Recap 2016: September – October…Like A farmer starts plowing in winter to harvest in the end!

Like a farmer starts plowing in winter, sows in spring and harvests at the end of the summer our athletes realised the same if you look at the World Championships qualifications.

  • World Championships Duathlon, Switzerland (10-150-30): Jan
  • World Championships Ironman70.3, Australia: Raph – Sophie
  • World Championships Xterra, Maui Hawaii: Joeri
  • World Championships Ironman, Kona – Hawaii: Pierre-Heather-Sam

Being qualified for those races is already great to do, it’s a dream coming true for most athletes. But clearly everybody was seriously motivated to perform well in the world championships. In Australia Raph and Sophie had a great experience at the other side of the world and in this fast field of athletes they did what they were supposed to do!

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Sophie and Raphael in the Ironman World Championships 70.3!

In Switzerland it was Jan who once more amazed by getting into the top 15 overall and becoming 1st AG!

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Jan ‘Jantje’ Meysmans 4* AG world Champion Duathlon

In Hawaii, the best long distance triathletes of the world take part of the most magical race around. Pierre, Heather and Sam had a fantastic day and could show what they are made of! Sam had fantastic running off the bike and got himself on the podium becoming 3rd AG! In 2years Sam got 3Ironman AG wins and 1 3rd place at the World Championships!For Pierre this experience was what he needed, 2days after the race he already said he would like to come back. The whole island breaths triathlon. Heather got a blocked nerve only 2 weeks before the race, but right on time her body was released to perform!

2 weeks later, a bit further in Hawaii…in Maui it was Joeri who was ready for the XTERRA world championships! His first World championships, after a very nice season in races all over Europe it was his cherry on the pie with a 12th place in his AG at the end!

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But harvesting doesn’t necessarily needs to be done in Championships!

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Cai winning her AG in Gerardmer XL, surrounded with fans!

With victories in ‘The Beast’  (Half irondistance, UK) , Regional championships triathlon in France, Triathlon Halifax (Canada) and several wins and podiumspots in  triathlon and cyclingraces in Canada, France,Germany ,Holland and Belgium this month was just great.

 

Our athletes racing in Ironman Barcelona and Mallorca all got their ticket to the finishline and delivered personal topperformances! The 5th overall spot of Adrian in Ironman70.3 Turkey signified that all is possible…if only you work for it!

September-October is also the period where u throw your road/TT bike on the attic and change it for the turbo or mountainbike!

The first cyclocrossraces were on and in Canada Andreas showed that a Swiss athlete is never to underestimate offroad. With a 3rd place in Xterra Woolastook (Can) he ended his triathlonseason like a boss!

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3rd Overall at Xterra Woolastook for Andreas

We started in Australia…and we will end this recap in Australia, september-october was also the period in which the famous Crocodile Trophy, a mountainbike stage race in the Outback of Australia took place. Bjorn was ready for it, and after a crash in stage 1 he only kept growing in this race! With a 3rd, a 2nd and a 1st place in the stages he did better than expected and refound himself as a cyclist!

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Bjorn working with his MTB towards a stage win!

And like a real farmer, now it’s time to work hard in silence!

Ciao
Jesse

Recap June 2016 – A month beyond expectations!

June 2016…from September 2015 we knew this month was going to be an important month for the 2016 season! I was confident in my athletes, knowing what shape they were in. But…raceday is raceday and you can never predict the outcome of a race. Not even if shape is 100% ok. Many little things can disturb man’s performance!

Our athletes won in cyclingraces and triathlons around the world and realized some extraordinary performances such as winning the Chtriman – Irondistance in a splendid time, becoming 15th overall in Ironman Klagenfurt (Austria) in 8h42′ (fastest time our athletes realised so far!) and qualifying for Kona, Hawaii!

But also in the ‘shorter’ distance races our athletes performed great with the overall win (female) and 4th place (male) in Half Chtriman (France) Also in France it was Sophie who qualified for the Ironman70.3 world champs in Australia who confirmed her shape by getting 2nd place in Halluin!

In Germany (Bonn and Dreikirchen) 2 of our former DUathletes got on the podium of TRIathlons, in Holland (Oud-Gastel) we won the 1/4 triathlon. Once again the proof a triathlon is always won on the run course!

