Super League season confirmed
SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON officials unveiled final details for the 2018-19 Championship season yesterday, ahead of its return to Jersey in September.
The million-dollar franchise, which launched last year with two world-class trial events in Hamilton Island and St Helier, will travel to seven countries between June 2018 – March 2019, and will again offer some of the sport’s biggest names the chance to win huge cash prizes in front of a global television audience.
The season will start with two qualifying races in Poznan (Poland) and Penticton (Canada), before the Championship begins in Jersey on 29-30 September. Rounds two to five of the main series will be held in Malta (27-28 Oct), Mallorca (3-4 Nov), Singapore (23-24 Feb) and Australia (16-17 March). The host city for the Championship finale is rumoured to be Sydney, although that has yet to be confirmed.
Two-time Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee said: ‘It’s great to kick off the Super League season close to home. There was such a great crowd in Jersey last year; this new format of triathlon makes for some great racing and is really entertaining to watch, so I’m excited for a big turnout and to see what I can do in September.’
Fifty athletes from around the world (25 men, 25 women) will battle to become the best all-round triathlete, with 20 spots being awarded at the two qualifying events. A further 20 will be handed out based on last season’s results, and ten more wildcards will be offered.
Jerseyman Dan Halksworth was offered a wildcard for Super League Jersey in 2017 – giving him the chance to compete alongside the likes of Jonny Brownlee, world champion Mario Mola and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Henri Schoeman.
The total prize pot available for the 2018-19 season will exceed $1.5 million.