Four-time Ironman champion and 30-time 70.3 winner, Lionel Sanders, is ready to shake up short course racing as he makes his debut at the Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift in Montreal.
The Big Picture: 34-year-old Sanders will drop in distance to tackle Super League Triathlon's unique hybrid format that blends real-life and virtual racing, performing in front of a home Canadian crowd at the Parc Olympique.
What They Are Saying: "I'm excited. I'm nervous. I'm looking forward to the challenge," says Sanders. "I'm excited to have the opportunity to do something new, something fun, and really good for the sport of professional triathlon."
Context: Montreal will be the first venue for the 2023 Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series, which is a trailblazing concept pioneered by Super League Triathlon. The real-life and virtual reality blended racing provides an immersive experience for fans both at the venue and on broadcast.
Other Athletes: Other long course athletes competing in Montreal include fellow Canadian and four-time 70.3 winner Jackson Laundry, and South African Jeanni Metzler, who has multiple 70.3 wins and a second place at the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.