Triple Mix - Mix It Up
How many times have triathlon fans watched a race and accurately predicted that an athlete with a strong swim-bike combo would exit the water first and hold the lead on the bike, only to be chased down by a fleet-footed athlete on the run? The results in a traditional swim-bike-run format is many times a foregone conclusion if you know the strengths of those on the starting line.
Super League Triathlon bucks the traditional order of triathlon with the Triple Mix: three stages of swimming, biking, and running -- but not always in that order. The first stage involves swim-bike-run, second stage run-bike-swim, and third stage bike-swim-run.
Every second matters with the second and third stages starting pursuit-style. Any lead from the previous stage is passed forward into the next stage. So if an athlete finishes ahead of another by ten seconds, that’s how much time they will start ahead in the next stage. Can they hang onto that lead and grow it?
Athletes earn points based on their final stage finish rankings, with those placing 16th and slower earning only one point each. Non-finishers will be penalized with points deducted from their total. Those who fail to start the race get themselves into an even bigger hole, with three points deducted. This puts the pressure on athletes to get over that line whether running, walking, or crawling across it!
Triple Mix throws predictability of results out the window and turns up the action to 11 to reveal the true multisport athlete who can keep the pedal to the metal all the way until the finish line.