With the first events of the British Triathlon Super Series now complete and the first set of rankings now calculated, you may be wondering how the points are worked out and how the overall champions are crowned?
Here’s everything you need to know about the British Triathlon Super Series points and rankings…
Youth & Junior, Senior and Paratri athletes will compete at races throughout the year to be crowned the British Triathlon Super Series champion in their respective series.
But within each series there will be multiple champions crowned – six in the Youth & Junior Series, two in the Senior Series and up to 12 in the Paratri Series.
Each series is split into male and female with both a male and female Senior Super Series champion crowned, while the same happens in the Junior Super Series, which includes athletes who were born in 2003 and 2004.
The Youth Super Series operates slightly differently. The Youth Super Series is split into two age bands – Youth A and Youth B – with male and female champions crowned in each.
Whether an athlete competes in Youth A or Youth B is dependent on their age. Youth A is for athletes born in 2006 and 2007, whereas Youth B is for the older Youth athletes who were born in 2005.
In the Paratri Super Series, there’s racing across the six classifications with champions declared in each of the PTWC, PTS2, PTS3, PTS4, PTS5 and PTVI categories for both male and female.
At the end of each race, points are awarded depending on the athlete’s finishing position.
The points totals are calculated differently in the Youth & Junior and Senior Super Series’, compared to the Paratri Super Series.
For Youth & Junior and Senior athletes, the maximum points they can earn from a race is 2500 points which is the total awarded to the race winner, with a sliding downward scale then used to award points to the rest of the field.
For example, 2500 points are awarded to the winner, 2312.5 points for second place, 2140.63 points for third place and so on.
In the Paratri Super Series, 10 points are awarded to the race winner, with a sliding scale down to one point for ninth used to allocate the rest of the points. Second place will earn eight points, seven points for third and so on.
Across the five Paratri races in the Super Series, the maximum possible total any paratriathlete can achieve is 33.3 points, with the British Triathlon Super Series Grand Final in Sunderland carrying an additional third for each position.
The points earned by each athlete are then combined together to decide the overall rankings, with an athlete’s three best performances counting at the end of the season. The overall rankings are phased throughout the series to maximise opportunity and support each athlete getting the best possible ranking.
The overall ranking after Llanelli included both the points from the Performance Assessments/British Paraduathlon Championships and Llanelli, with the points totals combined to equal the first overall ranking of the British Triathlon Super Series in the Youth & Junior and Paratri Series’ (senior included just Llanelli).
From this point onwards (after Llanelli), not all events are included in the overall total, with the overall rankings calculated by a combination of athlete’s best performances.
In the Youth and Junior Super Series, the following will apply:
In the Senior Super Series, the following will apply:
Similarly to how the World Triathlon Championship Series Grand Final works, the British Triathlon Grand Final, hosted in Sunderland on 20-21 August, will carry the usual number of Super Series ranking points plus an additional quarter in the Youth & Junior and Senior Super Series’ and an additional third in the Paratri Super Series.
The British Triathlon Super Series champions will be crowned after the final race in their respective series with the winner being the athlete with the highest number of points.
The leaderboards will be updated after each event with the most up-to-date standings available to view on the British Triathlon Super Series homepage.