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Vincent Luis has established himself as the most dominant athlete in the sport and the King of Super League Triathlon. The Frenchman’s journey to the top has been a long one and involved plenty of twists and turns along the way.
Jonathan Brownlee is a triathlon royalty with two Olympic medals and some of the sport’s most iconic moments to his name. Jonathan grew up with his older brother Alistair and younger sibling Edward in the village of Bramhope in Leeds.
Henri Schoeman is one of the few triathletes in the world to have an Olympic medal to his name and has developed into one of the most feared competitors on the global circuit. Henri was probably always destined for sporting greatness.
Hayden Wilde is a prime example of how Super League Triathlon can kickstart an athlete’s career – and give them a great nickname. Hayden was already accomplished at swim-bike-run as a junior on the less well known off-road scene but really came of age on the world triathlon stage racing Super League, where his amazing […]
Alex Yee could have pursued a career as an international track runner but instead has let his love for triathlon win the day. Born in Lewisham, London, Alex has always had a huge natural talent for running right from his school days at Kingsdale Foundation School in Dulwich.
Marten Van Riel’s story has taken him from a small town in Belgium to the top step of the podium on the world triathlon stage. Van Riel grew up in Loenhout as part of a sporting family and was a keen swimmer as a youngster.
Vasco Vilaca has exploded onto the professional triathlon scene after seizing his chance in Super League to put himself among the very best in the world. The Portuguese youngster got into triathlon from an early age thanks to his parents and their desire to learn how to swim.
Jelle Geens is the Belgian star ready to run his way to the very top of triathlon. Jelle’s sporting origins were on two feet.
Justus Nieschlag has moved from contender to champion thanks to his starring role in the inaugural SLT Arena Games in 2020. The German came into the event in Rotterdam ranked as an outsider, and left with the gold medal in his pocket, beating a stacked field to the title.
Jonas Schomburg has one of Super League Triathlon’s most unique stories. The German turned up at Super League Triathlon Jersey accompanied by his dad and attempted to persuade SLT founder and four-time world champion Chris McCormack, to let him race with the pros.
Richard Murray has become an icon of short course triathlon thanks to more than a decade of gutsy displays on the world stage and an engaging character that has made him both a popular and, at times, controversial figure. Richard was born in South Africa and grew up on a grain farm near Durbanville.
Tyler Mislawchuk made a great decision in leaving aside his ice hockey ambitions to pursue his career as a professional triathlete. The Winnipeg native was a huge fan of ice hockey as a youngster and played to a high standard.
Leo Bergere has one of the unique stories in sport as the boy who grew up in the jungle and became a world-class triathlete. Leo was born in France, but when his mum landed a job as a teacher, the family moved to the jungle of New Caledonia.
Matthew Hauser was given the dream triathlon experience when a chance encounter with Chris McCormack helped him get a place on one of the most coveted start lines in the sport’s history. Matthew’s father had been reading Macca’s book and happened to spot him in a local cafe, and the pair got chatting.
A Jersey man through and through, Ollie Turner has endless enthusiasm for the sport, and a determination to make his mark. Off the back of competing in the 2018 Commonwealth Games, his ambition is only matched by his talent, and he will be gunning to see the SLT series through to the end.
The former swimmer Joshua Lewis has some experience under his belt. He is only a comparative newcomer to the Professional racing scene having only discovered triathlon in 2016.
Katie Zaferes has gone from thinking that she didn’t stand a chance of earning a living from triathlon to becoming a World and two-time Super League champion. Zaferes grew up in Hampstead, Maryland, USA, and was always an active child.
Georgia Taylor-Brown has battled her way through potentially career-ending injuries to the very pinnacle of triathlon, culminating in being crowned World Champion in 2020. The Manchester-born athlete grew up in a sporting family.
“From supermarket worker to Olympic medal hopeful” was how the BBC summarised the remarkable career of Jessica Learmonth. It’s an inspirational fairytale that keeps getting better and better.
