Ironman Hawaii 2017, Sam and Pierre in the battle ring!

Yesterday Ironman Hawaii 2017 was held, the World championships Ironman and that one race everybody follows and skips a night for 😉

Our athletes had a good preparation, Sam had after his 11th place  (2nd AG overall) end of July in Lake Placid (USA) and Ironman South Africa in April ( 2nd AG overall) 2 good races in his pocket this season. After Lake Placid training went well, the last weeks before departure he sometimes had to find the small gaps in his time schedule and finished training at 2am. But without a no-nonsense mentality from time to time, no combination of topsport and a fulltime job!
That last part also counts for Pierre, our other athlete in Kona! For Pierre it was his 2nd participation, for Sam his 8th (!)
Pierre from his side had a blocked back in the last 3 weeks before the race and we had to skip a week of training. Fortunately his shape was well. And with 2 Ironmans done this season, confidence was at its place.

During the swimming part the target for both was to keep contact with their racegoals. For Pierre that was a sub 1h15′ swim in the Ocean. For Sam it was getting as close as it could out of the water compared to the other favourites in his AG. With a 1h05′ swim, Sam did the same swim as last year, and never swam better in Kona. Pierre got out in 1h12′! Perfect, everybody on the bike in a good time. Always good for the mental part in the race!

Once on the bike Sam moved up fast, before the race we spoke about a defensive and very realistic pacing plan. Hoping this would end up in a fast and economically paced racing time!
Pierre got the message to pace at 215-230watts, and never to go higher during the race.
Both athletes were pacing perfectly and gained >600 places in the overall race.
Heading towards Hawi he started coming close to the best AG racers already!

Overtaking a group of 15-20 athletes (wheel in wheel) Sam had a motorbike with a referee in his back. Which he knew…So he followed the rules to certainly not bump into a card by an athlete blocking. When he overtook the whole group the referee on the motorbike gave him a card. Why????!!!! was his logical question…’Drafting’ she said!
He swallowed the penalty, and stood still for 5minutes! A a lot of athletes who he took back in the first half of the race could retake him. Which of course makes it difficult AGAIN, having to pass these athletes again.  An athlete riding the FASTEST pace of the whole AG bunch at that moment, passing 600 athletes…is not drafting dearest ‘referee’.

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Halfway the bikecourse Sam was in search of the first AG racers untill a lady on a motorbike kept him away from this.

 

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‘Proof is in the pudding’, they say. Here’s the pudding…The first and 2nd half of the bikecourse Sam rode a comparable wattage and HR. A pacing athlete moving up…This is not ‘a draftfile’. And if we look closer into the file, we can even see a wattage that’s slightly higher (because of having to pass the groups)…

But ok, things are as they are…we immediately noticed that he lost quite some places after 122K…and now we know why. After this ‘penalty’ Sam moved up again and was capable of coming off the bike in 5th position in his AG! Within 6′ of the later winner Huhndorf.

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Before the race we marked 2 topfavourites for the world title: Stubleski (USA – multiple IM AG world champion and current 70.3 world champion) and Olivier Godart (Lux-IM Pro untill January 1st 2017). Despite his 5′ penalty Sam still rode the FASTEST AG split, and the 4th overall AG split. Without that penalty Sam would have put down a 4h38’50” bikesplit and the 2nd overall AG bikesplit behind Jakob Wissum (Denmark) and in touch of the first AG already.  An athlete in that position always have an ‘extra effort’ in the pocket!

Pierre on the otherhand was pacing like asked, while temperatures got warmer and warmer and went up to 37°C with a lot of humidity. Today would become a tough day for all competitors! The feeling of being cooked slowly became to enter the body of Pierre. The run, his topdiscipline would become hard he felt. HR was right, and not heading out too fast out of T2 would become an important issue!

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224NP ~ 69kg was Pierre his bike effort. A good effort which brought him +/-600places up front in the race!

Pierre ran a quite regular run course in Kona, but on a pace that wasn’t his normal pace…and that would be like this for a lot of athletes yesterday in Kona. Frodeno, Kienle, Sanders,…they all had a point where they ran into a wall. But these Pro athletes surely have a higher base-tempo to fall back on.

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Pierre running towards the finishline in Kona!

In the AG race, no athlete ran faster than 3h02’…knowing the best of the best amateur athletes are racing in Kona, that’s not ‘hyperfast’.
But Pierre managed to not crack down and finish the race in 10h35′, which he may be very proud of. The blocked back a few weeks ago almost did us think the worst.

