Athletes Size Each Other Up at Super league Hamilton Island

Thursday 16 March 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.
Super League Triathlon (Photo: Delly Carr)


Coming Triathlon Events View all

    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

26

Nov

2017

Sufferfest Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island, Australia

Website Google Map

02

Dec

2017

HITS Palm Springs

Palm Springs, CA, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

16

Dec

2017

Sufferfest Mount Martha

Mount Martha, Australia

Website Google Map

06

Jan

2018

HITS Naples

Naples, FL, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

26

Jan

2018

Israman

Eilat, Israel

Website Google Map YouTube

17

Feb

2018

Challenge Wanaka

Wanaka, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

31

Mar

2018

HITS Ocala

Ocala, FL, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

14

Apr

2018

HITS Napa Valley

Napa Valley, CA, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

29

Apr

2018

Challenge Taiwan

Taitung City, Taiwan, China

Website Google Map YouTube

19

May

2018

Ironcat

I`Ampolla, Spain

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

04

Nov

2017

Ironman Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida, United States

Website Google Map

11

Nov

2017

Ironman Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

Website Google Map

12

Nov

2017

Ironman Los Cabos

Los Cabos, Mexico

Website Google Map YouTube

19

Nov

2017

Ironman Arizona

Tempe, Arizona, United States

Website Google Map

26

Nov

2017

Ironman Cozumel

Cozumel, Mexico

Website Google Map YouTube

03

Dec

2017

Ironman Western Australia

Busselton, Australia

Website Google Map

03

Dec

2017

Ironman Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata, Argentina

Website Google Map

03

Mar

2018

Ironman New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

15

Apr

2018

Ironman African Championship

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Website Google Map YouTube

28

Apr

2018

Ironman Texas

The Woodlands, Texas, United States

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

28

Oct

2017

Trick Or Tri

Irwindale, California, United States

Website Google Map

29

Oct

2017

Challenge Forte Village

Sardinia, Italy

Website Google Map

05

Nov

2017

Murray Man

Barmera SA, Australia

Website Google Map

05

Nov

2017

Ocean Lava Azores Island's

Azores Island's, Portugal

Website Google Map

11

Nov

2017

Sufferfest Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island WA, Australia

Website Google Map

12

Nov

2017

Challenge Shepparton

Victoria, Australia

Website Google Map

17

Nov

2017

triathlon Paracas

Paracas, Peru

Website Google Map

19

Nov

2017

Hervey Bay 100

Hervey Bay QLD, Australia

Website Google Map

03

Dec

2017

Challenge Florianopolis

Florianopolis, Brazil

Website Google Map

10

Dec

2017

Ultimate Callala

Jervis Bay NSW, Australia

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

29

Oct

2017

70.3 Austin

Austin, Texas, United States

Website Google Map

11

Nov

2017

70.3 Malaysia

Langkawi, Malaysia

Website Google Map

12

Nov

2017

70.3 Xiamen

Xiamen, Fujian, China

Website Google Map

12

Nov

2017

70.3 Los Cabos

Los Cabos, Mexico

Website Google Map

25

Nov

2017

70.3 Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain

Website Google Map

26

Nov

2017

70.3 Fortaleza

Fortaleza - Ceara, Brazil

Website Google Map

26

Nov

2017

70.3 Western Sydney

Penrith, NSW, Australia

Website Google Map

26

Nov

2017

70.3 Punta del Este

Maldonado, Uruguay

Website Google Map

26

Nov

2017

70.3 Phuket

Laguna Phuket, Thailand

Website Google Map YouTube

03

Dec

2017

70.3 Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Website Google Map YouTube

Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

Amorelli, Salthouse win 70.3 Miami

Amorelli, Salthouse win 70.3 Miami

Monday 23 Oct 2017 [Triathlon News]

Igor Amorelli (BRA) managed to take a little bit of the sting out of his 14th place finish at the IRONMAN World Championship just eight days earlier with a convincing victory in the Sunshine State. The proud Brazilian likely had higher expectations for Kona, but no doubt used his finish in Hawaii as motivation swiftly redeem himself in Miami. Amorelli exited the water with a minute deficit and reversed that into over a three-minute lead at the dismount line after the bike. The 32 year-old manag more

Ascenco, Cravo win 70.3 Coquimbo

Ascenco, Cravo win 70.3 Coquimbo

Monday 23 Oct 2017 [Triathlon News]

Felipe Van de Wynarg (CHL) delighted his home crowd at the swim end as hit the beach with the lead. Santiago Ascenco (BRA) and Oscar Galindez (ARG) mounted a charge throughout the bike and the pair of pursuers bridged the gap to the Wyngard at 70 km's. Wasting no time, Ascenco and Galindez proceeded the ditch the Wyngard as they headed hard towards T2. Ascenco managed open up advantage of a minute and half on Galindez at the conclusion of 90 km's more

Andrew Starykowicz returns to defend at 70.3 New Orleans

Andrew Starykowicz returns to defend at 70.3 New Orleans

Friday 20 Oct 2017 [Triathlon News]

New Orleans not only knows how to throw a superb party, it's a gracious host for an IRONMAN 70.3 event, with strong influences from France, Africa and the Caribbean Islands, New Orleans boasts a variety of food, culture, and architecture. Take in live jazz, zydeco, or blues at the Spotted Cat, House of Blues and Preservation Hall. Hit the French Quarter to sample some jambalaya, and people-watch your way around this mainstay of the race circuit. Finally, there is a tour option for everyone, whet more

Previous female podium returns to compete 70.3 Miami

Previous female podium returns to compete 70.3 Miami

Friday 20 Oct 2017 [Triathlon News]

The late-season City Bikes IRONMAN 70.3 Miami draws competitors from all over the world. Every year, triathletes are drawn to a city as diverse as they are—where nationalities and cultures melt and mix in the abundant nightlife and beautiful beaches that have made Miami famous as one of the sultriest cities around the world. The race offers a unique opportunity to swim in the protected waters of Biscayne Bay, bike through downtown (the heart of this vibrant city) on your way to the striking F more

Raelert, Bell ready to battle Challenge Kanchanaburi

Raelert, Bell ready to battle Challenge Kanchanaburi

Friday 20 Oct 2017 [Triathlon News]

Kanchanaburi” or “Mueang Kan” (Kan City) is a popular Thai tourist destination due to its proximity to Bangkok. Kanchanaburi City is full of culture with its ancient Thai history as well as the location of the famous Bridge of the River Kwai, an historic World War II landmark. The region is full of natural attractions from spectacular waterfalls with crystal clear water that runs throughout the year to stunning hill ranges and lush green tropical forests. more

Twitter


Facebook


YouTube


Sign up for FREE NEWSLETTER:

We will never share your email address or spam you.