Cassandre Beaugrand is one of the new breed of triathletes who have been in the sport from a very young age. Her journey began as a runner, with her mother competing at middle distance and her father, Ludovic Beaugrand, working as a coach at the Livry-Gargan Athletics Club in her hometown on the outskirts of […]
With her running and triathlon ability having combined in perfect unison, Beth Potter has made headlines worldwide in 2021. Just a week after a standout performance saw Potter produce a surprise victory in the SLT Arena Games London.
Sophie Coldwell is a force to reckon with over sprint distances and secured one of her greatest victories when she was crowned SLT Arena Games Rotterdam champion in 2021. Born in Kent but growing up in Nottingham, Sophie was introduced to triathlon by her mum, racing a local event in Clifton when she was just […]
Taylor Spivey was a national champion in surf lifesaving before she found a love of triathlon that would become her career while studying in Florence, Italy. Spivey grew up in Redondo Beach, California, USA.
Rachel Klamer has spent the last decade as one of the most consistent performers on the world stage. Despite not even starting triathlon until she was 17-years-old, the Dutch star has more than made up for lost time with a reputation as an ultra-reliable athlete with multiple podiums to her name, including five in seven […]
Vicky Holland was something of a latecomer to triathlon but has certainly made up for any lost time with an Olympic medal and a World Championship title on her stellar CV. The Gloucester born Brit was a brilliant swim talent as a youngster before turning her attention to running.
Emma Jeffcoat has lived the Australian dream and used it as the perfect platform to launch a career in professional triathlon. Growing up on the Northern Beaches in Sydney, Emma enjoyed the most active and outdoors of lifestyles.
Yuko Takahashi can lay claim to being a lifelong triathlete. The Japanese swim-bike-run expert raced for the first time, aged just eight, and her love for the sport has kept her driven towards the goal of competing in a home Olympics in Tokyo.
One of the greatest tributes paid to Léonie Periault is that she has a legitimate claim to be France’s number one female triathlete. Given the outrageous strength of a team that also includes Cassandre Beaugrand, Emilie Morier and Sandra Dodet, that is quite an accolade.
Anna Godoy Contreras is keeping it in the family with her exploits in the world of triathlon. Anna’s father was an international triathlete, while her brother is also part of the Spanish team.
Maya Kingma has used her brain to help overcome physical issues and make her way to the top of the world in 2021. The Dutch athlete must be the most qualified in the field with a Bachelor in Psychology and a minor in programming and Artificial Intelligence.
Many top triathletes come from a swimming background – but Ilaria Zane may be the only one who has graduated from synchronised swimming. In her childhood in Mestre, Italy, Ilaria was focused on gymnastics before she found synchronised swimming.
Valerie Barthelemy is the epitome of a resident of the world who has put on hold a promising career to pursue her triathlon dream. Born in the USA to Belgian parents, Valerie lived in France, Thailand and the USA while she was growing up.
The Enduro is considered the most brutal format of all. Requiring endurance and tactics, the Enduro is a non-stop burst of swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run (9 continuous stages) without any breaks.
The added element of speed is tied into the race demands of The Enduro, with the slowest athlete at the end of each discipline being eliminated immediately. The easiest way to think about it is swim-bike-run repeated 3 times in a row without breaks in between. The added element of speed is tied into the race demands of the Enduro, with the slowest athlete eliminated immediately at the end of each discipline. The winner is the first athlete across the finish line upon completion of the entire race sequence.
Stage 1 Athletes have a mass start. SBRx3 without breaks.
Throwing the traditional swim-bike-run sequence out the window the Triple Mix shuffles the disciplines over 3 stages. Tactics for survival are fierce and athletes are eliminated from the race if they fall more than 90 seconds behind.
Short Chute also comes into play in Stage 1 and Stage 2. Mistakes in this format are costly and the fight to stay in the race will be the focus. Nothing will be left on the course! At the end of each stage, athletes enjoy a 6 to 10 min. break based on the first athlete’s arrival time.
Stage 1 Athletes have a mass start and race a swim-bike-run.
Stage 2 Athletes have a mass start and race a run-bike-swim.
Stage 3 Based on their times over those races, it’s a Pursuit Style Start for the final bike-swim-run.
Want to see how quickly these athletes can go solo with no drafting or pacing help? Then the Equalizer is for you! Favouring those with an aptitude for individual efforts, Stage 1 consists of an all-out solo time trial.