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His 2nd finish in Kona is a fact, Pierre realises a tough edition of the Ironman World champs and is already looking forward to his next race! Time for recovery now first!

On the run course Sam was in battle for the podium a few minutes behind the first athletes in his AG and working his way to an overall top 50. Knowing 50Male Pro athletes may take part of this race, only the best of the best get there, this motivated of course!
The run began well, but very soon Sam kept a good eye on his heartrate, the heat was getting in to his body and he wisely decided to only pace HR wise to survive this tough marathon. After a few miles into the run Sam was spotted 7th. This place he could hold on to untill the end. A tough run today for Sam who took his time to hydrate at the drinkstations and finish well! Sam gets 7th on the world champs today,  after a good race with some bad luck followed by a hot run in which he could defend his spot. Without that penalty I am quite sure he finishes very close to another WC podium!

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Sam on his way to place 68 Pro included and 7th in his AG!

Next to 7th place in his AG (40-44) Sam also showed he’s still there finishing 68th overall, 3rd Belgian (behind Aernouts and a strong Montoisy)!
Very proud of our athletes racing thé endurance event in the world, Ironman world championships, Hawaii.

See you next year: Tony, Van and Bert already qualified and looked at yesterday’s race with big eyes!

But can Sam and Pierre requalify? That’s the question!

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The look of a tired athlete, satisfied having put his 8th Hawaii finishing on his conto! Take your rest, you earned it!

 

Train smart, perform better!

 

Jesse

Ironman World Championships, Hawaii…our athletes in the ring!

3days only, that separate us from the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii! Past few months our Ironman athletes gave us goosebumps with so much top performances and world championships 2018 qualifications!

 

But first things first, and all eyes are set on this year’s Ironman World Championships!

2 of our athletes qualified AND took their slot towards the race on saturday!

A high densified field at the starting line, maybe the strongest field ever…

With Jan Frodeno (Ger), McMahon (Can), Don (GBR) ,Kienle (Ger), Lange (Ger), O’Donnel (USA) , Buckingham (RSA), Hoffman (USA) and of course the Belgians Van Lierde and Aernouts….

Our athletes who will try to give their best on raceday:

Pierre Beaufort (Bel – AG 35-39):

  • 2nd time in Hawaï, qualified in Ironman South Africa after a strong race.
  • Strength: Fast run off the bike –  prooved in Frankfurt that even in tough conditions he stands tall.
  • Weakness: Has to fight himself into the race after the swimcourse.
  • Remarkable facts: 3rd Ironman in 2017, blocked back 3weeks ago which took him 5days away from training, loves the Kona-atmosphere!

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Sam Gydé  (Bel – AG 40-44):

  • 8th time in Hawaï, Multiple AG winner. 11th Overall in his last IM (Lake Placid -USA), qualified earlier this season in IM South Africa.
  • Strength: Consistent athlete,  Prooved last year that the race is over at the finishline, taking back 3rd AG place in the last mile.
  • Weakness: Has no time to draft.
  • Remarkable facts: Last weeks before departure to Kona he finished his sessions at 2AM. At least the jetlag won’t harm him.

 

 

Saturday evening (European time), we’ll follow our athletes with lots of pleasure!

Our 2018 qualifiers can look and learn for their race next year :-)!

ciao
Jesse

 

 

 

 

Tony qualifying for Kona – Bert 5th in Chattanooga (70.3 WC)

Tony going to Kona!

IRONMAN Wales was cold, rainy, hilly and tough! That was the recipe for all participants…and honestly…except for the rain and cold that was what he hoped for! A tough race, tough conditions…and good legs!

Tony and Stijn were our athletes participating in Wales, for both athletes their very FIRST Ironman!
With Tony we had an athlete who I thought was capable of taking a slot for the Ironman world championships 2018 today in Wales, despite he entered his first race!

With a good swim, a perfectly paced bikecourse with patience to keep moving up with a good run in the end and finally getting 4th in his AG and 32nd overall!!
Tomorrow Tony can decide whether he takes or takes not the slot for the Ironman world championships 2018 in Kona, Hawaï!
His decision is made already…Tony was a bit afraid I said him to enter this race as his first race…but the natural interval on the racecourse fitted him well and that’s what we hoped for…

 

Stijn from his side had a tough seaswim but managed well, on the bike he started moving up strongly to finish of on the run and finish within the first 12% of all competitors (256th /1800 – 36/250 AG) . Nice note: Stijn didn’t swim till 2years ago and picks up well now!
Congratulations!

