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Melissa Rollinson and Bryce McMaster win round one of the Gatorade Queensland Tri Series

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Gatorade_queensland_tri_series2006 steeplechase Commonwealth Games silver medallist Melissa Rollinson has continued her extraordinary success since switching to triathlon claiming her fourth straight victory in the opening round of the Gatorade Queensland Tri Series at Raby Bay this morning. Bryce McMaster out sprinted Ryan Fischer in a thriller to get his season off to a winning start over the 400m swim, 15km cycle and 4km run.

Rollinson would have been defending her steeplechase title at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi but has chosen triathlon after incurring a string of injuries.

The Brisbane athlete has been a distance running star since her junior years and recently scored her biggest win since the career change, winning the Gold Coast Half Ironman Triathlon earlier this month.

Melissa_Rollinson_Gatorade_QLD_Tri_Series_2010Today she admitted it was still all a bit new to her but she is enjoying the training and rewards.

With her sights now firmly set on the Noosa Triathlon at the end of the month, Rollison will have some of her more seasoned competitors very wary. Rollinson gave away a massive 1min 13 sec after the swim to the race leaders, Maddi Allen, Brittany Forster, Gillian Backhouse, Chloe Turner and Kirralee Seidel but had managed to peg back the time and headed into the second transition with Forster leading.

After the first lap on the run Rollinson had taken control and with a 13.07 run split wasn’t challenged from there.

Seidel made up some ground on the second lap of the run to grab second, Forster hung on for third.

“I’m not a strong swimmer, so it’s always a catch up in the bike and run for me,” said Rollison.

“I’ve been doing a lot of riding, so I was hoping to catch up some time there then hold on in the run.

I’m really looking forward to Noosa and so far things are right on track.”

In the men’s race it all came down to a thrilling sprint finish in the final 50m between McMaster and Fisher. McMaster just getting the better of Fisher but the effort telling as he collapsed over the line.

Nothing separated the top contenders after the swim, with Ben Shaw, McMaster, Fisher and Nicholas Hull first out with a small break over Sam Speechly, James Trevorrow and Michael Lori.

Fisher made his move on the bike to split the field and riding back into transition it was Fisher and McMaster first to rack their bikes with Shaw not far off the pace.

Bryce_McMaster_Gatorade_QLD_Tri_Series_2010Fisher maintained a slight lead over McMaster on the first lap, Shaw the first to drop off the pace. Over the closing stages the pair ran together and McMaster finding the extra effort in the sprint finish with Fisher. Lori recorded the fastest run split of the day to claim third.

Once again Raby Bay proved to be a popular venue with just over 1500 competitors turning out to take part in one of three events offered here.

The day also included the Enticer Triathlon which continues to be a popular choice. Kye Wylde and Yasmin Grigaliunas claiming line honours over the 200m swim, 5km cycle and 2km run.

The day also included The Courier-Mail Kool Kids Triathlon, again recording the largest numbers ever covering short distances that any child could manage making it a fun experience – 100m swim, 2km cycle and 400m run.

If you missed the first event don’t worry there are still 6 enormous events to come at your favourite locations and venues.

The second race in the series will now head to Robina Parkway on the Gold Coast, November 14. The Gold Coast events proved to be the best attended of the series last year and organisers, USM Events are confident that numbers will again be strong.
 

Full results below.

The next race is at Robina on the weekend of the 14th and 15th of November. Full details on the Gatorade Queensland Tri Series website.

 

