RACING’S SLOW COMEBACK
Triathlon’s return to racing takes another tentative step forward this weekend in the Swiss resort town of Davos. Challenge Davos has made significant modifications to keep athletes as safe as possible, including pre-race briefings on Facebook Live, mandatory masks when not racing, self-serve aid stations, no banquets or awards ceremonies and contact tracing. Is this the new reality for multisport events?
Last weekend’s SLT Arena Games was one of this year’s few bright spots, proving that virtual racing doesn’t have to be boring. Called the “perfect format” by IRONMAN champ Anne Haug, its punchy, intense Triple Mix competition is ideal for TV. Whether held indoors or out, we think that Super League Triathlon is the most exciting elite racing in the sport.
IRONMAN’s VR Series continues to slog on, with its VR21 race taking place this weekend. 3 competitive divisions are offered, and top performers in the HOKA Championship Division can join 75 other virtual triathletes who have already qualified for the real-life IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships scheduled for St. George, UT next year.