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Stijn entered his first Ironman, and finished great!

In the 70.3 World championships (Chattanooga – USA) Bert tried to astonish again after Vichy, 2 weeks ago, he did and put down a very good race finishing 5th in his AG and a good overall result in the end! A great season of Bert, who can already droom of Kona ’18 together with Tony!

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Bert 2 weeks ago 2nd (overall) in Ironman Vichy finishing 5th AG in the Ironman 70.3 World champs!

Fantastic that 2 athletes already qualified for Kona ’18…while ’17 only starts in a month!

World Championships 70.3 Upcoming weekend

We continue our roundup of this month’s world championships, after the athletes racing the Duathlon world championships now it’s time for the Ironman70.3 World championships in Chattanooga, USA

1 competitor used his slot to participate and defend his chances in Chattanooga!

Bert Verbeke (AG 40-44):

  • 2016 European AG champion 70.3 – stunning season behind him – 2nd overall Ironman Vichy 2017
  • Strength: Swims with the best and is capable of cycling hard without smashing the legs. Showed strong running performances off the bike this season which lead him to 2nd place in Vichy.
  • Weakness: Ironman Vichy was only 2 weeks ago, how will he feel racing 2weeks after the Ironman and after a long trip.
  • Remarkable facts: In Challenge Poznan (Poland) he was in 2nd position, moving up to 1st…when he was sent in the wrong direction on the racecourse. He took his revenge later this season.

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World Championships Duathlon ITU/Powerman: Silence is golden!

Today the first of several world championships in multisportsracing was coming up!
With the ITU world championships duathlon in Zofingen (Switzerland) this day was marked in red already months ago! With Jan (defending and multiple) AG world champion, always keen on performing in Zofingen. But this year our newborn duathlete Wim and du/tri/cyclatlete Hans we also had some other wolves in the battle!

Goals were set, both Jan and Hans their focus was on trying to get on the AG podium and take a medal. Easy said, not easy done. Wim from his side was convinced by his coach with the words ‘You will be capable of getting close to the podium, don’t let your chances get wasted’ and he registered. No way back!

10K run – 150K bike and 30K run, that are the distances on the menu, hilly…. together these distances reached the running distance of what our Roumanian athlete Ciprian did in Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc :-), and he had no bike!

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Survival of the fittest in Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc for Ciprian, and he survived !

Confidence was there for our athletes, Hans had a super Challenge Roth (Germany-8h44), Jan got the win in LD duathlon Gravelines (France) and got 3rd last week while Wim won the SD in Gravelines (France) and got 3rd in La Gileppe duathlon (Belgium).

The first run was directly clear, our athletes ran for what they were worth and held some fuel in the tank. After the run all 3 were close to the podium in their AG and Jan was already among the Pro athletes mounting his bike 1st in his AG.

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Fastest running split in 1st and 2nd run in his AG for Jan!

On the 150K hilly bikecourse it was Hans ‘La Machine’ that immediately took the AG lead (35-39) before Jan. In AG 40-44 Wim kept contact with the podium and was spotted 4th for a long time. During this bikecourse it became more and more clear that Hans was taking the overall AG lead. Slowly but surely he moved up in the profield also and got close to the top10. Jan from his side kept the podium in his sight putting down the bike, as well as Wim did. In the final end of the cycling course Wim joined Jan and they could start running close to eachother.

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Hans rode 298NP during the world champs, with a very fast first lap to immediately get rid of possible wheelsuckers. The watts are the NP watts on Bodenberg

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Opening the day with a paced first 10k

And than that run…Zofingen is also about running fast of the bike. If you can’t run fast off the bike you can’t win…and so they ran fast! Hans did what some sideliners (and they are called ‘sideliners’ because they belong there of course) didn’t expect him to do and that’s surviving and winning the overall AG race in Zofingen on the running course!

 

The overall 2nd AG athlete after the cycling part took the lead on the run, but Hans…took him back in the end! With a 13th (pro included) place and 1st (AG 35-39) he can call himself the AG world champion. Tot spijt van wie het benijdt!

