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Lisa Norden and Christian Kemp win Huskisson Sprint Triathlon 2011

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By Karl Hayes

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The Huskisson Triathlon Festival sprint triathlon race normally sees the pro tour triathletes racing for their end of season points. This year however was different with most of the top young triathletes in Wellington New Zealand racing for ITU Oceania Cup points.

Christian_Kemp_Huskisson_Sprint_Winner_2011This did not detract from the day in the end with some very fast triathletes turning up for the sprint race. Christian Kemp raced as a warm up for the Singapore 70.3 on this weekend. Christian has had a number of injuries since last year and is now back on track with 2011 looking like a good year for him. He raced last year in the long course coming a close 3rd ten seconds behind Pete Jacobs and a further one minute behind Craig Alexander. Kemp went on to win the Gold Coast half ironman in atrocious conditions late in 2010.

Another surprise entrant was Belgium’s Bart Aernouts. Aernouts is the current ITU World Duathlon Champion. Aernouts ran 35 seconds faster than Kemp over the 5kms but it wasn’t enough to make up the swim deficit and Kemp matched Aernouts over the 20kms bike course.

A close 3rd was big Sam Douglas. Sam finished only 13 seconds behind Aernouts with a superior swim, matching bike times but a slower run at 17:15 than the two speedsters in front of him. Jae Hun Choi was the fastest swimmer on the day and came in to transition with a good early lead. This was quickly eroded by some fast transitions from the chase bunch.

Bart_Aernouts_Huskisson_2011The bike was a close affair with only just over a minute separating the top ten guys. Kemp and Aernout’s runs were too fast for the rest of the field with only Declan Wilson coming close.

The ride of the day went to young Matt Williams. Matt rode a 27:59. This was 1:19 faster than the next guy. It was good to see the 6’5” frame of Duncan Houston back racing. His run is still a way off where he was at this time last year, his very fast swim is almost there again as well. He swam only 35 seconds slower than the fastest swim of the day but for him the day was rounded off by his one goal of beating Adam Conquest on the bike. It is the small victories that make the age groupers day no matter what they are.

The women’s race was a tale of two races. The first race was between Lisa Norden and Annabel Luxford for 1st place. The second race was between Siobhan McCarthy and Tara Prowse for 3rd.

Winning on the day was Lisa Norden after she ran 20 seconds faster than Luxford. Apart from the run they raced side by side for the entire race. Norden won recently at the Sydney Sprint Series and is well on track for Mooloolaba and Sydney. “It’s always a challenge to go in to one of these “smaller races”. The week(s) of training before hand have been massive building up for the Mooloolaba WC. The rest limited. The energy levels low. I doesn’t matter what size of race it is – It is always going to be hard! A tired body can struggle to face that sometimes.”

Lisa_Norden_Huskisson_Sprint_winner_2011It was a late decision for Lisa to race and she came over from Canberra with a couple of the boys she trains with who were racing in a team. There was no accommodation left so they ended up staying in a cabin in Nowra. “Checking in my bike in transition I met Annabel – and suddenly realised this day was going to be quite tough. She is a great swimmer and strong biker – so I knew I wouldn’t like to be chasing her on the bike. For me it was a good test to see where my swimming was at. The last three weeks have been a bit of a swim block (very well needed indeed!) and I was hoping to see some improvements. To be able to swim on Annabels feet was a good tick on my list.”

Lisa was blown away by the setting of the race and particularly the swim. “It was also the most beautiful swim (in a race) I have ever done. Good for the soul. On the bike we took turns and it wasn’t super challenging course. A nice rolling course but too many boys in the way… I think the two waves needs to be separated a bit better in the future.”

This race was a bit about race practice for Norden with Mooloolaba and Sydney coming up. “I wanted to have some solid transition practice so tried to make T2 as smooth as possible. Maybe I even got a bit too excited and took it out too hard for the first 2k’s…. I told my Coach in the race report later and he wasn’t happy. Apparently if I say I went out too hard, it’s a bit of an understatement…”

“I got half way out to the turn around and saw that Annabel was pretty close. I felt I should try to pick it up a bit more – and probably tried too hard. Sometimes (especially early season) my breathing doesn’t really keep up with my legs and I get a tight chest and cramp in the abdominal muscles. I could feel it coming on towards the end so just tried to relax as much as possible without losing too much ground. I was quite happy then it was a 5k and not a full Olympic distance race.”