Our Canadian athletes realised the double in the Inguinish triathlon (1/4: Corey and 1/8 Allan), while Andreas totally completed the joy by getting 2nd place in the 1/4triathlon!

Southern Europe had the Ocean Lava race in Aranjuéz (Spain) and resulted in one of David’s nicest races and running himself up on the podium as well!

Our athletes were under steam and  gave confidence and motivation to our athletes with big goals in July and August!

 

 

 

Recap March 2016

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March, the last wintermonth and change of seasons!

Cyclocross made place for road cycling, the last offroad races made place for the first road du/triathlons!
It was a continuation of the month before, all was falling in the right place!
At the national Long distance duathlon championships in Spain our athletes had nice results and took category podium,
in France our athletes got the win in offroad triathlons and Aquathlons!

In the national crossduathlon championships in Belgium we even took gold and another title of course!

Our Canadian athletes were only a few weeks away from their first races in Florida and were preparing a great race indoor.

While in Cycling our athletes were racing the springclassics with or without cobblestones…in this period of the season especially our young cyclists showed what they are made of and prooved to put a step forward and race in the front!

Merry Xmas!

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Another weekend of training smart, performing better!

Today the 2nd groupsession was planned, early in the morning our athletes were ready in the cold Belgian weather to have a nice training day. A run, bike and swim were planned. Always nice to end up with a swim after being in the cold before!

With a shorter temporun the day started relaxed, the terrain had some variation in it and the little turns never made things boring. Putting some short turnings in your runs is always good to have some natural 2-5″ efforts in your endurance run without really influencing heart rate.

A quick change and off we were on the bike for exactly 64km with the same approach as the run. But this time we took a 30-60″” bridge every 3km which gave us a natural change in  power but without really influencing heart rate and stay aerobic. 64km laters…like we started…we all came in together!

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Athletes living in a flat region might try to be a little bit creative, it could turn out u do can train hilly! One of the flattest regions in Flanders gave us this course profile.

A full 10′ rest after the bike was enough for our athletes to put the swimming pants on and jump into the water for specified sessions, each lane had its mission and 1h later all missions were accomplished. Lanes were divided between the sub 55’swimmers and even a full lane for our cyclists. In november each cyclist should work alternative next to the cycling. Whether this is by strengthening in the fitness, running or swimming. Try to become a complete athlete, especially in your younger years! So respect to our cyclists for maybe suffering the most on that swimming part today!

After all… today I can say I was amazed, not only about the level our athletes reach, but most of all about the way they train together. Different levels, different people but also respect from all to all. As it should be!

 

 

 

Our athletes didn’t only work hard on training this weekend, but also were represented in races!

The national championships cyclocross (Amateurs) lead to a 14th spot for Klaas, nicely within the top 15 we hoped for! In Canada it was Andreas who took off for the last CX weekend of the season over there and in snowy conditions he managed to do 2 good races.

While Jan,on saturday, had his first prep race in Lier (5k) and finishing 3rd!

 

Of course THE big winterrace in Belgium is coming closer, ‘De Hel van Kasterlee’… with 15K run-105MTB-30K run you better be in shape! And so our athletes got a little testrace just 4 weeks before D-day. Wim won the masters category at Damme (Xduatlon), while Tony took the overall win in Maastricht (Holland)! And it’s clear, Tony will definitely be one of the outsiders in Kasterlee by putting Maastricht on his list! For Wim Kasterlee will be an adventure, but very curious what he will do in his first Kasterlee…

Ciao

Jesse

Quite a year so far, listing the facts!

An amazing season so far, looking at the results our athletes have done so far!

Some results were to expect, others were real surprises where athletes not only were at their very best but even overgrew anyone’s expectations! For example like Adrian’s 6th place in Ironman70.3 Turkey last week. Just like him we have many more athletes who were not taken serious, till they prooved the opposite. Those athletes now seem to be very popular and even contacted by regional clubcoaches, which of course is quite funny and ironic for them. For sure these results melt like sugar on a tongue! Sweet, very sweet and addictive!

These results are the result of hard work, plannification of both athlete and coach and creativity and innovation. With an input of athletes of 13different nationalities we have a wide open screen, this is not realised if you only take a blinkered view of the matter. 

