OLYMPIC AND WORLD CHAMPIONS BATTLE IT OUT IN GRAND FINALE OF SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON IN FEB 2019, SINGAPORE
17th December, 2018
The world’s top triathletes will be heading to Singapore for the finale of the Super League Triathlon (SLT) Championship Series. Taking place on the beautiful island of Sentosa at the iconic ONE15 Marina, the elite athletes’ versatility, speed and endurance will be tested to the max during two days (23 – 24 February) of high intensity racing.
Comprising of a total prize purse of USD$1.5million, the first official season of SLT started in Jersey in September, before continuing to Malta, Mallorca and finishing in Singapore. The current leader board showcases an impressive list of the best triathletes in the world, ensuring spectators will be able to see the best-of-the-best deliver their most tactical racing strategies to get ahead of their rivals and claim the ultimate prize.
For the men, all eyes will be on Olympic silver medalist Jonny Brownlee, and Commonwealth Games gold medalist and Olympic bronze medalist Henri Schoeman (South Africa) as they chase down the seemingly unstoppable Vincent Luis (France), who currently leads the Championship standings. For the women, two-time ITU World Champion Flora Duffy is back from injury ready to race in Singapore and take on a world-class field that includes the current leader and 2018 ITU bronze medalist, Katie Zaferes (USA).
SLT is the brainchild of two-time winner (2007, 2010) of the Ironman World Championship, Chris McCormack, Michael D’Hulst and Leonid Boguslavsky. McCormack commented, “Racing has been a big part of my life. I understand what it is about the sport that gets spectators and athletes excited and inspired. SLT is about me taking that knowledge and evolving the sport into a product that pushes and challenges the athletes further, whilst providing great entertainment for spectators.”
The innovative format of SLT delivers game-changing racing in a series of fast-paced events with unpredictable outcomes, and feature shorter races than the traditional Olympic distance. Across the SLT season, the athletes have to get to grips with five different innovative formats – Triple Mix, Eliminator, Equalizer, Sprint Enduro and Enduro – two of which are selected and showcased at each location event; In Singapore, athletes will battle it out in the Eliminator and Enduro formats.
The Eliminator tests the resilience, stamina and velocity of the athletes in a pressure-cooker format where field position proves key over timing. Athletes go through three continuous rounds of swim-bike-run. The Eliminator allows a 10-minute break in between each round, only to eliminate athletes who didn’t make the cut to the next stage. Only the Top 15 get through to Stage 2, before it gets further trimmed to just Top 10 athletes competing for precious points and to eventually be crowned as the most tenacious and toughest athlete in SLT.
Bringing a whole new meaning to endurance, the Enduro is considered the most brutal format of all. Requiring endurance and tactics, the Enduro is a non-stop burst of three continuous rounds of swim(300m)-bike(5km)-run(1.6km). The added element of speed is tied into the race, with any athletes dropping 90 seconds behind being eliminated at the end of each discipline. The winner is the first athlete across the finish line upon completion of the entire race sequence.
Super League is so much more than just pro-racing, SLT is also focused on attracting a new generation of triathlon and sports audiences with the aim of fostering and inspiring future champions and promoting a healthy lifestyle for the wider community. The athletes will have an action packed week in the lead up to race days getting to know Singapore and visiting schools to inspire and encourage kids of all ages to follow their dreams.
For those keen to participate there is a 2.5km Super League Fun Run and Corporate Team Enduro with teams of 3 or 6 competing on the same course as the Pros. The Under 19 Asia Championship will also see some of the most talented triathletes from Asia take to the race course. Participants can sign up for both categories at www.superleaguetriathlon.com/singapore
Entry is free for all spectators who can also take part in a series of fun activities at the Super League Triathlon Fanzone during the race weekend. This is going to be an epic weekend not to be missed!
|Event: Super League Triathlon, Singapore
Venue: ONE Degree 15, Sentosa Cove
Date: 23 – 24 February (Saturday – Sunday)
Saturday 23 February
11.00: Corporate Team Enduro
13.00: Super League Fun Run
15.10: Championship Series: Pro Racing Eliminator – Female
17.10: Championship Series: Pro Racing Eliminator – Male
Sunday 24 February
9.00: U19 Asia Championship – Girls
10.30: U19 Asia Championship – Boys
13.00: Corporate Team Enduro
15.10: Championship Series: Pro Racing Enduro – Female
17.10: Championship Series: Pro Racing Enduro – Male
FREE entry for all spectators
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About Super League Triathlon
Super League Triathlon (SLT) is the pinnacle of the sport on the world’s stage, delivering game-changing formats – mixing up long and short course athletes – in a series of fast-paced events with unpredictable outcomes that culminate in the crowning of the best and most versatile male and female triathletes in the world.
Over the course of the season, the top male and female triathletes from around the world battle it out for the crown to become the best all-round triathlete. There are three means by which these top athletes qualify for the Championship Series, equally split between male and female competitors: automatic qualification from the previous SLT season (20 places), wildcard qualification (10 places at one given time), and ‘Golden Ticket’ success at the SLT Qualifiers in Poznan and Penticton (20 places). Pros from all over the world can race to be in with a chance to qualify for the main Championship Series events.
The League travels to some of the world’s most spectacular racing destinations throughout the season:
- Qualifier events
Poznan (29 June-01 July 2018)
Penticton (17-19 August 2018)
- Championship events
Jersey (29-30 September 2018)
Malta (27-28 October 2018)
Mallorca (3-4 November 2018)
Singapore (23-24 February 2019)
To find out more about Super League Triathlon, visit superleaguetriathlon.com.
About ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, Singapore
Since its inauguration in 2007, ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove, Singapore is the winner of several international accolades including the prestigious FIVE Gold Anchor Award, Best Asian Marina of the Year (2009, 2012 – 2014, 2016 – 2018) and Outstanding Hospitality Award at the Helm Magazine Singapore Yacht Show Awards 2013. The Club also has the honor of hosting upscale international yachting events including Volvo Ocean Race 2008/09, Asia Pacific Yachting Conference and is home to Singapore Yacht Show, the third most important boat show in the world according to The Financial Times.
Located in Sentosa Cove, the prime leisure district of Singapore, ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove features a beautiful marina of 270 berths with facilities to accommodate mega yachts of up to 200 feet. The well-appointed clubhouse encompasses world-class facilities including restaurants and bars, suite rooms, a members’ lounge, conference and meeting rooms and leisure facilities. Evoking the glamour and elegance of Monte Carlo, ONE°15 Marina Sentosa Cove is Asia’s most desired waterfront leisure destination.
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