Pos Name Gun Time Category Cat Pos Swim Cycle Run
1 Bryce Mcmaster 0:41:55 Male Open 1 0:05:16 0:24:20 0:12:17
2 Ryan Fisher 0:42:00 Male Open 2 0:05:15 0:24:09 0:12:33
3 Michael Lori 0:42:29 Male Open 3 0:05:25 0:25:08 0:11:54
4 Ben Shaw 0:42:33 Male Open 4 0:05:14 0:24:23 0:12:55
5 Nicholas Hull 0:42:57 Male Open 5 0:05:23 0:24:47 0:12:46
6 Sam Speechly 0:43:49 Male Open 6 0:05:32 0:25:00 0:13:16
7 Luke Farrell 0:44:01 Male Open 7 0:05:18 0:25:41 0:13:00
8 James Trevorrow 0:44:04 Male Open 8 0:05:35 0:25:02 0:13:25
9 Gareth Daniel 0:45:28 Male Open 9 0:05:41 0:26:38 0:13:07
10 Daniel Edey 0:45:35 Male Open 10 0:06:01 0:26:15 0:13:18
11 Dylan Holdsworth 0:45:44 Male Open 11 0:05:43 0:26:32 0:13:28
12 Samuel Volkers 0:45:56 Male Open 12 0:05:38 0:26:33 0:13:43
13 Ryan Mouritz 0:45:57 Male 16-19 1 0:05:55 0:26:30 0:13:30
14 Dmitri Simons 0:46:09 Male 35-39 1 0:05:57 0:26:02 0:14:08
15 Matt Eastwell 0:46:13 Male Open 13 0:05:22 0:26:13 0:14:37
16 Mark Martin 0:46:16 Male Open 14 0:05:51 0:26:19 0:14:04
17 Melissa Rollinson 0:46:20 Female Open 1 0:06:42 0:26:29 0:13:07
18 Brendan Beavon 0:46:22 Male Open 15 0:05:53 0:26:18 0:14:09
19 Ian Martin 0:46:29 Male Open 16 0:05:46 0:26:24 0:14:18
20 Luke Willian 0:46:34 Male Open 17 0:05:50 0:27:26 0:13:16
21 Brad Dalrymple 0:46:39 Male 30-34 1 0:06:24 0:26:35 0:13:38
22 Tom Manning 0:47:04 Male 20-24 1 0:06:36 0:26:43 0:13:44
23 Tom Hogbin 0:47:08 Male 20-24 2 0:06:32 0:26:18 0:14:16
24 Kirralee Seidel 0:47:09 Female Open 2 0:06:01 0:27:23 0:13:44
25 Troy Grimshaw 0:47:11 Male 30-34 2 0:07:25 0:25:52 0:13:53
26 Jonathan Free 0:47:12 Male 20-24 3 0:05:45 0:27:24 0:14:01
27 Brittany Forster 0:47:26 Female Open 3 0:05:31 0:27:03 0:14:51
28 Chris Moor 0:47:37 Male 25-29 1 0:07:02 0:26:36 0:13:57
29 Denzil Coalter 0:47:47 Male 45-49 1 0:06:08 0:27:02 0:14:35
30 Mark Turner 0:47:48 Male 40-44 1 0:06:26 0:27:20 0:14:01
31 Charlie Quin 0:47:51 Male 13-15 1 0:05:56 0:27:42 0:14:11
32 Craig Woodcock 0:47:54 Male 25-29 2 0:06:16 0:27:21 0:14:15
33 Matt Freeman 0:47:57 Male 16-19 2 0:06:17 0:27:32 0:14:07
34 Chris Bierton 0:48:01 Male 20-24 4 0:06:43 0:26:17 0:14:59
35 Darren Lockhart 0:48:18 Male 35-39 2 0:07:34 0:26:00 0:14:41
36 Andrew Elshaw 0:48:27 Male 20-24 5 0:05:22 0:27:48 0:15:14
37 Mark Blencowe 0:48:30 Male 45-49 2 0:06:07 0:27:05 0:15:17
38 Michael Hooper 0:48:42 Male 16-19 3 0:06:00 0:27:33 0:15:07
39 Dan Smith 0:48:47 Male 30-34 3 0:06:26 0:27:04 0:15:14
40 David Thomas 0:48:48 Male 30-34 4 0:06:12 0:28:07 0:14:28
41 Paul Shearer 0:48:49 Male 35-39 3 0:06:30 0:26:52 0:15:26
