17 March

Super League Hamilton Island Day 1 Triple Mix Stage 1: 2 Bike

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17 March

Super League Hamilton Island Day 1 Triple Mix Stage 1: Swim-to-Bike Transition

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17 March

Super League Hamilton Island Day 1 Triple Mix Stage 1: 1 Swim

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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

BONUS PRIMES #SUPERLUCKY #SUPERUNLUCKY TO BE AWARDED

BIESTMILCH TO PRESENT AWARDS FOR THE #SUPERLUCKY AND #SUPERUNLUCKY

We're excited to announce two awards based on fan votes. #SUPERLUCKY or #SUPERUNLUCKY

These awards are presented by our sponsor Biestmilch. After each race, post #SUPERLUCKY or #SUPERUNLUCKY and the athlete’s name on Facebook or Twitter. At the end of the weekend, two $1000 awards will be given.

"Luck & Bad Luck are companions athletes know too well. They are always with them. Even the best of training, the best of performance can not control this fluffy something which is with us our whole life.

"This prime is the out-of-band award for the two athletes who have been caught up in this uncontrollable thing we call luck or bad luck. Everybody in the race has the chance to win either award." - Biestmilch

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