Professionals chase cash in new League
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.
Javier Gomez Noya will star in the Super League Triathlon.