17 March

Super League Triathlon Top Athlete Profiles

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17 March

What is Super League Triathlon?

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17 March

Super League Hamilton Island Day 1 Triple Mix Course Map

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17 March

STUART O'GRADY AND SPENCER SMITH TALK CYCLING STRATEGY

SPORTS LEGENDS STUART O'GRADY AND SPENCER SMITH TALK CYCLING STRATEGY

Hamilton Island, Australia (March 17, 2017) - With Super League Hamilton Island only a few hours away, some of Australia’s living greats are on location to watch history unfold.Stuart O’Grady is one of two Australians ever to have won the legendary Paris-Roubaix cycling race. With a career spanning almost three decades, he has won an Olympic gold medal and was a major contender on the Tour de France for the green jersey and wore the yellow jersey twice. O’Grady noted the island’s humidity as one of the major limiting factors the athletes will be facing today. “Heat’s one thing but humidity really saps you. Doesn’t matter what kind of effort you’re doing whether you’re in the water or running or riding. Any exercise in this kind of humidity is going to kill you,” he said.

Even as a former professional cyclist he understands how difficult and technical this bike course will be, with a major climb up Mango Tree Hill straight out of transition done six times to complete the six-kilometer bike loop. He quipped, “First of all I’m just glad I’m not doing it, it is really gnarly, it’s technical.”

He also had some thoughts on the athletes’ bike selection. “It’s always easier to climb on a road bike; you don’t see guys on a time trial bike in the Tour de France or any major stage race. They normally opt for the road bike. You can still do 50km an hour on the flats on a road bike.”

Spencer Smith has the distinction of being not only a world champion triathlete, but also a professional cyclist. One of the first professional triathletes to transition from ITU format to long course successfully, he won three consecutive ITU world titles (one junior, two elite) and two Ironman titles.He agreed with O’Grady’s assessment, saying, “You’ve got to be able to throw this bike around.”Smith noted another important factor in a race where mere seconds can decide a win or just another 10th place position. “I don’t think we can talk about the transition enough,” he said. “I think it’s going to be absolutely vital. You drop a chain, you drop a shoe, [all the other athletes are] gone. It’s over. It’s over for that race.”

Strong cyclists can easily make up time and stretch a lead by attacking up Mango Tree Hill. “if you can throw your gear down and go straight up that climb I will put it to you to start attacking. If you feel you don’t have that ability for the run, if you want to stretch [your lead], it’s right there for you to cause that selection,” said Smith O’Grady however offered a word of caution. “It’s sort of like the event is one whole threshold time trial, not maxing it out. To win this overall you’ve got to be very strategic, obviously bloody good, and be willing to play a bit of poker as well.

“These events are raced in the red, this is all about threshold. It’s about trying to do this whole thing at about 95 percent. If you go 100 percent you’re gonna be in the hurt locker for the next event. You want to make a statement, but you don’t want to overcook it early. You want to be more about trying to keep in the top three, and then go all out on the last day.”

But for the young athletes trying to make a name for themselves, Smith has other advice. “If I were an up-and-comer, I would just go for it. I would just blast through it.”

Which athlete will make their move in today’s Triple Mix? You can watch all the action right in your living room. Super League Hamilton Island will be broadcast live on ​www.superleaguetriathlon.com​ on 17-19 March 2017 from 1600 AEST.

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17 March

TRIPLE MIX SLOT DRAW

TRIPLE MIX SLOT DRAW

Positions on the starting pontoon and in transition will be determined by finish order for Days 2 and 3 of Super League Hamilton Island, but for Day 1 they are assigned by slot draw. Each of the athletes was called to the front by their jersey number, where they then picked another athlete’s number out of a jar and assigned a slot on the pontoon to them.

Due to the current in the Hamilton Island Marina where the swim will be held, the best position is slot #24 where the outside current gives assistance. The worst is slot #1 because the athlete will be fighting the current. But who you’re standing next to on the pontoon may be just as important because you can draft off them and conserve energy.

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17 March

A QUICK GUIDE TO THE TRIPLE MIX FORMAT

 

The first format to be raced at Super League Hamilton Island is Triple Mix, which tests the versatility and adaptability of athletes by challenging them to complete three stages of all three disciplines with a maximum ten-minute break between stages. 

