Ironman world Championships Hawaii 2022 – Our racing squad!

With the Ironman world championships back home on the big island after ‘2 Covidfull years of joy’ our athletes took their chances to smash hard and outperformed in several Ironman, challenge and non-labelled races with as the summit in spring Sam’s 2nd place in the AG Ironman world champs 2021 in Saint-George (USA) and the overall win of Hans in Ironman Vichy (France) at the end of August.

Past season our small squad of athletes realized 12(!) Ironman world championships qualifications. An astonishing result! 6of them took their chance and registered for the Ironman World championships in Kona, Hawaii upcoming week.

A small overview of who they are!

° Tim Fievez (Belgium – living in France)
° AG35
°Strength: Swim – Bike – in a good paced day a consistent run
°Mental status: wait and see
°Improved a lot on the run with in 2022 2overall podia in 70.3races in the French mountains
°Exceptional fact: Only swims 1session/week consistently.

°Vadim Suraev (Canada)
°AG50
°Strength: Swim – Beastbiker – off the bike must be patient and look at his watch only.
°Mental status: A Rock
°Qualified already in November 2019, and only had 2 races in between then and 2022 World Champs.
°Exceptional fact: 2weeks after the Ironman World champs 2022 his next Ironman is planned already!

°Steven Debaere (Belgium)
°AG40
°Strength: Steady Swim – Bike and proved being able to kill it on the run.
°Mental status: Keen on better (than his last visit in Kona)
°Made huge steps the past 2seasons and was able to take overall podia in 70.3 races but above all astonish taking the bronze medal in the European Championships Ironman in his AG
° Exceptional fact: Athlete becoming stronger by the age.

°Pieter De Jongh (Belgium)
°AG 35
°Strength: Bike – Run, in a good day the swim will not influence his classification.
°Mental status: Ready to roll, hungry.
°Became stronger, harder and faster and qualified in Ironman Switzerland.
°Exceptional fact: A sports teacher who influences in the most positive way by showing life is sports and sports is life :-).


° Javier Cepeda (Colombia)
°AG40
°Strength: Swim – bike and steady run
°Mental status: Waiting for departure to Kona and keen on the last week. Our last man to arrive in Kona.
°Qualified in the tough race of Ironman Lake Placid and is on the island for the 2nd consecutive time!
°Exceptional fact: Lives in Bogota on 2000m of altitude. A never-ending altitude camp.

°Jeffrey Sanders (Belgium)
°AG25
°Strength: steady swim – strong biker – if pacing well (!) always spot on on the run.
°Mental status: Jump in the field, keen on racing among the best of the world.
°Qualified strongly in Ironman Frankfurt and had some very good tests and PR’s past season!
°Exceptional fact: His last name is being dropped in the newspapers a lot as a future Ironman winner.

The guys are ready, ready to suffer and ready to enjoy!
Staying calm and focussed untill D-Day is what must happen now!


Train Smart, Perform better!

Jesse

Tour de Moselle (Fr-Elite Natonial) – A good effort to start for Lars finishing 10th

Tour de Moselle (Elite National – France):

3rd A-race of Lars since July1st.

Witch sickness after Course de la Paix (UCI2.Ncup) and several crashes summer was not always ‘easy’, but ‘not easy’ belongs to racing sometimes. In between his 3 A – races (Tour de Liège in which a crash made him leave the race – Tour de Namur, finishing 8th in GC – Tour de Moselle) wounds needed to be licked, active recovery and balancing between training and racing was a thin line but we kept on it.

Of course such a periode is not easy in a hard sport as cycling, but keeping those 3 A-races in mind there always was the right focus and mindset.

Stage 1 in Tour de Moselle today and confirmation of a rider that stood up again with a thoughtful beginning of the race and focus on a hard final. Prooving his shape is strong from February untill today he’s capable of putting his strongest efforts in the final of the race. That’s also the timing you should be capable of riding your hardest output to top off the race.

In the last 20K Lars puts down a 362Np – 66à67kg

We see an overall hard race effort during the 148K course, in the last 20K a 362NP effort and during the last 60′ we see a 340NP effort – 66kg rider – was needed to play the cards for the win and finish within the first group of 25riders, Lars finishes 10th in today’s race and was right where he needed to be. These are of course strong race efforts but the main positive effort we can see in the 5’output in the very final of the race, going up the last climb and small descent towards the finishline. In this final phase he can put a 433NP effort and use his full capabilities to racing the finals today.

In the final 5′ of the race Lars rides with the elite group of 25riders towards the finishline and sprints towards 10th place today

Being able to put these numbers in the final of the race when riding for the first places is key to score results.

A good job and result today, onwards to next days and weeks!

Train smart, perform better!

Jesse

Ironman Vichy (France) Hans ‘La Machine’ peaks spot on and takes the win! Ironman Denmark 10th AG place for Thibaud!

Big Ironweekend this weekend, yesterday already we had the 70.3 races in Vichy(Fr) and the full Ironman in Kalmar, Sweden! With Raymond taking the AG win in Sweden the weekend started excellent for our athletes! Raymond added a 12th Kona qualification for 2022. Some of our athletes will not take their qualifier slot, but will choose for other challenging races.

Today Ironman started with the races in which athletes can qualify for the 2023 Ironman World champs in Kona, Hawaii! Our athletes were ready to blow the juice out their legs and turn it into speed in Vichy (France) and Kopenhagen (Denmark).

Hans solo on the bike in Ironman Vichy – leading the race untill the finishline!



In Vichy our athletes got a tough course ahead of them, which all 3 (Sander, Sven and Hans) like a lot.
In the first 1/4of the bikecourse the race was very dense, gaps between athletes were rather small. But once the first hills came up the gaps got bigger. Hans became leader in his AG. Sander and Sven started moving up at this point. Unfortunately after 3/4 into the race Sven got mechanical problems with his Di2 and could only shift between 53*12 and 39*12 starting from that point. A bummer for an athlete who had a perfect preparation.

Bad luck for Sven with mechanicals and stomach problems on the bike!


Once the athletes passed halfway the bikecourse it became clear that gaps became bigger and Hans went towards the lead of the overall race. A gap that he made bigger in the last part of the bikecourse. This by pacing well and staying consistent throughout the bike effort.

Sander with a 3h27′ marathon in Ironman Vichy – finishing 30th in his AG


After 180K bikes could go in T2 and the first steps on the marathon course were made!
42K ahead, being at the lead. It can be stressful or it can give wings. Hans remained calm and did what he had to do, focussing on his own race and see what happens 40K later.

Hans wins Ironman Vichy 2022, an exceptional performance of the Belgian ‘La Machine’



A perfect run, on the right moment at the right place made Hans run his marathon in 3h06′ and finish 26″ ahead of the fast French runner Noblet. A strong race of the French athlete but in the end the winner takes it all! Today the winner is Hans, a performance to cherish! He joins a list of Belgian Ironmanwinners that’s not too large! Great job!