42 Maddison Allen 0:48:53 Female Open 4 0:05:29 0:27:56 0:15:26
43 John Denton 0:48:56 Male 40-44 2 0:07:14 0:26:57 0:14:44
44 Chris Waters 0:49:02 Male 20-24 6 0:05:21 0:28:24 0:15:16
45 Jason Claridge 0:49:03 Male 35-39 4 0:06:07 0:27:59 0:14:55
46 Daniel Coleman 0:49:04 Male 13-15 2 0:06:15 0:29:01 0:13:46
47 John Svanosio 0:49:05 Male 45-49 3 0:06:00 0:26:47 0:16:17
48 Nick Cogger 0:49:08 Male 25-29 3 0:05:45 0:28:51 0:14:30
49 Neil Fairley 0:49:20 Male 90-99kg 1 0:05:59 0:27:24 0:15:56
50 Ben Francis 0:49:26 Male 35-39 5 0:06:36 0:28:00 0:14:48
51 Kris Watkins 0:49:33 Male 30-34 5 0:06:40 0:26:43 0:16:09
52 Kane Finch 0:49:39 Male 25-29 4 0:07:01 0:28:24 0:14:12
53 Anthony Peterman 0:49:40 Male Open 18 0:06:33 0:27:33 0:15:32
54 Chloe Turner 0:49:41 Female Open 5 0:05:49 0:28:37 0:15:13
55 Kevin Murray 0:49:42 Male 30-34 6 0:06:25 0:27:28 0:15:47
56 Brady Bastin 0:49:44 Male 13-15 3 0:34:54 0:14:48
57 Benjamin Beauchamp 0:49:48 Male 20-24 7 0:06:21 0:28:32 0:14:53
58 Clinton Cooper 0:49:49 Male 25-29 5 0:06:29 0:28:03 0:15:15
59 Craig Simpson 0:49:55 Male 35-39 6 0:07:17 0:27:52 0:14:44
60 Warren Harris 0:49:57 Male 90-99kg 2 0:07:14 0:27:31 0:15:11
61 Kevin Alexander 0:49:58 Male 35-39 7 0:06:19 0:27:48 0:15:50
62 Timothy Mathers 0:50:09 Male 30-34 7 0:07:56 0:26:36 0:15:36
63 Gillian Backhouse 0:50:13 Female Open 6 0:05:42 0:28:59 0:15:31
64 Warren Anderson 0:50:16 Male 40-44 3 0:06:22 0:28:01 0:15:52
65 Brad Newton 0:50:17 Male 25-29 6 0:06:59 0:28:19 0:14:56
66 Brett Wardley 0:50:18 Male Mates Wave 1 0:07:36 0:27:13 0:15:28
67 Jodie Duff 0:50:21 Female 16-19 1 0:05:54 0:29:36 0:14:49
68 Luke Anthony 0:50:33 Male 90-99kg 3 0:07:29 0:28:10 0:14:52
69 Tyler Bosch 0:50:36 Male 16-19 4 0:06:16 0:29:39 0:14:39
70 Drew Parker 0:50:38 Male 25-29 7 0:07:35 0:27:38 0:15:22
71 Jay Gartner 0:50:43 Male 25-29 8 0:07:14 0:29:25 0:14:02
72 Shannon Dooland 0:50:43 Male 30-34 8 0:06:33 0:27:42 0:16:26
73 Michael Woodcock 0:50:44 Male 40-44 4 0:06:49 0:28:28 0:15:25
74 Damien Bulters 0:50:49 Male 25-29 9 0:05:46 0:29:15 0:15:46
75 Nick Courtney 0:50:49 Male 35-39 8 0:07:03 0:28:18 0:15:26
76 Aaron Beckinsale 0:50:50 Male 30-34 9 0:06:55 0:28:43 0:15:10
77 Connor Bosch 0:50:56 Male 13-15 4 0:06:18 0:30:12 0:14:24
78 Stewart Webb 0:50:56 Male 35-39 9 0:05:50 0:28:42 0:16:22
79 Scott Mcdonald 0:50:58 Male 30-34 10 0:06:54 0:28:13 0:15:50
80 Emma Coman-jeffries 0:51:09 Female 20-24 1 0:06:59 0:28:36 0:15:33
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Super League: When and How to Watch This Weekend’s Racing in Jersey

