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!

#TSPB

#trainsmartperformbetter

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Ironman Vichy (France) – Ironman Kopenhagen (Denmark) – Agglo Tour (France) – National elite champs cycling and Half distance triathlon

A loaded weekend for our athletes, with finally the European Ironman races kicking off!
After last week’s race in Frankfurt with splendid results for Steven, Jeffrey and Niels the confidence among our athletes was high. I was confident about our athletes throughout the last 1,5year. Training is key, race output is a small % of the essence for endurance athletes. If they are cyclists, triathletes, runners, swimmers…training is key.
Balanced training is key.

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Silence and focus for Tony before the start, at the starting line all 2500athletes are equal. Nobody is to underestimate.

Today Ironman Vichy for Tony, Kurt, Jurgen and Tim! Ironman Denmark for Bart and Wi(lle)m (Danish nationality for 1day).


A good swimming start for all of our athletes.
With swimming times of 57′, 59′, 1h03, 1h05, 1h06 and 1h24′ our athletes were in front of the race quite soon.
Tim and Tony rode similar paces on the bike and moved up strongly in their age group, picking up 2nd and 3rd position at the end of the bike course!

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Wim and Bart first met on one of our winter group sessions, became good friends and now race together regularly, all relaxed at the start in Denmark

Jurgen made and makes huge steps as an athlete, likewise Tony and Tim not racing many races but well planned throughout the season in prep towards the A-races. This pays off very well and Jurgen enters the top 15 in his AG during this tough bike course. Hilly and a bit technical, 2combinations our strong bikers like a lot.

Tony riding the climbs around Vichy, moving up to 15th in GC and 1st in his AG at the finishline!
A tough racecourse in Vichy and regularly pacing on the bike made it work for Tim! Dropping off the bike 2nd in T2!


Kurt from his side paces wisely on the hills and moves up after his swim effort!

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Kurt starting the run course after a well managed bike effort


In Kopenhagen Bart takes back Wim in the beginning of the bike and both athletes could start managing their own race. Both athletes had several experiences in overloading during the bike course. This time plans were very clear, pace correctly and wait to push until the very final of the run.

Tony and Tim were found in 1st and 2nd position in their AG very soon on the run course!
Tony has been running several IM runs between 3h05 an 3h15. Today, after a very tough course all was possible. Knowing he ran in 2nd position gave wings to him, and also Tim became the runner he wanted to be!
With the distances moving up Tony was making a bigger gap on most athletes, but was getting closely followed by a French athlete, who ran a 2h51′ in Vichy! At the finishline Tony is the final winner with a 9″ advantage!

Excellent job to be on top of the podium for the first time in an Ironman! His 3 Ironman world championships qualification!
Tony is an athlete not to underestimate. His resume is getting quite big and deserves big respect being an amateur athlete! But hey, then again…next race everybody is equal again at the startingline.


Tim on the other hand runs a 3h24′ marathon and takes 5th in this AG! A very consistent race and waiting for a possible Slot for the Ironman world championships!


With Javier, Vadim, Steven, Tony and maybe Tim/Jeffrey our athletes are astonishing race after race! These athletes head to Kona already. This is very nice to see, because we also notice a serious development of our mature and younger athletes!
And why wouldn’t there be even more athletes getting close to joining the World championships!


Tony 1st (15th overall) – Tim 2nd in Vichy

Another athlete that amazes himself in Vichy is Jurgen!
With a 3h30 run off the bike he takes 13th in his AG after 10h19′ of racing!
Kurt finishes a bit later, and finishes his toughest Ironmanrace so far, satisfaction was higher than the suffering. Good job!

Jurgen with a 3h30 run off the bike, keeping his place after the bike and finishing 13th in his Ag!


In Kopenhagen the athletes have a slightly faster bike course and Bart was aiming for his fastest IM race ever!
He realized this after a perfectly paced race, never going outside the planned zones and finishing in 10h36′. He had just enough time to recover a bit and see Wim crossing the finishline after 11h35′!

