Super League Triathlon (SLT), the exciting new elite triathlon series formed by Chris McCormack in 2017, now features a new race format including a qualifying period for professionals into the Championship race series and age group racing.
The first of the qualifying races was in Poznan, Poland, where Tyler Mislawchuk, Matthew Sharpe and Desirae Ridenour qualified for the new Championships series. The second and final qualifying race is in Canada at the historic triathlon town of Penticton in the Okanagan Valley of BC. SLT Penticton will also have an age group category, giving amateurs a taste of this new and exciting race format.
In Penticton, BC, the professionals will compete in the Equalizer and Eliminator. The age group athletes get to do the Equalizer, but instead of the Eliminator, they do the Enduro on Sunday.
Stage 1 (Friday) – 15K bike Time Trial
Stage 2 (Saturday) – Swim 300m > Run 2.5K > Swim 300m > Bike 16K > Run 2.5K
Sunday – Swim 300m > Bike 6K > Run 2K, three times (competitors eliminated after each round)
Sunday – Swim 750m > Bike 20K > Run 5K, twice
The Championship race series begins in September and will feature the best 25 male and 25 female athletes across six rounds in the season. The top 10 male and female performing athletes secure their place in the next season Championship Series. Additionally, there will be five male and female wild cards awarded at each Championship event to give local talent and other rising stars from around the world the ‘chance to pit themselves against triathlon’s best.’
The total prize purse of the 2018-2019 Championship will exceed US$1.5 million, on top of event bonuses and other prizes for the athletes. According to Super League, this is the ‘highest prize pool ever awarded in a triathlon series and shows the commitment and support that SLT is giving to the professionals and their career development.’
SLT founder, Chris McCormack says, “Super League Triathlon is a fast-paced series that is open to all and will give the world’s best triathletes the chance to rise to the top and be recognized for their success.”