The 25-man field for the inaugural Super League event is in for some very tough racing, including a 24.4 percent grade on the bike.
February 24, 2017 | RACES|
Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island might be renowned as one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations, but the 25 men competing in the inaugural Super League Triathlon event on the island won't be finding their trip quite as easy as many of the tourists typically do.
"We're bringing the world's best athletes to Hamilton Island," says Super League Triathlon co-founder Chris McCormack. "It's a tropical paradise, but we're going to break them here. This course is brutal."
The courses for the three day event include a 300 m swim which will take place at Hamilton Island Marina, "six rounds of a one-km loop" for the 6 km bike course and four laps in the opposite direction for the 2 km run course.
There's a separate bike course that will be used for the Equalizer individual time trial. The course will start on the tarmac of the Hamilton Island Airport and do an out-and-back section on an airstrip. That's the only flat part of the 6 km course - from the airport the athletes will ride to the top of One Tree Hill, the highest point on Hamilton Island. The last 1.4 km gains 121 m in elevation with a maximum grade of 24.4 percent.
The Super League Triathlon event in Hamilton Island will include the following events:
- Triple Mix - March 17
- Equalizer - March 18
- Eliminator - March 19
Super League Triathlon 2017 | Men
Sigurdur Orn Ragnarsson
Jorik van Egdom