Bart and Wim having excellent racing conditions in Kopenhagen, Denmark. If you pace correctly, a smile is always possible.

In Belgium the national championships Half distance triathlon were held in Menen!
A very windy race in which hard bikers could unleash their legs!


Dimi, Alexander, Christophe, Georg, Michael, Emiel, Frederick and Raymond raced in this national championship!
All 5 strong bikers and putting down a result to be happy about!
Christophe heading to Ironman Italy in September, Raymond heading to Ironman Mallorca in October!

Half triathlon national champs in Menen today! An excellent race for hard bikers or lead up race to autumn Ironman races!


In cycling our riders were heading to the national Elite championships today!
Lars VC tried to join the breakaway but missed it with a little bit of uncertainty because of the wet roads, Dries from his side felt great and missed the breakaway because of the movement in the peloton. In chase he tried to pick up this breakaway and placed himself 12th in the pelotonsprint, finishing 23rd.


In France Agglo Tour (Elite Nationale) was held this weekend, strong race of Lars yesterday already. This morning a 8,3km hilly TT was good for a 373NP performance – 68kg. This put him in a good position for a strong GC with a strong performance in the queen stage later today! And so he did, finishing in the 1st group he moved up to 18th in GC in this high level race!
Up next for Lars are Pro stage races Flanders Tomorrow Tour (Belgium) and Tour de Moselle (France)!



Next week our athletes are heading to Ironman Hamburg, Germany, the Masters UCI cycling world championships in Austria, La Velomediane and much more 😉



Train smart, perform better!

Jesse

Ironman European championships Frankfurt: Steven 3rd (ag) – Jeffrey 7th (ag) – Elite cycling in Lendelede with Lars winning solo

European Ironman championships today in Frankfurt, Germany! With 3 athletes racing in Germany a very nice race to follow! Ambitions were set on doing a ‘best I can’ race and pace the race well…

With 3 strong swims: Steven 1h00 (AG40), Jeffrey 1h03(AG 25) and Niels 1h06′ (AG30) our athletes could enter T1 within the better range of their age groups.



In the beginning of the bike our athletes moved up easily and it was Steven who entered top 10 already early in the bike course, Jeffrey also followed his pacing-plan perfectly and was moving up places strongly in the 2nd half of the race!

Our athletes at the swimming start in Germany
Steven and Jeffrey moved up strongly on the bike, Steven entered top5 and Jeffrey top 10 with a consistent and conservative pacing plan.


With a 256NP in the first 90K and 255NP in the 2nd half he shows that being confident in pacing and keeping the head cool works. Niels from his side entered his first ever Ironman and kept pacing and nutrition where it had to be.


The run course in Frankfurt was warm, so keeping HR at place is key. Steven running off the bike in 3h11′, Jeffrey in 3h32′!

With a good base in swimming, cycling and running you can race a consistent Ironman. Consider triathlon as 1 sport and you will perform better in the end. Steven is a consistent athlete in swim, bike and run. We knew that with a good pacing his running would be a strength! And so he did, with a strong 3h11′ in his marathon he did not only keep his place in the top5 of his AG but moved up towards 3rd place and takes bronze in this continental championship! A dream coming true!

Steven taking 3rd in the European Ironman championships in Frankfurt, Germany



Jeffrey from his side used to be less consistent in the run. This year he made a huge step in running off the bike. He already prooved in his 70.3races earlier this season…but in an IM there always is 42k to run.
His good pacing on the bike resulted in good running legs, his best running legs. Maintaining 5’00/km, after a slightly too fast start, and keeping the HR at the right beat he realised a step forward in the AG classification and at km31 he’s registered 5th. The last 10k of the race he felt acceleration wasn’t in his legs anymore but maintained his position to finish 7th!

