Super League and Zwift are bringing triathlon back with the first major professional race of 2020 and a trailblazing new concept.

In a first for the sport, the SLT Arena Games will be an amalgamation of real life and virtual racing and provide an immersive viewing experience that allows fans to get up close and personal with the best triathletes in the world and enjoy live power, speed and heart rate data from Zwift.

Developed as part of a new partnership between Super League Triathlon and Zwift – the global online training and racing platform – the SLT Arena Games will make its debut in the fabulous city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, on August 23.

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Zwift and Super League Triathlon have worked together to pioneer the unique concept as two of the most innovative brands in sport join forces for a formal tie-up that will deliver exciting racing to fans across the globe.

Athletes already confirmed include a roster of Olympic medallists and world stars such as Jonathan Brownlee (Great Britain), Richard Murray (South Africa), Jonas Schomburg (Germany), Cassandre Beaugrand (France), Taylor Spivey (USA) and Rachel Klamer (Netherlands).

Racing will consist of the sport’s three disciplines, with the swim segment taking place in an Olympic sized swimming pool and the bike and run legs on Zwift using Tacx smart trainers and self-powered treadmills poolside.

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The racing will closely follow Super League’s ground breaking Triple Mix format with the athletes competing in three rounds of short and unpredictable racing with the order of the disciplines altered each time. The venue set-up is designed to allow for competition while also observing social distancing regulations.

Rotterdam’s futuristic Zwemcentrum will host the debut event as part of Rotterdam’s Summer of Esports, a festival of esports in the home of Europe’s largest seaport. The event will be broadcast globally, including free on superleaguetriathlon.com.