At the same time I would like to thank our partners and sympathizers for the positive approach and support to our athletes!

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  • 12K Watervliet: 1st Jan
  • Half Marathon Mississipi (USA): 1st Brooke
  • Run and Bike Otan: 3rd Sophie and Raphael
  • Redbull Tout Droit: 2nd Klaas VK
  • Foulées des Neiges: 1st Sophie
  • Cyclocross Nieuwenrode: 2nd Klaas VK
  • Kievitloop Bergen-Op-Zoom (Netherlands): 1st Tom
  • Toast Run Boezinge: 1st Gwen
  • Triathlon Avion (France): 1st Hans
  • Triathlon Avion (France): Masters 3rd Steven
  • Veldloop Veurne: 1st Gwen
  • Louis Persoons Memorial Genk – Half marathon: 3rd Jan (1h14′)
  • Half marathon Arganda Del Rey (Spain): 1st AG David
  • Regional Champs Crosscountry running / PK West-Vlaanderen: 2nd Gwen
  • 5K Sydney (Canada): 2nd Allan
  • 5K Sydney (Canada): 1st Corey
  • Trailrun Eeklo 20K:  2nd Inge
  • 8K Lichtaart: 2nd Tony
  • Half Marathon North River Bridge (Canada): 2nd Corey
  • Half Marathon North River Bridge (Canada): 3rd Allan
  • Duathlon Herentals: 2nd Tony
  • Duathlon Hofstade: 1st Stefanie
  • Cross country Ardooie: 3rd Gwen
  • UCI 1.18 Vivegnies: 3rd Svenne
  • 20KM Saint-Martin: 2nd Pierre
  • 20KM Kortemark: 1st Gwen
  • 10miles Oostende-Brugge: 2nd Gwen
  • Offroadduatlon Nossegem: 1st Inge
  • National championships Crossduathlon: 1st Stefanie
  • Triathlon De Haan: 3rd Inge
  • Triathlon De Haan: 3rd Steven
  • Aquathlon Lille(France): 1st Sophie
  • Crosstriathlon Arras (France): 1st Hannah
  • Crosstriathlon Arras (France): 2nd Joeri
  • Sprintduatlon Geluwe: 2nd Masters Jan
  • UCI 1.18 Couvin: 3rd Svenne
  • 5K Cozumel (Mexico): 2nd Brooke
  • 1/4 Duathlon Ter Idzard (Netherlands): 1st Jan
  • 111 Triathlon Portocolom (Spain): 3rd Stefanie
  • Ironman South Africa: Qualification Ironman World Champs Hawaii – Pierre
  • UCI1.18 Diepenbeek: 3rd Svenne
  • Offroadtriathlon Spa: 3rd Joeri
  • Offroadtriathlon Spa: 3rd Masters Steven
  • Duathlon Kalkar(Germany): 3rd Adrian
  • Triathlon Mouscron: 2nd Raphael
  • Triathlon Mouscron: 2nd (women) Sophie
  • Raid Ardres: 3rd Seb
  • Long distance Duathlon Douai (Fr): 3rd Hans
  • Damme-Brugge-Damme: 2nd Gwen
  • Half Ironman Lima (Peru): 2nd Laurence
  • Trailrun Ellezelles: 1st Inge
  • Knokke 10K: 2nd Gwen
  • Frankfurt (Germany – road cycling): 2nd Anthony
  • Be emmazing 10K (Canada): 1st Corey
  • Be Emmazing 10K (Canada): 2nd Andreas
  • Be Emmazing 10K (Canada): 3rd Allan
  • Timetrial Herckenbosch (Netherlands): 1st Svenne
  • Grand Prix D3 Qualif: 1st Sophie
  • 1/4 Triathlon Breukelen (Holland): 3rd Robert
  • Xterra Greece (Greece): 2nd AG 25-29 Joeri   – Qualification World Championships Maui, Hawaii
  • Dwars door Brugge: 1st Gwen
  • Individual Time Trial Ransdaal (Holland): 1st Svenne
  • Bilzen 111: 2nd Stefanie
  • Triathlon Genk: 3rd Wim (Masters)
  • Grace Hollogne (UCI1.18): 2nd Svenne
  • Duathlon Hoogerheide (Holland): 2nd Jan
  • Duathlon Hoogerheide (Holland): 3rd  Arne
  • Stadsloop Gent: 2nd Gwen
  • Moyen (Luxembourg) UCI 1.18: 3rd Svenne
  • Individual Time Trial Zundert (Holland): 3rd Hans
  • Duathlon Rijkevorsel: 3rd Jan
  • Ben Buffet Memorial (Can) Allan 3rd
  • Ben Buffet Memorial (Canada): Corey  2nd
  • Half Irondistance Troyes (France): 2nd Inge
  • UCI 1.18 Longchamps: 3rd Svenne
  • German Cycling Cup Schleiz (Germany): 3rd Anthony
  • Provinciaal kampioenschap Half Marathon: 2nd Gwen
  • Triathlon Halluin (France): 2nd Sophie
  • Triathlon Dreikirchen (Germany): 1st Tom
  • Half Irondistance Bonn (Germany): 1st AG Tony
  • nacht van Vlaanderen 10K: 3rd Gwen
  • UCI 1.18 Gottignies: 2nd Svenne
  • Crossduathlon Wanze: 1st Masters Jan
  • 13K Herentals: 2nd Tony
  • 1/4 triathlon Oud-Gastel (Holland): 1st Tony