Jeffrey running towards an excellent result, finishing in 9h45′ – 7th in his AG!

But not also our athletes in front of the game were on wings, also our Ironman rookie Niels did an excellent job and with patience he finished in 11h21′, within the first half of the field.


Not only Ironman racing for our athletes this weekend!

Stijn is in full prep towards the national championships mountain running and takes 3rd place in Trail des Fantômes!

Technical trailing for Stijn, preparing national championships in Theux, early September.

Challenge Brabant-Wallon, half marathon for legendary Jan Meysmans, this hilly half marathon was an excellent preprace in his prep to several (tri)duathlons at the end of this season and towards 2022. Jan takes 5th in 3’45/km!
Also Veerle races her half marathon in prep towards her first marathon and never felt so good on this distance, good signs!

In Halle, the annual duathlon was held today. A very strong level at the starting the line in both the male and female race! Emelie and Debbie having a good race on this tough course. Emelie takes 4th, Debbie 7th!


In the male race it’s Wim DC who finishes first of our athletes and immediately takes the win in the masters race! A very strong season of Wim so far. Not racing so many, but always there when he has to be!
Robby finishes 2 places behind Wim and is keen on performing strongly in the French Mountains in a few weeks.
Geoffrey from his side races this level for the first time, an eye-opener and learning a lot a few places behind Wim and Robby!

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Geoffrey cornering nicely in this hilly race, picking up experience!


Elite/U23 cycling in Lendelede today, elite cycling in Belgium has a very high level and winning races is not easy at all!
But today another day came true and Lars VC wins his first elite race in his career after an already splendid season! Above all he finishes…solo!

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Lars VC winning his first Elite race in his career, after an already splendid season with 3rd place in the regionals Time Trial

Our athletes are having another splendid season, with many wins in cycling, triathlon and running! Different sports, different approaches, same vibes, same motivation!

Train smart, perform better!

Jesse

Our masters are maestro’s! Lars and Dries in battlemodus in Tour de Namur!

Our cyclists have very filled days nowadays!
With last week’s Bioracer Wallonia tour and Anthony taking 2nd place in stage2 we already had quite some confidence in the performance output of our riders!

This week our elite/U23 riders could start in Tour de Namur (UCI2.12), Dries was keen on battling day by day and wanted to be in front of the race and picking up shape towards the races coming. He realized a very nice tour and ended up in breakaways every day! To recover from this, shape and consistency must be TOP. And it is!
Losing 1’30 in stage1, after being caught back after a breakaway, his GC seemed to be gone. But he still realized 37th position in GC!
With Lars from his side we focussed on a good GC and trying to follow and beat the best riders in the final of the races. And that worked. In stage 1 he battled for a top10 and finished 13th, a strong TT (21st) and on the fifth and last day a 7th place between several pro riders.
He gets rewarded for his focus, perseverance and consistency with an 18th place in GC!

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Lars has made huge steps with consistent training, focussed training and taking time to grow. 18th in GC


Congratz to both riders, of which we’ve only seen a small percentage. Grow easy, but grow strong!
Now recovery, and next stage races are coming soon with Agglo Tour (France), Tour de Moselle (UCI2.2 France), Arden Challenge (Belgium)

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‘Jesse, watch me on directvelo this week…I try to be in the report every day!’…and so Dries did! Top!


These 2 young riders have good examples among our athletes when it comes down to perseverance and motivation!

Today Ironman70.3 Estonia was held and our 60+ athlete Kris was having quite some ambitions leading up this event. A long time ago he could race Ironman. But today it was his day.
With a good swim he came out of the water with eyes on a podium and he picked up speed on the bike very soon!
A mechanical problem costed him almost his race, but the Shimano repair boys saved his race and reduced this problem to a 2’loss. So chasing again was what he had to do and he dropped his bike in T2 3rd. During the run Kris came very close to number 2 who ‘in the end’ finished 15″ ahead. But bronze is big reward and well earned for him!

