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Super League Triathlon expert commentators Chris McCormack and Emma Frodeno (Beijing Olympic Games gold medallist) dropped in to the Fox Sports Australia studios to chat with the Fox Sports News team about the upcoming Super League Hamilton Island event.
Singapore (March 10, 2017) - With the clock counting down to Super League Hamilton Island, a speedy and youthful Australian short-course contingent looks forward to taking on the world in their own back yard.
Two of the young Aussies, Ryan Fisher and Ryan Bailie, were on the country’s Rio Olympics triathlon squad, while a third, Jake Birtwhistle, just narrowly missed selection.
Birtwhistle is the youngest at 22 years of age, but this U23 world champion is out to prove a point. After not being picked for Rio because the selectors thought the hilly race would not suit his strengths, Birtwhistle beat world champions Javier Gomez and Jonathan Brownlee at the French Grand Prix race in Dunkerque and took second behind Mario Mola at the sprint-distance WTS Hamburg, beating Fisher and Bailie across the line. It was the best an Australian man had finished in a World Triathlon Series race since 2011.
“The great thing about Super League Triathlon is that it is totally new for this generation of triathletes,” said Birtwhistle, whose speed on the run is said to take after Jonathan Brownlee.
“To follow in the footsteps of someone like Jonny is something I can take a bit of confidence from and move forward with that. No one has much experience racing events like this. The top guys of ITU or long course won’t necessarily be the top guys of Super League Triathlon.”
Birtwhistle has been preparing based out of New South Wales with the famous Wollongong Wizards squad alongside Bailie.
Bailie has been eyed by fellow competitors as one to watch out for on the Equalizer, a two-stage event which features an opening stage individual cycling time trial whose winner (the “King of the Hill”) can set up a time advantage for the second stage swim-run-swim-bike-run.
Bailie said, “People will probably look at me and think, ‘You’re a slight kind of guy’ and can’t put the power down compared to some of the Ironman guys, but the stage is still quite short. And once we get to the hill I think that’s where I’ll be able to take advantage. I’m not scared to be aggressive on the bike and just go for it.”
Fisher, the younger of the two Ryans, does most of his training on the Gold Coast and may be the best- acclimated of them all. “I haven’t really changed my training structure too much from normal but have added a few more elements of speed than what I would usually do,” he said. “I might throw in a few shorter swim/bike/runs with a short rest before going again just to try and simulate the Super League style of racing a bit more.”
Proving Super League Triathlon’s commitment to helping the sport develop, one of Australia’s most promising juniors has been brought on board. Matt Hauser has won the Australian Junior Triathlon Series twice and the Oceania Junior Championships four times. Named part of the Australian Commonwealth Games NextGen squad, he has set his sights on a Tokyo 2020 Olympic berth -- but first must test his mettle against the big shots. Where better than Super League Triathlon?
“Although I've got major respect for the professionals I'll be up against, I won't be turning up to be intimidated,” said Hauser. “I've got no pressure and no expectations; I just can't wait for some hard honest racing. It's a massive opportunity, a fantastic initiative!”
While Australians make up a sizeable percentage of Super League Triathlon athletes (long-course athlete Josh Amberger is also on board), that doesn’t necessarily mean they will be working together to ensure an Australian finishes on top. They are taking a wait-and-see attitude, especially with the new formats and style of racing. Bailie said, “I’m sure I might have a quick word with Jake, or Fisher to see if we can get some sort of advantage but very much when you start it’s all for yourself.”
Birtwhistle concurred, “I think if the opportunity arises we could work together, but I can’t imagine there being a set plan of attack. I don’t think that would work here, everything is going to be so fast and unexpected. You just have to be there and be ready to go with the moves and pick the right times to take matters into your own hands and take the race up the road.”
Fisher only had two words for his fellow competitors: “Be ready.”
Super League Triathlon Hamilton Island will be broadcast live on www.superleaguetriathlon.com on 17-19 March 2017 from 1630 AEST.