After one discipline is selected – either swim, bike or run – the athletes race it as a standalone event. It is called an Individual Time Trial (ITT). The times taken here will set the scene and provide gaps for Stage 2. Athletes who post good individual times in Stage 1 will be fighting hard to stay away from a charging main field over the SWIM-BIKE-RUN-SWIM-BIKE-RUN of Stage 2. Fastpack swimmers, bikers and runners will be battling to come through the field while those with a time advantage give their all to stay out front. The Equalizer will see the playing field levelled and racing in its purest form!
Stage 1 After one discipline is selected – either swim, bike or run – the athletes race it as a standalone event. It is called an Individual Time Trial (ITT).
Stage 2 The athletes are then set off based on their finish times in the ITT in a pursuit style to tackle a continuous swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run as in the Semi-Finals.
The Eliminator is the 1st ever format raced in Super League. It tests the resilience, stamina and velocity of the athletes in a pressure-cooker format where field position proves key over timing.
Athletes must finish high enough to not be eliminated whilst managing their effort against fatigue. 3 Stages of traditional swim-bike-run with 6-minute breaks between each stage, whereby athletes need to hold their ground and watch their backs in each Stage to be eventually crowned as the most tenacious and tough athlete on the Super League circuit.
Stage 1 5 Eliminations: 1 after the bike | 2 after the 1st lap of the run | the slowest 2 across the line. Short Chute is earned by the first three athletes across the line.
Stage 2 4 Eliminations: 1 after the bike | 2 after 1st lap of the run | the 1 slowest across the line. Short Chute is earned by the first two across the line.
Stage 3 3 Eliminations: 1 after the bike | 2 after each lap of the run.
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 2021 Championship Series takes place in September, with the best triathletes on the planet doing battle over game-changing formats that 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 prices for the Pros, action-packed events on stadium-like courses, and designed for TV and digital broadcast product.
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 leaderboard. At the end of each season, the leaderboard 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 four events in the 2021 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?
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 will be 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, the start list for each event will include a small allocation of Wildcard slots to be filled nearer the time.
How do the races work?
Each race weekend 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 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 4 formats – Enduro, Triple Mix, Equalizer or Eliminator – depending on the course and the racing excitement factor. And this is where Super League is truly unique. Our standard distances are:
Swim: 300m Bike: 4km Run: 1.6km
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 Finals utilising Enduro or Equalizer formats, we keep the pressure on at the back, so the last athlete across the line in every single discipline completed is eliminated. 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 Triple Mix, 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.
The same format is used for the Equalizer, with the starts based on the ITT times.
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. For example, you can also get a Short Chute in Triple Mix’s Stage 1 and Stage 2. By winning an allotted discipline, you earn the right to take the Short Chute on to the next discipline.
Are there literally different Jerseys?
Yes. Topping a Leaderboard carries with it the right to wear a different colour kit to signify you currently lead that division. The fastest athlete in a particular discipline in a previous race wears the equivalent jersey in the next race. The Leaderboards are updated after every event. The different colours worn by SLT athletes signify:
How do athletes score points?
Points are primarily accumulated according to the finish position of each weekend of the Championship Series. There are also cash bonuses to be accrued along the way for the fastest in the swim, bike and run disciplines across the Series. To see detailed race results or overall standings, please head over to results. During the actual race, you can follow the leaderboard here. The instant results may contain minor errors and are finalized within 24 hours after the race takes place.
How many points do you get for a race?
The top 15 athletes score points across the regular Championship Series weekends. It is 15 for the winner down to 1 point for 15th place.
What about the Championship 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, bike and run disciplines. So, the fastest athlete in the first swim scores 5 points for the Championship Swim Jerseys Leaderboard. That rolls down to 1 point for the fifth-fastest athlete. At the end of the Championship Series, the Jerseys winners receive a cash bonus.
What’s the prize money on offer?
Super League offers a huge prize purse, which ensures the best talent on the start line and seriously competitive racing. There are prizes both for event finishes and the overall Championship Series leaderboard and the winners of the various coloured jerseys. Super League will announce its prize structure ahead of the start of the 2021 Championship Series.
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 support and much more.
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