Kris taking bronze in Estonia, next race this season are 70.3 world championships in USA (if Europeans are allowed getting into US…)

Our 2nd ‘maestro’ of course is Svenne, today Elite3 and masters national championships cycling. With Svenne and Anthony we had 2 man in the race who could play a role for the podium. 2men in the shape of their life (again :-)).

With a tough course, hilly and cobbles the best riders would automatically distinguish theirselves!

Unfortunately Anthony his Di2 shifted to ‘crash modus’ halfway the course on the cobbles. So race over.

Svenne from his side had fire in his legs and kept himself in front of the race to ride a very strong final and sprint for 2nd position, taking 3rd and his first bronze medal in the nationals!
Also nice to see Maarten picking up experience in these champs and learn a lot towards upcoming races!

Svenne taking bronze in the nationals today!

Onwards to next week(s), there’s a small feeling of strong results coming!


ciao

Jesse

Triathlon Alpe d’Huez – Hans and Steven crushing the mountains! Hans takes a spot between the pro’s!

Triathlon XL Alpe d’Huez today!

With a super strong field of pro athletes at thé starting line.

Our athlètes Steven and Hans looking forward to this race since winter. One of the thoughest races, conquering thé Alps summits.Both athletes had a good swim and kept touch with their opponents and eachother.

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A cold lake to swim, but the sun makes the body warm up aftewards!

Once on the bike, Hans Transformed again in La Machine and did an excellent job chasing thé pro field.

Halfway thé bikecourse he Found himself in front of thé race and only surrounded with professional athletes such as Strijk, Vistica, Rundstadler,…

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Hans is known to be a strong athlete, being an agegrouper he beats and touches many pro athletes! On Alpe d’Huez La Machine amazes again! – Pushing 300NP and getting into the pro field.

Also Steven was working hard and moved up towards top 7in his AG. Unfortunately Steven had some problems on thé bike just before thé climb of Alpe d’Huez which forced him in cramps. Hans flew his 78kg up on thé mountain and puts the 11th climbing time down!

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Steven keeps strong and finishes nicely in Alpe d’Huez

With an excellent run can maintain his place among thé pros and finishes 22nd overall, and Winner in his AG! Steven survives the cramps, perseveres and shows the true sportsmenship finishing thé race.

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Excellent job done by Steven and Hans

Excellent performances in France today – Hans taking 2nd place in Champ’Man – Tim taking 3rd in Halftriman Monts de Guéret – Multiple AG podia in Chtriman, Gravelines!

The first BIG racing weekend of 2021, finally!
The first weekend also our athletes were aiming high to Full and 70.3 distance races!
Yesterday in The Netherlands Rens gave the good example by taking 17th overall in his very first Ironmandistance!
Of course these performances of our athletes motivates eachother and gives confidence in entering races!

Today Champ’Man, Epernay – France was held! A tough 70.3 distance with 1200D+ during the bikecourse and a hilly run to finish! Hans won this race in 2018, but this year opponents were even harder. With Timothy Van Houtem as big favourite Winner Challenge Madrid and (semi?) – Pro athlete – https://protriathletes.org/athlete/timothy-van-houtem
and on hilly courses definitely one of Belgium’s fastest guys. But also Thy Do Duy Thien, another Belgian. A very strong athlete that amazes every year, with wins in Belman 70.3, Damme 70.3 and multiple AG podia and wins in Ironman races. And of course the mass of French athletes, who are never to underestimate!
And of course Hans and Lesly who are keen on their frist 70.3 race of the season!


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Lesly ‘The Phelps of Paris’ and Hans before the start, ready to kick ass during Champ’Man

A good swim of both of our athletes kept them where they had to be, Hans coming out of the water together with Van Houtem and immediately in chase of the front group. For a long time Van Houtem kept up the pace with Hans, in the steeper sections VH seemed to be a bit stronger. While on the ‘rolling’ hills Hans felt a bit stronger. At a certain point Hans made a gap and went for a solo chase on leader Do Duy Thien. Meanwhile Lesly moved up and could begin at his runcourse in search of top 20!