Sven suffered on the bike with his mechanical problems on a demanding course, his legs surely were affected by this. But despite this he kept strong and his goal was still 42K ahead! Those 42K he still managed to run in 3h25′ and this brought him to 24th AG position!
He was closely followed by Sander who finished 3′ later in 30th AG position!


295NP for Hans to put the best bike split in France, followed by a 3h06′ marathon!
Hans celebrating the win of Ironman Vichy 2022

In Denmark Thibaud (Switzerland), Frédéric (Belgium) and Anil (Belgium) took a very good start!

Thibaud came out of the water after 54′, Frédéric in 57′ and Anil in his first Ironman effort in 80′.
All 3 athletes performed well during today’s swim!
On the bike pacing was meant to be perfect and so it went! We saw very strong bike splits of Thibaud and Frédéric without overusing and staying in the right pacing zone. Thibaud came off the bike in 20th position, Frédéric in 22nd position.

Thibaud has a good run in his legs and already showed in Cozumel 2021 what he’s capable of!
Today he moved up from 20th to 10th position in the run with a 3h21′ run. Another AG top 10 for him today. Finishing in 9h07′, while Frédéric finishes just above 10h in 10h02′!

Anil managed his first Ironman in 13h15, in the end it’s not only the fastest one who gains respect by performance in triathlon! Good job!

Train smart perform better,


Jesse




Our athletes all did a progressive race today, in Vichy all our athletes ran sub 3h30 on the marathon course

8th for Lars in Tour de Namur – AG top 10 in Ironman Maastricht – Podium for Ronald in Thieusies – Output of the input!

What a weekend! 🧐😎

Today our cyclists did a great job!

Lars had a top 10in GC to defend in Tour de Namur, another day of tough racing was ahead! With bad luck 15K before the finishline and having puncture his top 10place almost disappeared. But on the last climb he succeeded to get back in the lead of the race (30man) by closing a 1’gap on this climb.

67kg rider Lars pushes the pedals to close a 1′ gap after a puncture and get back into the lead group.

This 67kg rider need a 5’output of 400watt (5,97watt/kg) to come back to the peloton. He succeeded and could maintain his spot in front to take 8th in GC!

His resume this season is looking brilliant. Next A-race is Tour de Moselle (France), in between Flanders Tomorrow Tour and 2Elite National races in France are on the program. Now: recovery!

In Thieusies Ronald has one of his strongest days this season and can get into the right breakaway, he achieves a massive result by finishing 2nd! Progressing very strongly the last 2seasons we can see him winning and taking more podiums upcoming months and years.

2nd place for Ronald after a strong race!

In Zedelgem it was Guillaume who tried to break away, but the peloton didn’t let go and he saved his legs for the sprint to finish off 7th in the end!

Today was also loaded with triathlon!

In Ironman Maastricht, the closest Ironman to Belgian borders, Bart, Wim and Frederick were at the starting line!

Bart and Wim have already got a bigger career in IMraces. Frederick was at the start of his very first! A perfect preparation for all 3 athletes! Only Wim couldn’t run his long runs, which he feared during the IM. But with a good pacing, patience and perseverance all athletes reached the finishline nicely!

Bart (10th) and Wim before the start, early in the morning!

Bart was the first crossing that line in AG50 and takes 10th AG position! A strong result that confirms his current shape!

Frederick had a progressive race and gained overall places during the whole race! Wim from his side feared the marathon a bit and he took it easier. With the support of his support crew he made a very nice finish with some show dance at the finishline!

Excellent job of Frederick in Maastricht, happy and satisfied! He did it!

In Jabbeke 111 our athletes were also present! With Jeffrey 24th in a dense field he has a strong start of his specific Konaprep!

Jeffrey takes 24th today in Jabbeke and clearly gets in the turbo towards Kona!

He was followed by U23 athlete Arno and Stijn, who is in preparation for IM Italy! Toon from his side had some digesting problems, and spend a lot of time in T2 but took the chance to finish off the race in preparation to Ironlakes triathlon!

Good performances also in Triathlon Eupen, where masters Dean and Yves found a tough course which made the athletes progress in descents and riding uphill! Yves showed his running capabilities once again by taking the 3rd AG running time and move up towards 12th at the finishline!

Arno getting out of the water in Jabbeke! with a good effort in swim-bike-run he finishes his 2nd race in the longer tri distances!

Tour de Namur – 6th place in Stage 1 for Lars – Leader in U23 classification/

Tour de Namur stage 1!

A hungry Lars at the starting line, after successful exams followed by a well balanced training load at home and at camp the first A-race of summer showed up today!

First breakaway of the day -> Lars in it.

Decisive 11man breakaway of the day -> Lars in it.

Strong 45K output during the decisive breakaway!

With 45K to go this breakaway got a max. advantage of 52″ on the first part of the peloton. But with some of the best riders in this breakaway they stood tall and finally could outsprint the fast coming peloton with a 9″ advantage! 

Victory was for T. Vandenbosch (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Lars took a very nice 6th place and once again showed to be among the best in these hilly Arden races. 

As an extra he also takes the leading jersey of best youngster U23 today!

Good shot and with good recovery ready for tomorrow’s race!

Lars sprinting towards 6th place in Tour de Namur today!

Ciao,


Jesse

Ironman Klagenfurt – National Triathlon title for Kris!

What a stunning day for our athletes! 

Let’s start with the guys in Ironman Austria! 

A non-wetsuit swim to start the day gave a little bit of fear for the athletes, but clearly this seemed unneeded. 

Even without wetstuit Wim VL gets himself in T1 sub 60′! 

Jesse M and Steven DB get out of the water in 1h17 and + 1h20 before really starting the day! 

Once on the bike Wim VL maintained his top 10 position after the Swim, Jesse M moved up quite quickly and paced well to have the energy left for the marathon. Steven also moves up at an easier pace. The heat was getting there at the last part of the bike and all 3 athletes were conscient that this would influence the race strongly. The field clearly suffered from the heat. Wim VL kept strong and finished 14th in AG 40. Jesse M could continue his jump to the front untill the end of the marathon and takes 24th in AG 35 after a 3h24’marathon. Steven waited a bit longer before heading into the water, managed a steady bike and steady marathon in these conditions. Finishing the race in 12h04′!

Jesse Massez running the marathon in 3h24′ in Klagenfurt!

60+, the new 25! Our 2 maestro masters Kris and Raymond surprised again!! 

After winning IM70.3 Luxemburg Raymond takes 29th overall and wins his AG in Triathlon Stein, The Netherlands! Great job!

Our other 60+ Master, Kris, is having a splendid season despite some issues earlier in the season. Winning 70.3 Dubai early in the season and today taking the national triathlon title Olympic distance in Kinrooi! Very glad to see our athletes in a championshipsjersey! Great job!