  • 10Miles Waasmunster: 1st Gwen
  • Chtriman Gravelines  Irondistance (France): 1st Hans
  • Ironman Austria: 1st AG and 15th overall Sam – Qualification Ironman World Championships Hawaii
  • Ingonish Triathlon 1/4 distance (Canada): 1st Corey
  • Ingonish Triathlon 1/4 distance (Canada): 2nd Andreas
  • Ingonish Triathlon 1/8 distance (Canada): 1st Mc Kenzie
  • Chtriman Half irondistance (France): 1st Inge
  • Triathlon Geraardsbergen: 1st Masters Inge
  • Cycling Kasterlee: 1st Maarten
  • Challenge Saint-Andrews (Canada): 2nd Corey
  • Watewyloop Tielt 10K: 2nd Gwen
  • Cycling Wortel: 3rd Maarten
  • Triathlon Summerside (Canada): 1st Allan
  • Memorial Igor Decraene: 2nd Jan
  • UCI 1.18: 2nd Svenne
  • Oceanlava Half Irondistance Aranjuéz (spain): 3rd David
  • UCI 1.18 Escanaffles: 3rd Svenne
  • Jan Goddaer: 8K Grembergen: 1st Masters
  • Aylesford Triathlon (Canada): 1st Andreas
  • Melmerbi Triathlon (Canada): 1st Corey
  • 15K Asse: 1st Jan
  • Nisraman:  2nd Inge (1st Masters)
  • Nisraman light: 2nd Masters Jan
  • Boussu-Bois (UCI 1.18): 2nd Svenne
  • Lakeside Paradise Triathlon: 2nd Hans
  • Beachrun Westende: 2nd Gwen
  • Individual Time Trial Oostende: 3rd masters Jan
  • Half Irondistance Bridgetown (Canada): 1st Corey
  • Half Irondistance Bridgetown (Canada): 2nd Allan
  • Olympic Distance Bridgetown(Canada): 1st Heather
  • La Roche UCI 1.18: Svenne 2nd
  • Grace-Hollogne UCI 1.18: Svenne 2nd
  • Individual Time Trial Zolder: Svenne 1st
  • Duathlon La Gileppe: 1st Tom Vandenbussche
  • Triathlon La Gileppe: 3rd Masters Jan
  • Triathlon Leiderdorp (Holland): 1st Adrian
  • Triathlon Port Hood (Canada): 1st Corey
  • Triathlon Port Hood(Canada): 2nd Allan
  • DuathlonHalle: 3rd Masters Wim
  • UCI1.18 Gouvy (Luxembourg): 2nd Svenne
  • UCI 1.18 Lac de Cherapont: 2nd Svenne
  • Half Irondistance Castilla y Leon (Spain): 3rd David
  • Trail des 2Ours, Nandrin: 2nd Pierre
  • Time Trial Geel: 1st Tom
  • Time Trial Geel: 3rd Svenne
  • Time Trial Torhout: 1st Tom
  • Team Time Trial Torhout: 2nd Tom
  • Offroadtriathlon Watrissart (Fr):  2nd Jann
  • Maine 70.3 (USA): 3rd Corey
  • IronmanVichy (France):  Teamrelay Hannah 1st
  • Duathlon Zele: 1st masters Wim
  • 10k Nevele: 1st Wim
  • Triathlon XL Gerardmer (France): 1st Masters Cai
  • Triathlon XL Gerardmer (France): 2nd Masters Sam
  • UCI 1.18.2 Ville Pommeroeuil 1st Svenne
  • Half irondistance ‘The Beast'(UK): 1st Tom
  • World Champs duathlon Zofingen (switzerland):1st AG Jan – 14th! Overall!
  • Xterra Denmark: 2nd AG 25-29 Joeri (slot WC Xterra)
  • UCI 1.18 Blanmont: 1st Svenne
  • Swimrun Brugge: 1st Jeroen
  • Memorial Tom Compernolle: 3rd Gwen
  • Short distance duathlon Zofingen (Switzerland): 2nd masters Jan G
  • Individual Time Trial: 1st Tom
  • Xterra Woolastook (Canada): 3rd overall Andreas
  • 1/4 triathlon Halifax (Canada): 1st Heather
  • Fiddlers run 10K (Canada): Corey
  • Long distance duathlon Damme:  2nd Jan
  • Long distance duatlon Damme: 1st Masters Wim
  • UCI 1.18 Ligny: 2nd Svenne
  • Offroadtriathlon Wuppertal (Germany): 1st AG Joeri
  • Beernem 10K: 3rd Gwen
  • Monstertijdrit Almere (Holland): 3rd Svenne
  • Championnat regional Triathlon du Nord-Pas de calais (France): 1st Sophie
  • Kuurne Half marathon (Classic!!): 1st Gwen
  • Riverport Duathlon (Canada): 2nd Allan
  • Ironman World Championships Hawaii (USA): 3rd AG Sam
  • Olympic distance triathlon Antalya (Turkey): 2nd Adrian
  • Ironman 70.3 Turkey: 6th Adrian (1st AG)
  • European Championships Swimrun: 4th (Raph/Sophie) – Qualification World Champs 2017
  • Crocodile Trophy (Australia): Stage 3 : 3rd Bjorn
  • Crocodile Trophy (Australia): Stage 5: 2nd Bjorn
  • Crocodile Trophy (Australia): Stage6: 1st Bjorn