Hans 77kg rider ~320NP in this 90K bike effort, followed by the 2nd fastest half marathon!


But one of the main focusses we put in the head of our athletes is that running off the bike determines the outcome of the race! Prizes are won at the finishline, not in transition areas!
Both Lesly and Hans ran off the bike very hard! For Hans the mission now was to keep in front of Van Houtem as long as possible, for Lesly to pick up as many athletes as he could! And the did! Hans came even very close to Do Duy and finishes 30″ behind him on 2nd place! Van Houtem takes 3rd! A very nice podium in his first A-race of the season!

Lesly from his side moved up strongly and settled down as 16th in his first race of the season!

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Lesly moving up on the run towards 16th overall!
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Grinta in the legs of Hans, racing efforts are the best efforts!

A bit more south in the ‘Monts de Guéret’ Tim also had a very race to approach, 70.3 Half Triman de Monts de Guéret. One of the tougher French 70.3 races!
Tim is a strong swimmer and on the long distance, probably of Belgium’s potential best AG swimmers. With only 1 session in the last 4 weeks and no swimming for months (living in France – pools closed) he makes a perfect entry coming out of the water…2nd!

On this hilly racecourse Tim tried not to blow up immediately and let go the leader quite soon. But after the race he regretted his choice a bit. Heavy rainfull made the course quite tricky and with an athlete and motor in front this always is a bit easier than behind the leader. Despite that he keeps his place and gets in a small group riding for the first places. During the run (most tricky point for Tim) he had a more difficult moment just after halfway but het kept strong and the energy to battle for 3rd place came…in which he succeeded!
Excellent start also for Tim taking 3rd in his first 70.3 race of the season!

3rd Place for Tim today in his first 70.3 race of the season! Consistent race with a very good final!

Most of our triathletes crossed the border in the North of France, where one of the nicest triathlon events in the region kept place: Chtriman Gravelines! A race in which our athletes could win already the full distance triathlon (Van den Buverie) and the LD duathlon (Meysmans)!

Today David http://www.neverbackdown.be, Jeroen and Jesse M were aiming for the full distance!
With rain in the first hours of the race the bikestart was not a dream scenario!
But after a good swim of our athletes (1h05′-1h06-1h17) their day started well, on the bike our athletes moved up!
For Jesse M it meant step up to be battling for top 20 during the run, David could keep his pace and was racing very consistent throughout the race. Jeroen (1h17 swim) moved up to where he wanted to be and took back his place on the first page of the livestream.

Ironman of course ends with a marathon, and blowing up on the bike comes back in the face very soon! Pacing of our athletes was done very well with David finishing after 10h49′ and doing a very consistent race in swim – bike – run!
Jeroen and Jesse M moved up strongly throughout the day, with Jeroen moving up from 199th after the swim to 36th overall and a 3h20′ marathon!
Jesse M amazed himself with a very strong bike effort and run off the bike in 3h10′! Finishing his first Ironmandistance in 9h45′ and 15th overall place!


Jesse M finishing 15th overall in Chtriman – Gravelines

But Chtriman is more than the full distance Ironman, it’s also about 70.3 triathlon and Long distance duathlon!

Our duathletes were ready to battle, and they did!

After a fast run, Wim, Jan and Robby kept very close to eachother during the first run! Steven DG came closely behind!
With a fast first 10K of these athletes between 3’37/km-4’05/km avg they started cycling close to eachother!
Unfortunately Steven had a flat tyre after 5K on the bike…race not done, but 20′ loss to solve the problem and losing a top 5in his category.