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Jan from his side is a fighter as we described him a few days ago and he fought himself from 4th to 3rd…and from 3rd to 2nd! With a 6th (!) overall running split he takes silver in his AG (35-39) and joins Hans on the podium! His words after the race ‘I get my results because I never give up, they can knock me down…but I will never give up, I wanted that 2nd place and that was the highest possible goal. Hans was outstanding.’ Great words of Jan!

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Jan 2nd – Hans 1st and company of another Belgian on 3

 

In the AG 40-44 Wim was on his way to 4th place for a very long time, but then again. Winning is something you always do on the run…Wim moved up to 3rd place and even to 2nd place!  Before the race I told him:’ focus on the podium, Laurent Martinou (France) is too strong, he is an overall top 15 athlete. Don’t focus on him!’ But then…Martinou collapses and Wim came close in the end finishes only 1′ behind Martinou…getting 2nd in his AG (40-44)! Or how things can evolve sometimes!
After losing his 3rd place in the European championships in the last kilometer, Wim learned a lot when it comes to racing strategy and nutrition 😉 Well earned silver for him!

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AG silver for Wim – only 1′ behind the AG world title (40-44)!

With 3 athletes in this World championship and taking 1*Gold and 2*Silver home, all athletes within the top 28 (Profield included) we can’t say anything else than we’re proud! Zofingen and our athletes have a commitment since years, with several top 15 and even top 8 places overall, 4*AG gold and 3*AG silver we are keen on performing in this ‘mother of all duathlons’ every year! CU next year ;-)!

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Wim made huge steps forward as a duathlete which brings him to silver in AG 40-44

Next few days these athletes can, may and must relax and have a bit of rest!

But this is not all what happened this weekend, our athletes inspire eachother. That’s clear!
After Bert’s 2nd place in Ironman Vichy last week I thought: ” well THIS was a great summer”… but the summer lasts untill September 21st it seems!

Today Wim and Bjorn raced Flanders Cup in Langdorp,

Wim, currently leading this classification got 3rd, only 5″ away from first place…and will need to finish at least top 3 in the next race to keep the lead in this GC! Winning this GC makes him Flemish champion XC 2017! Björn took 8th, and is ready for the World championships Firemen next week!

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Another podium for Wim in Flanders Cup Langdorp

Belman triathlon, probably the toughest racecourse in a triathlon in Belgium (1,9K swim – 90K Bike – 21K run) was Bart’s last goal of the season, after Ironman Nice he put all effort on this race and with success! An astonishing result even, finishing 9th overall !
A nice way to end your season and start looking forward!

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Bart finishing 9th in Half Belman!

 

In La Charly Gaulle (Luxemburg) Niels and Anthony were both in the race to perform at their very best. In preparation of the Rothaus Ridermann (Germany) for both.
Anthony, who got hit by a car yesterday, was a bit sore at the beginning but still managed to be in the right breakaway in Luxemburg. 4th place in the end in La Charly Gaulle, but still feeling super well and in shape. Anthony is on a very high level since March (winning already at the beginning of the season) and feels ready for the upcoming races!

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Ciao

Train smart, perform better!
Jesse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Championships Duathlon and Swimrun – Roundup!

Our athletes approach the World Championships, upcoming weekend the first of 4weekends of world championships is planned!

Here’s a roundup of our athletes having the honour to participate in Switzerland and Sweden!

World Championships ITU / Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Zofingen (Switzerland):

  • Jan Meysmans(AG 35-39):
    • Multiple AG world champion, current AG World champion and AG European champion
    • Strength: Fast run off the bike – determined racer who always goes full gazz – massive experience
    • Weakness: Had some sugarlevel problems in the past – can’t stand cold weather
    • Remarkable facts: In 2017 only 2Belgians won the overall classification of a LD Duathlon, Jan is one of them.

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  • Wim Decoene (AG 40-44):
    • First timer in Zofingen – First Powermanseason – 4th European championships  Long Distance Duathlon (AG)
    • Strength: Steady runner – Proved in his last races to have put a big step forward on the bike and closed the gap on ‘shorter’ distance with the Amateur topfield.
    • Strength: Strong runner – has a final in his legs – Aerobic talent
    • Weakness: First race with a +80K bikecourse – forgot to eat enough in past LD races.
    • Remarkable facts: Wim as a master won the overall classification in the sprint distance in Zofingen and shared the podium with current PRO world champion Odeyn in his last race leading up to Zofingen.Wimdc

 

  • Hans Vandenbuverie (AG 35-39):
    • 2015 AG European champion – Kona Qualifier – 8h44′ Irondistance PB – Irondistance winner
    • Strength: Cycling and paced run off the bike – experienced on long bikecourses –  can stand all weather conditions
    • Weakness: First timer in Zofingen – too much choice in wheelsets
    • Remarkable facts: In 2017 only 2Belgians won the overall classification of a LD Duathlon, Hans is one of them.