Singapore (March 10, 2017) - Fresh off the World Triathlon Series race in Abu Dhabi, Javier Gomez Noya and Mario Mola Diaz will once again face off at Super League Hamilton Island to be the fastest not just among Spaniards but among the world’s best in the three-day event.
Gomez needs no introduction: the five-time ITU world champion and Olympic silver medalist was knocked out of contending at the Rio Olympics due to a broken elbow, but his winning performance at the standard-distance WTS Abu Dhabi shows he is back in top form. Can he convert this fitness towards the supersprint distances at Super League Triathlon?
He said, “There is not much time in between races after ITU Abu Dhabi. My plan is to be settled in Sydney before flying to Hamilton for the race. Hopefully I will find some rigorous hill in Sydney to get ready for Hamilton pain in paradise.”
Mola gained the number one ranking and ITU World Champion status last year with a dominating four wins out of seven starts. But the mantle of world champion rests easy on him, and according to him he is going into Super League with no pressure. He said, “It is said that it hardest to keep winning than win for first time. Let’s see how it goes. I would even say that pressure was hardest before... I feel released right now.”
Both athletes are known for a run-dominant race strategy; Super League Triathlon will be a new challenge with its formats that throw the traditional swim-bike-run order out the window. Gomez said, “I try to win most of my races on the last leg of the triathlon. The most exciting thing of Super League Triathlon is the new format. It’s gonna be fun and really tough.”
Mola will get hot off the blocks with the first day’s Triple Mix, a three-stage format where the swim, bike, and run are presented in varying order at each stage, with time bonuses awarded for the fastest swimmer, biker, and runner in each stage. “I will be able to cut off or win time in the run if everything goes well,” said the owner of the fastest run split in the history of the World Triathlon Series.
However, he knows performance must be consistent over the course of the event. “Even if the races are short, endurance will be even more important than being very fast over three days of racing.”
Gomez noted the unpredictability of each of Super League Triathlon’s unique formats. “To be honest I do not know which of the formats will play to my strengths. Maybe the Equalizer as it might be the hardest of the three, but it will not be known until we race for the first time,” he said. Still, he looks forward to
competing head-to-head with his fellow competitors, knowing he has a target on his back. “I want to demonstrate that Number 01 on my race kit is a well-deserved number.”
Super League Hamilton Island will be broadcast live on www.superleaguetriathlon.com on 17-19 March 2017 from 1630 AEST.
Hamilton Island (Thursday February 23, 2017) - Triathlon is a destination sport, with thousands of athletes descending upon exotic locations all around the world in search of novel sights and experiences while engaging in one of the most grueling endeavors known to humanity. It only stands to reason that taking triathlon as a sport to the next level should involve high-speed, high-stakes racing among the world’s best athletes in one of the world’s most beautiful, idyllic locations.
The game-changing Super League Triathlon series will hold its inaugural event on Hamilton Island, Australia from . With 25 superstar athletes pitted against each other across short-course formats aired live worldwide, Hamilton Island provides a stunning setting and lends its own unique climate and topography to the challenge of determining who is the world’s best multisport athlete.
Situated on the Great Barrier Reef in tropical latitudes with pristine white sand beaches, calm clear waters, and an abundance of marine life, Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most spectacular and sought-after holiday destinations. While resorts provide modern creature comforts and recreation and its airport services daily direct commercial flights from Australia’s major eastern cities, over 70 percent of the island has been carefully preserved in its natural state.
Sporting events on Hamilton Island are known for pushing their competitors to the hilt while wowing them with awe-inspiring natural beauty.
“Hamilton Island has a strong reputation for hosting a number of internationally renowned sporting and cultural events,” said Glenn Bourke, Hamilton Island CEO. “We are proud to add the Super League Triathlon to our schedule of high-profile events and look forward to showcasing the Island to some of the world’s best triathletes. With Hamilton Island being located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the triathletes competing at this game-changing event will be able to enjoy one of the most pristine locations in the world while pushing themselves to their limits.”
Super League Triathlon co-founder Chris McCormack conducted extensive reconnaissance on the island to lay out the 300-metre swim, six-kilometre cycle course, and two-kilometre run course to be used during the three-day Super League event, which will be open and free to watch for all island guests as well as broadcast live worldwide on television and streaming video.
