FRANCE AND USA DOMINATE JERSEY IN AN INCREDIBLE WEEKEND OF SUPER LEAGUE TRIATHLON
Vincent Luis and Katie Zaferes outsmart the field with tactics,
grit and unwavering power
The final day of RBC Super League Jersey came to a close in a thrilling showdown, with France’s Vincent Luis taking his second weekend win in the men’s Enduro and being crowned RBC Super League Jersey Champion. Earlier in the day, the crowds were treated to an outstanding sporting display from Katie Zaferes in the Women’s Enduro to see her take the win and ultimately the RBC Super League Jersey Championship title, joining Luis at top of the leaderboard as they head to SLT Malta on 27-28 October.
It was a weekend of unpredictability and fierce competition, with so many athletes arriving in Jersey in peak condition. After the French domination yesterday, which saw both Cassandre Beaugrand and Vincent Luis take the victories in the Triple Mix, today saw the 29-year-old Frenchman claim the double, with South Africa’s Henri Schoeman and Richard Murray in a continuous battle for the Enduro top spot.
Dubbed the most-brutal format of all, these three dominated the lead in the Enduro from the get-go on the chilly Sunday afternoon, leaving Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) and Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) to fight it out for fourth and fifth place throughout the triple swim-bike-run format. The Enduro proved too much for even the best, as World Champion Mario Mola (ESP) was forced to retire mid-race.
Jersey’s very own Oliver Turner needed to stay in the field as long as possible in order to qualify for the Super League Triathlon (SLT) Championship Series, and he didn’t disappoint his home crowd; he had done enough to secure his place this SLT season by completing the first stage of the race.
The men’s Enduro finished with Luis taking gold, followed by Schoeman for the silver and Murray with the bronze. With the points collated form their performances in yesterday’s race, the men’s final leaderboard for the weekend saw Luis be crowned Champion, with Schoeman and Blummenfelt placing second and third overall, thanks to the Norwegian’s strong Triple Mix placement.
Men’s Enduro Top Three:
Men’s RBC Super League Jersey Championship Top Three:
Women’s Enduro Top Three:
Women’s RBC Super League Jersey Championship Top Three:
It wasn’t just the pro races that the Jersey crowd of thousands packed the streets to watch; today saw the first ever Super League Triathlon Age Group (AG) races. Budding amateur triathletes took to the same course as the professionals in both Enduro and Super Sprint formats, with individual and relay teams competing throughout the morning. It was a British display of dominance in the AG Super Sprint (400m swim-10km bike-2.5km run), with Sophie Dorey (0:41:52) and Charles Bird (0:35:19) sweeping the male and female fastest times.
Leeds Triathlon Centre’s Sarah Hodgson won the Female Enduro (400m swim-10km bike-2.5km run x2) but it was Germany’s Daniel Hahn that shone in the Enduro, having overtaken the relay competitors to monumentally win the race, at just 19 years of age.
The local business sector couldn’t be kept away from the action, with Corporate Mix team ‘First Names 1’ taking the victory in the two-staged race across the weekend.
Text and images: SHIFT Active Media | Anna Davies