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Australians ready for triathlon’s new frontier in Abu Dhabi

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Olympians Emma Moffatt and Brendan Sexton will spearhead a six-strong Australian team into triathlon’s “land of the unknown” when the ITU World Triathlon Series (WTS) kicks off in a new frontier in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (Saturday night, Australian time).

Photo Credit: Janos M Schmidt / ITU

Photo Credit: Janos M Schmidt / ITU

The opening round in Abu Dhabi will show case the UAE capital for the first time on the prestigious WTS circuit, a city that joins Auckland, the Gold Coast, Cape Town, Yokohama, London, Hamburg, Stockholm, Edmonton and Chicago on a spectacular world tour for the cream of the world’s WTS triathlete

The exclusive Abu Dhabi Sailing & Yacht Club will host the Sprint race format with the race unfolding along the breakwater opposite the Abu Dhabi Corniche – that forms a sweeping curve on the western side of the main Abu Dhabi Island.

It will feature a 750m swim off the Volvo Ocean Race yacht pontoons, while the looped 20km bike and 5km run courses, will follow and feature a turnaround point along the Corniche Road starting and finishing at the Sailing & Yacht Club.

It is the start of a campaign Moffatt hopes sets her on track for a third Olympics in Rio next year, while Sexton is hoping to claw his way back to the kind of form that saw him make the Olympic team for London in 2012.

They will be joined by the men’s Commonwealth Games trio from Glasgow, Dan Wilson, Ryan Bailie and Aaron Royle in a red-hot men’s field that features nine of the world’s top 10 – including the top three – Spanish pair Javier Gomez and Mario Mola and Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee.

The only one missing from the top 10 is Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee who will kick-start his 2015 campaign in Auckland for race two.

Moffatt will only have 2013 Under 213 ITU World Champion Charlotte McShane to keep her company in the women’s field that also features 14 of the top 20 and the world’s top three – USA pair Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah True (nee Groff) and New Zealander Andrea Hewitt.

Triathlon Australia’s National Performance Director Bernard Savage knows there will be no room for complacency.

“It may be the first race of the season but there is no way you can ease your way into racing, that’s for sure,” said Savage.

“It’s going to be an exciting start to the WTS and our guys are going to have to be on their game from the outset.

“Our men’s team looks good with a lot of experience and when you look through both sets of fields they are world class – you are up against the best of the best first up.

“And it will be good to see Emma Moffatt back racing and joined by Charlotte McShane.”

Head coach of the Australian-based Wollongong Wizards group, Jamie Turner, who has three athletes on the team – Bailie, Royle and McShane as well as ITU World champion, Jorgensen, knows the athletes will have to be prepared for anything in triathlon’s new frontier.

“Abu Dhabi is a city of the unknown, when it comes to triathlon,” said Turner.

“You have to be ready for the heat, the wind, different equipment and just not knowing what to expect and that’s why we are going in early to acclimatise and to get over the jet lag and get four sleeps before you race.

“If it was Hamburg then you know ‘every nook and cranny’ like the back of your hand, we’ve been there so many times.

“We have done as much training in the heat of the day as we can to prepare for the heat and then there’s the wind, which determines the wheels you use.”

After spending December and January at altitude at Falls Creek, Turner has had McShane training twice a week in the heat adaptation chamber at NSWIS’ Sydney headquarters to get her acclimatised to the kind of weather she can expect.

Bailie and Royle, ninth and 10th respectively on the 2014 rankings have shown Turner they are ready for the 2015 WTS circuit, using Abu Dhabi as a launching pad for the Standard (Olympic) distance opener in Auckland on March 28,29 and then the Gold Coast on April 10 and 11.

While Sexton, who had no luck with a puncture in his hit out in Devonport, which forced him out of the race two weeks ago, knows he will have to control the first section of his run.

Bailie, who is swimming as well as ever, has the runs on the board when it comes to sprint distance and Royle is also a class act who will be looking towards Auckland as a key event for him.