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With only one day to go before Super League Jersey kicks off on 23-24 September 2017, live television broadcast and digital streaming will take the revolution of triathlon into the living rooms and personal devices of millions of triathlon and sports fans around the world.

Both men’s and women’s pro races will be aired as it happens, taking viewers up close to non-stop action, superstars and dark horses to root for, and pulse-pounding finishes where the athletes lay it all on the line in an exotic and iconic locale.

Super League Triathlon offers incredible TV and digital content output with our live race day television broadcasts, live race day digital streaming, and Video on Demand content in partnership with Lagardère Sports.

Here’s how to watch Super League Jersey wherever you are in the world.

If you are lazy like me, here’s a link for all your timezones for each event.

Men’s Triple Mix (day 1) | Women’s Triple Mix (day 1)

Men’s Eliminator (day 2) | Women’s Eliminator (day 2)

ONLINE STREAMING

International

The Live shows will stream on www.superleaguetriathlon.com and www.youtube.com/superleaguetriathlon. If you miss the live stream, you can catch up on our Youtube channel.

Date Time (GMT+1) Format
Saturday, 23 September 1300 Triple Mix (Men)
1600 Triple Mix (Women)
Sunday, 24 September 1300 Eliminator (Women)
1600 Eliminator (Men)

Europe & UK

Each day’s episode will be available On Demand on Eurosport Player.

Date Available on (CET) Format
Saturday, 23 September 1400 onwards Triple Mix (Men)
1700 onwards Triple Mix (Women)
Sunday, 24 September 1400 onwards Eliminator (Women)
1700 onwards Eliminator (Men)

Germany

Sportdeutschland.TV will carry each day’s broadcast as a livestream on their website.

Date Time (CET) Format
Saturday, 23 September 1400 Triple Mix (Men)
1700 Triple Mix (Women)
Sunday, 24 September 1400 Eliminator (Women)
1700 Eliminator (Men)

China

Lesports is China’s top digital sports destination and will carry Super League Jersey live programming as a stream on its website.

Date Time (GMT+8) Format
Saturday, 23 September 2000 Triple Mix (Men)
2300 Triple Mix (Women)
Sunday, 24 September 2000 Eliminator (Women)
2300 Eliminator (Men)

TELEVISION

Catch the action on television through the following providers in their corresponding regions.

France

L’Equipe will broadcast Super League Jersey live programming in France.

Date Time (CET) Format
Saturday, 23 September 1400 Triple Mix (Men)
1700 Triple Mix (Women)
Sunday, 24 September 1400 Eliminator (Women)
1700 Eliminator (Men)

Russia

Super League Jersey will air on Russian public sports channel Match TV.

Date Time (GMT+3) Format
Saturday, 23 September 1500 Triple Mix (Men)
1800 Triple Mix (Women)
Sunday, 24 September 1500 Eliminator (Women)
1800 Eliminator (Men)

China, Hong Kong, Japan

Beijing Media Network will broadcast Super League Jersey live in China, Hong Kong, and Japan. Please consult local listings for channel particulars.

Date Time (GMT+8) Format
Saturday, 23 September 2000 Triple Mix (Men)
2300 Triple Mix (Women)
Sunday, 24 September 2000 Eliminator (Women)
2300 Eliminator (Men)

Philippines

Super League Jersey will be broadcast on free-to-air TV channel Aksyon TV (UHF 41).

Date Time (GMT+8) Format
Saturday, 23 September 2000 Triple Mix (Men)
2300 Triple Mix (Women)
Sunday, 24 September 2000 Eliminator (Women)
2300 Eliminator (Men)

Australia

Fox Sports Australia will air live broadcasts from Jersey. Please consult local listings for channel particulars.

Date Time (AEST*) Format
Saturday, 23 September 2300 Triple Mix (Men)
Sunday, 24 September 0200 Triple Mix (Women)
2300 Eliminator (Women)
Monday, 25 September 0200 Eliminator (Men)

* Australian Eastern Standard Time

New Zealand

Sky New Zealand has exclusive airing rights for Super League Triathlon. Catch the live broadcasts over race weekend. Please consult local listings for channel particulars.

Date Time (NZST*) Format
Sunday, 24 September 0100 Triple Mix (Men)
0400 Triple Mix (Women)
Monday, 25 September 0100 Eliminator (Women)
0400 Eliminator (Men)

*New Zealand Standard Time

USA/Canada

Super League Jersey will be broadcast live on ESPN3.

