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The Super League Triathlon Championship Series is back for 2022! In our biggest season so far, we host the world's fastest triathletes for 5 heart stopping races across September and October 2022, with more coverage and insights than ever before.
This year, SLT will visit London, Munich, Malibu and Toulouse with a Grand Finale to be announced. Also new for 2022, fans get the chance to own a team of star athletes.
In a unique move, fans who sign up to become Team Owners will help decide which athletes get drafted into the team, giving the chance to play fantasy triathlon in real life and have a huge impact on who wins the 2022 Championship Series. They will also get to input on a range of other team issues from kit design through to major tactical decisions.
Super League Triathlon (SLT) is the world’s premier swim-bike-run Series, pitching the very best athletes against each other in quick and exciting race formats in fantastic destinations across the globe.
The 2022 Championship Series will take place over September and October 2022. The series will be held in 5 iconic locations across the globe with the grand final, held 29th October, at a venue tbc.
SLT have been innovators and disruptors in the triathlon space since our inception in 2017, and 2022 will be no exception. This year will be faster and more furious than ever before. We will bring the best triathletes on the planet together, to do battle over our game-changing formats, and once again, redefine the sport for a modern audience.
The Championship Series is broadcast to a worldwide audience via TV, digital and social media channels, and our website.
The Championship Series is the ultimate in triathlon, offering significant prize packages for the Pros, and action-packed events on stadium-like courses, and designed for TV and digital broadcast product. This is the future of triathlon. In 2022, New Rules Apply.
This ultimate guide is all about Championship Series. 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 the Championship Series?
Super League Triathlon’s Championship Series is the season of races in which our athletes earn points towards the overall leader board. At the end of each season, the leader board decides who are crowned as the male and female Super League Triathlon Championship Series winners. The winners take home the coveted Boguslavskiy Trophy.
There are five events in the 2022 Championship Series, with amazing destinations around the world. Super League is the only globally broadcast series that answers the question:
Who is the fastest triathlete in the world?
In addition, there is the improved SLT Teams concept back for 2022 after a big debut last time out, as well as individual leader boards for those who lead the way in the swim, bike and run disciplines.
How do you select the athletes?
Super League Triathlon’s experienced internal selection team features industry leaders and former World Champions to help to select the most exciting line-up. From established stars all the way through to emerging talent, Super League assembles the best blend of athletes for dynamic racing. There are 20 female and 20 male athletes competing at each event on a single day of racing over Super League’s exciting formats. As well as the athletes contracted across the Series plus any injury replacements, the start list for each event will include a small allocation of Wildcard slots who will be announced in the week leading up to each race.
How do the races work?
Each race day features a star-studded men’s and women’s race, with everything on the line making it a nerve-wracking day for the athletes and compelling viewing for fans. All 20 men and 20 women get to the start line hoping to get the better of one another across whichever of Super League’s unique race formats are being employed on that day.
The events have 1 of 3 formats – Enduro, Triple Mix, or Eliminator – depending on the course and the racing excitement factor. And this is where Super League is truly unique. Although distances can vary slightly depending on the course, our standard distances are:
Swim: 300m Bike: 4km Run: 1.6km
The 2022 Championship Series will utilise the following formats:
Do all athletes complete the course?
Probably not! That’s what makes Super League so engaging.
In all race formats, the 90-second rule is in play. So any athlete that falls 90 seconds or more off the leader’s pace at the end of any individual lap – note that’s a lap rather than an entire discipline – is shown the Yellow Elimination Flag and is out of the race.
If no athlete is eliminated by the 90-second rule, then in the Eliminator format we keep the pressure on at the back, with a set number of eliminations after each discipline (see Formats tab for full details) . This does not apply in Triple Mix because athletes are racing for their time towards the pursuit start in Stage 3.
The only other time the 90-second rule does not apply is when the Super 6 rule is invoked. The Super 6 rule ensures that there is always a minimum of 6 athletes in a race and, therefore, six finishers. If that happens, the field has been well and truly obliterated!
What is a pursuit style start?
The finishing times of each athlete on the previous stage determine at what point they are allowed to begin a race that starts pursuit style.