Wilson enjoyed an injury free 2014 and according to his coach Stephen Moss is “jumping out of his skin”

WTS RACE ONE – ABU DHABI

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ITU SEASON PREVIEW

WHO TO WATCH IN 2015

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EMMA MOFFATT

Age: 29

QLD

A two-time Olympian in 2008 and 2012 and two time ITU World Champion in 2009 and 2010 is back on track for 2015 and chasing a third Olympic Team in Rio in 2016. Moffatt missed last year’s ITU WTS Grand Final following a disappointing Commonwealth Games after being diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome which had disrupted her year. A member of Australia’s bronze medal winning Commonwealth Games Mixed Teams relay team with Emma Jackson, Ryan Bailie and Aaron Royle, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist from Beijing is determined to lead the Australian charge towards this year’s Grand Final in Chicago, stopping off for the all-important Rio qualifying event in August. Moffatt is one of Australia’s most decorated triathletes, who leaves no stone unturned under coaches Shaun Stephens and master swim coach Denis Cotterell.

 

 

CHARLOTTE MCSHANE

Age: 24

NSW

After a stirring performance to win the ITU Under 23 World Championship in London in 2013, McShane has continued to develop into one of Australia’s young guns on the WTS circuit, continuing to mix it with the big guns in seven of the eight races in 2014, racing to her best result in Chicago where she finished 10th. Has a good track record over the sprint distance having won the 2013 Oceania Sprint Distance title. A member of Jamie Turner’s Wollongong Wizards who spent two stints at altitude training in December and January at Falls Creek to prepare for 2015. Turner and senior NSWIS physiologist Katie Slattery devised a program for McShane to also spend two days a week in the heat adaptation chamber in Sydney to best prepare her. Will be looking to this race to prepare her for Auckland.

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Ryan BAILIE

Age: 24

NSW

 

The South African born Bailie who made Perth his family home before linking up with Jamie Turner and the Wizards in Wollongong. Is currently Australia’s number one ranked male triathlete after the 2014 season, placed him ninth, after his most consistent year to date. Started out with his best WTS finish (5th in Auckland) and showed his class with a 7th in London before unleashing the race of his life to spearhead the Australian team to the teams relay bronze in Glasgow at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Bailie ensured Australia was on the podium with a calculated final run leg. A methodical, uncompromising athlete, who does not have a weakness, and has the runs on the board to maintain his place inside the top ten in the world and cement his place on his first Olympic team in 2016. Along with training partner Royle, represents the new breed of male triathletes.

Aaron ROYLE

Age: 25

NSW

 

The Newcastle-born Royle has spent the last three years mixing it with triathlon’s royalty and has rubbed shoulders with the likes of the Brownlees, Gomez and the world’s top 10. The 2012 ITU under 23 World Champion made the step up to Elite on the WTS in 2013 and 2014, with his London ITU GF 7th gaining automatic selection on the Australian Commonwealth Games Team for Glasgow, his first major multi-sport team. He finished eighth. Royle has settled into the rigors of the Jamie Turner-coached Wollongong Wizards who spend their summers in the Illawarra and their winters in the northern Spanish city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Finished 2014 ranked 10th in the world in one of the most competitive seasons of the WTS and put the icing on 2014 cake when he defended at both Penrith and Noosa with impressive performances. On form Royle should become an Olympian in 2016.

Dan WILSON

Age: 29

QLD

Dan The Man just keeps on keeping on, emerging in 2014 to make the Australian Commonwealth Games team after an up and down two years, littered with injury and operations. The man who won his first World Cup in 2010 gets the vote for believing in his ability and his dream. Started last year with an encouraging close-up 4th in the opening WTS Auckland round and finished it off as the best placed Australian male in the WTS Grand Final in Edmonton when he finished 13th after a disappointing Glasgow. Finished the year in 16th place on the WTS rankings –the third Australian behind Bailie and Royle in the world’s top 20. Went on to finish second to Royle at Noosa in another great show of strength. No matter what the result in 2015 and 2016, Dan Wilson will “keep the boys honest.”

Brendan SEXTON

Age: 29

NSW

The 2012 Olympian has gradually worked his way back into contention, finding his mojo as he pushes his opposition to the limit in training. Finished fourth in the ITU WTS in Sydney, in 2011, winning the Monterrey World Cup in Mexico and coming runner up in both the Mooloolaba World Cup and Oceania Cup in New Zealand, winning selection to make his Olympic debut in London, where he finished 35th. Has struggled through injury and illness to get back to that kind of form ever since and has hovered between 29th and 35th on the WTS rankings in recent years. Finished 41st in the ITU Grand Final in Edmonton. But has become an intricate part of the Jamie Turner world class Wizards group in Wollongong and only has to put it all together to become a major player in the run towards Rio. Has a killer 10km run leg which will always hold him in good stead at the money end of races.