“When this sport was born it was about who can swim, who can bike and who can run the fastest and it was never discussed in any order,” said Super League Triathlon co-founder Chris McCormack.

Triple Mix will require athletes to complete three stages, as follows:

● Stage 1 - Swim (300m), Bike (6km), Run (2km)

● Stage 2 - Run (2km), Bike (6km), Swim (300m)

● Stage 3 - Bike (6km), Swim (300m), Run (2km)

A ten minute countdown to the start of the next stage will commence from the time that the first athlete crosses the finish line in the previous stage. Athletes finishing behind the first athlete in each stage will have less than ten minutes until the start of the next stage.

For some extra spice, athletes will also compete for time bonuses in each stage of Triple Mix. In Stage 1, athletes will compete for a 5-second time bonus for the first athlete out of the swim leg. In Stage 2, the first athlete to finish the run course will be awarded a 5-second time bonus and for Stage 3 the first athlete to start the last lap will receive a 5-second time bonus. These time bonuses are deducted from an athlete’s cumulative time across all three stages of Triple Mix. A single athlete can win more than one time bonus, if they are able to! The winner of Triple Mix is determined by the athlete’s cumulative time, including any time bonuses awarded, across Stages 1, 2, and 3.

The Run start in Stage 2 and the bike start in Stage 3 are conducted in a controlled start with an athlete’s athlete’s starting position on course for each stage reflecting their finish position from the previous stage. For example, the first place finisher from Stage 1 starts in the “1” position for Stage 2, while the second place finisher from Stage 1 starts Stage 2 in position two and so on. Start positions for Stage 1 will be randomly drawn prior to race start.

“You can’t approach Triple Mix like a normal triathlon,” said Super League Triathlon Co-Founder Chris McCormack.

“For instance, in Stage Two of Triple Mix athletes will have to finish with the swim after completing the run and bike prior. It’s an entirely different prospect than starting with the swim. Lungs and legs are already screaming and then you have to hit the water. And can a strong swimmer like Richard Varga come from behind to take the lead in the swim leg after a run and bike? We’re going to see that it is the true multisport athlete that will win this event,” explained McCormack.

Triple Mix will reveal the true multisport athlete. You can see for yourself who that athlete is. The Triple Mix race at Super League Hamilton Island will be broadcast live on www.superleaguetriathlon.com from 1630 AEST on Friday March 17, 2017.

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16 March

CROWN OUR QUEEN

It's Time to Crown Our Queen 

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16 March

HIGHLIGHTS SHOW

Hamilton Island Highlights Show 

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16 March

SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON FOUNDERS TALK SUPER LEAGUE HAMILTON ISLAND

Hamilton Island, Australia (March 16, 2017) - Super League Triathlon is set to pit the best of the best against each other and inspire a new generation to take up triathlon with its inaugural event on Hamilton Island happening from tomorrow 17 March through to 19 March.

Super League Triathlon was co-founded by Chris McCormack, Michael D’Hulst and Leonid Boguslavsky, three successful businessmen and passionate triathletes brought together by a common desire to break new ground in the sport of triathlon.

Growing up competing in short distance racing of various formats, including surf lifesaving, on the beaches of Australia, Chris McCormack always wanted a professional racing series to highlight to millions around the world the sport that gave him his life and career.

“As a former athlete I was constantly frustrated with the events and the brands being the pillar and these athletes being a side note,” said McCormack, whose 20-year professional career produced four world titles and countless race wins. A self-confessed triathlon “geek”, McCormack is an ardent student and observer of the sport whose command of factoids about past and present triathletes can rival a baseball card collector’s mastery of MLB.

“I think when you look at the big sports around the world -- football, UFC -- it’s athlete first. You know, creating characters, creating stars, using the media to showcase the athletic abilities of the best in that sport. And that trickles down to support the sport. So I wanted to reverse how triathlon is currently done.”

McCormack is looking forward to the racing. “Spills, racing, competitiveness, aggression, you’re gonna see everything. People who know triathlon have never seen anything like this before.”

