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