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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, but once he cracked the code to success, he has proven to be an […]
Jonathan Brownlee is 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 and had a sporting influence from the start with his father Keith a runner and his […]
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 […]
He is known as the biggest trainer on the triathlon scene and Kristian Blummenfelt’s huge engine is powering him to success. As a child Kristian shunned the traditional winter sports of his hometown of Bergen, Norway, in favour of swimming and running.
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, although at that stage he was also […]
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.
Gustav Iden has proven himself to be one of the most adaptable triathletes in the world. The Norwegian has secured impressive results and big victories over a variety of distances and has a myriad of career options still in front of him.
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 most unique stories in sport as the boy who grew up in the jungle and went on to be a world class triathlete. Leo was born in France but when his mum landed a job as 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.
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, who has lived and trained in Leeds since moving there in 2012 to study Sports and Exercise Science at Leeds Beckett University, grew up in a sporting family.
“From supermarket worker to Olympic medal hopeful,” was how the BBC summarised the remarkable career of Jessica Learmonth, and it’s an inspirational fairytale that keeps getting better and better. Learmonth’s story is not so much one of finding sport later in life than most professional athletes, but rather abandoning sport and then coming back to […]
Cassandre Beaugrand is one of a new breed of triathletes who has 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 […]
Beth Potter has made headlines around the world in 2021 with her running and triathlon ability having combined in perfect unison. Just a week after a standout performance saw Potter produce a surprise victory in the SLT Arena Games London she ran a world record time of 14:41 for 5km to stun the world of […]
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 already 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, and had sporting genes with her mother, Bonnie, having been a pro triathlete and working as a swim teacher while […]
Rachel has proven she is a force to be reckoned with across Super League Triathlon’s event formats. The Dutch star was the runner-up at the debut event of the SLT Arena Games in Rotterdam, and has secured second place in the Championship Series standings over both the 2018 and 2019/20 campaigns.
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.
Winning the Super League Poznan Qualifier simply underlined Emma Jeffcoat’s quality as an athlete. Her surf lifesaving background means she has a very strong open water swim over the short punchy distances SLT provides.
Where there is a will there is a way, this is something Yuko Takahashi lives by. Inspired by her sporting hero, speed skater Nao Kodaira, she is coming into SLT on a wave of consistent results, including defending her Asian title.
Léonie Périault has been an important part of France’s powerhouse mixed relay this year – winning the Glasgow European Championships and ITU Hamburg. With a run leg that catches opponents by surprise, it brings her success throughout her career, most notably as the U23 Vice World Champion three years ago.
A star of the Spanish team, Anna Godoy has an eye on the Tokyo Olympics and has medal aspirations in the mixed relay, where her nation has a formidable squad to choose from. Anna comes from a triathlon background with her father and brother, both having been international athletes and comes into the SLT Arena […]
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 minor in programming and Artificial Intelligence all topped off with a Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience […]
The Italian has delivered her best results in recent times over sprint distance races, which could give her an edge coming into her maiden Super League campaign. The competition will certainly be a step up in class for Ilaria Zane but provides a fantastic chance to show what she is about in such testing circumstances.
Valerie Barthelemy might be a comparative newbie to professional triathlon, having only quit her job as an engineer to turn fully pro three years ago. Still, her background in competitive swimming, which included a stint at the University of Michigan, means she will be feared when it comes to racing in the pool.
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 break.
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.
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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