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World Championships Swimrun (Ötillö-Sweden)

  • Raphaël Amato (mixed teams):
    • Multiple World championships 70.3 qualifier – got 2nd place in his last triathlon – won his last Swimrun with Sophie
    • Strength: Will be the motor of the team on the run – prooved he can dig deep when it goes tough in a race during his last IM
    • Weakness: Cold water might affect his muscles
    • Remarkable facts: In 2017 he won Amphiman with Sophie in cold water which can give a mental advantage.
  • Sophie Drofiak (mixed teams):
    • IM70.3 2016 qualifier – won her last Swimrun with Raphaël
    • Strength: Topswimmer – got in La descente de la Lesse last weekend which may reassure her for the run
    • Weakness: First time racing such a long race
    • Remarkable facts: In 2017 she won Amphiman with Raph in cold water and with limited running kilometers in the legs. Last 8weeks put her 2 steps forward!
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Hammers on the performance block! Ironman Vichy (France) and more!

A weekend to remember with our athletes going strong, going strong from January 1st till December 31st! Last weekend of August and a big racing weekend for our cyclists and triathletes!

The weekend started perfect with one of our cyclists who went in the breakaway in ‘La Velomediane’. After 165k Anthony took 3rd place in this tough Ardennes cycling race.!
Anthony is doing a massive season (again)! Taking enough rest, pushing enough load at the right time results in performance on D-Days.
With a month to go there’s still something left in his tank this season!

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Anthony 3rd in La Velomediane

In Zoetermeer (Holland) the best MTB’riders of Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg raced eachother in another stage of the Beneluxcup. For Wim a race to defend his 2nd place in the GC. Finishing 4th he defends his 2nd spot and is now ready to attack the Flemish championships.

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Wim 2nd in Beneluxcup and currently 1st in Flemish Cup!

 

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Austria is Anil’s 2nd homeground and for that he raced 70.3 Zell-Am-See today, finishing his first 70.3. Leading up to…

Borne (Netherlands) was racing territory for the duathletes. Current Dutch long distance champion Alexander Picard won the race, Jan got third only a few seconds away from 2nd position!. Who had a first short taper off phase after a big block of training leading up to the World Championships Duathlon of next weekin Switzerland!

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Jan 3rd in one of his favourite sprintraces in the Netherlands!

In Vichy (France) our triathletes raced the 70.3 race in warm conditions but enjoyed it. Our oldest athlete finished the race as he hoped for and Kenneth put down 4h44′ in his 1st half triathlon. This race was lead-up event towards the full Ironman event on sunday!
With 2 athletes in this race we were looking forward to it!

 

Bert and Bart went into this Ironman with different expectations. Bert was chasing a good race ànd a slot to qualify for Kona 2018, Bart was chasing a sub11!
The non-wetsuit swim didn’t play in Bart’s cards as swimming is not his favourite discipline. But for Bert, steady over the 3 disciplines and a good swimmer, this could make an early gap. And so it went. Very early in the race Bert was in the front of the field. He got out of T2 in 5th position after a 56′ swim. With a rolling start, you don’t really have a view on the athletes who start later in the bunch. Rolling starts are definitely becoming a solution for the drafting. But also may play another tactical role in the future, more about this in a later blog. For Bert this race was also a revenge race for Challenge Poznan, where he was sent in the wrong direction in2nd position.
The hard training period he had last months would pay off…that was the purpose.

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Bert didn’t miss the start on the bike and moved up to 2nd position after a couple of kilometers into the bikecourse.

With a low extensive steady HR and an avg speed of +/-40km/h Bert could finish the bikecourse with quite fresh legs. Ready for a good run under the sun. With 36°C a hot day in France, hoping heat wouldn’t affect performance too much.

Putting down the bike 2nd overall in T2 gave wings to Bert and soon he moved up towards 1st overall position! Behind him, a few athletes (of which former PRO Bruno Clerbout – multiple Ironman top5 results) who started the race a bit later in the bunch were chasing Bert and the livetracker and positions in the race were a bit misleading.
Halfway the bikecourse it was clear quite some athletes were getting close and were catching up on him. Clerbout took the lead, to never give it back again and crossed the finishline of an IM first for the first time in his career.