Date Time (MST*) Format
Friday, 22 September 0600 Triple Mix (Men)
0900 Triple Mix (Women)
Saturday, 23 September 0600 Eliminator (Women)
0900 Eliminator (Men)

*Mountain Standard Time

Middle East and North Africa

OSN has acquired the rights to broadcast Super League Jersey across the Middle East and North Africa.  Please consult local listings for channel particulars.

Date Time (GMT+3) Format
Saturday, 23 September 1500 Triple Mix (Men)
1800 Triple Mix (Women)
Sunday, 24 September 1500 Eliminator (Women)
1800 Eliminator (Men)

Sub-Saharan Africa

Super League Jersey will air live on Supersport. Please consult local listings for channel particulars.

Date Time (GMT+2) Format
Saturday, 23 September 1400 Triple Mix (Men)
1700 Triple Mix (Women)
Sunday, 24 September 1400 Eliminator (Women)
1700 Eliminator (Men)
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Super League Jersey: A Look Behind The Numbers

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Visible race numbers serve to identify the athletes throughout fast and furious racing.

Race numbers in Super League Triathlon serve to identify athletes not just in a single race, but across all races in a series, much like jersey numbers in basketball or football are heavily associated with the athletes who wear them. The highly visible and consistent race numbers will allow fans to keep track of their favorites throughout the fast and furious racing at all Super League Triathlon events. They also serve as another avenue for self-expression as these numbers become part of these athletes’ branding within Super League Triathlon. Two couples known to train, travel, and race together in the ITU are racing under the same numbers. Richard Murray and Rachel Klamer are number 07, while Mario Mola and Carolina Routier are number 03. At Super League Hamilton Island, Richard had taken the top spot while Mario was consistent and came in runner-up.

Super League Triathlon co-founder Chris McCormack surmises they may be banking on a relationship advantage, with both couples drawing strength from being in sync with each other. “I like Rachel and Richard; they are a super couple. She’s dynamic, she’s had success, she’s been European champion. Richard came into Super League Hamilton Island under the radar and maybe she’s going to take some pointers from the first Super League Triathlon champion.”

As for Mario and Carol, McCormack sees them as opposites attracting. “She’s best swimmer among the women, the Richard Varga on that side. And ironically Mola’s weakness is the swim and her weakness is the run. It’s interesting these dynamics bring these people together.”

McCormack found it interesting that none of the female athletes had taken the number 01, unlike Javier Gomez Noya on the men’s side who had without hesitation laid claim to the prime number. “Picking this number is also a statement of confidence and pressure. In all other sports, one signifies the best. Why did people shy away from this?” Macca asked.

The closest an athlete came was three-time world champion Laura Lindemann, who chose number 11 because she loves the number 1. Perhaps it was out of respect for the notable absence of one athlete that has cast her shadow over ITU and Olympic racing in the past four years.

Instead, the athletes preferred to link their numbers to personal significance, with birth dates and ages being a popular choice (Mariya Shorets – 09; Lucy Hall – 92; Kristin Kasper – 91; Dan Halksworth – 31). Others referred to their athletic achievements for their nations. Tyler Mislawchuk was the 65th person to represent Canada in a world championship as an elite. Agnieszka Jerzyk raced for Poland with the number 51 at her first Olympics in London. And superstition still played a major role in number selection: Ben Dijkstra went with 80 because 8 was his childhood lucky number, while Summer Cook picked 99 because it was her college track coach’s lucky number.

Meanwhile, Andreas Schilling tapped into his competitive side when he selected his number, 00. This mysterious-looking number is never used in competition. “It looks like two eyes keeping an eye on the other guys,” Schilling quipped. However, the zeroes can also be taken to mean losses. One hopes he does not leave Super League Jersey empty-handed.

Fernando Alarza has associated himself with the number 96 because it looks like a butterfly, which to him represents freedom. One wonders if he is aware of its significance in numerology, where 96 represents a yearning to reach the ideal. As the third-ranked Spaniard in the World Triathlon Series, he may subconsciously be expressing a desire to reach perfection.

One athlete bucked the superstitious implications of her chosen race number. Claire Michel chose the notorious number 13, which is hard if ever assigned at races in the ITU. She said, “Not only was I born on the 13th of October, but it is a number that doesn’t exist in ITU, so I think it is an appropriate number for a dark horse.”

