What is Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series Powered by Zwift?
Following on from the recent news of a groundbreaking partnership between World Triathlon and Super League Triathlon to grow a global esports world championship series - Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series powered by Zwift.
The real-life and virtual reality blended racing provides an immersive viewing experience that allows fans to get up close and personal with the best triathletes in the world without leaving the comfort of their seat. The event also gives esport fans, and lovers of sports statistics, the chance to enjoy live data from the athletes in real time.
When and where will the Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series powered by Zwift take place?
In 2022, the Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series powered by Zwift will take place in 3 iconic locations:
What is the concept?
The Championship Series events will consist of both heats and finals. At each event athletes will need to qualify for the final race via a heat which will consist of 2 Stages (Swim – Bike – Run / Swim – Bike – Run). The second stage will be held in a pursuit format. Athletes will start in reverse order of their result in stage 1. The athlete with the fastest time will start first, every other athlete will follow with a time gap as per the result of stage 1.
The 8-10 fastest athletes from the heats (venue dependent) will then progress to the final. The final will consist of 3 Stages over Super League’s unique Arena Games Triathlon format (Swim – Bike – Run // Run – Bike – Swim // Swim – Bike – Run).
The competition times for each athlete will be added from the 1st and the 2nd stage. Pursuit starts for the last stage based on the time difference accumulated across the first two stages. The athlete with the fastest time, will start first.
The Championship Finals will follow a similar format but with a two-stage repechage offering an extra route to the big finale: a three-stage battle for the 30 athletes who make it onto the start lists.
For more information on formats please visit the Formats section (superleaguetriathlon.com).
How does the point scoring work?
The World Champions will be decided via a points system combining the results of the final in Singapore plus each athlete’s best result at one additional Arena Games event. The results also contribute to World Triathlon’s world rankings.
The Series race winners will each receive 250 points, the Championship Finals winners 500 points, decreasing by 7.5% for each position thereafter. The Arena Games Triathlon World Champions will be the man and woman with the highest combined score from the Finals and one Series event.
Who is racing?
Official start lists for the Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series powered by Zwift events will be announced in the run-up to each event.
There will be between 16-20 female athletes and 16-20 male athletes racing the events in Munich and London. The Finals in Singapore will see that number grow to 30 female and 30 male athletes.
Is there prize money?
Yes, the Elite athletes will be racing for cash to add extra incentive to race at full throttle throughout. However, there is not only money at stake, the Arena Games Triathlon World Championship Series Powered by Zwift will also crown the world’s first triathlon esports World Champions in 2022.
The winners of the Series events will get $5,000, while for the Finals it is $7,500. All athletes reaching the final of any event will earn prize money. In addition, the World Champions will also receive $8,000 on top of what was earned in the races, with $6,000 going to the overall second-placed athletes and $4,000 overall third.
Where can I watch Arena Games Triathlon powered by Zwift?
Follow the action LIVE and on-demand at TriathlonLIVE.tv