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*****Announcing The Brand New TRIATHLON NEW ZEALAND SUZUKI NATIONAL SERIES 2020/21*****

Published Date: 11 June, 2020

 

 

Triathlon New Zealand are very excited to announce the Triathlon New Zealand Suzuki National Series 2020/21.

 

This is an exciting new national format, that has been designed in partnership with the community and our event providers to respond to COVID-19 and to ensure our events are as accessible as possible for the upcoming season.

 

WIN A SUZUKI SWIFT – MORE RACING CLOSER TO YOU – QUALIFY FOR WORLDS – PARTICIPATE IN GREAT EVENTS – BECOME A NORTH ISLAND / SOUTH ISLAND CHAMPION – RACE YOUR MATES – BECOME AN ULTIMATE SERIES CHAMPION – WIN EXCLUSIVE NZ TEAM KIT…This season has it all!

 

 

COVID-19 brought with it major changes and uncertainty, including access issues, personal circumstances changes, and travel impacts. The Suzuki National Series aims to combat these issues to ensure our amazing triathletes and people from all around NZ can get back to enjoying our sport and competing!

 

Delivering North Island and South Island events in multiple distances will provide increased participation opportunities, and more amazing opportunities to qualify for the NZ Age-Group Team, and win great prizes – THANKS TO OUR AMAZING PARTNERS Suzuki NZ, 2XU and Asics.

 

Due to both ITU World Championships being postponed until 2021, Tri NZ is also pleased to announce that all athletes who qualified for the 2020 events will retain their spots for 2021 so long as they validate their spot by competing in the equivalent race in the upcoming Suzuki National Series. All events within the National Series be qualifying, for those that want to earn a sport for World Championships in the upcoming season.

 

We took note of our communities competitive nature, evident during the Tri NZ lockdown Zwift League and wanted to ensure we still delivered the opportunity for our athletes to achieve a National Title. At the end of the Suzuki National Series we will not only be crowning North Island and South Island Champions but also ULTIMATE SERIES CHAMPIONS.

 

The ULTIMATE SERIES CHAMPION is a truly national title, that will be awarded to the first-place male and first place female for each age group based on a points system. An athlete’s best three results from any event within the series will be calculated, using the acclaimed Thorsten Radde points system, to establish the Series Champion.

 

This points framework will celebrate those athletes that get out and compete in multiple events in the series, being awarded an exclusive medal.
Tri NZ would like to thank our amazing event providers that have come together to deliver this Suzuki National Series – YOU ARE AWESOME!

 

Graham Perks, President of Triathlon New Zealand says “the new season will be accessible, fun, and connected, and ensures we can positively respond to COVID-19 and the impact it has had on our communities.” To support this, he also noted “we are pleased to provide a grant of $1000 to each event partner in the series, to ensure they can make free entries available for members of their community”.

 

Finally to our AMAZING partner Suzuki that with over 12 years of support for Triathlon New Zealand, will continue to provide a Suzuki Swift to give away through the Suzuki National Series – LEGENDS!  A representative will be selected from each of the Suzuki National Series events, and a final sport provided to one of our ULTIMATE SERIES CHAMPIONS.

 

Please checkout the launch video on our social media platforms to hear from a variety of the community with on their thoughts on the new Suzuki National Series.

 

For more information on the Triathlon New Zealand Suzuki National Series click here.

 

 

 

Triathlon New Zealand Suzuki National Series Events;

09 Aug
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Sprint Distance Duathlon North Island Championship – Pukekohe Raceway – Auckland City Triathlon Club
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Secondary Schools Duathlon North Island Championship – Pukekohe Raceway – Auckland City Triathlon Club

16 Aug
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Standard Distance Duathlon North Island Championship – Hampton Downs – Triathlon Tauranga

27 Sep
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Sprint Distance Duathlon South Island Championship  – Teretonga Park – Southland Triathlon
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Secondary Schools Duathlon Souh Island Championship  – Teretonga Park – Southland Triathlon

25 Oct
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Cross Triathlon Championship – Back Paddock Cross Tri – Triathlon Hawkes Bay

08 Nov
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Standard Distance Triathlon North Island Championship – Tinman – Triathlon Tauranga

23 Jan
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Mid Distance Triathlon North Island Championship – Mount Festival
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Aquabike North Island Championship – Mount Festival

31 Jan
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Standard Distance Duathlon South Island Championship – Corsair – Canterbury Triathlon
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Standard Distance Triathlon South Island Championship – Corsair – Canterbury Triathlon

07 Feb
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Sprint Distance Triathlon South Island Championship – Timaru – South Canterbury Pacers

20 Feb
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Mid Distance Triathlon South Island Championship – Wanaka – Challenge Wanaka
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Aquabike South Island Championship – Wanaka – Challenge Wanaka

28 Mar
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Sprint Distance Triathlon North Island Championship – Tri Taranaki Festival

TBC
Triathlon NZ Suzuki Aquathon North Island Championship – Pandora Pond – Triathlon Hawkes Bay