So, in the Triple Mix and Eliminator formats, the total times from Stage 1 and Stage 2 are calculated. The fastest athlete after those first two Stages of racing starts first for the final bike-swim-run.
If second place’s cumulative time was 5 sec behind, then they start 5 sec later. If the last athlete’s times for Stage 1 and Stage 2 were 45 seconds behind, they start 45 seconds after the leader.
What is a Short Chute?
Super League has an exceptional little twist up its sleeve as part of its constant innovation. It’s called the Short Chute.
That is, quite simply, a shortcut on the course. But not everybody can take it. It has to be earned. And new in 2022, athletes can earn a Short Chute for their Team, with the manager deciding who to allocate it to live during the racing.
See the Formats section to see where Short Chutes can be earned and when they can be taken.
Can the athletes run barefoot?
Super League Triathlon has made the decision to insist that athletes must wear trainers for the run discipline from 2021. This is for athlete safety and to ensure a fair competition for all.
How will pontoon starting positions be allocated?
To avoid mass gatherings, the pontoon slot draw is being re-invented. The SLT Team Managers will take part in a random draw to decide who gets to select first. The Team Managers will decide on behalf of their Team. The pontoon will be split into five blocks of starting positions so an each Team starts together. The draw will take place the day before each race.
In the case of the Fan Team Cheetahs, the Fan Team Owners will vote to select their team’s starting point.
Where can I watch the Super League Triathlon 2022 Championship Series?
Please visit our broadcast information page to see the broadcaster for your region.
How many points do you get for a race?
The top 15 athletes score points in the regular Championship Series races. It is 15 for the winner down to 1 point for 15th place as follows:
For the Grand Finale, which in 2022 takes place in NEOM, there are extra points up for grabs. Here the winner is awarded 20 points and the roll down is as follows:
What about the Discipline Leader boards?
How Do The Points Contribute to SLT Teams scores?
Quick overview: each Team’s top three men and top three women in the individual leader boards after each race contribute their points a Team’s total. All swim, bike and run Jersey Leader board points also count.
For more detailed information on SLT Teams please visit our SLT Teams FAQ.
What do the different Jerseys mean?
Topping a Leaderboard carries with it the right to wear a different colour on your race kit to signify you currently lead that division. The Leaderboards are updated after every event. The different colours worn by SLT athletes signify they lead:
How do athletes score points?
Points are primarily accumulated according to the finish position of each weekend of the Championship Series. There are also points accrued along the way for the fastest in the swim, bike and run disciplines.
The top 15 athletes score points in the regular Championship Series races. It is 15 for the winner down to 1 point for 15th place.
For the Grand Finale, which in 2021 takes place in Malibu, there are extra points up for grabs. Here the winner is awarded 20 points and the roll down is as follows:
What about the Jersey Leaderboards?
The Jerseys have their own point scoring system. The points are awarded to the quickest time of the day for the first swim and transition, with the leader across the mount line after T1 picking up maximum points. For the bike, points are awarded for the first bike leg and transition, with the leader across the mount line after T2 picking up maximum points. The only exception is in the Equalizer format where the bike will be the ITT time. For the run it is the first across the finish line at the end of the first run discipline that takes full points. It means there is a lot to play for even in the opening stage of racing.
Points are awarded as follows:
At the end of the Championship Series, the Jersey winners each receive a $20k cash bonus.
Quick overview: each Team’s top three men and top three women in the individual leaderboards after each race contribute their points a Team’s total. All swim, bike and run Jersey Leaderboard points also count.
For more detailed information on SLT Teams and how it works please visit our SLT Team’s page and the FAQ there.
What’s the prize money on offer?
Super League offers a huge prize purse of $1.25m across the Championship Series, which ensures the best talent on the start line and seriously competitive racing. There are prizes both for event finishes, the overall Championship Series leaderboard, the winners of the various coloured jerseys and a guarantee every athlete will get paid prize money via SLT Teams. For a full breakdown of the money on offer at the 2022 Championship Series see THIS blog.
On top of all that, every Super League athlete is guaranteed to be treated like a true professional. That means Super League pays for all flights, accommodation, food and provides all-around support, bike mechanics, physiotherapy, marketing, promotion, social media and marketing support and much more. We have also supported the athletes with contracts which have helped them across the entire year and not just dependant on race results.
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