TriTanium, a multi-discipline, multi-endurance event comprises of 6 competitive disciplines; mountain bike, road bike, trail run, road run, sea swim and inland swim, and will be held in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, from the 1st to the 3rd of November 2019.
TriTanium is named after the metal with the highest strength-to-density ratio – Titanium.
It’s strong, durable and resistant just like the supreme athletes who will battle it out to take the TriTanium trophy.
This endurance race was formed by Laura-Beth Eicker-Harris, as she believed there was a need within the sports industry for a multi-discipline, multi-day stage race that allows all athletes from different levels of fitness, to compete, with the aim of searching for the ultimate, supreme athlete.
“As a crossover athlete who doesn’t identify as just a triathlete or just a MTBer, I felt that we needed a new and exciting challenge – something that’s never been done before. It’s wonderful to hear the banter between athletes and to see how differently our bodies react to different disciplines. It’s time to take the ‘smack talk’ to the start line and live up to the challenges that are thrown down over Saturday morning post-training cappuccinos. I want to settle the score and find out who the supreme athlete is. I want to encourage people to step out of their comfort zone in their single endurance sport and I want to help grow the endurance sport, multidiscipline segment. I get bored and I know other people do too. TriTanium is the kind of event I’ve been waiting for.”
States Race Founder and Organiser Laura-Beth Eicker-Harris.
TriTanium invites strong, durable and resistant athletes to battle it out for the TriTanium trophy. It encourages those who want to step out of their single-discipline, multiday zone, to explore more than one discipline; and those who are stuck in a multidiscipline, single-day event zone to extend their experience to multiday events.
“With seven entry options, there’s something for everyone,” says Eicker-Harris.
The hero event is all 6 disciplines over all 3 days: Day 1 is a Ride-Run (MTB & trail run), Day 2 is a Swim-Ride (dam swim & road ride) and Day 3 is a Swim-Run (sea swim & road run). Athletes can enter Day 1, 2 or 3 only on a single day basis. Or, if they want to, runners can enter just the two run stages, cyclists can enter just the two cycling stages, and swimmers can enter just the two swim stages.
Structuring the race to cater for everyone’s needs and to create the best possible combination of events, took a lot of time and planning, as did finding the right people and partners, and the right destination and venues. But the hard work has paid off.
The race has some big-name partners on board. “TriTanium is a world first and that makes it attractive to brands who play in the innovation and leadership spaces, and we can see that reflected in the calibre of partners that have already signed up.” Says Commercial Director, Richard van der Schyff.
Official accommodation partner, Tsogo Sun, will provide preferential accommodation rates for TriTanium athletes at their various hotels in the area. With a heritage of 50 years of excellence in providing variety, quality, warmth and trusted service with flair, Tsogo Sun Hotels is committed to creating great experiences at its distinctive destinations.
Tsogo Sun’s Director of Operations KZN Hotels, Samantha Croft says, “As the accommodation partner we are proud to be associated with TriTanium and have been actively working with the team to create an attractive endurance experience for this year’s competitors, with the aim of this becoming a popular annual event. Not only has the uniqueness of this challenge fuelled more interest and hype, so have our discounted accommodation packages. Ultimately, we want to attract local and global participants as well as international athletes and we believe this multi-disciplined event will do exactly that. It’s an exciting prospect for the city of Durban and KZN region, particularly from an economic impact perspective”.
Official race vehicle partner, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, has generously provided Amarok vehicles, the perfect match for an event that covers all terrains.
“Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is very proud to be supporting the athletes that will be competing in this multi-discipline event. Our vehicles offer outstanding versatility and support to cyclists, runners, swimmers and all other sportsmen and women and it is wonderful to find a diverse event such as this to showcase what our vehicles can do, especially the Amarok.” Says Andile Dlamini, Head of Communications, Volkswagen Group South Africa.
Says Van Der Schyff, “It is fantastic to have industry leading partners such as Tsogo Sun and VW come on board. They validate our instincts about TriTanium and why we believe that the concept will be such a success. They fit perfectly with the TriTanium brand and the vision that we have for the race. We look forward to partnering with them and delivering excellent value and returns for them, developing a long and mutually beneficial relationship into the future.”
The TriTanium weekend will not only be a celebration of endurance athletes and disciplines, but the celebration of a lifestyle. With KwaZulu Natal as the destination, accessibility for Gautengers is easy and the venues are all family friendly with plenty for families to do in the area.
“TriTanium is going to be 3 days of absolute Africa. It’s going to be both fun and challenging,” says Race Director and well known race-commentator, Alistair Cronk.
TriTanium has secured high-level ambassadors to represent the brand:
Selaotswe (Seal) Tlhakuli is a triathlete, biathlete, cyclist, swimmer, du-athlete and physical trainer at the South African Air Force.
Lucie Zelenkova is an international pro athlete, and head coach and founder of Trifactri Triathlon Club, with a remarkable CV of achievements.
Stuart Marais is an internationally competing tri-athlete with multiple titles and achievements to his name.
Terence Parkin is an inspirational athlete. He is a Sydney Olympic 2000 200m breastroke silver medallist and 29 times gold medallist at the Deaflympics, making him the highest medal winner in the history of the Deaflympics since its inception in 1929.
For more information and to register, visit www.tritanium.co.za.