The Super League Triathlon (SLT) Championship season returns this weekend as Jersey hosts the first weekend of intense races for the best athletes from all over the world.
Those participating include Jonathon Brownlee, Vincent Luis and Henri Schoeman for the men’s races, and Katie Zaferes, Rachel Klamer and Cassandre Beaugrand for the women’s, along with several other world class triathletes.
Super League Triathlon isn’t your usually race, and a format only for the most determined. In the simplest form the standard distances are 300 metre swim, 4km bikes and 1.6km run.
Jerseyman Ollie Turner states that ‘It’s a spectator’s version of triathlon’, adding the fact that ‘it is all competed on a no bigger than 1km course’.
On Saturday there will be two semi-finals for each gender race, with the two finals taking place on Sunday on what is an action-packed opening weekend for SLT.
Turner, who will battle with fellow Channel Islander, Guernsey’s Josh Lewis, continued by stating that ‘Super league Jersey is the highlight of my career so far’, which shows how much those in the races enjoy this type of set up, in terms of both the race, and competing all over the world.
The winner of each final throughout the season is awarded $10,000, with the overall series winner walks away with $100,000, so this is an intense race with some serious rewards.
Jersey’s organisers have been busy too, with there being Boys and Girls junior and youth races, a Corporate team race amongst with many more different races and entertainment in the fanzone.
Turner finished by stating ‘I haven’t set myself any set goals as its hard with the format of the Super League, but if I make the final on Sunday I will be very happy. Hopefully the fans come in their numbers and support both myself, and Josh.’