Pro­fes­sion­als chase cash in new League

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ELITE triathlon is fac­ing the big­gest shake-up in re­cent years, with $100,000 for the win­ner of the in­au­gu­ral Su­per League Triathlon up for grabs.

The world’s fastest triath­letes are on Hamil­ton Is­land for a three-day tor­ture test this week­end.

They will bat­tle for a slice of a to­tal prize pool worth more than $200,000.

Twenty-five su­per­star male ath­letes will bat­tle short-course for­mats over three days.

“We’re bring­ing the world’s best ath­letes to Hamil­ton Is­land. It’s a trop­i­cal par­adise but we’re go­ing to break them here. This course is bru­tal,” Su­per League Triathlon co-founder Chris McCor­mack said.

“The time trial course may be only six kilo­me­tres, but the last kilo­me­tres are as tough as I’ve seen in triathlon.

“It may be one of the pret­ti­est fin­ish lines I’ve ever seen at a sport­ing event, but you’ve got to work your back­side off to get there.”

■ March 17 – Triple Mix: Round 1 – swim (300m), bike (6km), run (2km). 10-minute break, round 2 – run (2km), bike (6km), swim (300m). (10-minute break) round 3 – Bike (6km), Swim (300m), Run (2km). The win­ner of Triple Mix is de­ter­mined by the ath­lete’s cu­mu­la­tive time across Rounds 1, 2, and 3.

■ March 18 – Equal­izer: Part 1 – Cy­cling in­di­vid­ual time trial. Part 2 – pur­suit swim (300m), run (2km), swim (300m), bike (6km), run (2km). Part 2 is started as a pur­suit based on the ‘penalty’ time lost by each ath­lete to the first fin­isher in the morn­ing’s ITT.

■ March 19 – The Elim­i­na­tor: Round 1 – swim (300m), bike (6km), run (2km). 10-minute break starts when round win­ner crosses the fin­ish line. Top 15 fin­ish­ers pro­ceed to round 2 – swim (300m), bike (6km), run (2km).

Top 10 fin­ish­ers pro­ceed to round 3 – swim (300m), bike (6km), run (2km).

■ Prize­money (based on ac­cu­mu­lated points over the three days): 1st $100,000, 2nd $50,000, 3rd $25,000, 4th $10,000, 5th $8000, 6th $6000, 7th $4800, 8th $3500, 9th $3000, 10th $2500.

All fin­ish­ers in 16th place or be­low will re­ceive one point each. Non-fin­ish­ers will re­ceive zero points. Three points will be de­ducted from each ath­lete who does not start the race.

PHOTO: WAR­REN LY­NAM

Javier Gomez Noya will star in the Su­per League Triathlon.

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