“I really enjoy being out there racing again. The atmosphere is great – and Australians good fun to be around! I had a rare Saturday afternoon off. We made a day out of it before we headed back to Canberra. Swam in the ocean, had some good coffee’s, watched people”

Annabel_Luxford_Huskisson_2011Mooloolaba is Lisa’s next challenge. She won’t go in to the race 100% ready but is looking to building shape and fitness over the next couple of months. Traditionally Lisa is a slow starter and her ‘fireworks’ don’t happen until later mid/end of season. Mooloolaba will be her first Olympic distance for a while – and a lead up race for Sydney. If she survives the heat, the hill, and the two Emmas (maybe three if Emma Jackson is racing). She should be strong coming in to Sydney.

The second race pushed Prowse and McCarthy to their limits as they pushed each other harder than they have raced in a while. Tara is on the comeback trail after serious injury sidelined her for much of the last year. Siobhan is climbing up the ladder and her run is proving to be her weapon of choice. Both women were totally spent as they crossed the line 18 seconds apart with Siobhan kicking away in the dying stages of the run.

Trizone caught up with McCarthy after the race and she was still pumped about the day and racing against two of the best female short course triathletes in the world. “Behind Luxford and Norden, the remainder of the field was within seconds of each other out of the swim, which meant we were in a big pack on the bike. We started to reel in some of the boys with Tara Prowse and I working a lot at the front.”

With Lisa and Annabel so far in front, it was a battle for 3rd. Coming into transition McCarthy and Prowse knew they would need to be out quick to get an advantage. “Tara and I were together for about 4km on the run – despite my attempt to break away from her early on. With about 1km to go, I was able to find one last surge to break away.”

“It was exciting to finally position myself in a race to use my run to an advantage, and it was great to battle it out with Tara. Exciting that this race last year, was my first crack at the Pro Tour – and I was pretty much just filling up numbers, now I was able to mix it with the other girls. A huge thanks to Emo and Elite Energy for another amazing race and venue – these events just keep getting better and better.”

Former Australian ironman champ Christina Thomas racing in the 40-49 age group swam the 8th fastest swim of the day showing that her muscle memory is still working. What Christina took from the race was that with Sydney ITU Olympic distance race only four weeks away there is a bit more training on the run to do. She doesn’t like being passed and watched as Sally Taggart ran past her in the late in the run. Sally and Christina finished 14th and 15th overall.

Young up and coming stars Ayla Rudgley and Freya Aisbitt finished 20th and 22nd overall in the women’s race. These two young girls were racing in the 14-15 age group.

First age grouper home was Laura Siddall who used her very strong bike to get an advantage on the day and finish ahead of a number of the elite girls.

  

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Karl is a keen age group triathlete who races more than he trains. Good life balance! Karl works in the media industry in Australia and is passionate about the sport of triathlon.

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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.

