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Arena Games Triathlon 2023 (AGT) powered by Zwift is a trailblazing concept pioneered by Super League Triathlon.
The real-life and virtual reality blended racing provides an immersive viewing experience that allows fans to get up close and personal with the best triathletes in the world without leaving the comfort of their seat. The event also gives esport fans, and lovers of sports statistics, the chance to enjoy live data from the athletes in real time.
The 2023 Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series powered by Zwift will contribute points to the World Triathlon rankings, and the athletes who collect the most points will also be awarded the triathlon esport World Titles, at the series Grand Finale in London.
Each event will see multiple races with heats and a final to decide the points and the prize money. The Grand Final will also feature a repechage.
Heats will see two stages of swim-bike-run, while, come the final, the best pros on the day will race Super League’s unique Arena Games Triathlon format. That means 3 short, sharp and unpredictable stages that all feature swim, bike and run and offer no respite to the athletes, with the added challenge that the order of the disciplines is shuffled each time and a pursuit style start is adopted for the final stage each time they race.
The 200m swim legs will take place in an Olympic sized pool while the 4km bike and 1km run disciplines are completed on smart trainers and self-powered curved treadmills with the power and speed of the athletes turned into a virtual race via Zwift’s online platform.
There is a couple of minutes break between the three stages, each starting at a set time. That will reward those that finish quickest by giving them a longer rest period. The results of the three individual stages will combine to determine the overall winner.
Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift World Championship Series will expand to new destinations across Europe and North America in 2023 for another season of the award-winning format developed by SLT.
Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift seamlessly blends real-life and virtual reality and has quickly established itself at the cutting edge of innovation, enthralling fans with sell-out crowds and record broadcast viewing numbers as the best athletes in the business battle it out to be crowned the triathlon esports World Champion thanks to Super League’s partnership with World Triathlon.
Last year, it was Britain’s golden boy Alex Yee and Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist Beth Potter who claimed the inaugural Arena Games Triathlon Powered by Zwift World Titles, but there are plenty of others ready to try and claim their crowns.
Born in the COVID era, but promising a new generation of stars, the Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift is the future of indoor racing.
The overall winners of the Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series will be awarded the triathlon esports World Titles, at the Grand Finale in London. Furthermore, each event will contribute points to the World Triathlon's world rankings.
Montreal, Sursee, and London will all enjoy the return of fast and furious elite racing. Arena Games Triathlon Powered by Zwift promises edge of seat action from start to finish and an incredible spectator experience for fans.
This ultimate guide is all about Arena Games Triathlon. 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.
What is Arena Games Triathlon Powered by Zwift?
Arena Games Triathlon Powered by Zwift is an innovative concept that blends in real life and virtual racing to deliver a new level of the immersive viewing experience. The format took the triathlon world by storm with the debut of the SLT Arena Games in Rotterdam 2020 before successful follow-up events in London and Rotterdam in 2021. Then, in partnership with World Triathlon, it developed into a World Championship Series format for 2022, with Arena Games Triathlon Powered by Zwift, which went on to crown the world’s first esports triathlon World Champions.
Now, Arena Games Triathlon Powered by Zwift is back, bigger and better than ever before, with another action packed 3 event series in 2023. With further innovations, more live data, and in your face cameras, these events will get closer to the athletes than ever before.
When and where will the Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series Powered by Zwift 2023 take place?
In 2023, the Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series powered by Zwift series will take place in 4 iconic locations.
February 25, 2023: Montreal, Canada
March 12, 2023: Sursee, Switzerland
April 8, 2023: London, UK, Grand Finale
What is the concept?
Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift is an amalgamation of real-life and virtual racing. It provides an immersive viewing experience that allows fans to get up close and personal with the best triathletes in the world and enjoy live data.
The swim leg takes place in an Olympic sized pool, or in open water, while the bike and run disciplines are completed on smart trainers and self-powered curved treadmills with the power and speed of the athletes turned into a visual race via Zwift’s online platform.
The TV broadcast brings together the best of all these elements to produce a captivating event, with in-your-face cameras bringing you closer than ever to the athletes and an enclosed environment showing their effort and raw suffering like never before.
How does the Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series powered by Zwift work?
The Championship Series events will consist of both heats and finals. At each event athletes will need to qualify for the final race via a heat which will consist of 2 Stages (Swim – Bike – Run / Swim – Bike – Run). The second stage will be held in a pursuit format. Athletes will start in reverse order of their result in stage 1. The athlete with the fastest time will start first, every other athlete will follow with a time gap as per the result of stage 1.
Just 8-10 athletes from the heats (venue dependant) will then progress to the final. The final will consist of 3 Stages over Super League’s unique Arena Games Triathlon format (Swim – Bike – Run // Run – Bike – Swim // Swim – Bike – Run).
The competition times for each athlete will be added from the 1st and the 2nd stage. Pursuit starts for the last stage based on the time difference accumulated across the first two stages. The athlete with the fastest time, will start first.
The Championship Finals will follow a similar format but with a two-stage repechage offering an extra route to the big finale: a three-stage battle for the 30 athletes who make it onto the start lists.
For more information on formats please visit the Formats section.
How does the point scoring work?
The World Champions will be decided via a points system combining the results of the final in London plus each athlete’s best result at one additional Arena Games event. The results also contribute to World Triathlon’s world rankings.
The Series race winners will each receive 250 points, the Championship Finals winners 500 points, decreasing by 7.5% for each position thereafter. The Arena Games Triathlon World Champions will be the man and woman with the highest combined score from the Finals and one Series event.
Who is racing?
Official start lists for the Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift events will be announced in the run-up to each event.
There will be between 16-20 female athletes and 16-20 male athletes racing the events in Montreal and Sursee. The Finals, in London, will see that number grow to 30 female and 30 male athletes.
Is there prize money?
Yes, the Pros will be racing for cash to add extra incentive to race at full throttle throughout. However, there is not only money at stake, the Arena Games Triathlon Powered by Zwift will also crown the world’s first triathlon esports World Champions in 2023.
The winners of the Series events will get $5,000, while for the Finals it is $7,500. All athletes reaching the final of any event will earn prize money.
In addition, the World Champions will also receive $8,000 on top of what was earned in the races, with $6,000 going to the overall second-placed athletes and $4,000 overall third.
Where can I watch Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift?
Our broadcast partners will be showing uninterrupted coverage of the Finals of each event and are being regularly updated on our website. You will also be able to watch all the action, live, on our Website and YouTube Channel.
Where can I find Arena Games Triathlon Powered by Zwift tickets/ merchandise?
Official Super League Triathlon merchandise is available from the SLT Dryworld store HERE.
For information on how to spectate at Arena Games Triathlon Powered by Zwift, go to the ‘Tickets’ tab for the event that you wish to attend.
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