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Super League Triathlon's Championship Series is back for a landmark fifth edition in 2023. In a season spanning from August right through to October, we will be hosting heart stopping races in iconic venues and triathlon hotspots across the globe.
This year, SLT will visit London, Toulouse and Malibu, en route to our Grand Finale in NEOM. In 2023, we will have more coverage and insight than ever before. Make sure you're following all of our socials and keeping up with our website and newsletter to stay in the know.
The Enduro is considered the most brutal format of all. Requiring endurance and tactics, the Enduro is a non-stop burst of nine back-to-back triathlon disciplines without any breaks. The easiest way to think about it is swim-bike-run repeated continuously three times in a row.
A focus on speed is a key demand of the Enduro because any athlete who falls more than 90 seconds behind the leader will be eliminated.
There are two Short Chutes up for grabs – the first for the fastest athlete over the opening swim and transition and the second for the first athlete to complete the opening bike stage and transition (all taken across the mount lines). Short Chutes are to be taken on the third and final run.
Stage 1 Athletes have a mass start. Swim, Bike, Run x3 without breaks. The winner is the first athlete across the finish line upon completion of the entire race sequence. Exact distances may vary dependent on race venue.
Throwing the traditional swim-bike-run sequence out the window, the Triple Mix shuffles the disciplines over 3 stages. It tests the versatility of the athletes and whether they can keep track of what comes next in the heat of battle.
Mistakes in this format are costly as every second counts on Stage 1 and 2 as they define Stage 3’s pursuit start. At the end of each stage, athletes have a few minutes to reset themselves and their equipment.
There are two Short Chutes up for grabs – the first for the fastest athlete over the opening swim and transition and the second for the first athlete to complete the opening bike stage and transition (all taken across the mount lines). Short Chutes are to be taken on the third and final run. Tactics for survival are fierce and athletes are eliminated from the race if they fall more than 90 seconds behind.
Exact distances may vary dependent on race venue.
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. The winner is the first person across the line at the end of Stage 3.
The Eliminator was the first-ever format raced in Super League, and has been given a fresh new twist. It tests the resilience, stamina and velocity of the athletes in a pressure-cooker environment where field position proves key over timing. There are three rounds of swim-bike-run with a short break in between each for the athletes to reset their equipment. The total times from Stages 1 and 2 define a pursuit start for Stage 3.
However, there is also a cunning twist – the last three athletes across the Finish Line are eliminated after both Stages 1 and 2.
There are three Short Chutes up for grabs – for the first athlete across the Mount Line after the swim on Stage 1, for the first athlete across the Mount Line after the bike on Stage 1 and for the first athlete across the Finish Line at the end of Stage 1.
Short Chutes are won for a Team and awarded to an athlete during the race by their Team Manager. Short Chutes are to be taken on the first lap of the run in Stage 3. No team can win more than one Short Chute.
Stage 1 3 Eliminations across the finish line
Stage 2 3 Eliminations across the finish line
Stage 3 The winner is the first athlete across the line at the end of Stage 3.
Super League Triathlon (SLT), the world’s premier swim-bike-run Series, is celebrating it’s fifth anniversary Championship Season this year. Beginning in August and running through to October, the 2023 Championship Series will pitch the very best athletes against each other in quick and exciting race formats in fantastic destinations across the globe.
The series will be held in four iconic locations across the globe, starting in London on August 27 before moving to Toulouse on September 3 and Malibu on September 30. It all concludes with a spectacular Grand Finale in NEOM on October 21 .
Super League has revolutionised triathlon with its unpredictable formats and innovations, exciting courses, Teams format and action packed broadcasts that were last year viewed by more than 51 million people across the globe.
Super League was born in 2017, the brainchild of Michael D’hulst, entrepreneur Leonid Boguslavsky and four-time triathlon World Champion Chris McCormack. After successful trial events, Super League held its first Championship Series in 2018. This year will be the fifth running of the Series with Super League having hosted 26 Championship Series and Arena Games Triathlon events since its inception.
2023 promises to 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 and offers significant prize packages for the Pros, action-packed events on stadium-like courses, and a refreshed Teams format.
This is the future of triathlon.
This guide contain everything you need to know about the Super League Triathlon 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 our outdoor season of triathlon races, in which, as well as racing for the individual race win and for their Team, our athletes earn points towards an Overall Leaderboard and a Teams Leaderboard. At the end of each season, the Leaderboard decides who are crowned as the male and female and Team Super League Triathlon Championship Series winners. The winners take home the coveted Boguslavskiy Trophy.
There are four events in the 2023 Championship Series, London, Toulouse, Malibu, and NEOM, each showcasing diverse and 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?
When and where is the 2023 Super League Triathlon Championship Series
The 2023 Championship Series will consist of four events, spanning from late August to October 2023.
The host cities for the 2023 Championship Series will be:
London: 27 August 2023
Toulouse: 3 September 2023
Malibu: 30 September 2023
NEOM: 21 October 2023
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 2023 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.
See the Formats section to see where Short Chutes can be earned and when they can be taken.
For more information about the Short Chute, see our helpful guide HERE
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.
Where can I watch the Super League Triathlon Championship Series?
Please visit our broadcast information page to see the broadcaster for your region. There will be many more updates to this in the coming weeks as we announce new broadcast partners.
How many points are available from each 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 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 Leaderboards?
27 Aug 2023
3 Sep 2023
30 Sep 2023
21 Oct 2023
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