Kris Govers taking the national OD title Triathlon!

Kristof takes 24th position, Ferre 41st in the 1/4 distance in Kinrooi! A gooed lead up for Kristof towards his summer main goals! Good steps forward for Ferre! 

Kristof starting the summer in style with 24th position in Kinrooi

In France, the 70.3 Chtriman was held! 

Steven DB surprises again and outperforms this race by winning the master (40+) category and taking 21st overall (800participants). 

Steven pushing the watts away on the road to Kona and taking 1st AG position!

Alexander and Dimi show once again their season is running very well by finishing closely behind and can now approach the last phase in their IMprep! 

Alexander picking up shape!

Jari, former cyclist, puts his steps forward week after week and has a very good test to even do better in Ironman 70.3 Maastricht in early August! 

Toon and Michael finish a bit further in their 2nd 70.3 withing 3weeks and can now approach the upcoming summerraces with confidence! 

Dimi almost eating his steering and moving up untill the finishline, with a splendid finish!

In épernay more 70.3 racing, a hilly course with some tough parts on the bikecourse! Bart DB is heading to Ironman Maastricht in 5weeks, today he takes an excellent 5th place in his AG!

Bart with Champ’Man – Ironman Maastricht – Ventouxman a tough race schedule which started excellent!

Xterra France for Dean and Steven H, Dean is in his first triathlonseason and grows race after race! Steven H takes 10th place in his AG and can look back at a strong start of the season! Triathlon International de Maredsous for him in 2weeks!

Cycling also in Assenede with Guillaume, once again in the right breakaway and nearly getting on the podium…finishing 4th! With Good poweroutputs in the final of the race summertime will be hammertime for him! Also he can look forward and can aim for podium and more! 

65kg Rider Guillaume riding towards 4th place today in Assenede

La Marmotte Gran Fondo for Geoffrey and our Spanish rider Juan. Both riders are strong climbers and both show us the proof today by finishing in front of the field. 

MTB marathon for Alexander, he stepped up strongly this season and his body adapted very well to training smart, that’s why his body now is performing better! 

Great performance, be proud on what you achieve. Sometimes break down and see what you realized before aiming forward again!

Ciao

Jesse

Ironman Frankfurt and Ironman 70.3 Nice and Coeur d’Alene

Svenne taking 3rd in Andorra!

Another strong racing of our athletes in several places around the world!

Andorra: Svenne was the first today to get on the podium and raising his hands! A very glad man who called me this afternoon!

Andorra 21 Ports stage race was his main goal this season, dreaming of the podium but surrounded by other strong climbers in the mountains, this would not be given away…

Yesterday already Svenne moved up to 4th position in GC. Maintaining 4Th was goal 1, trying to keep an eye on 3rd another. With an all or nothing attempt he took 3rd in the stage and could win the important place in GC to finish on the end podium!

 

In Belgium Ronald is on a roll, with another top10 in Maurage he keeps aiming for the win!

In USA Ironman70.3 Coeur d’Alene was held. A DNS for Vadim after getting sick 1day before the race. Luck is not at his side and wisely a no go with another 70.3 race coming in a few weeks!

Van feared for the cold water, but gladly he tried and survived that first part. On the bike he made a massive jump forward to finish the bikecourse in 16th position. With a fast run off the bike he entered top 10 and moved up towards 6th position! A comeback of this American master!

 

In France Ironman 70.3 Nice was held! Some troubles with the bike before the race for Lucas, so he used his girlfriend’s racebike to go out on the French mountains! And how?! Getting out of water 5th in his and within top 20 he was in a good position for a top result. With a good climb he moved up towards 3rd position in his AG. A fast 1h22′ run off the bike made him finish 4th in his AG, but above all 7th overall in this Ironmanrace! 

 

In Germany Ironman Frankfurt! One of the Ironman classics in Europe! With Jeroen at the starting line we had a strong guy with hunger at the starting line! The swim course is not his favorite discipline…but that made him, likewise Van, pac-man on the bike and run! With a PERFECTLY paced bike effort and run he runs to the finishline with a 3h29′ marathon! Congratulations!

 

 

In Belgium Caveman triathlon was held today, a 111 format with a few hillier parts in it. Emelie had a progressive race and race-test towards her first Ironman70.3 in Vichy later this season! Taking 2nd place after a fast run split, a good sign leading up to the longer distances!

Jeroen heading towards T2 in Frankfurt for a fast off bike run in 3h29′

Lucas heading towards 4th AG position and 7th overall in Ironman70.3 Nice!
Van running towards 6th place in IM 70.3 Coeur d’Alene

Hans and Debbie taking the AG win in Challenge Geraardsbergen – 2X top 10 in 70.3 Terheijden – 70.3 in Warsaw and Svenne taking 5th in Nationals!

Another splendid day full of racing today!!

Challenge Geraardsbergen in Belgium with a lot of our athletes in racing modus!

Probably the biggest 70.3 race in the center of Belgium.

Strong performances on this hilly course, with in the end a very tough running course!

Hans ‘La Machine’ shows in his 2nd 70.3 of the season that hi 5th overall place in Belfort wasn’t a coincidence! Today Hans takes 21st Profield included, winner was French Anthony Costes, well known for his strong bike efforts during triathlons.

La Machine riding towards pole position in his AG!

Hans doesn’t only take 21st overall but above all wins his AG by more than 10′ and qualifies for The Challenge Championship and!

A steady good swim, strong bike effort with 317Np and fast run on this hilly course made him take home a cobblestone!

In this AG fast Wim VL was unsure before the race after 4weeks of not much running because of an injury after a running race. Wim performs very strong today and despite his lack of running he’s capable to finish this race and takes 4th AG position.

Hans wasn’t the only one taking a cobblestone home. Debbie extends her strong series of racing and after medals on Nationals, Europeans and Worlds she now takes AG win in this Challenge race.

With a couple of our athletes just outside top 10 such as Jeffrey who performs a strong swim – bike, takes off a bit too fast on the run…but survives and finishes in 4h40, soon followed by Sander in his first race in a very long time (post covid). Sven VL raced in his own town and showed his strong start of the season again with a fast 1h25′ run. Wim DK (12th) and Bart (15th) finish in front of their AG, bot closely followed by Wim T.

Jeffrey powering up ‘De Muur’

In the younger AG’s we see Toon taking his firs 70.3 finish since a while and feeling good. Fred VDH had a good test towards IM Maastricht within 7weeks and had one of his best ever races. Michael and Anil chase him and finish just behind.

Toon climbing ‘De Muur’

In Poland David manages a strong 70.3 race, finishing in 4h45′ on this faster course!

In The Netherlands our Ironmen Dimitri and Pieter are having one of the best days in their lives and fight a battle in the top 10 in 70.3 Terheijden!