McCormack said of her choice, “She’s willing to take a gamble. It also speaks of how she sees herself in relation to the rest of the field and what her approach will be to racing against them.”

Whatever the reasons for selecting their race numbers, these tie into these athletes’ state of mind and the passion and attitude with which they will approach the competition. These numbers represent who they are, and they will be racing with their entire being.

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How To Qualify for Challenge’s The Championship for 2018

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Challenge Family has announced how triathletes can qualify for The Championship 2018, which once again takes place 3rd June, 2018 at the remarkable x-bionic® sphere in Samorin, Slovakia.

Qualification for The Championship 2018 commenced at Challenge Wanaka in February 2017 and will conclude at Challenge Salou in May 2018

Athletes have the chance to qualify for The Championship 2018 in a further 18 races taking place worldwide

Last year, the world’s top triathletes came together to race Challenge Family’s inaugural The Championship 2017, which took place in Samorin, Slovakia, and attracted an impressive line-up including double Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee, winner of The Championship 2017 Lionel Sanders, former World Champion Sebastian Kienle, Challenge Gran Canaria winner Emma Pallant and the winner of The Championship 2017 Lucy Charles among others.

Lucy, who eventually triumphed at the event, was full of praise for the course and atmosphere, saying: “The race course was epic this year, and what’s amazing is that even though it was in its first year, the race drew in huge names and huge crowds, and the vibe was just electric. I can’t wait to see what The Championship 2018 brings, especially with so many chances for athletes to qualify.”

For professional athletes, the race carries with it a minimum prize purse of €150,000 and for its return this year, The Championship 2018 has a unique qualifying system in place that means pros will be able to qualify via global Challenge Family events. What’s more, there are still 18 races yet to take place, featuring middle and full distance races, as well as a number of side events, in locations such as Aruba, Melbourne and Brazil. The races are: Challenge Davos Festival, Challenge Iskandar Puteri, Challenge Madrid, Challenge Peguera-Mallorca, Challenge Aruba, Challenge Kanchanaburi, Challenge Forte Village Sardinia, Challenge Shepparton, Challenge Florianopolis, Challenge Wanaka, Challenge Mogan-Gran Canaria, Challenge Melbourne, Challenge Cerrado, Challenge Taiwan, Challenge Rimini, Corporate World Cup at Challenge Lisboa, Challenge Lisboa and Challenge Salou.

It’s not only the pros that will compete next year – all age group athletes have the chance to qualify with a top six age group finish at any global Challenge Family event during the qualification period, the last opportunity of which will be at Challenge Salou in May 2018. Furthermore, the top six teams in the female, male and mixed categories in relay events will also qualify for The Championship at Challenge Family events.

Qualifying slots will roll down in each age group and relay category up to 12th place, however, there will not be a roll down system for professional athletes.

Upon qualifying, the top six teams in each female, male and mixed category in relay events will also qualify for The Championship 2018 team relay. A registration code will be sent to the qualifying age-group athlete (via email), allowing the athlete to complete the online registration form. Each qualifying athlete will then have four weeks to register for The Championship 2018.

Zibi Szlufcik, CEO of Challenge Family, says of The Championship 2018: “We are excited and determined to make next year’s The Championship even better than 2017. With so many Challenge Family races taking place globally, and inclusive qualification system for pro and age grouper athletes, we are sure to attract even more remarkable athletes to the event. Of course, we are thrilled yet again to be working with the incredible x-bionic® sphere, in addition to enforcing the highly regarded 20m draft rule to keep racing fair for all. We look forward to raising an even higher standard in international triathlon.”

The course is carefully curated so that the outstanding venue, x-bionic® sphere, forms the stunning backdrop of the starting, transitioning and finishing stages of the race, providing striking views for both the competing athletes as well as spectators.

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Super League Jersey Men’s Race Preview

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Richard Murray enjoys a lighthearted moment at St. Ouen's Bay on Jersey Island (photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M)

Scores will be settled and champions will arise at Super League Jersey this weekend with 25 of the world’s best male athletes competing. Most of them are reprising their Super League Hamilton Island appearances alongside notable and speedy additions to the roster. Richard Murray, Mario Mola, and Jake Birtwhistle were the top three athletes after the racing on Hamilton Island, which occurred early in the general triathlon season.