 

Abu Dhabi (UAE) World Triathlon Series (March 6,7)

Sprint Distance (750m; 20km; 5km)

 

MEN

Dan Wilson (QLD)

Aaron Royle (NSW)

Ryan Bailie (WA)

Brendan Sexton (NSW)

WOMEN

Emma Moffatt (QLD)

Charlotte McShane (NSW)

Mooloolaba (AUS) World Cup (March 14,15)

Sprint Distance (750m; 20km; 5km)

 

MEN

Jake Birtwhistle (TAS)

Cameron Good (NSW)

Declan Wilson (ACT)

Kenji Nener (WA)

Courtney Atkinson (QLD)

Matt Baker (NSW)

Peter Kerr (VIC)

Jesse Featonby (ACT)

WOMEN

Ashleigh Gentle (QLD)

Gillian Backhouse (QLD)

Natalie Van Coervorden (NSW)

Jaz Hedgeland (WA)

Erin Densham (NSW)

Grace Musgrove (NSW)

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (WA)

Ellie Salthouse (QLD)

New Plymouth (NZL) World Cup (March 21, 22)

Sprint Distance (750m; 20km; 5km)

 

MEN

Kenji Nener (WA)

Luke Willian (QLD)

Courtney Atkinson (QLD)

Drew Box (QLD)

Jesse Featonby (ACT)

WOMEN

Natalie Van Coervorden (NSW)

Grace Musgrove (NSW)

Erin Densham (NSW)

Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (WA)

Ellie Salthouse (QLD)

Auckland (NZL) World Triathlon Series (March 28, 29)

Standard Distance (1.5km; 40km; 10km)

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Aaron Royle (NSW))

Ryan Bailie (WA)

Dan Wilson (QLD)

Jake Birtwhistle (TAS)

Brendan Sexton (NSW)

Cameron Good (NSW)

WOMEN

Emma Moffatt (QLD)

Ashleigh Gentle (QLD)

Emma Jackson (QLD)

Gillian Backhouse (QLD)

Erin Densham (NSW)

Charlotte McShane (NSW)

 

 

A cyclist and tech geek at heart with a passion for new shiny things and a huge appetite for triathlon. I spend most of my time between managing two of Australia's best triathletes and a traditional corporate life.

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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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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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What you need to know about Super League in Jersey

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Super League is triathlon’s coolest, fastest, flashiest new event and it’s coming to the UK at the end of September. Here are a few of the highlights of Super League’s upcoming event plus the top picks for the podium.

Women’s event launch

Super League is launching its women’s event this month and we couldn’t be more excited. The Super League series was launched on Hamilton Island without a women’s event due to the top female triathletes being unable to attend. Now though, the top women are geared up for this exciting event including Lucy Hall, Emma Pallant, Non Stanford and Katie Zeferes to name just a few.

What’s the Jersey course like?

In the words of founder Chris Macca, “It’s a small, windy and technical course, and it could be cool and wet.” Bring on the excitement!

Why race in September?

Weather will be cooler in Jersey in September, but the water will be at its warmest after being heated throughout the summer months.

Who will win – Women’s?

Macca and Stuart Hayes discussed the fierce start list, and since Hayes coaches Pallant, they took her out of the predictions to eliminate bias.

Macca and Hayes reckon Jodie Stimpson might take out the win as she hasn’t had a hugely busy season and she’s an aggressive athlete.

Nicola Spirig could also be in with a chance at the top spot.

Of course, Emma Pallant is in with a huge chance too. “I’ve never seen anyone train like Emma, except the Brownlee brothers,” said Hayes.

Who will win – Men’s?

Stu is convinced anyone could take out the top spot as the race format is new for almost everyone. “No one has done an Eliminator properly,” said Hayes. Hayes reckons Jonny Brownlee is a likely champion as he hasn’t had a big year as he’s been sidelined with injury and illness.

Richard Varga could be in with a great chance to as he’s a fierce 800m runner.

Hayes thinks all the seasoned athletes shouldn’t ignore the very real threat of the junior athletes who are very used to racing sprint races. “They’re the guys to watch out for,” said Hayes.

Super League is officially the most exciting triathlon race format out there, and we can’t wait for Jersey this month.

Who do you think will win Jersey Super League?

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