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Wim 2nd (4th overall) and Jan 3rd (6th overall) in the masters category



In that same category Wim and Jan battled for the podium and places in front of the race! Wim made the gap with Robby and Jan on the bike, while halfway the bikecourse Robby could drop Jan. In the 2nd run all 3 athletes came close to eachother…Jan putting down the fastest 2nd run of these athletes and finishes 3rd in the masters race, 6th overall!
Robby takes 3rd in his category (H24-40) and 5th overall while Wim takes 4th overall and 2nd in his category!

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Robby 5th overall and 3rd in the AG24-40 category!
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Bad luck for Steven during the bikecours with a flat after 5K, but pushing himself back into the race with a fast run off the bike!

In the 70.3 race a lot of athletes at the starting line and for many athletes the first mass start after a year of rolling start and mostly no starts 🙂
Nathan freaked out and had to calm down himself, a pity because by this action he lost track of the front of the race!
But he too revenge on the bike, and with a strong bike and a 1h20′ half marathon afterwards he got himself back in the front to finish 18th!

At that the very end of the race he could pass Steven DB, taking 21st overall and 2nd place in the Masters category! A very strong effort of this 40+ athlete, perhaps…Stronger than ever! 1spot behind it’s Jeffrey who does another big race in his 2nd 70.3 this season and finishes 22nd in 4h20′!

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Dimi climbin ‘Mont Cassel’ during Chtriman



Very close to these athletes we had Dimi and Alex doing an excellent race…but both athletes had a penalty on the bike! 5′ of STOP and the places flew by!
Despite that… their shape is what it is, Alexander puts down his fastest half marathon and Dimi moved up to 51st and probably lost 10 places during his stop. So good signs to the next races coming!

In between Dimi and Alexander we had Georg who did a progressive race and finishes off with a strong run, 18th in his AG!

Not so far behind Michael finishes in his first 70.3 triathon in a long time and can look back on a good preparation. With plenty of half and 1 full distance race coming this looks good!

Last but not least, Julie was our female participant in Gravelines! A tough start in her first 70.3 race with some steep hills in it…but also a race that succeeded as planned! Great job!

First 70.3 race today for Julie and with success!

In Xterra France it was Dave who challenged himself in this tough offroad triathlon! And with success, finishing 24th in AG and looking back at a strong effort!

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Dave in his first XTerra race – tough racing!





The first big weekend of the season was spot on!
Looking forward now to more racing in the next few weeks with for example Ironman Lake Placid, USA and Triathlon XL Alpe d’Huez!

Ciao

Jesse


Top 10 and first win in new category for hans, Wim completing this AG podium in Caveman – Anthony in 4 man breakaway in Deftinge-Lierde

Caveman triathlon today! Strong field of athletes at the starting line for this 111 triathlon. For many athletes the season opener!

With especially in the AG40 and AG category some of our athletes keen on getting close to the podium!
Unfortunately 1week ago AG 50 athlete Raymond crashed and as his legs were still looking like a ‘sandwich martino’ DNS for him!
In GC both Tony and Hans could have ambitions for a top 10 result.
A pretty tough course also in this tritathlon, with the ‘slingerberg’ each cycling lap, but even a more demanding run course!

A good start for most of our athletes in this 1K swim with Wim VL first man out of the water in 16’39”! At that point leading the AG 40+!


Tony and Hans left the water close to eachother, Tony left T1 first, closely followed by Hans. Once ‘La Machine’ was seated on his Shiv he moved forward strongly and joined Tony.

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Good start of Hans during the first climb in Kanne, ‘La Machine’ button was on.


Unfortunately for Tony he had a ‘chaindrop’ and bumped his knee hardly into his steering. Not a good thing to have in a very intense race format. So pain got him and his shifting device was problematic with sometimes kilometers on the small gear, chaindrops and sometimes able to put the chain back on. But he persisted despite these issues.
Very soon Hans closed down a 2′ gap with the guys riding for place 5-10.
A very consistent effort of Hans with 328NP at 50K and 324NP at 99K into the bikecourse. Despite that the riders on who he closed the gap had a stronger effort in their 2nd half. Or was there a tailwind? Perhaps in the eye of the tornado there’s a logical acceleration of objects? 🙂


Steady effort of Hans in Kanne with a 324NP at the end of the bike course. Passing halfway at 328NP. Steady to run off fast!