Dimi taking energy towards his 8th overall position in 70.3 Terheijden, The Netherlands

Pieter moves up very strong off the bike and manages a 6th overall place, while Dimitri grabs his 8th place also after a perfect paced run! Important in a 70.3 race to pace correctly and build up towards the finishline! Good tests also for both athletes towards Thun (Switzerland) and Kalmar (Sweden).

Olympic distance triathlon also in Belgium and Switzerland!

In Zug, Switzerland Michael performs his best race so far and makes nice steps forward.

In Beernem both Klaas, Ferre, Emiel and Bert race hard and on this fast course they find a perfect way to pick up racing experience towards upcoming races.

National Championships also in cycling for the Master category.

Svenne had fever 4weeks ago, we decided to cut down the number of races leading up to today, with a good peaking towards today Svenne takes 5th but also takes the ‘fair-play’ price. If a price with that value of sportsmanship that’s not often given gets in the hands of one of your riders you can only be proud as a coach, as proud as winning a cobblestone!

At the end of the day, the winner takes it all!

Ironman World Championships Utah, USA AG Silver for Sam – Middle Distance Duathlon World Championships AG Silver for Debbie – Lucas takes 3rd in Military Nationals Olympic Distance – Lars just outside top 20 in Flèche Ardennaise (UCI1.2)

Thé biggest triathlon race each year are the Ironman World Championships, in 2021 the race could not be held because of Covid-situations. Therefor the 2021 World championships were held this weekend in Saint-Georges, Utah! For the first time this championship was held on a ‘terrible’ racecours. Hot, windy, a lot of height on the bike course and 500D+ on the runcourse, that’s a lot!

As predicted this race would be a ‘killer’, several pro athletes who were in SG decided not to race just days and hours before the race. The winner would be the best, AG athletes would have no benefit riding in larger packs. Cool!

With 3firm athletes at the starting line (avg weight 81kg) and 1 lighter female athlete we had power in the game!

The fastest guy out of the water was Thibaud (Switzerland) in 56′! Thibaud had an excellent feeling leading up to the race and felt good throughout the bike! But with sun getting hotter, the body started to react weird. Being in 14th position at the start of the run he moved up in a conservative pace untill his stomach got block and he vomited all energy out of his body! ‘Claqué par l’insolation’, today 24h later this feels of course a bit frustrating, knowing the shape he was in! But a Swiss winter – flying to the US desert and racing can be hard for the body of course!

The swim in Utah, was a 4K swim. Thibaud making the effort in a splendid 56′.



Our master Canadian, and one of the best cyclists of the world in his AG, Vadim swam steady, reached high on the bike and only former Yellow jersey in Tour de France, Laurent Jalabert, could pass him. Vadim dropped the bike just behind Jalabert. ‘Lolo’ got striked by the runcourse and also Vadim had a tough run before finishing this heavy race! They ended up close to eachother in the end.

Vadim with a Steady 250NP on the bike – good for putting down the bike in 6th AG position!

Cai feared the WC race before the start and projected to herself not to finish last. Finishing last would never happen of course, an athlete well trained and able to perform steady will not see this happen! The coldswimwater was survived and in the first part of the bike she moved up well, in Snow Canyon she got unwell on the hot roads but managed to recover from it before heading to the runcourse!
With steeper hills on this course, this was not always pleasant but persistence was in her head! Cai finishes when in Belgium the coach drunk his first coffee of the day and finishes in the middle of her AG ranking! Well done!

And then we have Sam, master in patience and training smart in silence, well focussed leading up to the race and conscience about the possible difficulties during the race (Cold water – Winds – heat – very tough runcourse). Well knowing that except for the cold water, the difficulties are not against him.
With many IM AG wins and IM overall top 10results in his career he’s never to underestimate. A perfect preparation and well taking care of his body in the last weeks he was ready to race!

A correct swim, coming out of the water after 4K in 1h06′ and fresh legs on the bike! Pushing the bike towards a steady effort of 250NP up and down the hills with a slightly higher NP in the last part of the bike course. Clearly no ‘lost’ energy wasted during the bike course and going into T2 with Mike Schifferle, one of the top competitors in his AG.
Sam was very conscientious about not putting to much energy on the wrong moment in this race but putting the energy near the end of the race. A steady run followed on this heavy course and this made maintain his 2nd spot in his AG in this Ironman World Championship but also at age 46 move up to 60th overall position!


A steady run of Sam – the cherry on the cake to get to the IM WC podium!
Sam (who took orange shoes from the rack) clearly a happy 2nd!


Not only the Ironman World championships were held this weekend, in Viborg (Denmark) the Middle distance duathlon worlds took place! We had 1 competitor racing: Debbie! Debbie who made a hug step forward in 18months already took 2nd place in the nationals crossduathlon, 2nd AG in the Europeans Middle distance and was heading to Viborg with doubts after a small sickness. No need to, when your shape is good and the viruses gone the body rebalances and ready she was! Once again she surprised friend and enemy (which she doesn’t have) and races a very strong race, finishes 8th(!!!) pro athletes included and 2nd AG in her AG!

Debbie racing towards 8th overall and AG silver!

In France another championship was held, the military OD championships. An important race for Lucas to manifest himself there. With 6days between this race and his previous 70.3race this was recovery wise quite tricky. But all was managed to get to the starting line fresh and loaded enough! After a strong effort he gets himself onto the podium, taking 3rd!

Lucas on training towards his first races of the season, things looking good!

In Belgium Flèche Ardennaise (UCI1.2) was held, an important Ardennes race with the world’s best U23 riders at the starting line, this combined with several top amateur riders/(former) pro riders, 4000D+ and 178km. No better references than racing the best, racing hard courses. That’s the chance Lars gets this year from his team Urbano-Vuylsteke. Excellent program to grow strong and steady.
Being steady is one of our main goals. Being constant and riding finals in the biggest competitions as much as possible. This works, this happens. With LBL 12th, Monts et Chateaux top 20 in GC and Arden Challenge 4th in GC we can say he could be ambitious towards today.



The race was made hard and once the final really broke through Lars still had his energy in his pocket.
As we see in his Powerfile final really breaks through in the last hour of the race, where we see a 350NP for the last 45′ (67kg). A pity for Lars to just miss the group riding for 10th place but totally in the game after these riders. Small % make the difference at this level and he’s in touch of it. Finishing 21st today, before European U23 champion Nys is the continuation of his current season! With Pro race GP Vermarc upcoming weekend and Triptyque ardennaise the legs will have recover quickly now because games are on until then for the first part of the season!

Riders who want to play a role in the final need to be able to have that little extra at he end of the race, Lars had today.

Weekends like these keeps the adrenaline levels high, keeps the vibes high and motivates all athletes and sympathizers around us!

