Sunday 16 December 2018

WORLD’S BEST TRIATHLETES AND SUCCESS-HUNGRY ROOKIES GO INTO BATTLE NEXT MONTH

From the Americas to Australia: Super League Triathlon’s Championship Series lineup is a hotlist of global talent

It’s less than one month to go until triathlon’s superstars and a pool of talented newcomers go head to head when Jersey will play host to the first of five Championship Series events across the Super League Triathlon (SLT) season.

SLT is thrilled to announce the series lineup as it currently stands, which includes athletes who qualified from the SLT 2017-18 season, the Qualifiers in Poland and Canada in June and July, and a selection of wildcards.

Alistair Brownlee (GBR), Ashleigh Gentle (AUS), Carolina Routier (SPA), Flora Duffy (BER), Henri Schoeman (RSA), Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS), Jonny Brownlee (GBR), Katie Zaferes (USA), Mario Mola (SPA), Nicola Spirig (SUI), Rachel Klamer (NED) and Richard Murray (RSA) are just some of the big names that will be competing this season for a shot at being crowned SLT Champion in Australia next year (23-24 March 2019), and awarded the distinguished title as ‘the most versatile triathlete on earth’. 

“Fast, furious and super exciting! I can’t wait to race Super League Triathlon,” said double Olympic medallist and seven-time gold winning ITU Triathlon World Championships medallist Jonny Brownlee, looking ahead to the first event next month.

SLT is nothing like the athletes have raced before; a dynamic, fast-paced series of events throughout the season which will see both long and short course athletes battle each other across a variety of challenging and unforgiving formats. With a prize pot of $1.5million to fight for, the male and female athletes that accumulate the most points across the season will be crowned Champion of Super League Triathlon.

Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack, two-time winner of the Ironman World Championship and co-founder of SLT, said: “We had a taste of SLT racing last season with our two pilot events, but 2018-19 brings our first ever fully consolidated season with qualified athletes earning their way into the series; and the world’s best triathletes being challenged against the next wave of stars on some of the most stunning, iconic and demanding courses in the world. This series lineup is a testament to that with the absolute best in this sport lining up to take on this massive challenge. This is unpredictable, mixed discipline, hyperdynamic triathlon that throws the form guide out the door. Buckle up for the ride – this is going to be incredible.”

Australia’s Emma Jeffcoat, the winner of SLT’s Qualifier event in Poznan, Poland, said: “SLT is the game changer; it’s fast, furious and fun racing! There’s nowhere to hide and it’s hard from the start – it’s my favourite way to race. Bring on the Championship Series for 2018-19!”

Preparing for the challenging formats, Jeffcoat’s compatriot Jacob Birtwhistle said: “Super League Triathlon is probably the hardest format of racing there is – nothing in triathlon can make you feel the same pain.”

Excited for her appearance in Jersey, Tokyo 2020 USA Olympic Team hopeful Kirsten Kasper said: “Super League Triathlon racing is fast and unforgiving. It requires you to push the limits and allows us athletes to engage with the local community.” 

Full SLT Women’s Championship Series Lineup (with current ITU rankings ):

Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) #84

Carolina Routier (SPA) #03

Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) #55

Charlotte McShane (AUS) #24

Claire Michel (BEL) #13

Danielle De Francesco (AUS) #94

Desirae Ridenour (CAN) #17

Elena Danilova (RUS) #97

Emma Jeffcoat (AUS) #22

Erin Storie (USA) #78

Flora Duffy (BER) #87

Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) #96

Joanna Brown (CAN) #11

Jodie Stimpson (GBR) #08

Kate Waugh (GBR) #12

Katie Zaferes (USA) #16

Kirsten Kasper (USA) #91

Klaudia Sebők (HUN) #23

Leonie Periault (FRA) #56

Mary Alex England (USA) #79

Megan Foley (USA) #75

Melanie Santos (POR) #80

Nicola Spirig (SUI) #18

Rachel Klamer (NED) #07

Sarah Alexander (USA) #76

Sophie Chase (USA) #77

Sophie Coldwell (GBR) #25

Summer Cook (USA) #99

Vanesa De La Torre (MEX) #51

Vicky Holland (GBR) #95

Yuko Takahashi (JAP) #27

Full SLT Men’s Championship Series Lineup (with current ITU rankings):

Alex Yee (GBR) #18

Alistair Brownlee (GBR) #23

Andreas Schilling (DEN) #00

Arturo Beltran (VEN) #94

Ben Kanute (USA) #75

Chris Bagg (USA) #96

Hayden Wilde (NZL) #53

Henri Schoeman (RSA) #04

Igor Polyanskiy (RUS) #11

Jack Felix (USA) #78

Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) #44

Jayden Schofield (AUS) #95

João Pereira (POR) #99

Jonas Schomburg (GER) #09

Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) #05

Kevin McDowell (USA) #92

Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) #02

Léo Bergere (FRA) #52

Luke Schofield (AUS) #77

Mario Mola (SPA) #03

Matthew Hauser (AUS) #33

Matthew Sharpe (CAN) #91

Mauro Cavanha (BRA) #98

Nathan Killam (CAN) #79

Oliver Turner (JER) #76

Richard Murray (RSA) #07

Richard Varga (SVK) #12

Ryan Bailie (AUS) #39

Sylvain Fridelance (SUI) #54

Taylor Reid (CAN) #97

Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) #65

Vincent Luis (FRA) #29

You can download imagery here.

Media accreditation, press conference and interview opportunities

To register for media accreditation at this year’s RBC Super League Jersey (29-30 September) please email Anna Davies at [email protected] before 25 September.

There will be a media launch event taking place at Cineworld Cinema, The Waterfront Centre La, Rue de L’etau, St Helier, Jersey on Friday 28 September with a selection of the professional athletes, organisers and special guests. 

Media interviews with the athletes and organisers are on a first-come-first-served basis. Please email Anna Davies at [email protected] if you wish to request an interview on Friday 28 September.

To find out more about Super League Triathlon and where to watch it, visit superleaguetriathlon.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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