Super League Triathlon announces a thrilling four-race 2021 Championship Series to take place on back-to-back weekends throughout September.
For the first time, Super League Triathlon will move beyond its destination-island origins with three events taking place in major cities – London, Munich and Malibu – as well as a return to Jersey in the Channel Islands.
While the SLT Championship Series comes post-Olympics, it’s just a week after the World Triathlon Championship Series Grand Finals in Edmonton. That mean five back-to-back weekends of racing for the pros, which could certainly affect which athlete stands atop the podium at the end of September.
As usual, the battle for the championship title will be fought for by 20 of the world’s best female and male athletes.
The start list is headed by reigning SLT champions Katie Zaferes (USA) and Vincent Luis (FRA) who will be hoping to defend their crowns against a host of dazzling short-course talent.
Those seeking to wrest the titles include 2020 World Triathlon Champion Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) and superstar-in-waiting Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) as well as Super League Arena Games winners Jessica Learmonth (GBR), Beth Potter (GBR), Sophie Coldwell (GBR), Marten Van Riel (BEL) and Justus Nieschlag (GER).
These fast-twitch specialists will also be joined by the likes of Ironman 70.3 World Champion Gustav Iden, double Olympic medallist Jonny Brownlee and 70.3 world record holder Kristian Blummenfelt.
As well as the full list of contracted names there will also be a few wildcards thrown into the mix nearer the time, who could shake up the standings.
Super League Triathlon 2021 Championship Series Schedule
All the athletes will need to have not only the speed, but the strength and resilience to back up their performances for four consecutive weekends this September:
- September 5: London, UK
- September 12: Munich, Germany
- September 18: Jersey, Channel Islands
- September 25: Malibu, USA
The London race will take place at West India Quay, the Olympiapark will host the series’ stop in Munich, the Malibu Triathlon at Zuma Beach will provide the venue for the USA leg while Jersey’s event set to feature at St Helier for the fourth time. More event details and TV schedules will be announced in the coming months.
SLT superstar Vincent Luis said of the announcement: “First of all it is amazing that we can race and Super League puts such effort into us racing.
“Jersey is my favourite venue of all time, and I look forward to seeing what London, Munich and Malibu have to offer. In these kinds of races you enjoy from the start to the finish. It will be a really good build-up to the Olympics and then Super League to enjoy with four races in a row. I can’t wait. Putting the race tyres on the bike, getting the race suits ready…it’s just around the corner.”
Super League Triathlon CEO, Michael D’hulst, added: “This is a very significant and exciting day, not just for Super League but triathlon as a whole. Super League Triathlon’s 2021 Championship Series brings us closer to where the fans are and this is what we are about – making triathlon a spectator sport.
“Putting the race tyres on the bike, getting the race suits ready…it’s just around the corner”Vincent Luis
“To be able to deliver a Championship Series in a condensed time period in the calendar straight after the Olympics and to follow our strategic ambitions to visit major cities in key markets has been a goal we have been working towards since Super League was established just four years ago. Our first Championship Series events in the UK, Germany and the USA are significant milestones.
“Securing the best athletes in the world to race across the Series as we build on the success of the SLT Arena Games to host outdoor events again in iconic locations will help to elevate our sport.”
Full Athlete Lists
Women: Katie Zaferes, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Jessica Learmonth, Cassandre Beaugrand, Beth Potter, Sophie Coldwell, Taylor Spivey, Rachel Klamer, Vicky Holland, Emma Jeffcoat, Yuko Takahashi, Leonie Periault, Anna Godoy, Maya Kingma, Ilaria Zane, Valerie Barthelemy.
Men: Vincent Luis, Jonathan Brownlee, Henri Schoeman, Hayden Wilde, Kristian Blummenfelt, Alex Yee, Marten Van Riel, Vasco Vilaca, Gustav Iden, Jelle Geens, Justus Nieschlag, Jonas Schomburg, Richard Murray, Tyler Mislawchuk, Leo Bergere, Matthew Hauser.