Onwards to next week!

Ciao

Jesse

Exciting weekend coming up – Ironman World Championships finally back!

🇺🇸Upcoming weekend the best triathletes in the world wille be racing the Ironman World Championships in Saint-George, USA!

Among Blummenfelt, Sanders and the other possible overall winners 4 of our athletes will be racing in their AG to do the best they can!

At the startling line, a strong and passionate squad:

🇧🇪 Cai (Multiple top 5 and IM Podia – Qualfied for the WC before)

🇨🇦 Vadim (Multiple IM Hawaii qualifier – Multiple IM podia)

🇨🇭 Thibaud (IM Hawaii qualifier – raced hard on 70.3 Mallorca 2021, taking 2nd – Sub9er)

🇧🇪 Sam (Multiple IM AG winner – 10* IM Hawaii – 8h21’PB)

Keen on following our athletes this weekend! Hard crosswinds and cold swimming water will be the tricky points they can’t change. The hard racecourse neither, but it’s up to a good pacing to survive and conquer this.

A loaded weekend with plenty more international races:

🇧🇪 La Flèche Ardennaise (UCI1.2 – 178K – 4000D+) – one of Belgium’s toughest cycling races course wise.

🇩🇰 World Championships duathlon Middle distance

🇫🇷 National Military Championships Olympic Distance triathlon

🇪🇸 Ironman70.3 Mallorca

🇵🇹 Challenge Lisboa

🇧🇪 Triathlon Veurne

And plenty more racing in Belgium!

Put your trackers on and enjoy the vibes!

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2*Gold&1*silver at European championships duathlon Long distance – Lars taking silver the U23 regional champs road cycling!

Another weekend filled with championships, our Spanish rocket Alejandro prooved already last week that peaking towards races is one of our strengths.

Today European Duathlon Championships Long distance were held!
In European and world championships duathlon our athletes are very well known to always take the prizes. With over 20medals on Worlds and Europeans our athletes have a closet full of continental/world champs prizes.

In Alsdorf, Germany todays EC were held! For quite a few of our athletes we had planned a first A-race and peaking period towards today. Let’s begin with our female athletes in Alsdorf, not only because they are women but because they earn performance wise!

Our 2topduathletes in our squad Emelie and Debbie were racing their first Europeans. Emelie had to be convinced a bit last year to race the Europeans in 2022 but with the huge steps she made…I knew she was ready for a top AG performance. Debbie from her side is an athlete that will grow out to the longer distances, LD duathlon is the best way to pick up this work.

All fell together today and Emelie takes gold in het AG, first overall AG athlete and 6th overall. Debbie chases these slightly faster runners on the bike and grabs 2nd in her AG! With a tough camp in her legs towards these Europeans and the Worlds in Denmark she can now focus on regeneration and specific work towards these worlds. Our 3rd female athlete Julie was racing her first LD duathlon and takes 12th in her AG! Her step towards tri season is made!

Emelie (gold) and Debbie (silver) happy to race the EC.

In the male race our athletes were divided over the European champs and Open category. The open category was there for Belgian athletes who did not have the chance to get their official national trisuit. Belgian Federation had 1) No stock and 2)Could not deliver the clothing in time before the race. A lack in professionalism. A stock for a national league is a logical thing, quod non.

In the open race we had Kristof (1st AG),Steven (8thand Yves (3rd AG) racing and putting down a good performance leading to the rest of the season!

Kristof running himself towards an excellent race in Alsdorf today!



In the European Champs we missed Jan (could not bike because of back problems and took 3rd yesterday in a running race) and Robby who broke to many parts of his body 2months ago and is working his way back. But we had Jesse M defending the colors…and how! He put down an amazing race and amazed himself and many others by taking the AG European title and go home with gold!

Jesse M is the 2022 AG35 European Champion


The European championships were not the only championships held today!
In cycling the Elite and U23 Regional championships were held in Belgium!
With William having a good feeling and race, progressing week after week and today with an offensive racing style we had a happy U23 rider after his race!

In Vlaams-Brabant 1600D+ and 144K were waiting for the riders. Today’s regionals were a good fit for Lars and so we chose to taper off slightly towards this weekend’s race. In the middle of a very loaded spring this race actually fell perfectly timing wise. Lars managed to be in the right breakaway and fought a 5man battle in the U23 champs. In the final sprint he misses a half wheel to take the title but takes a well earned silver medal! A good recovery now is at its place!

Another podium for Lars today, silver in the regional championships U23


In Cyprus Alexis continues his strong racing performances of past weeks and today takes 5th in the Agrokipia Road Race ! National championships coming within 4weeks there!


In Portugal we had Stijn racing the 70.3 Setubal race, a tough bike course in this triathlon and in his 2nd homecountry he takes 6th in his AG and is ready to head to 70.3 Lisboa and Ironman Switzerland!

In Rotterdam Mick turned himself into a sub3 marathoner and puts down 2h54′ today! The progress of this runner over the past years is huge! Consistency, patience and stimulating the right zones at the right times are key! Great effort!

Mick pushing it towards 2h54′ on today’s Rotterdam Marathon!

The first months of 2022 have been quite spectacular already! Meanwhile the real strength of our athletes remains silence and training smart to perform better…untill that one special day!

Ciao

Jesse


Alejandro qualifies for the Ironman world championships in Kona – Lars puts his foot next to the best U23 riders in Monts et Chateaux! – Thibaud 8th AG in Salou after a fast race!

First racing in a while for Alejandro (Spain) today! Not having a WC ticket yet for 2022 was playing in his mind, ready to set back and grab it on a powerful way.
A pity for all triathletes and also Alejandro when IM announced the swim was cancelled.
Mental strength in these cases work of course, raceday = raceday. And so it happened. With the current IM AG world champion in this continental championship it was clearly to become a tough race!
With a strong bike ride Alejandro put himself in front after the bike course, 262NP for this 69kg athlete before his marathon!

As the stomach is one of the most importants part of an athlete’s body…Alejandro had a bad food experience and had to vomit during the run course. This made him slow down and lose some time. But finally he kept on his pace and could maintain his 2nd place in the AG, 6th AG athlete overall, 21st Pro field included.

Alejandro will join our already strong squad in the Ironman World championships 2022 in Kona Hawaii!
Alejandro is one of our athletes who trains 80-90%of all sessions indoor, spot on. Easy is easy, hard is hard…after all smart work, to perform better!

Some short pitstops on the run for a stomach that was messed up past halfway made A. slow down a bit but in between pace was kept properly and keep his 2nd spot.

In Salou (Spain), the Challenge 70.3 race was held! A tough field of athletes at the starting line…first international race in Europe in 2022. After 2 years of Covid athletes were definitely keen on suffer modus! Thibaud (Switzerland) and Lucas (France) were racing today!
Lucas had an excellent start and got on the bike first, during the bike he kept pace and could put down his bike in 5th position…this position he maintained untill he had to quit the race with 5K to go. Missing the necessary gels on the bike and getting a hypo was not the plan. But sometimes you learn from small failures.