Bert from his side had a good run, a steady run and was capable after losing his 2nd place to fight himself back into the race for silver and took it with style! 2nd place in 8h45′!

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With a 3h15′ run Bert paces towards the 2nd place in Vichy, qualifying Kona happens after hard work!

Bert is our 3rd AG athlete in 1year who finishes in 8h45 or faster in an Ironman!
For him this also means he has his qualification to Hawaï 18 in the pocket! And I am very curious to see which one of our athletes could already join him…let’s see ;-)!
A challenging next 2weeks for Bert despite his rocket-race, within 2 weeks he races the IM70.3 World championships.

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The overall podium in Vichy was conquered by Belgians, with Bert as a proud 2nd in 8h45′

A bit later Bart who put down his bike in 5h15 was on schedule for his sub 11 and he did. With a well paced run he finishes in 10h58′! Mission accomplished and 2 weeks of  100% rest coming 😉

Next week our athletes wil race the World Championships duathlon in Zofingen and the Swimrun World Championships in Sweden. Later this week we will present you our athletes heading in to these 2 races!

 

Ciao and have a cold drink, our day was hot today 😉

 

 

Jesse

Ironman Mont Tremblant and Copenhagen

After yesterday’s ‘short’ and ‘maximum efforts’ today ‘slowtwitch day’ in Ironman Kopenhagen (Denmark), Ironman Mont – Tremblant (Canada) and Half Irondistance Deinze (Belgium)

After the triple victory in cycling yesterday and Raphaël’s 2nd place in the sprint distance in Deinze we had already quite some adrenaline in the body and looked forward towards today’s races!

In Kopenhagen our athletes swam, biked and ran PERFECT! All 4 athletes paced perfectly and did what was asked…building up their races perfectly.
For PJ this race wasn’t so easy to get to because of a surgery earlier this year. But he bounced back and with some adaptation and a slighlty different approach all pieces of the puzzle were falling together the last 8 weeks. Those weeks were crucial for his result getting to the finishline. And how! After 10h46′ he already crossed the finishline! But he wasn’t the first of our athletes to cross this line, Matthieu…who came out of the water just behind PJ started the run together with him and slowly but surely Matthieu moved up in the field to finish his 2nd IM more than 1h faster than his first in 10h26′.

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PJ heading towards his personal record in Copenhagen


Our female athletes did great also, racing their first IM,
after 1h15′ they both came out of the water. The cyclingpart was definitely Hannah her keydiscipline….but feared the run. She followed the pacingplan perfectly and ran a steady marathon finishing in 12h28′ and definitely very happy!
Eline from her side finished 30′ later in 12h58′ after a good run in which she also never dropped pace from start to finish!

In Mont-Tremblant (Canada) it was Allan who raced his 2nd IM in 3 weeks and how…with a 1h03′ swim, a good bikeride in which he lost some time in the 3rd bikesection because of a 5′ penalty? but still managed to come back in the top 12 before T2. During his run he ran steady and fast off the bike. Very soon in the marathon it became clear he was moving up and kept doing this till the end. Passing the last athlete 5km before the finishline to finish 7th (AG) and 45th overall on this tough racecourse.
With only 3-4 slots Kona-qualification will be difficult…but more to see about this tomorrow!

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Allan 7th(AG) in Mont Tremblant

In Deinze (Belgium) our athletes did great in this half irondistance wih all athletes moving up in the run.
It was Jens who did a magnificent race. 90K solo on the bike he felt good in riding his own rhytm (237NP 66KG) and putting down a 1h19′ half marathon to finish 9th in this strong field of athletes! Today’s race was the last race this season for Jens…except for 1 in October…together with Sem finishing 28th today in Deinze!

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Jens grabbing 9th in Deinze after a 1h19 half marathon

Congratulations to our athletes having raced this weekend!
Enjoy your races at 110%, they never come back!

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Our athletes on the podium!

Today ‘short’ and ‘maximum effort’ were the Keywords!
With grinta, dare and good shape topresults are just around the corner.

In Deinze it was Raphaël who was ready for a good triathlon. In full prep towards the 2017 Swimrun World Championships Raphaël tool his fastest racing suit out of the closet and was very soon in battle for the top5 on the bike. In Company of former cycling pro Johan Museeuw Raphaël entered T2. Fast off the bike was the mission and he succeeded in this, first running split and crossing the finishline 2nd! Bravo!