Pos Cat Pos Name Time Cat Swim Cycle Run
1 1 Chris KEMP  0:58:10 M-Elite 0:11:06 0:29:26 0:16:14
2 2 Bart AERNOUTS  0:58:57 M-Elite 0:12:19 0:29:28 0:15:39
3 3 Sam DOUGLAS  0:59:10 M-Elite 0:11:04 0:29:22 0:17:15
4 4 Jae Hun CHOI  0:59:14 M-Elite 0:10:55 0:29:29 0:17:01
5 5 Nuru SOMI  0:59:21 M-Elite 0:11:06 0:29:25 0:17:25
6 6 Declan WILSON  0:59:31 M-Elite 0:12:16 0:29:32 0:16:13
7 7 Matthew BAKER  0:59:49 M-Elite 0:11:20 0:30:35 0:16:29
8 8 Dom AUNGLES  1:00:04 M-Elite 0:11:22 0:30:32 0:16:44
10 9 Daudi SOMI  1:00:21 M-Elite 0:11:09 0:30:47 0:17:02
14 10 Andrew WILKINSON  1:01:44 M-Elite 0:11:42 0:30:10 0:18:18
9 1 Lisa NORDEN  1:00:05 F-Elite 0:11:11 0:29:45 0:17:41
11 2 Annabel LUXFORD  1:00:28 F-Elite 0:11:10 0:29:44 0:18:00
37 3 Siobhan MCCARTHY  1:06:08 F-Elite 0:12:59 0:33:29 0:18:03
40 4 Tara PROWSE  1:06:26 F-Elite 0:12:51 0:33:35 0:18:25
60 5 Laura COOK  1:08:25 F-Elite 0:12:15 0:34:10 0:20:16
61 6 Tarni CUNNINGHAM  1:08:27 F-Elite 0:12:53 0:33:38 0:20:15
73 7 Amanda BOTT  1:09:21 F-Elite 0:12:54 0:33:34 0:21:16
80 8 Kym IRELAND  1:10:01 F-Elite 0:12:53 0:33:39 0:21:54
118 1 Emma DAVIDSON  1:13:12 F-14-15 0:12:57 0:35:37 0:22:13
128 2 Ayla RUDGLEY  1:13:45 F-14-15 0:14:20 0:35:42 0:21:23
143 3 Freya AISBITT  1:14:33 F-14-15 0:14:12 0:36:30 0:21:18
185 4 Bonnie ANDREWS  1:16:57 F-14-15 0:14:21 0:37:32 0:22:26
403 5 Annie KENNEDY  1:25:02 F-14-15 0:15:29 0:40:20 0:26:22
479 6 Johanna SIMPSON  1:27:19 F-14-15 0:15:16 0:43:40 0:25:27
497 7 Haylee NORRIS  1:28:04 F-14-15 0:14:44 0:42:48 0:27:52
550 8 Sarah CRISAFULLI  1:29:56 F-14-15 0:18:23 0:42:41 0:25:38
785 9 Ellen IRVINE  1:42:09 F-14-15 0:19:46 0:42:11 0:34:07
883 10 Stephanie MAYERS  2:46:49 F-14-15 0:28:22 1:12:45 0:59:12
111 1 Mekayla BURDFIELD  1:12:39 F-16-17 0:13:35 0:34:49 0:23:14
324 2 Emma RAMSEY  1:22:27 F-16-17 0:14:15 0:40:32 0:23:05
669 3 Emily BEVAN  1:34:49 F-16-17 0:18:42 0:43:16 0:28:48
113 1 Ashley THOMAS  1:12:59 F-18-19 0:13:53 0:35:58 0:20:39
739 2 Alexandra MOUNSEY  1:38:50 F-18-19 0:19:09 0:49:10 0:26:31
770 3 Erika SHEPHERD  1:40:34 F-18-19 0:17:16 0:45:32 0:33:52
90 1 Hayley GOSMAN  1:11:16 F-20-24 0:12:50 0:35:26 0:20:41
126 2 Juliane LACROIX  1:13:39 F-20-24 0:13:31 0:37:04 0:20:16
180 3 Ashley UNICOMB  1:16:40 F-20-24 0:13:51 0:36:07 0:22:46
255 4 Jacqueline MCDERMOTT  1:19:56 F-20-24 0:14:32 0:37:51 0:24:25
256 5 Katie WINKWORTH  1:20:00 F-20-24 0:14:57 0:37:51 0:24:00
294 6 Lucy BRANDON  1:21:22 F-20-24 0:16:10 0:38:14 0:23:01
341 7 Monique FARMER  1:22:50 F-20-24 0:16:08 0:38:58 0:24:57
397 8 Caroline HAYWOOD  1:24:59 F-20-24 0:17:35 0:40:14 0:24:11
407 9 Kathryn WHITING  1:25:07 F-20-24 0:17:31 0:38:22 0:26:13
416 10 Hayley REYNOLDS  1:25:20 F-20-24 0:16:59 0:39:41 0:25:14
68 1 Lauren FITZGERALD  1:09:05 F-25-29 0:13:53 0:32:14 0:20:21
77 2 Ginaya HENARE  1:09:45 F-25-29 0:12:02 0:34:12 0:20:50
163 3 Katie GALLOP  1:15:45 F-25-29 0:13:06 0:36:54 0:23:07
192 4 Maaike VANDERKOOI  1:17:14 F-25-29 0:13:29 0:37:21 0:22:58
236 5 Heather SINCLAIR  1:19:19 F-25-29 0:17:01 0:37:44 0:20:44
247 6 Kelley TESSIER  1:19:44 F-25-29 0:15:37 0:37:49 0:23:11
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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Do Your TrainingPeaks workouts in Zwift

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Are you a TrainingPeaks user and also love using Zwift on those days that aren’t great to be outdoors? Well, today marks a significant step forward for both companies as the integration just got a whole heap better for us.

Many of us are using TrainingPeaks because our coach uses it and they put the required workout information in there for us to complete (or not) plus it’s great for understanding certain key metrics.

From today, you can now do your TrainingPeaks Structured Training within Zwift without doing any fancy export/import or be recreating those sessions in Zwift – and hands up who has done that before? Just login to Zwift and make sure your account is linked to your TrainingPeaks account – you can check this on the connections page. If they are connected, disconnect and connect them again just to be safe. Next, make sure your workout has been saved via TrainingPeaks Structured Workout Builder.

Lastly, login to Zwift, select workouts, and find today’s workout under the TrainingPeaks dropdown. You’ll only see the workout for the current day, and it updates automatically each day.

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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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