Fine form ahead of Super return
COOLUM’S Ben Shaw has hit form ahead of his return to the much-trumpeted Super League Triathlon next month.
Ben won the standard distance Mt Mayton Triathlon Asian Cup on Sunday with a consistent performance ahead of strong Japanese and Korean competition.
A noted swimmer, Ben led out of the water after the 1.5km swim with a time of 20:05, he then produced a 56:53 bike over 40km before finishing with a 35:48 10km run to claim victory by 27 seconds from Japanese pair Ren Sato and Kotaro Watanabe.
But the hype will again build up ahead of Ben’s appearance at Super League, which takes centre stage at Jersey in the United Kingdom on September 23-24.
Debuting at Hamilton Island in March, this time around Super League will feature 50 of the world’s leading male and female triathletes, including 25 Olympians from around the world.
The men’s line-up will include the Brownlee brothers from the UK, their rivals Javier Gomez Noya and Mario Mola Diaz from Spain, and Richard Murray from South Africa, as well as 20 other leading male triathletes.
The women’s racing will see leading Brits including Vicky Holland, Jodie Stimpson, Lucy Hall and Non Stanford taking on three-time Olympian Flora Duffy from Bermuda, Australian Olympic bronze medallist Erin Densham and the current American World Triathlon Series leader Katie Zaferes, among many other leading female triathletes.
The Super League Triathlon event in Jersey is offering equal prize money of $130,000 for both the men and women triathletes.
“With $130,000 in prize money on offer at Super League Jersey, it’s high-stakes, high-octane racing with huge consequences for any mistakes. This is a sensational race course and an incredible location for spectators,” Super League Triathlon co-founder Michael Dhulst said.
Saturday’s Triple Mix format will see athletes complete three stages of competition with alternating sequences and a 10-minute break in between stages.
Stage one is swim-bike-run, stage two is run-bike-swim, and stage three is bike-swim-run. The winner of Triple Mix is the athlete with the lowest time across the three stages.
Sunday’s Eliminator format will again be conducted in three stages each in a swim-bike-run format with a 10-minute break in between.
Eliminator is about speed and strategy with athletes finishing 16th and above in stage one being eliminated.
Athletes must finish in the top 10 of stage two to compete in stage three, where the winner is decided
Both days racing will take place in the afternoon, with action between 2-6pm.
Super League Triathlon’s ground-breaking television and digital coverage will continue at Super League Jersey.
All racing will be broadcast live with programming distributed across international broadcast partners and digital channels making it easy for any fan in any time zone to view programming live or on demand. Full schedules will be announced before the event.
Coolum triathlete Ben Shaw will return to Super League Triathlon in September.