A team from Transport Malta participated in the Super League Triathlon events held in Malta last month. They managed to rank fourth out of fourteen teams in the Corporate Enduro Event, missing the podium by just a few seconds. The Authority sponsored their participation.
What is the Super League Triathlon?
The event was first organised in 2017 and has become one of the most rated events in triathlon circles, attracting the best athletes from around the globe. Around 60 professional athletes took part, a number of whom with a very enviable trophy collection. Apart from the main races, athletes and newcomers to the sport compete in a number of other events. One of which is the corporate enduro, where our team competed.
The Corporate Enduro
The race consists of a 300m swim, a bike segment of 5 km and a run of 1.5km. This whole sequence is repeated another time. Each segment is run by a different athlete, relay style.
Karl Galea kicked off the race for TM’s team with the first swim, starting off well with the fourth time and handing the baton to Ryan Spiteri on the bike who placed third in his first segment. Dale Hamilton took over with the first run segment and handed the baton over to Ryan once again, who barely had time to rest before diving in for the second swim of the race. Carl Xuereb took over for the next bike segment with Norbert Grech ending our team’s race with the final run. Our team completed the race in 39 minutes and 14 seconds, 44 seconds behind the last spot on the podium.
After the race, all athletes remarked about the intensity of the race. It was a relatively short race but raced at intense speeds. There was no time for relenting or catching up, they had to push all the way, all the time. This is one of the selling factors of this series. It aims for intense races, improving the spectators’ experience and thus making the sport more popular.
The team that won the corporate enduro was led by Chris McCormack himself, one of endurance sport’s most iconic athletes, widely regarded as the best triathlete of his generation. He is Australian, won 250 international races and the Ironman World Championship twice. He also won an edition of the International Triathlon Union World Cup Series, the Triathlon World Championship and the Long Distance World Championship.
The Corporate Enduro team
Ryan is part of TM’s sports social committee and was one of the main protagonists in forming TM’s team. He had participated in the event last year, loved it and decided to go in with a whole team this year.
Ryan has been regularly competing in triathlon races for the past five years. He used to play rugby before. He trains all days of the week except one with a session in the morning and one in the evening.
Karl was a successful Waterpolo player who played the game for 25 years. He used to train between 10 and 15 hours each week. He retired four years ago but came back from retirement to compete with TM’s team.
Dale started running as a sport around four years ago. At first, he decided to take the plunge to lose some weight but soon got hooked and now he claims he’s addicted. He trains four times each week. “The satisfaction you feel after completing each race is great. The satisfaction is even greater when you manage to improve your time,” he claimed.
Carl is a cyclist who competes in the national road cycling races and championships. He has been in the sport for 12 years and trains for about two hours every single day. The sport, he says, motivates him to be a better version of himself, it allows him to dedicate his resources wisely and to live a healthier lifestyle.
Norbert practised running since he was very young. He had to stop, only to restart again a few years ago. He trains for around two hours every single day. He claims that besides the enormous satisfaction you gain when practising this sport, you become more disciplined and your personality improves by leaps and bounds.
Besides the corporate enduro race, three Transport Malta employees competed in the 5Km run.
The 5km run team
Liz is another social committee member who helped in organising TM’s participation. She took part in a number of competitive races and completed the half marathon three times in the past four years. She picked up running since she could do it anywhere at her own leisure. She loves the sport since it helps her meet people with a passion for running from all walks of life.
Mark has also been enjoying the sports of running for the past three years. He claims it makes him stronger and helps him forget all the difficulties life brings about. It also allows him to eat more than he otherwise would. He trains six times a week, around eight hours in all.
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Liam is a football player for the local club Melita F.C. He has been playing the game since he was six years old. He trains at least 4 to 5 times each week. Playing football helps him with his attitude in life, “I never want to lose and I never give up”.
All athletes speak very highly of an active lifestyle. They encourage everyone to give it a go. Get some guidance and you will not regret it. They all look forward to the same event next year and possibly other opportunities throughout the year.
If you are interested in such events or are considering to take the plunge, get in touch with Transport Malta’s sport social committee on firstname.lastname@example.org