As a latecomer to the sport with an outsider perspective on building triathlon events from the ground up, D’Hulst envisioned a better way of going about the sport. He believes Super League Triathlon has the potential to go the way of UFC and Formula 1 racing as a viscerally engaging and life-inspiring sport for spectators as well as participants.

He said, “We take this sport of triathlon which is very much a mass participation model and add a whole new business model to it which is the spectator-friendliness of sports entertainment. We believe that triathlon as a sport now is ready to do that.”

D’Hulst revealed that pain and suffering were definitely part of the consideration when selecting Hamilton Island as the inaugural race venue. He said, “Pain defines the ultimate athlete. Who’s able to take it, and who’s able to strategize. It’s not just about going flat out and seeing where I’ll end up. You have to be smart about this. How do I play my cards in the different rounds in specific events. It’s not only the fittest athlete, it’s also the athlete who takes the risk, who is able to deliver on that risk, and who is smart enough to strategize around it.”

Establishing Super League Triathlon as a new model for triathlon will reshape the landscape of the sport and allow it to break new ground worldwide -- this is what Leonid Boguslavsky desires as his legacy.

A former professor with a Ph.D. in computer science, Boguslavsky also served as a senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers and as investor became one of the most important players in booming IT and Internet scene. He fell in love with the sport of triathlon later in his life when a friend gifted him a copy of McCormack’s autobiography, “I’m Here to Win” in 2013. Boguslavsky was inspired to do his first triathlon and was hooked. Never being trained in sport before, he got his first age group podium in 8 months and in one and a half years from the first day of training he qualified for the Ironman World Championship in Kona. Then he met McCormack in person.

“I met Chris at an Endurance conference; we started talking about what can be new with triathlon. I was dreaming to create a new format, and we just jumped on this idea. What are the key factors to make it successful? Three things: signing up the top athletes in the world, making it awesome from a TV prospective, and creating a big prize fund,” Boguslavsky said.

 

Super League Triathlon’s closed-league championship concept elevates triathlon to the level of mainstream professional sport, while the roll-out of age-group participation in future races stays true to triathlon’s roots and values while inspiring new generations to take up the sport.

Boguslavsky expounded on this further, saying, “The key concept which we are developing is ‘league’. As a league there will be athletes who are climbing to the higher league from a lower one.”

All three men share the same dream of bringing triathlon to a wider audience and sharing what is special about the sport with the world. McCormack said, “Everyone’s always talking about triathlon as the fastest-growing sport in the world; there’s more people now participating in triathlon than ever before. We haven’t seen that growth into the media and that growth on television, so with Super League Triathlon it’s that repackaging, rebranding of the sport but staying true to the values of the sport is what’s really, really exciting.”

He concluded, “In ten years I’d love to see people talking about athletes like Alistair Brownlee or say young Jake Birtwhistle in the same way as we’re talking about Roger Federer.”

High-resolutions images may be downloaded from the links below:
Will McCloy interviews co-founders Leonid Boguslavsky, Michael D'Hulst, and Chris McCormack
Super League Triathlon founders (L-R): Leonid Boguslavsky, Michael D'Hulst, Chris McCormack
(PHOTOS CREDIT: Clint Barter)

More information about Super League Triathlon and interview requests with Super League Triathlon founders and contracted athletes is available by contacting Trent Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer via email ​trent@superleaguetriathlon.com.​

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About Super League Triathlon

Pitting the world’s best triathletes across unique short course formats for big prize money in a closed league series, Super League Triathlon provides pulse-pounding action, superstars to root for, and a spectator experience without parallel. Super League Triathlon catapults triathlon into the hearts, minds, and living rooms of triathlon and sports fans worldwide. By offering incredible TV and digital content output with live race day television broadcasts, live race day digital streaming and Video on Demand content, we’ll be showcasing our Championship athletes and the sport of triathlon like never before. Super League Triathlon features action-packed racing formats in dramatic locations and fan-friendly courses across Asia-Pacific and the Gulf. We’re committed to setting the gold standard experience for age groupers, professional athletes, and fans alike. Super League Triathlon was co-founded by two-time Ironman and two-time ITU World Champion Chris McCormack, and Michael D’Hulst and Leonid Boguslavsky, three successful businessmen and passionate triathletes brought together by a common desire to break new ground in the sport of triathlon.

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