Ironman world championships Hawaii 2016, A thriller till the last mile!

Kona, that’s where the magic happens. Many athletes dream about it and each year the race shows why! Kona creates heroes, Kona reveals the hero inside of people. For sure that wouldn’t be different this year! 4of our athletes qualified this season and were ready to step into a dream of suffering, racing and heroes!

One of our athletes, Dave, couldn’t race Kona this year because of birth of his 2kids. Fortunately he didn’t register because 2weeks after his qualifier he got hit by a car and broke a vertebra. This was followed by 6weeks lying in bed/couch. Let’s say the start of dreaming about his future adventure in Kona!

The three athletes who did qualify and race were Heather,Pierre and Sam.

 

All 3 of them were keen on doing their best result that day, but also to have fun in racing in the most densified Ironman in the world! Without Hawaii, triathlon didn’t even exist!

3 different agegroups also:

-Heather (Canada) AG  F45-49

-Pierre (Belgium) AG M35-39

-Sam (Belgium) AG M40-44

The swimming start always is and will be a bit of nervous and stressy. Because of the highly densified level; in Hawaii the swim is even more important than in other IMraces. Our athletes knew this and tried to get out of the water with a comfortable and fast swim.

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The swimstart with Sam, Pierre and Heather among thousands of athletes in Hawaii. Hopefully they won’t touch the mass-start in Kona. It’s thé image of the race!

 

Sam was the first one out of the water  in 1h05′, which meant his fastest swim in Hawaii on 7participations. Pierre was one of the few athletes who swam faster in Kona than in his qualifying race, while Heather as being a very good swimmer she tackled some extra meters during the swim in 1h06′. So all athletes were immediately in the game for a nice result after the swimcourse!

