A new race format designed to give the sport more attention and popularity has been announced - included on the start list of the new Super League Triathlon are the Brownlee brothers and Javier Gómez.
February 10, 2017 | NEWS|
The first Super League triathlon event will be held from March 17 to 19 on Hamilton Island (a popular spot for especially rich Aussies), just off the coast of Queensland (AUS) in the Great Barrier Reef.
Two-time Ironman world champion Chris McCormack, one of the organizers of the event, is promising quite a show: action-packed, innovative race formats, lots of prize money (a total of US$1.5 million) and numerous superstars are sure to give triathlon more media attention and popularity.
At least as far as the quality of the starting field is concerned, McCormack is not exaggerating: with Javier Gómez (ESP), brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), Mario Mola (ESP), Henri Schoeman and Richard Murray (both RSA) in the field, most of the world's best short-distance athletes are on board, even if Alistair Brownlee has announced that he intends to race longer events this year.
The race formats are also designed for these short-distance specialists (there are 25 men under contract at Super League Triathlon). They will compete over a total of five different race formats including a 300 m swim, 6 km cycle on a "brutal bike course" and 2 km run. Other race formats include a triple mix, an equalizer, an enduro and an eliminator. Similar to the Tour de France there will also be special jerseys for the best of every discipline.
"The formats are new and innovative, but we still need to swim, ride and run, and we'll see where people are weak, which is going to be fun," says Alistair Brownlee.
“Our race formats are a game changer and we’re going to find out who is truly the greatest multisport athlete on the planet," says McCormack. "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.”
Live on Eurosport and Australia's Fox Sports
“All races are being broadcast live on television, on our digital platforms, and our racing and content focuses on what fans want to see," says McCormack. "The racing is frenetic and action-packed, but we’ll also tell the stories behind the racing. Don't think for a second that it’s all happy families among our athletes. We’ll highlight the rivalries, the personality clashes and intensity of a closed-league, big prize money series. For triathlon and sports fans we’ll be taking them deeper into the inner sanctum than ever before.”
The races will appear in Australia on Fox Sports, in Europe on Eurosport and around the world on the series website superleaguetriathlon.com. Age group events are planned at the end of 2017 and there will also be a Super League race for professional women.
Each of the 25 athletes can also choose their own number, which will be printed on their race suits, which fans will be able to purchase. Javier Gómez has chosen number 1, while Alistair Brownlee went for 23 (Michael Jordan's number and one of the most popular in sport.)
The first Super League Triathlon event will include three days of racing on March 17 (Triple Mix), 18 (Equalizer) and 19 (Eliminator).
Super League Triathlon 2017 | Men
The start list
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