years helping to redefine the sport, SLT will shortly announce a host of new races and venues as the most action packed and lucrative Series in the history of triathlon accelerates its dramatic development.
The 2019/20 Championship Series will kick-off shortly with events in Jersey on 28-29 September and Malta on 19-20 October. There will then be a pause to allow athletes to concentrate on the Olympics before a further five races in 2020.
In addition, there will also be a raft of new Qualifier races in the first half of 2020.
Super League Triathlon’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael D’Hulst, said:
“This is a very exciting moment for Super League and the sport of triathlon.
“We have achieved dramatic growth in a very short space of time, and we are now ready to take SLT to the next level.
“Our desire has always been to build on the amazing success of Super League Triathlon and grow into a bigger Championship Series, and this allows us to fulfil that aim, while also respecting the desire of athletes to compete in the Olympics.
“The 2019/20 Championship Series will straddle the Olympics and will give fans of the sport even more exciting and captivating races than ever before while athletes will gain massively both in terms of worldwide exposure and the chance to earn huge prize purses.
“There is no doubt this is an important moment for our sport and we are committed to delivering the most exciting and lucrative Championship Series in the sport’s history in 2019/20 and beyond.”
This year’s Jersey and Malta races will serve as the start of the 2019/20 Championship Series with another five races to come between August-November 2020.
Two of Great Britain’s most established triathletes, two-time Olympic Medalist Jonny Brownlee and Sophie Coldwell were also on-site as this announcement was made in the heart of London’s business district.
Jonny Brownlee said,
“It’s a game-changing format – it’s almost as though the rules of triathlon have been thrown up in the air. The fact that you can change the format, the way it’s watched… it’s incredible.
“In training, I’ve been doing shorter, faster stuff to get ready for Super League, because it’s something I want to win. It’s the best all-round athlete who wins and as a competitor, that’s the title you want to hold.”
Sophie Coldwell, one of Team GB’s rising stars, also added,
“Expanding the Super League season is great for us as athletes, it’s great for those locations, and it’s great for triathlon as a whole. If the sport can be fed to more places, more people, more children, then that’s brilliant. And for us as competitors, it’s a fantastic opportunity to be able to have more races at this level.”
There are also set to be at least four Qualifiers earlier in 2020 to allow athletes the chance to win a place in the rest of the Series. As a result, the 2019/20 Championship Series table will take into account an athlete’s top six results over the course of the entire season, meaning even new Qualifiers have the opportunity to win the title and coveted contracts.