New kids on the block – Vipers and Bats in the mix for Sydney League 1
2 New Contenders.
The Sydney Triathlon League 1 is the largest Interclub competition in New South Wales – this contributes to why it is one of the hardest to predict, and why it is also one of the most exciting to watch unfold!
Last season the Penrith Panthers charged to the title and secured their elevation to the Sydney Triathlon Premier League alongside the T4 North Bondi Tritans and the Brighton Polar Bears, who finished second and third, respectively.
Whoever wants to find themselves mixing it with the Premier Triathlon Clubs of Sydney next season will have to navigate this seasons Calendar of seven spectacular events.
Round 1 at the Maitland Triathlon is now just mere weeks away, and it is quickly followed later in the month with the return of the iconic Nepean Triathlon. The final event this side of Christmas is Tri Husky with the Sprint and Standard distance producing Performance Points. The much-loved Richie Walker Aquathlon returns in February and is Round 4, after which we head south for Big Husky – arguably the best weekend of the season.
The Wollongong Triathlon is April is the penultimate round with Club Champs in Forster in May, bringing down the curtain on what is sure to be another unforgettable season of racing.
ICL04 relegations will start as favourites for the STL1 title, with The Bondi Brats, Balance Bolt and Concord all having title aspirations and a quick return to the Premier League.
In addition to our recently relegated clubs, two new contenders have entered the league. The Manly Cranky Vipers and the Moore Park MP Bats look to inject some spice to the competition, bringing an unknown element to the table.
Manly’s Tom Bonnafoux has sounded the alarm for rival clubs, highlighting the extra efforts the Vipers are starting to put in as they move towards their first Interclub Series.
“Over the last few weeks, we’ve definitely seen our athletes putting in the extra work at some of their weekly sessions so they’re ready for the start of the season”.
Of the remaining teams, the Northern Suburbs Mighty Mites have shown that they have what it takes to mix it with the best but require slightly more consistency to get over the line.
Mighty Mites President Helen Kennedy said the club is excited to see members returning to training and getting back into racing.
“We’ve had a Spring Season launch series of club activities in the month of September encouraging members to participate in a swim, ride or run and then join club mates afterwards, for a coffee and chat. We look forward to having more members participating in the Interclub Series and will be using our social media to create excitement & anticipation for upcoming events”.
What a season it is going to be in the Triathlon NSW Forager Sydney Triathlon League 1