“We’re bringing the world’s best athletes to Hamilton Island. It’s a tropical paradise but we’re going to break them here. This course is brutal,” said McCormack.
The courses have been designed to be spectator-friendly with multiple laps allowing many chances for people to watch the action unfold before their eyes.
The swim course is in the crystal blue waters of the Hamilton Island Marina with athletes surrounded by multi-million-dollar water craft. The cycle course involves six rounds of a one-kilometre loop utilizing Resort Drive and Marina Drive. The run course goes the opposite direction with four laps along the marina foreshore on Front Street. It is truly one of the most spectacular triathlon courses in history.
A separate bike course will be used exclusively for the Equalizer individual time trial. Athletes will roll off the start ramp on the tarmac of the Hamilton Island airport and complete the first out and back section on the flat of the airstrip. But then it’s all uphill. The brutal climb will become the stuff of legend as athletes fight to make it to the top at One Tree Hill, the highest point on Hamilton Island. In the last 1.4 kilometres, athletes will gain 121 metres in elevation with a maximum gradient of 24.4 percent.
“The time trial course may be only six kilometres, but the last kilometres are as tough as I’ve seen in triathlon,” McCormack said. “It may be one of the prettiest finish lines I’ve ever seen at a sporting event, but you’ve got to work your backside off to get there.”
While the competition will put athletes through the wringer, outside of racing they will get to kick back and enjoy Hamilton Island’s natural landscapes, calm turquoise waters, secluded beaches, beautiful weather and luxurious recreation and accommodation. They can take a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef or nearby Whitehaven Beach, set sail through the Whitsundays, play a round of golf at the Hamilton Island golf course located on nearby Dent Island, or relax at a spa or by one of the many pools.
Watch the world’s best athletes push themselves in paradise at Super League Hamilton Island, broadcast live on www.superleaguetriathlon.com.
- Triple Mix 1630 AEST
- Equalizer 1630 AEST
- Eliminator 1630 AEST
JONNY BROWNLEE OUT OF SUPER LEAGUE HAMILTON ISLAND
Singapore (March 02, 2017) - Rio Olympics silver medalist Jonny Brownlee today announced due to injury he will be unable to compete at the first Super League race on Hamilton Island in less than three weeks’ time.
“The doctors confirmed my hip injury, which is really disappointing as I was in full swing preparing for the race and the hot conditions,” he said. An Instagram post earlier showed him cycling inside a heated room. “It is sad to miss out on this opportunity, but the great thing about Super League is it’s not just this one event. It’s a series and I believe I can still be in the running to win.”
Super League co-founder Michael D’Hulst shares Jonny’s disappointment, but explained that the Super League series format allows athletes to make up for not starting in an earlier event. “Points are awarded according to finish position after each event, and these are tallied at the end of the season to decide the series winner. We are rolling out a Double Points Day in our upcoming events and if Jonny does well then, he certainly has a fighting chance at a series win.”
Jonny’s older brother Alistair remains on-track to start at Super League Hamilton Island. The two-time Olympic gold medalist is looking forward to the unique racing. “Super League Triathlon is really exciting to me,” said Alistair. “It’s racing across a number of different days, a number of different formats, in different ways, which should suit a really hard style of racing.”
The Brownlee brothers have taken their sibling rivalry to world championship and Olympic level, bringing about a joint domination of the sport never seen before. With one Brownlee absent, it falls to Alistair to stamp their name on Super League Hamilton Island. Featuring three different race formats that throw the traditional order of swim-bike-run and the usual strategy that goes with it out the window, we may yet see the Brownlee dominance overthrown -- or prove their might yet again.
Jonny stated, “Number 05 shall return! I will see you at the next race. Super League is not won yet. I will be watching Super League Hamilton Island keenly and if I can’t win it, then I hope Alistair does.”
Watch these three days of racing unfold. Super League Hamilton Island will be broadcast live on www.superleaguetriathlon.com on 17-19 March 2017 from 1700 AEST.
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