On the bike we noticed that our athletes moved up, Pierre constantly kept passing athletes (and pelotons) and moved up 400places during the bike course! Heather definitely looked for a comfortable bikeride dealing with the warmth and the wind. It’s not an advantage for the AG women to start around 1h later than the male pro’s. They get the largest part of the heat. This in fact, makes the race even more difficult to the AGwomen than the pro men.

People immediately messaged me that Sam was moving up quite hard, looking closer at that point we noticed that Sam was riding the same pace as…the main group of the Pro race. With splits as hard as Frodeno and Kienle he rode till 80km in the race. Immediately after seeing this I had a flashback to what happened 1year ago. Only this time we didn’t know his HR/powerdevice didn’t work. So he was forced to race at a ‘feeling’. That’s why on the bike we registered no HR’s. BUT we could get back the info of the powermeter after the race!

Today, looking at the registered info we see regularly parts of 400watts during 45″-1′ and even a block of 20′ in it at 335watts avg.  Those parts are parts where he needed to pass pelotons and lose them.

At least we know what’s needed to handle a bikecourse on the level of Sebastian Kienle, Jan Frodeno…but honestly, it’s a bit too much asked. He came off the bike with a 272NP which is +/-10% less than his best Ironman-splits. Starting hard in combination with warmth affects performance.

 

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The 4h25′ of Michael Weiss (Pro,Austria)  normalizing 318NP, Weiss is 5kg heavier than Sam. Calculate yourself the physical effort he was producing…

Of course in that first part of the bike course Sam is someone who needs to ride to the front, which is not always easy to race at a constant pace because of big peloton’s he needs to catch. This certainly wasn’t in the advantage of Pierre also, who came out of the water in position 1300 and had to chase many athletes getting more to the front.Despite all of this there was no panic in Sam his head and trying to get the effort down he slowed down preparing the run..knowing he had suffered already a bit. Meanwhile his girlfriend Cai texted me to know in what position he found himself when he would come off the bike.

 

 

Pierre only had a few km to go on the bike and Heather was doing a steady bikecourse! Pierre was even heading towards a sub10h on this tough racecourse. Most of all it was the heat of which I feared for Pierre, I knew if he came off the bike well he was capable to show us a good marathon in the end!

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Dividing work – family – sports isn’t always easy for AG athletes, as we can see Pierre handled this very well. An irregular working schedule needs to be efficient. Making the right choices at the right time is a key to success!

 

For Heather the race came early after a blocked nerve she needed to handle. A perfect preparation till 2,5weeks before the Ironman and then that nerve got blocked. It needed time to be raceready and we needed to cut short the running part and focus on what do was possible.

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Heather on the bike towards her Hawaiifinish!

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Heather suffered of blocked nerve and this made us made choices, choices to start in Hawaii in a good shape and still being capable of racing well! Fortunately she had a great summer before!

Sam came off the bike 11th (AG) and rode the 6th overall AG bikesplit (of the athletes who finished top 100…), despite his ‘saving energy mode’ in the last part of the bikecourse.

On the run he took off relaxed, but still felt the impact of racing slightly too hard in the beginning of the race. 8,5kilometers he needed to get the engine running and still passed the 21k mark at 4’26/km. If you run this pace you know you are running among the faster runners in Hawaii. We knew of last year that running sub 3h is difficult…as nobody went under 3h in 2015 (AG). So we could get the info that halfway he was definitely in the game for the podium and was the only athlete getting faster and faster at that point.

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Sam during his fast 3h05 marathon in Hawaii, which brought him to a 3rd spot

From the 21K mark, nobody in his AG ran faster. It was just a matter of time to move up in places! 6K before the finishline Sam was in fourth and gave it all (see HR). It was Cai who could give him the info to chase French athlete Mettier in 3rd position. With only 1,5miles to go Sam overtook 3rd position and didn’t let his go anymore. At the end Sam ran a negative split marathon in 3h05′ (4’23/km). Only 1 AG athlete was capable of going sub 3h01.

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Today Sam had no constant HR in the ironman, he went out of his comfortzone, chasing the podium and getting it at 1,5miles before the finishline! With all respect for his concurrents who made him race this way.

On the podium, again! This 3rd place on the Ironman Worlds feels great! An athlete in great shape who gets his 4th Ironman podium  within 18months. The cyclingsessions starting at 9pm and finishing at 2am in the morning were worth it ;-)!

