A very loaded weekend behind is this weekend!
Saturday our 50+ racing machines were launched in Lanzarote Ironman (Spain) and 70.3 Morro Bay (USA).
Bart had an excellent prep past winter which was topped off with a race in Cannes followed by a training Camp in Southern France. The whole plan fell together yesterday and he raced himself towards 7th place in his AG! The best ever result he took, in probably the toughest Ironman labelled race in Europe. As he took 7th his qualifying ticket for the Ironman Worlds in Nice, France is in! He will join Glenn there upcoming September!
Van from his side jumped into his first70.3 race in a while and despite the cold temperatures he ran off the bike like a rocket, finishing 4th with the fastest running time! An effort our athletes are never to underestimate in.
Bart heading towards World Champs qualification in Lanzarote
Today more racing for our athletes, in Samorin (Slovakia) it was Georg who raced the challenge world championships on the half distance! A strong effort also for Georg, because after taking top 10 past season he now reconfirms his result with an 8th place!
In Germany (Kraichgau) Michael, Raymond and Debbie jumped into the cold German water the 70.3Ironman. 3strong athletes who could perform their very first tri of the season!
Raymond suffered a bit during the swim but moved up on the bike towards top 10, after which he finally could run to 7th position! 7th was also the spot Debbie finished on. Swimming is still a working point to beat her direct opponent at the finishline, but with the fastest bike split and good run off the bike she finishes on a nice 7th place in full preparation towards her first Ironman.
Michael from his side pulverized all his PR’s during this tough 70.3 and shows there’s more coming.
In the 5150 race Firdevs races her first tri of the season and takes 10th AG.
More 70.3racing in Aix-en-Provence (France) and how!
For Joséphine her first race as a Pro athlete, of course a bit of nerves before the start. A good swim and out of the water between other strong women racing. On the bike it became clear that posture still needs a bit of research but furthermore she realizes a strong effort and can put down the bike 13th before heading to the run course in which she can retake a place after a strong run off the bike. Finally 12th at the finishline!
Joséphine running 1h27′ off the bike in Aix, heading towards 12th position.
In the male race both Lucas and Ferre performed very well. Ferre finishes his first ever 70.3 faster than he could have expected and shows his stamina. While Lucas chases a pro license and was keen on a strong effort. And so he did, getting out of the water in 4th AG position he immediately took the lead on the bike. Only in the back of the race 2 athletes came back on him and he put down the bike 3rd. With a very strong run off the bike he wins the AG race and positions himself 19th overall.
In Duathlon it’s Robby who makes a strong spring season, growing race after race and today taking 10th overall position in Damme!
For our riders season is already on its way for a long time and with result! Today Ronald and Svenne raced Ronde van Haspengouw and Svenne hammered hard to take victory! Finishing 1st in the ITT he positioned himself in front of GC and this afternoon he topped off the day with 3rd place, enough to take GC victory in Haspengouw! Well done! For Svenne his 2nd and 3rd victory of the season. A rider that will never win a mass sprint , but if he wins it’s in style!
Svenne racing towards GC victory in Ronde van Haspengouw, his first stagerace win