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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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

CHAMPION'S TROPHY REVEALED

SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON CHAMPION'S TROPHY REVEALED

 

Hamilton Island, Australia (March 15, 2017) - A unique race series deserves a distinctive trophy for its winner to hold aloft. Super League Triathlon co-founder Leonid Boguslavsky today revealed the trophy to be awarded to the overall winner of Super League Hamilton Island. 

The men’s trophy is a stylized figure of a man with its head and arms symbolizing swimming, legs in a running stance, and a wheel symbolizing cycling. Boguslavsky commissioned the trophy from Aleksander Litvinov, a sculptor based in Estonia.

“I did not want it to be a regular trophy which would look like a cup or a plate. I wanted to have it as a sculpture, that would combine our three disciplines of sport,” said Boguslavsky.

He had previously received a sculpture by Litvinov of three girls playing tennis, with each figure representing one of the three stages of life. “I asked him if he could design the trophy for our Super League Triathlon based on my idea and he responded yes, he would love to do it.”

For Boguslavsky, the most challenging thing was how to incorporate all three disciplines of triathlon into one human figure. He said, “It was easy to put a figure of a runner and put a bike wheel, but how do you show swim? So my idea was to have something near the shoulders so that it could symbolically be recognized as water or waves, to have the head not high up so that it will appear to be like swimming, and to capture the swimmer’s stroke.”

The sculpture is 45 centimetres high and cast entirely in bronze. Boguslavsky wanted some heft and significance to the trophy. “I want the winner to have something solid to lift up.”

The trophy for the upcoming women’s series has also been finalized.

With the sculpture reminiscent of Mercury, messenger of the gods, this trophy will deservedly go to the fastest of them all.

(photo credit: DELLY CARR)

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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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14 March

SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON TAKES OVER HAMILTON ISLAND

SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON TAKES OVER HAMILTON ISLAND

It’s the beginning of Super League Triathlon race week, and Hamilton Island is transforming from idyllic holiday destination into the proving ground for the world’s best athletes to determine who will stand supreme.

The pontoon for the dive swim start has already been built at the marina; you won’t miss it with Super League Triathlon’s distinctive yellow and black branding.

The length of Front Street along the marina up to the Hamilton Island Yacht Club has been festooned with Super League Triathlon banners fluttering in the sea breeze. Banners and barriers will also soon line the street as race weekend approaches.

The steep 160-meter bike climb out of transition called Mango Tree Hill will get the Super League Triathlon treatment, with street graphics painted right on the asphalt road. Soon, all roads to be used for the bike and run courses will be clearly marked with barriers enclosing the sides. These roads will be completely closed to traffic for the duration of the Triple Mix, Equalizer, and Eliminator races every afternoon from Friday, March 17 to Sunday, March 19. However, they will be re-opened after every race for the least amount of disruption to the island’s guest services.

Super League Triathlon’s hard-working crew on the ground have built transition, with the final setup scheduled for Thursday night. Once that is done, Hamilton Island will have completed its transformation into a tough and fast race course where all island guests and invited VIPs can get up close to the action.

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14 March

BEHIND THE RACE NUMBERS

A LOOK INSIDE SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON'S RACE NUMBERS

Hamilton Island, Australia (March 13, 2017) - Race numbers are a unique aspect of Super League Triathlon. Unlike other events that assign numbers only for the duration of a race, Super League Triathlon race numbers serve to identify each athlete across each race throughout the series much like football and basketball stars are identified by and associated with the numbers they wear on their jerseys.

Each athlete racing Super League Triathlon has picked a race number that holds personal significance for them.

Javier Gomez picked the number 1, painting a giant target on his back at which all his competitors will take aim.

In response, Alistair Brownlee picked 23, which is a famous number familiar to many sports fans; the weighty number has been worn by Michael Jordan and David Beckham, two of the greatest sportsmen in the world who transcended their sports to receive general renown. He added, “It is the date of my birthday [23 April], and it is St. George’s Day -- I’m a proud Englishman.”

A few athletes chose numbers worn by their favorite players from other sports. Richard Varga picked 12, the number of his favorite ice hockey player, Peter Bondra, who scored the final goal for Slovakia against Russia to win the world championship in 2002.

Jonathan Brownlee made a football connection when he chose the number 5. “[Zinedine] Zidane wore it at Real Madrid, Lucas Radebe wore it at Leeds United, and it was my number for football,” he said.

Thirteen is normally considered unlucky, but Terenzo Bozzone draws strength from it. “My birthday is the first day (1) of the third month (March), which is 13,” he said. “Also, being a member of the thirteen best triathletes in the world on the Bahrain Endurance 13 team means a lot to me.”

Ryan Bailie and Jake Birtwhistle are numbers 39 and 44 respectively because they are the 39th and 44th male to represent Australia at a triathlon world championship event.

Other number choices reveal whimsy. Brent McMahon’s number 83 is simply a stylized “B” and “M”, his initials.

Siggy Ragnarsson describes his number 57 as seemingly random. He revealed, “I like how it’s made up from two prime numbers 5 and 7 as well as being a product of two prime numbers 3 and 19.”

Ben Shaw picked 73 for similar reasons. “Seventy-three is the 21st prime number. Its mirror 37 is the 12th. Its mirror, 21, is the product of multiplying 7 and 3, and in binary 73 is a palindrome 1001001, which is the same number backwards.” It incidentally was also Super League Triathlon founder Chris McCormack’s race number on his test jersey.

Richard Murray had secret agent James Bond on the brain when he picked his number. He said, “Seven is a lucky number for me. 007 would be better.”

Dmitry Polyanskiy is number 77, thanks to numerology. “The principal importance of 7 is achievement of the goal. And two sevens are considered a happy number.”

His brother Igor also chose another repeating number, saying, “Eleven symbolizes for me two first places -- two more chances of a victory!”

Jorik van Egdom’s number 21 has personal significance. “That’s exactly the number of seconds I finished in front of the runner-up in the U23 World Championships 2016. I am also currently 21 years old.”

Eight is considered a lucky number, and Cameron Dye and Alessandro Fabian are numbers 08 and 88 respectively.

“Eight has been my lucky number since playing little league when I was a kid,” said Dye. “It was my number for swimming in college, and as my kids know if they are picking a number in my head it will have an 8 in it.”

Fabian was born in 1988. He also noted the similarity of the number 8 to the infinity symbol, “Eighty-eight are two infinity symbols on their side.”

Whether the athletes chose their numbers due to personal significance, superstition, or a connection to their sports heroes, one thing’s for sure: you’ll be seeing these numbers again and again.

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