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Happy 3rd in his AG and 59th overall – back on the podium in Kona! It was former PRO Jim Lubinski who took the win!

Ok, we knew there maybe was more in it, when the pacing on the bike went perfectly…but humans are no computers. And computers may sometimes not function when u want them to…(ahum some will laugh…).

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Pierre who already had a whole day of catching up people on the bike, did the same on the run. Once again he took back 400 athletes (1 each 100m) on the marathon. Running a 3h22′ marathon in Hawaii is great, he showed to everybody he belongs at this level and paced/raced his race alone. No drafting, no cards …just effort!

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Pierre finished the race in 10h07′ after moving up a whole day and finished with a 3h22′ marathon!

At that moment Heather was approaching halfway the marathon, she ran consistently…But still we crossed the fingers to hope the nerve didn’t get blocked again. It didn’t and she even moved up places during the run finishing just over 12h. A pity her swim didn’t came out, because she sure is capable swimming sub 55′ in Hawaii!

 

 

 

 

Those athletes became heroes yesterday, finishing world’s most magical triathlon and a podium on top!

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Oh and the drafting, it’s easy to solve if they want it. Use drones or helikopters for filming spots and longer moments and DSQ behind the screen to have a good point of view. Show the DSQ athletes their card at the beginning of the run and give them a 60′ penalty. Case closed 😉

Proud coach, it was a fun night!

Jesse

A weekend with multiple wins in cycling and triathlon!

A week full of variety!

Challenge Almere-Amsterdam Half Irondistance,
Our athletes were hypermotivated before the start and were keen on setting a nice performance!
Adrian continues his grand cru season and finishes 9th (24-39), whilePierre finishes his last race before the IRONMAN World Championship in Hawaii and finishes on a very nice 12th place (24-39), now recovery and the last trainingperiod towards the World championships in Hawaii!
Nico finishes a bit further after having to stop because getting stung by a wasp. But restarted and went all the way in the end!

In Chamonix Sebastien and Bart finished the Evergreen Endurance triathlon!

After the swim they rode very close to each other and once of the bike they realised they could better do the very tough runcourse together!  Finishing in the front of the field in the toughest European triathlon is very memorable!

 

 

 

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The swimstart at Challenge Almere (Netherlands) for Adrian, Pierre and Nico!

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Seb and Bart finished the Evergreen triathlon in exactly the same time after 19h and still in the front of the field!

Triathlon La Roche: Our athletes are entering their last races of the current triseason with good results. Remarkable performance by Tony confirming again and in his last race of this season he gets 4th behind Heemeryck, Goetschouwers and Sylvain Denis!
Pacing strong on the bike on this tough racecourse. In his first full triathlonseason he took a win on a 1/4triathlon and did splendid results on the half irondistances!

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Tony did a remarkable season with wins and a big step forward! Training smart results in performing better. As u can notice it’s all about training the right intensity, the right amount at the right time!

In Canada it was Andreas who entered the XTERRA Canada race in Woolastook and finishes 3rd overall in his first Xterra race. Big step forward past season for Andreas and it still seems to match between Swiss athletes and mountainbikes! And maybe it will be tough choice one day whether Andreas races the Xterra world champs in Hawaii or the Ironman World Champs in Hawaii 😉

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Andreas realisesa topperformance, finishing 3rd overall in the Xterra Woolastook (Canada)

A bit further in Halifax (Canada) Heather was more than hungry for her last pre- IRONMAN World Championship . Heather is a strong swimmer, she came out of the water as very first (before every male athlete!) and kept her first position in the women’s race!
Now 4weeks left before Kona, Hawaii.

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Our young cyclists are doing well, Q did a very nice race yesterday and Robbe tried to go in all the breakaways he could today which made him suffer in the end. But that’s something what makes you strong in the end. Today Dries (U23) raced in Overijse, hilly course, and got 11th in this Elite/U23 race after being in the right breakaway he had a small technical incident which made him lose contact with the main group. Still he was strong enough to handle his position!

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Heather is a strong swimmer, but it lasted for 30K before the first male athlete could take her back after outswimming the male field!

September, the month in which many athletes have the end-off-season-blues, but not among our athletes, battling till the end of the very last race of the season!

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