Why it matters: The Super League Triathlon is giving audiences an in-depth look into the intense rivalry between top triathletes Hayden Wilde and Alex Yee in an eight-part documentary series.
Setting the pace: The Super League Triathlon's documentaries aim to provide an unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to the world's premier triathletes. The first episode, dubbed 'Punch for Punch', explores the dynamic between Alex Yee and Hayden Wilde, the two athletes forming the sport's biggest rivalry. The inaugural episode, along with the rest of the series, will be initially released exclusively on Super League's YouTube channel each Thursday, leading up to the fifth anniversary Championship Series.
What they're saying:
- "Every time I know that Alex is there, when we get to the front of the race you know you are going to battle to see who can hold on. He’s the guy that gets me up in the morning and makes me want to get better and beat this guy." - Hayden Wilde.
- "It’s hard to put into words, but the best thing about it is that we bring the best out of each other." - Alex Yee.
By the numbers:
- The Super League Triathlon 2023 Championship Series will comprise 4 races.
- The documentaries will feature a total of eight stand-alone episodes.
Between transition: Along with Wilde and Yee, the series will offer insights into other stars of the sport, including Matt Hauser, Cassandre Beaugrand, Taylor Spivey, and Vasco Vilaca, whose seal attack aftermath in Malibu will also be covered.
Through Time: Hayden Wilde is still on the mend after a severe illness just before the 2022 Championship Series, where he went stride for stride against local London athlete Yee, looking to avenge a previous defeat.
The bottom line: This documentary series aims to deepen the understanding and appreciation of the sport, offering audiences an intimate look into the athletes' personal journeys, their rivalries, and the trials and tribulations of competitive triathlon. The series release also adds anticipation to the upcoming 2023 Championship Series.