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Raph getting out of the water and heading to podium!

Another 2nd place was earned for Wim (Bronzen medal national Champs MTB) in the Team Time Trial at Geel.
In Geel Hans ‘La Machine’ had the honour to enter his finetuning week. With a massive training load on his legs past weeks Hans claimed victory in Geel in the individual TT for which he needed a 378NP! A short time after Hans also put Victory in his pocket in the duo-timetrial. Hans also is preparing the world championships, duathlon this time!

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La Machine ‘Hans’ taking 2 wins today!

 

And they Guillaume, cycling near home in Sijsele. +- 20 x top 10 this year and victory in Couvin is peaking to these weeks. Unfortunately there A-race we had an eye on is cancelled and then you have to pick other goals…. Guillaume did this and being in the right breakaway opened the race perfectly.

With 2laps to go he played all or nothing…it became all! Victory and crossing the finishline solo!
Congratulations to our athletes who raced amazing today and good luck to our athletes racing in Denmark, Canada and Belgium tomorrow!

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Guillaume on his way to the 2nd win this year in road cycling!

Our athletes in the front in Canada, Spain, Holland and Belgium

Quite an extraordinary weekend this weekend, the ONLY non-Ironman weekend of the summer for our athletes but not at all a weekend without races!

Saturday the weekend start grey, wet and cold in Belgium. Not a lucky moment for the La Gileppe Trophy Duathlon. Our athletes at the starting line would race against current Pro world champion Odeyn. Last year it was Tom who won this race with a super fast bikesplit, which wasn’t touched at all this year. Jan and Wim were directly in the front of the race and keen on a good performance. Both athletes are in full preparation of the World Championships on Sept 3rd. Jan could mount his bike 4th but the rain and cold took over his body and he had to let go his concurrents a bit on the top of the most important hill. Jan is an athlete who is used having a fat% between 4,5 and 7,5%.

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Not a lot for racing in such conditions. With a fast offbike run, he warmed up a bit and could run towards 9th place. Wim from his side did (in my eyes) maybe his most astonishing race, because of the difficulty of the racecourse and race towards 3rd overall behind strong cyclist Lafourte and Odeyn. Wim wins the masters race of course. After his win in Gravelines (Sprint) another hammer on the block.

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That said, we can say this motivates. Surprising results, are always nice to see!

David was ready for his last Half Irondistance of the season, in Medina de Rioseca (Spain) he raced this triathlon. With a good swim, a T1 where’s room for improvement and a super bikesplit he could put down his bike in….2nd position!

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40,5km/h was David’s avg pace in Medina de Rioseca

He was closely followed by a chasing group and quite soon he found himself comfortable in 5th position.  But David paced well and ran his 2nd half of the runcourse as fast as the first half which made him took over 4th place and finish 4th!

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In Canada Andreas and Corey were ready to race in Porthood (1/4 Triathlon), for Corey the first race after a short break after his first half of the season with 2Xpodium in 70.3races of Quassy (USA) and Saint-Andrews (Can). While Andreas had his first post-Ironmanrace.
Corey took the lead of this race very early in the race to not let slip away victory! Another win for this strong athlete. Andreas from his side did a good swim and rode 1/4distance records to mount to 2nd position…the run is definitely his strength and like this he took 2nd overall place.

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Corey (1st) and Andreas (2nd) took their secret weapon for today’s race. Aerostyle, faststyle!

Earlier this week we had Adrian with an infection at his foot, antibiotics were needed to get his foot back to normal. A little wound that gets infected can give a lot of misery…fortunately Adrian got the right treatment in time.

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Only friday Adrian’s feet fitted in his runningshoes again after a little infection got worse.

But shape was good and he was race-ready, with adapted training and some good sessions on the turbo on wednesday and thursday confidence came back and we decided to not cancel the race and see what would happen. His first run on friday went ok…so I was quite confident this would be for 90% OK on raceday. And so it was. Motivated to defend his last year’s title in Leiderdorp he defended his title well by finishing 3rd today!

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3rd place for Adrian in Leiderdorp, continuing a very strong season so far…with 2 big goals waiting!

On the day Usain Bolt quits racing, our athletes just keep going strong!

 

Train smart, perform better!

 

Jesse