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Halksworth, a former UK ironman champion, is set to compete alongside some of the biggest names in triathlon next month – including Olympic silver medallist Jonny Brownlee and five-time world champion Javier Noya – after accepting a place on the event’s 25-man startlist.
Super League Triathlon is a new million-dollar global series designed to shake up the sport of triathlon through innovative and fast-paced disciplines, with the traditional swim-bike-run concept thrown out of the window. It began in Hamilton Island earlier this year, offering $100,000 for the winner, and was made available to a television audience of over 300 million.
The 2017/18 series continues at the Waterfront on 23-24 September, before moving on to big name cities around the world.
‘Dan is definitely worthy of the wildcard position,’ said Super League co-founder McCormack.
‘Super League suits aggressive racers and guys who have a swim talent. Dan doesn’t have the Brownlee run leg, but in my opinion he’s at least on par on the bike and swim legs. It’s a gritty type of event and if he can hang on he could create an upset. That would be a dream for us.
‘This style of racing changes the whole dynamic of triathlon. Just because you’re one of the world’s best doing a swim-bike-run it doesn’t mean you can do it when we reverse the order. Just look at Alastair Brownlee in Hamilton Island. He finished 19th and got his doors blown off; he couldn’t believe how quick it was.'
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The 31-year-old former UK Ironman champion has been handed a spot on the 25-man startlist for the global event, which is set to feature Olympic silver medallist Jonny Brownlee and five-time world champion Javier Noya.
Super League Jersey will include Triple Mix and Eliminator events, with the swim, bike and run legs being staged in different orders to a traditional triathlon and over much shorter distances. The two-day event forms part of a million-dollar series designed to increase the sport's worldwide appeal, and is due to offer over $100,000 in prize money.
'After everything I’ve done in the sport over the last ten years – to have one of the biggest events in the world coming to Jersey, I literally couldn’t turn it down,' said Halksworth, winner of back-to-back Island Games gold medals.
'I’ve raced most of the guys before, but not for a while, and it’s over a completely different distance. It will be very interesting, tactics will play a part and I’m hoping my Ironman fitness will help me.
'I’m just going to go out as hard as I can and give it everything I’ve got to try and not embarrass myself.'
'It’s going to be amazing ... hopefully the home crowd can spur me on.'
The opening round, which took place earlier this year in Hamilton Island, Australia, was televised for a global audience of over 300 million.