The countdown is on with just 48 hours until race weekend, but who will come out on top according to SLT Co-Founder and Ironman World Champion, Chris McCormack?
This weekend will see the next action-packed instalment of Super League Triathlon (SLT) in Birgu & Bormla, Malta – the league’s second visit to the stunning Mediterranean island. The big names in triathlon are back to fight for the top spot of the Championship Series leaderboard.
With curve balls thrown at RBC Super League Triathlon Jersey a few weeks ago resulting in France’s Cassandre Beaugrand overtaking 2018 SLT Champion Katie Zaferes to claim victory, and Pierre Le Corre almost swooping in on Vincent Luis to steal the crown in a battle of the French, those wanting to watch ‘trivalry’ at its finest in Malta will not be disappointed. South African duo Henri Schoeman and Richard Murray are back to fighting fitness and ready to put Luis through his paces in the men’s racing, whilst reigning Katie Zaferes will return hungry for a win.
SLT Co-Founder and Ironman World Champion Chris “Macca” McCormack shares his picks for glory as we head into the next race of the season.
|On Reigning SLT Champion, Katie Zaferes (USA):|
“I expect Katie to come out at this event in devastating form. This is a strength course and she was pushed here last year by her American peers, in Summer Rappaport and Kirsten Kasper, but I feel this year she could shine even more with the bike TT. Katie is built for this style of racing. She is the gold standard and will be tough to beat.”
|On 2018 SLT Runner-up, Rachel Klamer (NED):|
“If [Rachel] wants to win this race, she needs to go from defensive athlete to offensive. This is what we saw in Jersey in her dominant Semi-Final race. She needs to let her strengths flow and go for it and throw caution to the wind at some point on the bike or run, and be the setter of pace, not the follower of it. That requires a lot of mental faith and a change in attitude.
“She has the form to do it, the question is now does she have the courage to back that? If she does, she can win this race.”
|On Reigning SLT Champion, Vincent Luis (FRA):|
“In SLT racing, where mistakes are punished and strategic racing alongside athlete’s physicality and skill is the benchmark, right now Vincent sets the bar, and the rest are looking at how to dislodge him.
“The course in Malta suits him perfectly. Even the bike TT against the data-proven stronger athletes will not be enough. He is too balanced, cunning and firing to be upset.
“It will take some serious belief from a competitor to disrupt this flow, and the question needs to be asked, does anyone in the field have the courage, conviction and belief to go after that and roll him?”
|On 2018 SLT Runner-up, Henri Schoeman (RSA):|
“Henri is as balanced and as technically proficient as Vincent, but lacks the knockout punch to put Vincent on the canvas. He has been on the receiving end of too much punishment from Vincent, and coming in to this series off some sickness and season issues, is not the best head space or physicality Henri needs to beat him.
“Look for Henri to be in the mix, and with the Semi-Finals not requiring him to go as deep into the red zone on the Saturday, it might give him some of that additional punch he has lacked when he has had to back up on events.
“He should podium. Can he win? He has to work to distance himself from Vincent, or be aggressive immediately on the run, and throw caution to the wind.”