Since then, Mola has defended his world title and Birtwhistle has earned a mixed relay world championship alongside his Australian teammates including Matt Hauser, who has now also won a junior world title. Murray was in the running to end the year ranked third in the world and took two bronzes and one silver on the world triathlon circuit. However, in the end, he was bumped down to fourth by Kristian Blummenfelt, who made his mark on Hamilton Island by winning the first two of the three stages in the Eliminator and then racked up three silvers and one bronze on the circuit.

“Super League Hamilton Island was the springboard for many of these men’s epic seasons,” says executive chairman and co-founder Chris McCormack. “They were able to showcase the qualities that have led to their success this year. At Super League Jersey that’s going to make them a target for the athletes who either have a score to settle from the previous event or have never raced them in these formats.”

Jonathan Brownlee is one of those new entrants; after missing Hamilton Island due to injury, the dual Olympic medalist and two-time sprint world champion is raring for a go over the Triple Mix and the Eliminator, the two formats featured in this weekend’s racing. While Brownlee has shown himself a force to reckon with over shorter distances, the even shorter super sprint distances and multiple stages over two days will be a new experience. “The exciting thing is it’s something completely different, completely new,” he says. He looks forward to racing on what he considers home soil. “The British seem to put on incredible sports events. We’ve got lots of people watching and have a good culture of support in sports. And I think Super League will be another great British race.”

With the racing over the Triple Mix format at Super League Jersey, the three stages will mix up the three disciplines of triathlon: Stage 1 is swim-bike-run, Stage 2 is run-bike-swim, and Stage 3 is bike-swim-run. Athletes will need to tap into their speed from the gun in Stage 1 due to the pursuit starts in Stages 2 and 3. They will start the succeeding stages in the order they finished the previous stage, separated by how much time they lost to the preceding finisher. This is slightly different from the mechanics used on Hamilton Island, where athletes started each stage at the same time. “We want to reward the fastest overall on the day, and the pursuit start allows that person to cross the final finish line first,” McCormack reveals.

Had this been done on Hamilton Island, Richard Varga would have won the day thanks to his quick times in the water and on the bike. “I was proud to finish fourth in points after three days of racing on Hamilton Island, but definitely this adjustment in the Triple Mix will suit my strengths,” Varga says.

Day 2 features the Eliminator, where over three stages of swim-bike-run the slowest athletes will be eliminated. Stage 2 will star the Top 15 from Stage 1, while only the Top 10 from Stage 2 will go on to Stage 3. On Hamilton Island, Murray could afford to come in third in Stage 3 as he had already amassed nearly insurmountable points lead from two previous days of racing.

But in Jersey with only two days of racing over which to rack up points from finish standings, it will be imperative not only to survive through to Stage 3 but also finish well.

Ben Kanute is one of the world’s best over the super sprint distance, securing the fastest overall swim-bike-run split in the 2016 mixed relay world championship win he shares with Team USA. Yet it remains to be seen whether he can replicate this feat over multiple stages with a scant 10 minutes between them. He is also coming off a runner-up performance over the half distance two weeks ago, which may impact his fleet-footedness.

“I set out to win every race I start at, so everyone is a target for me,” Kanute says. “Look for me to go off the front on the bike and shake things up. Everyone else out there, just try and hold my wheel.”

With this star-studded and speedy line-up, Super League Jersey could be anyone’s to win. Watch all the action live on www.superleaguetriathlon.com or youtube.com/superleaguetriathlon. The men’s races will stream at 1 pm on September 23rd and at 4 pm on September 24th (all times GMT+1).

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Super League Jersey Women’s Race Preview

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Rachel Klamer looks out onto St. Ouen's Bay on Jersey Island. (photo: Googsi Creative / The Studio M)

Super League Triathlon will make history this weekend as female athletes race its unique formats for the first time at Super League Jersey. “Our race on Hamilton Island earlier this year was an exhibition of what was to come. Super League Jersey is formally the first event of the Super League Triathlon season and we are proud to have the world’s best athletes male and female on our starting line,” says executive chairman and co-founder Chris McCormack.

