16 March

ATHLETES SIZE EACH OTHER UP AT SUPER LEAGUE HAMILTON ISLAND

ATHLETES SIZE EACH OTHER UP AT SUPER LEAGUE HAMILTON ISLAND

Hamilton Island, Australia (March 16, 2017) - On the eve of the inaugural Super League Triathlon event on Hamilton Island, athletes have all had a chance to look at the course, size up their competitors, and set their eyes on the first prize of $100,000.

Super League Triathlon yesterday assembled its roster of champion athletes in Hamilton Island in one room for the first time for the race technical briefing and slot draw for starting positions.

While the atmosphere was light-hearted with plenty of chatting, one could also see alliances and strategies forming. Alistair Brownlee sat with training partner Richard Varga; Javier Gomez had his coach and Mario Mola on either side. Brownlee and Gomez have not raced each other since WTS Leeds in June of last year, with Brownlee coming out on top.

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 athlete 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.

The younger athletes seemed more inclined to give other athletes a disadvantage. Henri Schoeman put aquathlon champion Ben Shaw in #3. Siggy Ragnarsson put Gomez in #11, which is right in the middle of the fray where he will more likely be bogged down. Jorik van Egdom bucked the trend and awarded Olympic bronze medalist Henri Schoeman slot #21, saying, “I’m in a good mood.”

Super League Triathlon expert commentator Emma Frodeno said, “I think we’re going to see some of the young kids come out of the woodwork and sort of give these ones that we know a run for their money. We’re going to see some of the lesser names in bright lights.”

Kristian Blummenfelt put speedy swimmer Dmitri Polyansky in slot #1, while Mola put Jake Birtwhistle in #2.

Birtwhistle said, “It’s not ideal, but I think I’m around a couple of good swimmers so I’m going to jump on and get towed around for a little bit. [Mario and I] have not spoken since he picked that slot for me.”

Mola had been given slot #5 by Gomez, which explains why he put Birtwhistle in a poorer position. He added that had he been in Gomez’s place he would also have put him in a similar spot. “We are used to picking out our own spots and not doing someone else’s but I guess it’s part of the game,” said the Spaniard. “I was not trying to make anything of it but I thought Jake’s going to be on my left so it’s good.”

Gomez said pontoon position would not matter anyway. “We’ll all swim fast to the first buoy, and we are not too many anyway so number 5 could have been any other.” While slot #5 should put Mola at a disadvantage, strong swimmers Igor Polyanskiy and Josh Amberger are in slots #4 and #6 respectively which will give him the benefit of a draft if he can stay with them.

Brownlee got the luck of the draw, picking himself out of the jar. He took advantage and put himself in slot #24 right beside Varga.

The Englishman is looking forward not just to the racing, but also the unprecedented sports entertainment approach Super League Triathlon has taken. “We’ve been pushing for a long time for our world series to be more like this. I’ve been talking for a long time about the need for triathlon to be more consumer-friendly, more interesting and different for the athletes to race, more about creating entertainment and interesting content. And Super League Triathlon is definitely leading the way.”

Richard Murray’s name has come up quite often when the athletes talk about who to watch out for. But the South African has a pretty relaxed approach to the coming racing. He said, “If you push the boundaries here on the island it’s gonna swallow you up. You need to save energy for the last 20 or 30 minutes on Sunday. If there’s nothing left, then you’ll be in big trouble.” He claimed to be at only 85% of his season’s fitness, but believes his 85% can still beat someone’s 100%.

One athlete who has gone under the radar is Schoeman, but this climate and this course are right in his wheelhouse. “I’m very fortunate that I come from Durban, South Africa, it’s not as humid but it’s hot like this. I’m a small guy, I might handle it better than the other guys.” He is also a good climber on the bike, and would have preferred more of the race to be uphill.”

Super League Triathlon co-founder Chris McCormack has been speaking with the athletes all week and says they’re all excited but apprehensive. “They’ve never done this type of stuff before -- talking about recovering between the three days, how the formats are going to work work, how they’re going to lose or gain time in certain areas,” he said. ”It’s going to be very dynamic racing. For the triathlon lover, it’s very different from anything they’ve ever seen before, and for the person who’s never seen triathlon before, it will be absolutely epic.”

With racing commencing tomorrow, Super League Hamilton Island is bound to deliver plenty of drama and action.

Super League Hamilton Island will be broadcast live on ​www.superleaguetriathlon.com​ on 17-19 March 2017 from 1700 AEST.

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15 March

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON HAMILTON ISLAND RACE COURSE

FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON HAMILTON ISLAND RACE COURSE

Hamilton Island, Australia (March 14, 2017) - The world’s best athletes have started to make their way to Hamilton Island, Australia in preparation for Super League Triathlon happening on 17-19 March 2017.

