Ironman 70.3 Marbella (Spain) – Cycling in Belgium – Half marathon in The Netherlands

Today another big racing day planned for our athletes!
With Ironman70.3 Marbella the day starty early!
For Sergio (Pro Licensed this season) a 1’25/100m seaswim made him get on the bike well. In front of him Brownlee, Dreitz, Rundstadler, the Dutch Brons brothers,…a tough field of competitors so determinations must be there! Sergio, not loving to climb a lot, was challenged by the difficult racecourse and did well before putting down the bike! With a strong run he takes 16th in this Pro -field.

Good run of Sergio in Marbella


Vincent from his side puts down a huge bike effort of 292NP which gives a mental boost and confirmation of his hard and good work of past months!
With this bikesplit he takes a top20 overall bike effort!

Strong racing also in Belgium, with Tibo (junior). A 93K bikerace today! Being the engine of an early breakaway in which there was no cooperation at all he didn’t hesitate and kept riding with the wheel’suckers’ behind him! As I always say to my younger riders, don’t hesitate to make the race. Being in the wheels all day long can make you a winner of the day…but not a real winner! Tibo took the lead for 55K of 65K being in the breakaway and finishes 7th today. But 1 day… he wins!


Tibo kept making the race today, but unfortunately the other riders had only an eye on his wheel.


Our elite rider Dries had the 3 BERGENPRIJS – E3 BINCKBANK CLASSIC, this race is one of the classics for Elite/u23 riders in Belgium. With a couple of continental teams at the starting line you know those 142K will go hard! Dries managed well between these riders and found himself sprinting for 6th place in a small group behind the leaders, finishing 29th.

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Dries in one of the earlier classics this season Gent-Staden

Also our female athletes got involved in some cyclingraces, Hannah raced among the elites, Inge took 7th in another race!

In The Netherlands Jan puts down a huge effort in his 3rd half marathon this season. A Strong wind, tough racing conditions but also a strong mind. Jan his focus is on running this season and it’s clearly he’s taking it serious by accelerating in the last part and taking 3rd place in 1h14′!!

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In Spain David race the Madrid Half marathon, hilly course and nice weather! With strong legs he finishes in 1h20′! Ready to come racing in Belgium 🙂

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David running 1h20 in Madrid!




Tomorrow a lot of other races coming!

Ciao
Jesse


Massive weekend for our cyclists and triathletes!

Massive weekend for our cyclists and triathletes!

🇦🇱️ Tour of Albania (UCI2.2): Daniel in the first group yesterday with a good advantage on the 2nd group. This placed him 20th in GC, today he tried to break away in the last part of the 190K long stage. Finally it became a massive sprint in which he finishes 14th. Moving up in the GC to 15th and 3 stages coming!

🇪🇦️ Emakumeem Bira (UCI WT): The best female cyclists in the world currently race in Spain. Yesterday a tough 1st stage with Demi finishing 31st, today Time trial in which he kept some reserve for upcoming races. Astonishing win of Van Vleuten averaging 46,9km/h for 27K. 2stages to come!

🇦🇹️Tour of Kärnten (Austria): Anthony had a good ITT yesterday, finishing 11th. Today first stage with a lot of climbing in it. Anthony sent me a message yesterday in which he said he felt good. I know this rider only does this when he really feels good! And so it was, sprinting for the win with 9riders and finishing 4th. After today’s stage he’s 4th in GC…but a lot to come and a lot can happen in a 6day stage race!.

🇧🇪️ Dries (UCI1.12) had a virus a month ago but that didn’t avoid him from working hard towards upcoming races! With a very competitive race in which he threw himself into the battle he finishes 6th!

Svenne (UCI1.18 ) had the nice opportunity to race on a super nice location and racecourse in Jemeppe-Sur-Sambre. Breaking away with 2other riders he sprinted for victory and finishes 3rd. Good to know the national champs within 4weeks are close to this racecourse…

🇹🇭️ The great Mekong Bike ride was a success for our riders WTT and W2W team! In the 2nd stage a great succes for Phonthep, with a helping hand of his teammate Olé who put in massive training efforts past winter and now harvests the fruits of his hard work. Congratulations!

