Paula Findlay, Kirsten Sweetland and Andrew Bysice will race the USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series Las Vegas on Thursday, Sept. 11, with some of the world’s best triathletes for a share of the $70,000 prize purse.
The USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series was launched in 2013 to showcase the speed and excitement of draft-legal triathlon in an incredibly spectator-friendly format. In the invitation-only pro field, Findlay and Sweetland will take on, among others, U.S. Olympian Sarah Groff who finished the season as the No. 2 world-ranked woman in triathlon and Australian Erin Densham, the London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist. On the men’s side Andres Bysice will line up against the likes of U.S. Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker who won a series event in Milwaukee in August and American mile record holder Alan Webb.
Athletes will complete a 300 m swim in a portable pool before completing an 8 km bike and 2.5 km run, with qualifying heats beginning at 8:30 a.m. PT. The A finals, set for 8 p.m. PT under the bright lights of Las Vegas, will feature two continuous, non-stop circuits of the same course. The top three athletes from each qualifying heat plus the fastest fourth-place finisher will be guaranteed one of the 10 starting positions per gender in the A finals. The B finals with the fourth, fifth and sixth finishers in each heat will begin at 6 p.m. PT.
The race takes place in Las Vegas during Interbike, the largest annual cycling trade show in North America also held at Mandalay Bay, allowing endurance industry leaders to experience the engaging course design firsthand. The event will be broadcast nationwide on Universal Sports Network on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. ET. Visit USATriathlon.org for more information.