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A new and ex­cit­ing triathlon event is launch­ing glob­ally from Hamil­ton Is­land this March, and its cat­a­logue of stars will set the sport­ing world alight.

Su­per League Triathlon has been un­veiled as the fu­ture of triathlon with huge prize money, su­per­star fields and ac­tion-packed rac­ing for­mats that pro­vide pulse-pound­ing ac­tion and an un­par­al­leled spec­ta­tor ex­pe­ri­ence and the very first show­ing will be on Hamil­ton Is­land.

Head­lin­ing the field are the world’s best triath­letes in­clud­ing two-time Olympic gold medal­list Alis­tair Brown­lee (GBR), dual Olympic medal­list Jonathan Brown­lee (GBR), five-time ITU Triathlon World Cham­pion Javier Gomez Noya (ESP) and reign­ing ITU Triathlon World Cham­pion Mario Mola (ESP).

Three races over three days over three dif­fer­ent for­mats will see the elite field of 25 con­tracted ath­letes bat­tle it out with all races be­ing broad­cast live on tele­vi­sion both here in Aus­tralia and live into Europe. The rac­ing will be fre­netic and ac­tion-packed and don’t think for a sec­ond that it’s all happy fam­i­lies among the ath­letes; there’s per­sonal ri­val­ries, ri­val­ries be­tween ITU and long-course ath­letes and of course those be­tween na­tion­al­i­ties, so throw them in a con­fined space with the per­son­al­ity clashes and in­ten­sity of a closed league, big prize money se­ries and it’s sure to be a spec­ta­tor’s dream.

Alis­tair Brown­lee knows he will have a tar­get on his back at Su­per League Hamil­ton Is­land, but has a warn­ing for those who lay claim to the ti­tle.

“Su­per League Triathlon will be ex­cit­ing, dy­namic rac­ing and great view­ing for all sports fans. There’s a bit of chat­ter from the younger guys about the heat, the shorter dis­tances, and a few of them fancy them­selves for the win. While the for­mats are new and in­no­va­tive, they’ve still got to swim, bike and run and they have to re­mem­ber that their weak­nesses will still be high­lighted. It’ll be a lot of fun,” Brown­lee said.

Su­per League Triathlon has dis­pensed with the tra­di­tional swim, bike and run for­mula with unique race for­mats that pro­vide va­ri­ety, un­pre­dictabil­ity and re­quire ath­letes to ap­ply new strat­egy and race tac­tics in each for­mat. Su­per League Triathlon race for­mats in­clude a 300m swim, 6km bike and 2km run with vary­ing mul­ti­ples and se­quences of each dis­ci­pline across the dif­fer­ent race for­mat, three of which will be show­cased on Hamil­ton Is­land, the Triple Mix, Equal­izer and Elim­i­na­tor races.

In each for­mat ath­letes will com­pete for prize money, cham­pi­onship se­ries points and the pres­ti­gious se­ries leader jer­sey and the swim, bike and run leader’s jer­seys.

“Our race for­mats are a game changer and we’re go­ing to find out who is truly the great­est mul­ti­sport ath­lete on the planet. We’ve seen it so often over the years with the Brown­lees and Gomez dom­i­nat­ing in short course and in long course we see a rel­a­tively sim­i­lar story un­fold race af­ter race,” for­mer World Cham­pion and brains be­hind the con­cept Chris McCor­mack said.

“Our race for­mats can play to the strengths of the stand out swim­mers, bik­ers and run­ners who can de­stroy the tra­di­tional race strat­egy and lead from the front. And, then there’s the young bri­gade of su­per tal­ented ath­letes like two-time de­fend­ing Fu­ji­film Hamil­ton Is­land Triathlon Cham­pion Jake Birtwhis­tle, whose blis­ter­ing run speed is made for Su­per League Triathlon rac­ing. These next-gen­er­a­tion ath­letes have lit­tle re­gard for rep­u­ta­tion and Su­per League Triathlon is the ul­ti­mate plat­form for them to shake up the es­tab­lish­ment.”

The in­au­gu­ral Su­per League Triathlon will take place on Hamil­ton Is­land, with three days of rac­ing on March 17, 18 and 19.

Spec­ta­tors are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SU­PER TRI: Olympic Cham­pion Alis­tair Brown­lee (cen­tre) head­lines the Su­per League Triathlon field.

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