Thibaud from his side had a very steady race and positioned himself in top 10 from the beginning of the race. During the whole race he kept on being between 4th and 10th place to finally run a 3’58/km half marathon after his 310NP bike split! Thibaud is in full prep towards the Ironman World Championships 2021, that will happen in May 2022, in Saint-George USA. Race ready!

Thibaud chased down his opponents on the flat course in Salou and puts down well paced 310NP bike split.

Today we als had the last stage of Triptyque des Monts et Chateaux (UCI2.2), one of the value meters in the international U23 peloton.
The first 2stages made already very clear which riders were on and those who were off.
Lars could manage himself daily in the front of first group, just behind the riders who got stage victory.
Today the ITT started quited well, an early start and not getting the HR totally up, fatigue of the past 2days and starting early will sure have played a role within. Despite that, the power output will have been strongly enough…taking 31st and maintaining his GC spot just outside top 20.

With the afternoon race of 130K and a tough final there were opportunities to take top20 in GC. Lars gave what he was worth among these strong riders and succeeded in this goalset by taking 19th in GC in the end! RESULTS
Another good performance and a short time for recovery and focus on Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Arden Challenge and much more!



Onwards to next weekend with for example European championships duathlon, regional champs cycling,…

Train smart, Perform better!

Jesse

Bronze in Aywaille – Silver in national crossduathlon champs – Gold in Koksijde – winners will be winners…

1st A-race for Lars this season, after last weekend in Lillers it was clear for us that playing a rol for top 10 in the first climbing race of the season was a certitude. Of course with a highly densified field at the starting line 40riders can claim this.

Lars made his race to the front after 108K into the race, he pushed a very hard 25’block but kept some explosivity in the legs to sprint to 3rd place and punch in the last climb.


A perfect winter and the first (semi) taper-off phase, in his macrocycles we pointed out 4main periods to aim at. The first period started this week. Goal today was clear: ‘playing a role’ among the best riders and then see what output is. A race can never be predicted in terms of final spots, only in terms of being in shape between start and finish. The rest is about racing the race.

Lars shooted after 108K into the race and took off with L. Van Eetveldt. Van Eetveldt dropped Lars with 3climbs to go to finishline, before winning the race. Lars pushed the pedals hard in a solo attempt behind the leader, which resulted in a 25’block of 350NP (-67Kg) in the final of a tough race. This before getting joined by 3 other riders of which 1 teammate of the leader. Not an easy situation to ride for the podium after his effort. But Lars managed well, the winner’s teammate took 2nd and Lars wins the sprint for 3rd.
The sprint is also a discipline in which Lars pumped his level the last years. We already saw in last year’s race with e.g. his win in Neerijse (Elite/U23) after an uphill sprint.


Lars heading towards 3 place with a final uphill sprint

In Retie the national crossduathlon championships were held, with Emelie and Debbie we had 2 outsiders for the podium on this quite technical course. Fast start for Emelie, but in search of an immediate gap in the run she blew up a bit and had to break down. Debbie her engine did not and could build up towards T1. The fastest bike split made here move up to the top 3 of the field soon, and in the last half of the race she took the lead with a gap behind her. A fast 2nd run made her battle for victory untill the end before finally taking silver! Debbie made huge steps past year and this is resulting in topperformances in ‘her’ races. Emelie from her start had to calm down after her start but kept the gap with front quite close. In the 2nd run she found back her fast legs and takes the fastest split before crossing the line in 6th! More was possible, but race-tactical she can note down the positive points and recognize the slightly too fast beginning!

Besides these races also in Koksijde north C-trail was held, 29Km of beach and dunes…a very tough effort in which speed, endurance and strength comes together! Our ‘cupper bullet’ Sven had a perfect lactate test past Thursday, so confidence leading up to the race was at its place. A tough combat in the final of the race brought him totally in front and a man-to-man fight was held. Sven was the best, the fastest and won this classic in trailrunning!

In Ghent Stijn raced the half marathon and came in after 1h20′, a perfect lead up towards national championships mountain running later this spring!
In Trailrun Lannaye Kristof has his finale lead-up race towards Europeans Duathlon and takes 10th on this hilly course!

Sven winning in Koksijde and having time to celebrate with his son!
Stijn finishing in Ghent after 1h20′

Next week more races coming with cycling, triathlon and running races in Belgium, France and The Netherlands.

Ciao

Jesse

GP Lillers UCI 1.2 (France) – continental kickoff for William and Lars

Strong field at the starting line today in France for GP Lillers, 2 of our U23 riders took and got the chance to race this French classic in a strong field. Quite cold weather, 184K of racing and ready to go for all riders at the start of the season.
For Lars his first big race of the season, for William his first race at this level ever.
After a steady build up, with for both riders no ‘big’ problems as severe diseases, broken bones,…
Despite that exams, Covid infection, post covid jab symptoms, were there. But nothing can break a steady build-up, a good base can have something.

A steady build up, step by step with a first race in the weekend of 27th of February. Shape there at the right moment, ‘not too early not to late’ for our riders. Now 9months of harvest time will start, with microcyclusses towards peak periods.

Obviously today’s race in France had 2longer Powerpeaks in which power and HR simultaneously mounted for a period of 20-30minutes.
We noticed a fast breakout early in the race which separated the wheat from the chuff in 1st stage. The 2nd real breakout was starting after 130 and lasting untill the finishline.

Lars was positioned well before the peloton breaks in the final and ended up in a 10man chasing group on the approx. 30 leaders. The mid part of the race was power and HR wise not super hard, which made turning on the ‘engine’ at the start of the breakout quite difficult. After this happening we see HR and power gaining numbers and staying up untill the finishline, finishing 37th in the 10man bunch behind the leading group in which Milan Menten sprints to the win.

Lars having no problems with the length of the race and putting down his 5-10-20 and 30′ power peaks in the very end of the race.

William from his side experienced well in his first race at this level, as a 1st year U23 these races are perfect to pick up experience nutrition and racing wise and to finish in the peloton! A strong winter behind him and now making the connection during the races.
Recovery tomorrow and already looking forward to upcoming weeks!

Congratulations also to our other riders with Svenne taking 5th in Tongrinne (Belgium) and Alexis taking 6th in Evagoria (Cyprus)

Ciao

Jesse

First Groupsession of 2022 for our athletes!

Today the first groupsession of 2022 kicked off.

Our riders and triathletes have had a mostly important focus on specific strengthening and endurance so far. Today’s groupsession was a ‘field-evaluation’ of their current situation.
And it look good, all good!
In 4weeks our riders will kick off hard, in 7-12weeks our triathletes will follow!
With 10triathletes in Kona at the end of the season and some of our young riders able to step up to continental level…season looks promising and challenging already!