Behind those Hans, Tony and Wim VL our other athletes started to gear up. Steven DB, good swimmer, had a fearmoment during the start of the swim which all triathletes once have or had. On the bike he left this moment behind and took speed. Also Jurgen and Christophe were there, getting into top 10 in this AG40.

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Wim Van Linden was our first man out on the bike, steady bike effort followed by a good run made him finish 3rd in his AG


In the AG50 category it’s Bart who took place in top 10 very soon. His fellow Wim T chasing him down.
Also Bart T in his first race in Belgium, Christophe, Toon (back into the game!), Frederick, Thomas, Michael, Carles and Roel were keen on this bike effort. They settled their places to drop off their bike in T2.

Hans putting down his bike in T2 as the first of our athletes and ready to run towards a top10 today! With 8th place at the finishline and his first win in his new AG (H40) we can say…age is just a number 🙂 and he’s ready for a couple of race on more demanding terrain.

Tony, who thought of quitting the race with a severly swollen knee and annoying mechanicals on the bike.
Before the problems Tony was riding 300-320NP and HR 165BPM, once he bumped his knee the pain got into it. His cadence dropped, his NP dropped to 260 (small gearing) and HR dropped 15BPM. But as this is a B-race leading up to his Ironman and not so many racing opportunities this year…he persisted with a run below his capabilities…but still managing 22st in GC!

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Bad luck for Tony today, but next Ironman races are key for him to once finish in Kona again! Today was a processrace, more to come!



Not so far behind Tony Wim VL was our man to run off the bike very well and taking his first podium in his AG in his first triathlon in 2years! FInally he’s at it! Good and strong job!
With Steven DB and Jurgen also starting the run with the eyes on the AG Podium this category was well filled! Steven taking 5th, Jurgen taking 6th and Christophe taking 10th place today!

Bart DB was aiming for a top10 in his AG and he managed! But also lesson’s learned! Racing in humid and warm conditions needs another drinking protocol than racing in dry and colder conditions. It’s about how much you drink, but also what you are drinking before and during the race!
Wim T his eyes were definitely aimed on Bart, but he stayed out of sight at the finishline!

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Wim T in search for a good effort after a tough winter, looking forward!



Bart T had a strong bike effort and suffered on the tough hilly run course in his first race here! But a strong endurance brings you home, always!
Toon finished his first race again in 3-4years and can look back at a strong road to today during the past year!
Also Christophe, Frederick, Michael, Carles and Thomas did a good job towards the finisling.
Satisfaction is at its place, looking forward now to our guys on the Ironman and 70.3 distance in Frysman (The Netherlands) and Chtriman (France)!

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Frederick during the ‘Slingerberg’ Climb in Kanne



Next to our triathletes our cyclists prooved they started the season extremely well!
Almost all of our riders got into top 10 already this season and are riding very intense in front of the race!
Today Anthony (Deftinge – Elite3) was our man in the right breakaway of 4 that could race victory!
A late attempt in the last kilometer in which Anthony chased victory didn’t work out for the win, but with a good and strong race finishing 4th can mean a lot in the head of a rider! Great job again of Anthony!

In Meux (Masters) Svenne was keen on a new day of breaking away and suffering! He got himself into that dream scenario. With a 14man lead group it seemed tough to break away, at the end Svenne sprinted towards 7th place!

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Good job of Anthony today, in front of the game all race long and racing for victory in the lead group, finishing 4th.




Next few days more cyclingraces and also the first Time Trial races are back to business!

ciao

Jesse