The days leading into the race weekend will be full of training swims, rides, and runs to help the athletes acclimatize to the tropical heat and consider their strategies in tackling the different formats.

The first of them to set foot on the island, Richard Varga has already been here four days and has swum the waters and ridden the roads, including the now infamous One Tree Hill to be used during the individual time trial for the Equalizer format.

“I think you would be much faster on a road bike,” said the Slovakian, noting how some other athletes were considering bringing time-trial bikes. “You need to be able to use bike tactics, because there are only three kilometers on the flats, and then you’re on the hills.”

Newer arrivals like Alistair Brownlee and Richard Murray were given a tour of the bike course on a golf cart fresh off the plane.

Brownlee commented, “It’s quite tough, man.” But when presented with an option to change his bike’s rear cassette to a 28-toothed gear to make the climb easier, the lad who trains daily on the hills of Yorkshire demurred and said he would use a tough 21-toothed gear all the way.

Murray noted how the golf cart was struggling to get up the hill, but marveled at the sight from the scenic lookout atop One Tree Hill. “We can have a picnic here afterwards,” he joked.

The South African believes Super League Triathlon racing is right in his wheelhouse. He said, “I think it’s pretty cool, something different, something short, my pace.”

Super League Triathlon’s regional director for sales and entertainment Carter Jackson tested the swim course alongside founder Chris McCormack and reported how warm the water was. “It’s about 28 degrees Celsius, which is almost warmer than the air temperature,” he revealed. “Some of these kids have come from places like Leeds or Iceland and they’re gonna have a hard time.”

Jackson also saw a few athletes take their bikes for a spin after their long flights. “I saw their faces going up One Tree Hill for the first time, and it looked like they were thinking to themselves, ‘What have I gotten into?’”

Russian athletes Dmitri and Igor Polyanskiy were two of those athletes. Dmitri said, “It’s so hot here like you’re on the equator. We rode up to the very top of the mountain where the race will be. We’re gonna have to sweat to make it up.”

Brownlee believes the racing will be relatively conservative the first two days, with athletes sizing each other up. He said, “I think people will make the championship moves on the third day.”

Javier Gomez Noya, Mario Mola Diaz, Terenzo Bozzone, and more athletes are scheduled to arrive at Hamilton Island today.

Can these athletes adapt fast enough to the conditions and use their strengths to implement winning strategies on race weekend? In a few days, we will finally find out. Super League Triathlon Hamilton Island will be broadcast live on ​www.superleaguetriathlon.com​ on 17-19 March 2017 from 1700 AEST.

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10 March

SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON FACEBOOK LIVE #2 with Richard Varga, Siggy Ragnarsson, and Igor Polyanskiy

Facebook LIVE Episode 2: Sigurður Örn Ragnarsson, Igor Polyanskiy and Richard Varga

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10 March

SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON FACEBOOK LIVE #4 with Robbie McEwen, Josh Amberger, and Kristian Blummenfelt

Facebook LIVE with Josh Amberger, Kristian Blummenfelt, Chris McCormack and special guest Robbie McEwen. Sponsored by Biestmilch Learn more at https://www.biestmilch.com

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10 March

SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON FACEBOOK LIVE #3 with Ryan Bailie, Ben Shaw, and Jake Birtwhistle

Facebook Live with Ryan Bailie, Ben Shaw and Jake Birtwhistle
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10 March

SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON FACEBOOK LIVE #1 with Terenzo Bozzone, Cameron Dye, and Brent McMahon

Facebook LIVE hosted by co-founder Chris McCormack and our #IAMSUPERLEAGUE athletes Terenzo Bozzone Cameron Dye and Brent McMahon.

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10 March

SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON FACEBOOK LIVE #6 with Ryan Fisher,​ Andrea Salvisberg​, Jorik van Egdom​, Robbie McEwen​

Facebook LIVE sponsored by Bollox​ www.bolloxenergy.com with Ryan Fisher​, Andrea Nicolas Salvisberg​, Jorik van Egdom​, Robbie McEwen,​ Chris McCormack​

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10 March

FOX NEWS FEATURES SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON

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.

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4 March

SUPER LEAGUE HAMILTON ISLAND: PAIN IN PARADISE

SUPER LEAGUE HAMILTON ISLAND: PAIN IN PARADISE

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 17 to 19 March 2017. 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.
 
17 March 2017 - Triple Mix 1630 AEST
18 March 2017 - Equalizer 1630 AEST
19 March 2017 - Eliminator 1630 AEST

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