The first day of racing will feature the Triple Mix, which will test athletes’ adaptability to switch-ups to the traditional swim-bike-run order of triathlon and rewards a willingness and ability to go hard from the gun. The Triple Mix has three stages (swim-bike-run, run-bike-swim, bike-swim-run) and pursuit starts in Stage 2 and 3 that will allow athletes to build a lead from Stage 1 and challenge them to hold onto that lead until the final finish line in Stage 3.

The most challenging may be in Stage 2 and Stage 3, as athletes are unaccustomed to swimming after cycling. “Legs will feel very heavy in that swim,” says McCormack. “Athletes with good swim mechanics and natural speed can get an edge on the competition here, and if they get a big enough gap and can hold onto it, they can very well win the day.”

Two such athletes are Carolina Routier and Lucy Hall, renowned for their prowess in the water. Hall might be the stronger cyclist between the two, but Routier has the better run, a common weakness among fast swimmers. Routier may have the insider’s edge; with fiance and training partner Mario Mola having placed overall runner-up on Hamilton Island, they may have rehearsed such scenarios.

“I’m just excited to give it my best. It’s something we don’t get to do on the regular triathlon circuit and anything can happen,” says Routier.

On the second day, the Eliminator will whittle the field down to the best of the best. Only the top 15 finishers in Stage 1 will proceed to Stage 2, and of those only, the fastest 10 can race Stage 3. Between each stage, the first athlete across the line will have ten minutes to recover, while succeeding athletes will have less time. The previous day’s racing may also play a role in how sprightly the athletes will be.

“The question posed to these athletes is: will they want to expend effort to get to the front and take advantage of a longer rest, or will they just avoid elimination in Stage 1 and 2, conserving the energy to power through to the Stage 3 win?” says McCormack.

In the previous race on Hamilton Island, it was not the veterans Richard Murray or Mario Mola who took the Eliminator win after three stages, but young Jake Birtwhistle who put on a burst of speed in the final 500 meters. From the women’s roster, athletes with a mixed relay world championship pedigree may rule this format, such as Kirsten Kasper (2016 – USA) and Charlotte McShane (2017 – Australia). The distances are similar, with the major difference being the multiple stages and the threat of elimination.

“I definitely think I have the run legs to get to the front of the pack,” says Kasper, a former collegiate cross-country and track star. “But it really depends on staying close enough to strike out for the win. This field is so deep, it’s going to take everything I have.”

London Olympic silver medalist Nicola Spirig and world championship bronze medalist Katie Zaferes will have targets on their backs. As Super League Hamilton Island showed, the big names in Olympic triathlon might not be the ones standing triumphant at the end of the day. Will this prove to be the case in Jersey?

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Super League Jersey Course preview with Ryan Fisher

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Super League this weekend will be nothing like the Hamilton Island event; apart from the excitement and exhaustion of course.

The Jersey course is going to be more tactically challenging for the athletes, with tiny winding corners and narrow roads. Ryan Fisher is in Jersey gearing up for the race, and he’s checked out the course in anticipation for Saturday.

Swim course

The 300-metre course is made up of a simple one-lap course with just two left turns.

“It’s pretty similar to the swim course in Hamilton Island [Super League]” said Fisher, “inside the rock wall where the swim will be, it’s pretty calm.”

Bike course

The bike course is going to be exceptionally tough, with many sections being just four metres wide. The bike course if made up of five laps creating a 5.5km course in total. There are six turns within the bike course and one U-turn.

“It’s really different to Hamilton Island as it’s pancake flat,” said Ryan Fisher. “In areas it’s only 5m wide, but there is no room for getting passed anyone as there’s a wall right there. If you have ten guys together, there are only two spots during each lap where you can pass people.”

The race will be fierce. “It will be corner – sprint – corner – sprint,” said Fisher.

Jersey is notorious (as is much of the UK) for rainy, wet weather, which will make the course even tougher. “There is a cobbled section, which will be very technical with water on it,” said Fisher.

Run course

The run course weaves along the same course as the bike leg, but is only two laps making the total distance 2 km. The Super League team says “it’s a tight, compact course and will be exciting for athletes and for fans.”

 

Thanks to Aussie Ryan Fisher for getting to Jersey early and giving us the inside scoop! We’re so excited for Super League Jersey!

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