ZAFERES AND LUIS TAKE THEIR SLT CHAMPIONSHIP LEADS INTO THE MID-SEASON BREAK AFTER A WEEKEND OF UNPREDICTABLE RACING IN MALLORCA
6th November 20180 comment
Super League Triathlon heads into a mid-season break following a superb, unpredictable competition in Mallorca. The unique, multi-format event is taking the triathlon world by storm – providing intense, exciting races for athletes and spectators alike.
Culminating in the Women’s Sprint and Men’s Sprint Enduro, the lead changed several times over the weekend, keeping the passionate Mallorca crowd gripped right up until the last minute of the final race.
The top athletes in the Women’s and Men’s Spring Enduro championships extended their overall leads, by three and four points respectively. In the Women’s standings, Rachel Klamer moved from fifth to third, while the Men’s top three remained unchanged.
Women’s Sprint Enduro – lead constantly changing until the end
With an elite field of qualifiers from the heats, the scene was set for a spectacular showdown in the gruelling Swim-bike-run-swim-bike-run without breaks race format. Kirsten Kasper took an early lead on the swim, building an advantage onto the bike, but Katie Zaferes bridged the gap and the field was back together by the second lap.
Going into T2 Zaferes hit the deck, landing heavily on her shoulder, and had to work especially hard to bring it all back together by the start of the second swim. Kasper and Spivey still had their Short Chute (short-cut) options to use, which they could only implement in the run leg.
Kasper maintained a slight advantage coming out of the second swim, but an elite group had formed and Taylor Spivey attacked, building her own lead. Spivey didn’t take her Short Chute on the first lap, but Kasper did, and hit the front again.
It came down to the final lap with Kasper still leading when Spivey took her Short Chute on the final corner blasting to the front of the race. It was a sprint to the line for Spivey and Kasper.
Spivey gave it everything into the final corner, and held off a fast moving Kasper to seal a well earned victory. Despite having fallen, Zaferes finished third, proving she is a worthy series leader.
Spivey was happy with her day: “That was so hard, it was really exciting, and the Short Chute mixed it up, but gave me a real advantage today. I didn’t feel too strong at all throughout the race, but towards the end of the bikeI could tell the other girls were hurting. I saved the Short Chute until the last lap as I knew I wanted to give them minimal time to chase.”
Kasper was satisfied after a tough weekend: “I’m feeling pretty tired, but proud of my effort, and pleased to come away with second. It was a really exciting race to be in, and a great way to end the season.”
Zaferes showed real class to maintain her championship lead: “I felt pretty terrible before the race, and I knew Kirsten and Taylor were going to be really fierce competitors. I was actually pretty happy with how I did although I think I misjudged the Short Chute. I gave it my all, and happy to come away with second. I was lucky on the crash to bounce back up so quickly.”
Men’s Sprint Enduro – one of the greatest finales
The Men’s event was fast-paced from the first stroke, with tactical racing, and a final run up there with the greatest triathlon finales!
Vincent Luis led out of the first swim with Henri Schoeman, unusually, off the back. A leading pack quickly formed on the bike consisting of Luis, Schoeman, Ben Kanute, Jonny Brownlee and Marten Van Riel.
Brownlee attacked on the first run, building a small gap, but was reeled in before the second swim. The lead group were together as they entered the water.
Both Luis and Brownlee had Short Chute options for the run – but when would they deploy them? Luis held the lead as the group left the water for the second time, with Schoeman, Brownlee and Van Riel chasing. The group stuck together on the bike, coming into transition as a leading four.
Brownlee attacked at the start of the final run, building a small lead then took his Short Chute on the first lap putting even more time into Luis. On the final lap of the run, Luis took his Short Chute, forging a narrow lead and while both men hit maximum effort, it was Luis who held on for the win. Brownlee was close behind, and Schoeman claimed the third podium spot.
Brownlee knew it was a great spectacle: “It was hard, but it was just great fun. Probably one of the most exciting races I have ever been involved in. I felt good, and I was hoping to be one of the least tired people.
“I realised at the end the only card I had to play against Vincent was to take the Short Chute early, surprise him, get a gap, and go as hard as I could. That’s what I did, and he was still better than me. When I took the Short Chute I knew I had about three minutes left of the season so I decided to make them count. I wasn’t going to look back until I turned at the far end, and when I looked back I hoped I’d have a gap, but I didn’t.”
Luis was aware how much he’d had to put in: “That was a tough race, I had to focus on Henri and Jonny, and Jonny was really strong. He played his card, taking the Short Chute early, and when he did I knew it was full gas until the end. I still have a good kick, so with 300m to go I went full gas, and he couldn’t catch me. I thought to myself, he played his card, so now I will play mine.”
Super League Mallorca Women’s Result
1st Taylor Spivey (USA)
2nd Katie Zaferes (USA)
3rd Kirsten Kasper (USA)After three Championship Rounds (Jersey, Malta, and Mallorca) we have a clear leader in the championship standings. Katie Zaferes, despite not being on top of the podium this weekend, leads the field with the most points cumulatively.
Overall Standings Position Name Points
1st Katie Zaferes (USA) 71
2nd Kirsten Kasper (USA) 54
3rd Rachel Klamer (USA) 40
Super League Mallorca Men’s Result
1st Vincent Luis (FRA)
2nd Henri Schoeman (RSA)
3rd Jonny Brownlee (GBR)
After three Championship Rounds (Jersey, Malta, and Mallorca) we have a clear leader in the championship standings. Vincent Luis, has topped the podium each of our Championship Weekends so far.
Position Name Points
1st Vincent Luis (FRA) 75
2nd Henri Schoeman (RSA) 63
3rd Richard Murray (RSA) 48
Another fantastic weekend of racing from Super League Triathlon. Next stop Singapore, 23-24 February 2019.