The after movie underneath!

CU later this year,


Jesse

Ironman Cozumel: Sam takes the AG win and race towards 8h26′! Thibaud goes sub9h despite a flat tyre and Cai takes 11th in Mexico!

Our athletes in shape and ready to roll in Mexico!Unfortunately Vadim gets sick shortly after arrival and is having fever 1day before the race. A no go for him to race Ironman today! Luckily Vadim already qualified for Kona 2022 earlier.In the female race Cai gets to the start with confidence and race experience after Cozumel 2021. A lot of strong AG women racing this race, one of the last race to already qualify for Kona 22 this year. Cai has a good swim and gets out of the water in 11th position before she powers herself to the front of the race on the bike. Keeping herself in 4th to 5th position throughout the whole bikesection. During the marathon Cai lost a few place and was sure not running her fastest marathon today but maintained well and finishes 11th her AG!In the male race both Thibaud and Sam get out of the water very well, thibaud in 7th AG position, Sam already 14th.

Cai moved up strongly after the swim and puts down her bike 5th in T2

Thibaud was pacing well and after 1/3 he found himself aroun 12th AG position, pacing perfectly. Unfortunately he had a flat tyre a few kilometers later. With a 10’loss of time and changing tyres he could restart his race in 50th position. Sam from his side had a very strong ride, and moved up to 3rd place after 40K, to already being in the lead after 55K. His steady bike effort of +/-255NP on this flat course made him make a significant gap with his nearest opponents in his AG and also move up strongly in GC. Both athletes had a good run in their legs, with a good strategy on the bike and enough nutrition in the body they started steady. Sam came out of T2 @ 4’10-4’15/km, which of course is very fast in Ironman and let drop the pace a bit towards 4’20-4’30/km!

Sam has an excellent race in Cozumel and runs towards his 2nd Sub 8h30 Ironman and taking the AG win!

This made him finish his marathon in 3h08′ and taking victory in his AG! A great feeling after 2years away from IM! With a 8h26′ he comes close to his fastest race (IM Texas 2018) and gets sub 8h30 again!

182K in 4h22′ for Sam a super fast solo performance, followed by a 3h08′ marathon!

Thibaud from his side was keen on approaching towards the 9h mark, after his flat tyre things could get difficult to approach this. But a perfectly balanced run in which he ran between 4’30 and 4’35/km he managed a 3h10′ marathon. Which for thibaud is a huge step in Full distance racing and not cracking down! He had to push in the end, but leaves Cozumel with a 8h55′ Ironman and will be found in Kona ’22 upcoming season!

Geen fotobeschrijving beschikbaar.
Thibaud has a flat tyre, but despite that he puts down a super fast Ironman in 8h56′ with a 3h10′ marathon in the end! Great job!

Great start of winter prep in Indian summer!

Today we held the first groupsession of winter 2021-2022!
Our athletes were keen on getting together again after a long and very strong season with A LOT of victories!

The spirit was alive and in nice Indian summer weather we could focus on endurance and aerobic strengthening!

A nice day!


meanwhile Steven H takes 3rd in Crossduathlon Wetteren and Mick (3h01) and Stijn (2h55) pulverize their marathon PB in Rotterdam!







Ciao

Jesse

Hans taking 3rd in Ironlakes and first master – Jesse Massez 14th and much more

Our full distance athletes have had a great summer so far! With multiple Kona qualifications and several AG top 10 results in the Ironman races we were spot on in 99% of the races. Today Belgium had its only full Irondistance Ironlakes, Location: Froidchappelle! A very hilly full distance with quite some elevation on the bike and run course. A good end of summer sun, 22°C… and a light breeze excellent racing conditions! Jesse M(assez), Nesten and Hans were our athletes at the office!

In Italy, Ironman Emilia-Romagna was on. For Christophe and Roel, a faster racecourse in a nice environment.

In Ironlakes also 70.3 racing was on for our athletes!

Hans had his 2019 title to defend in Ironlakes, and knew he had to be at his best to be able to do a strong effort again on this tough racecourse!

Our athletes had good swims and could start cycling at their place, only Jesse M took some extra meters and ended up with almost 4K!

Also in Italy Christophe got out of the water in 1h06, Roel in 1h25. The beginning of a day to proove he’s capable of becoming an Ironman.

Swimming a bit longer than the planned distance, but keen on his bike and run in Ironlakes. Jesse M in search of his bike.

Ironlakes is an honest and tough race course. Athletes get in their positions they earn to be in very quickly.
Hans got himself into the top 5 of the field very quickly after the swim. Jesse M and Nesten were very close behind each other on the bike and rode a consistent similar pace throughout the bike effort.
Further on in the race it was very clear that 3man were very competitive to each other. Van de Plas, Didier and Hans.
Hans seemed to be the best man on the bike of these 3, with 1900D+ in the course Hans realized a time sub 4h30′ for the bike! During this bike effort he maintained a consistent 290-300NP, with only 10watts of difference between the first and last 90K. A very steady effort and his HR in the right zone lead him to his running shoes with enough freshness for a strong run.

Jesse M and Nesten both moved up strongly on the bike and could put down their bikes in +/- position 30!

298NP and a steadypoweroutput throughout the bike (HR is wrist measurement cfr. incorrect) – As you can see, temperatures going up throughout the Irondistance which surely will have played a rol for many athletes going to hard in the beginning.

In Italy Christophe paced himself forward in his strongest discipline and could step of his bike in 12th position in Emilia-Romagna! At that point it was clear that he was going to put down his fastest IM ever.

Hans cruising himself towards the fastest bike time in Ironlakes and giving his supporters a cold breeze.

Pacing correctly on the bike is important for being able to run fast off the bike and putting down a strong result at the finishline. No Ironman has been won in T2. But of course a strong bike effort at the right pacing brings you in chase of wins. Hans could step off the bike 2nd and immediately got in the right pace. Unfortunately for him both the winner and number 3 did a very strong run with 2h54 and 2h57 on the marathon. This put Hans in 3rd position past halfway on the run course, which he could maintain thanks to a steady and well paced run and finishing in 8h50′! What a strong time, and a well deserved 3rd place overall, besides this Hans also wins the masters race of course! Let’s not forget that. Behind him Jesse M was having another very strong off bike run and was able to move up from 28th position at the beginning of the run to 14th overall position at the finishline! Nesten +-/ maintained his position after the bike and puts down a good run and takes 40th overall! He killed his Ironman PB after a much better and consistent preparation on a very tough course!

Steady run for Hans in Ironlakes, leading him towards the podium and 3rd place!
Hans defended his title in Ironlakes in style, taking 3rd in 8h50′!

