Preview: Super League Triathlon Malta returns this weekend

Richard Murray - Eliminator winner, Super League Triathlon Malta 2018

After French domination in Jersey last month, the world-class field of Super League Triathlon (SLT) triathletes return for the season’s second instalment of unpredictable racing in Malta on 19-20 October.

Two of last season’s podium-regulars, Richard Murray and Henri Schoeman, are back to fitness and ready to shake things up at Super League Triathlon Malta 2019. The South African duo was forced to sit out of the 2019/20 Championship Series opener at RBC Super League Jersey, which gave Vincent Luis the upper hand to defend his title by securing the weekend win.

Vincent Luis - Super League Triathlon Jersey 2019

Last month saw Simon Henseleit win his Super League Junior race and was therefore given the opportunity to compete in the Pro Semi-Final in St Helier later that day. To much surprise, the young German athlete qualified for the Day two Final but did not race. Wanting another shot on the world-stage, Henseleit returns to Malta as part of the Pro field, looking to make another Final.

The women’s race looks to be just as tense as the men’s, with Katie Zaferes and Cassandre Beaugrand ready to resume their first-place battle next weekend. Beaugrand produced a stunning display to inflict a rare defeat on Zaferes in Jersey, taking full advantage of the weather-affected course with high winds, leading to the cancellation of the bike leg in the Final.

Super League Triathlon Jersey 2019 - Cassandre Beaugrand / Katie Zaferes / Rachel Klamer

The likes of Rachel Klamer, Summer Rappaport and Taylor Spivey are looking to disrupt the status quo in Malta.

THE WEEKEND FORMATS:

Day 1 of the weekend’s racing once again sees the athletes split into two groups for the Semi-Finals, racing the non-stop swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run. The top 5 athletes from each group, plus the next 5 fastest from across both groups – 15 in total – continue into Day 2’s Final.

The Day 2 chosen format in Malta is the Equalizer. The athletes start with Stage 1 – a bike Individual Time Trial (ITT), before a pursuit start of swim-bike-run x2 sprint in Stage 2 to the finish. The pursuit start is determined by the results of the ITT.

CURRENT SLT SERIES LEADERBOARD:

MEN

  1. Vincent Luis – 15pts
  2. Pierre Le Corre – 14pts
  3. Hayden Wilde – 13pts

WOMEN

  1. Cassandre Beaugrand – 15pts
  2. Katie Zaferes – 14pts
  3. Rachel Klamer – 13pts

(Click HERE for full points standings)

CURRENT COLOURED JERSEY HOLDERS:

  • Pink (Series Leader): Vincent Luis / Cassandre Beaugrand
  • Blue (Fastest Swim): Sophie Coldwell / Aiden Longcroft-Harris
  • Green (Fastest Bike): Rachel Klamer / Hayden Wilde
  • Red (Fastest Run): Katie Zaferes / Aaron Royle
  • Grey (Fastest Transition): Yuko Takahashi / Kristian Blummenfelt
  • White (Youngest In Field): Olivia Mathias / Simon Henseleit

Here are the line-ups for Super League Triathlon Malta 2019:

Super League Triathlon Malta 2019 start list

Super League Triathlon Malta 2019 start list

Super League Triathlon Malta 2019 start list

Super League Triathlon Malta 2019 start list

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