In Italy our athletes realized personal bests and mental and physical limits were put further and further!
Christophe started slightly too fast during the marathon but could get in his paces after 20K into the run course, finishing in 10h14′!

Roel from his side was keen on getting to the finishline, coming from very very far as an athlete he prooves that balls go hand in hand with glory! He can proudly claim that he’s an Ironman!

Christophe finishing IM Italy in 10h14′!

In Ironlakes also the 70.3 distance was held!
800participants in this Half Irondistance and some of our athletes were ready to kill it!
Bart had an excellent day, 4weeks after his fast Ironman in Kopenhagen and takes 5th in his AG today after running off the bike very fast!

Bart heading towards 5th place in his AG in the 70.3 race in Ironlakes

Last but not least, the way our athletes race is fast and with a lot wins in cycling and triathlon so far. But all of this is done with a smile and positive mind. This finish of Steven in Ironlakes demonstrates it all!

Onwards to next races tomorrow and next few days,

Train smart, perform better!

Jesse

Lars winning in Neerijse (Elite/U23) – Svenne taking victory in Austria (Masters)

Our riders are peaking to the late autumn races at this moment, with several nice races coming and a relatively shorter season behind us peaking spot on is also a tiny bit more predictable. Periodisation is less depending on racing fatigue. All output of fatigue comes significantly more from trainingperiods.

Since the beginning of the season in June our riders are racing for the podium and wins week after week. With already several wins in Elite/U23 races and Amateur/masters race as a result.
Our elite/u23 riders are also performing very high level in Belgian cups, interclubs and races abroad.

Today 2 of our riders who have a peaking period win their races!
Not a concidence, an output of the input!


Svenne taking the win in the master category in Kärnten, Austria and taking 15th (all categories).
Taking back 2′ in GC on the current leader, makes him 2nd with 2′ behind!


Today’s stage had 4 important moments for Svenne to take the win in his Masters race in Austria, 3 hard parts to separate the best of the rest. 1 strong final to bring home the flowers!
Svenne doing his cooldown in style, he can put this ‘feather’ on his hat!

In Neerijse Lars (U23) started in this elite/u23 race near his home, for him a home-event. With his father organizing the race. Coming back from the UCI2.2U race Flanders Tomorrow Tour and heading later this week to Tour de Moselle (France) this race fell a bit ‘unlucky’. But considering FTT and today’s race as a 4day stage race and peaking towards Flanders Tomorrow Tour – Tour de Moselle – Liège Bastogne Liège(U23) and Arden challenge.
We already saw with a good taper-off to the stage races that Lars could grow into these races and mostly has good final stages. Today he confirmed this.

Peaking towards this period, and ending up with realizing it. Confirmation in blue, pink and yellow. Our favorite colors.



Lars is a rider you can work with quite easily. Executing training as asked, and finding solutions to train in changing conditions. In winter, in Covid periods, in racing periods. Looking further ahead than week by week. That’s the mindset you need as a rider/athlete, at least on the long run.




Consistency in training and spicing up training periodized leads to a good season and individual races. In the end it leads to winning!

Winner winner, chicken dinner! Lars putting up his fists, well earned!





Onwards to upcoming week(s)!

Ciao

Jesse

Nathan race towards a 8h54′ Ironman in Hamburg – 19th overall – 4th AG!

Another day of Ironman racing for our athletes!

After Ironman (70.3) races in Lake Placid, Maastricht, Frankfurt, Kopenhagen and Vichy now Hamburg and Duisburg (both in Germany) were planned!!

And how!! 

With astonishing results in the previous races we knew the vibes are there! 

In Ironman Hamburg Nathan takes part in his first Ironman, Hans DK and also Robin (also his first Ironman) joined him at the starting line! 

Hans DK had an injury in the months before the race but could manage training very well in the weeks leading up to the race! 

After a very good swim, excellent bike effort in 5h he was ready to run a sub 10h-10h30 Ironman. Unfortunately cold (after a day in the rain) hit him and stomach issues obligated him to step out of the race after 32K. A pity, and hopefully he can get himself back on his feet in the next few days. But this also is sports of course.

Robin from his side had an steady swim – bike – run performance, and his main objective before the race was to finish this race well and with a good feeling! And he could, after 11h43′ he finishes his first Ironman in Germany!

Nathan from his side also wanted in first place do the Ironman with a good feeling, pacing correctly and being capable to keep the engine running…on the run! That’s also how we paced the race. A steady to progressive race was planned. At the end, prizes are won at the finishline! 

With a 1h04 swim, followed by a bike effort in 4h40′ he took his runningshoes in 4th position in his AG! In this strong AG25-29 in front of him we found 3 other strong athletes who could stay ahead of him untill the end! But behind them it’s Nathan who moves up strongly in the overall field and finishes not only 4th in his AG, but also 19th overall!

His running time: 3h01′ – Global time 8h54′

Pacing correctly is key in an Ironman race! If you are patient and manage well, you will be able to outperform!

As this coach loves statistics and lists, we can say he’s the 10th of our athletes swim-bike-running his Ironman sub 9h! A magical border!

3rd time Nathan astonishes me this season.

The first time was during his running test, 2nd time during his bike test, today in race modus. When a puzzle falls together….

With Ironman cutting down the number of slots in the qualifying races for 2022 in Europe to 26 slots…even a 8h58′ and 4th place isn’t enough for a slot!

Compared to the arbitrariness in Kopenhagen last week, that’s a very sad approach.

Next week more Ironman racing in Switzerland and one of Europe’s classics Challenge Roth (Germany) are on!

Another nice surprise of one of our athletes in Viersel! Emelie takes the win in her first 1/4 triathlon and can spray the champagne!

Another duathlete stepping who can combine both disciplines!In the 1/3 triathlon it’s Jan Meysmans who raced his first triathlon again after years! And how! With a lack of swimming kilometers he leaves T1 in 92th position and pushes himself slowly but surely forward during this race on the bike!

Once in T2 his favourite gear (2runningshoes) was waiting for him! With a fast 7th running time he runs himself to 23rd place and is ready for the duathlons coming later this season!

In Deinze another Belgian triathlon was held! On the sprintdistance Ferre does his 2nd race so far and picks up another good feeling and experience!

Lesly pushing the best out of his body in Deinze, World champs Duathlon in Switzerland within 3weeks!

In the 111 triathlon in Deinze our triathlete becoming duathlete 🙂 Lesly does his final preprace towards the World Championships Duathlon in Zofingen, Switzerland! Another duathlete becoming triathlete is Yves! Soon in the AG50 category, but never to o(d)(l)d to learn! A good swim, using his strength on the bike and a fast run off the bike in 38′! Local hero from Deinze Arno launched himself in his 2nd triathlon, and with success! A good performance and getting endurance in his body!

Emelie spraying the Champagne after her strong win in Triathlon Viersel, Belgium!

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