Many triathlons also in Belgium with 70.3distance in Leuven!
Happy athletes before and after the race, which was nice to hear!
But next to this, the results were there also!
Tony, in full preparation for Chtriman2018, had his first longer triathlon of the season and managed perfectly. With 5′ behind on the lead he started cycling to put down the bike in 14th and move up during the run towards 9th place!
Looking at the cyclingtimes and swimmingtimes of Leuven it seems to be right that there was quite some ‘legal drafting…’
Our other athletes at the starting line are all in preparation of Ionger distance racing!

Also triathletes racing in the shorter distance races in Koksijde, Sente and Seneffe. For some athletes the first race of the season, always exciting to look forward to. The fact that all athletes were happy with their results shows the self-knowledge of these athletes but also the honest result of training smart and enjoying it!

Next week Ironman time in Lanzarote and national Long distance championships!

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Anthony started well in Austria and currently is placed 4th!

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HR file of Daniel towards the final sprint in stage 2 in Albania

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Many smiling faces in Leuven today!

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Tony Goossens riding 309NP in Leuven to move up towards the top 10!

Cold weather, hot results!

Splendid weekend for our athletes this weekend with several top 10 results in cycling, duathlon and road running races!

This morning, early race for Jan, Wim, Jeroen and Arne!
Jan raced 10K in Lembeke after a loaded trainingweek and went home with the win and a lot of fruit 😉
Our other athletes had to race the 26K and this went totally according to plans, Arne takes the win in this long race while Jeroen was in for the podium all race long. In the he finishes 5th! A few minutes later it was Wim who finished in his PR on similar distances!

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Later that day our tri/duathletes were ready to race in Nossegem, near the Brussels airport. A tough and muddy racecourse, a perfect test towards the first roadtriathlons within a few weeks.
For Inge this was a final test before the Belgian championships next week! A test in which she succeeded in style taking the win with over 4′ of advantage. But feet on the ground, this was a smaller regional race. Next week it’s time for her first national champs. Our othere ladies performed well in Inge’s footsteps. With Hannah (6th-3rd AG), Judith (9th) and Els (11th).
Our male athletes could make a fist and kept a very positive feeling after the race with Robby and Kristof fighting eachother and a battle for the podium in the Masters +50 category between Bart and Raymond. With Bart finishing 4th, Raymond 5th.

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Inge winning the overall race in Nossegem

Our cyclists didn’t miss their season at all!

Our elite riders are going hard at the moment,
in Vollezele (Elite/U23) Anthony, Dries and Robbe were at the starting line. An earlier breakaway on this tough racecourse with in it…Robbe (U23-rookie). In the head of the peloton Dries and Anthony trying to get in the front. For Anthony the race ended with a flat after 80K. Robbe didn’t manage to stay in the breakaway untill the finishline but showed his guts to immediately make it in this breakaway in his 3rd race as U23. Dries tried for 120K to close the gap with the front and managed in it within the last kilometers. Finishing 23rd but closing down a gap on 20 riders…then you may conclude you missed the right train!
Shape is there, and next few weeks these riders won’t be just filling the peloton.

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Anthony heading up front in Vollezele – Elite/U23

Svenne from his side had and important race in Nivelles, 75K – 1050D+, 3smaller climbs each lap and 22 laps. Yes, then you count 66 (!)smaller hills to race on. From very nearby we saw Svenne break away several times but he didn’t get a big gap on his opponents. Rain in the last hour made the course quite slippery, not easy to manage and heading to the last climb he finished 6th! A strong race in a peloton that was very difficult to control for him! Upcoming weeks, more climbing races will be on these riders programs!

Strong athletes, they didn’t miss the start of the season…they didn’t miss winterpleasure!

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Strong weekend in Europe and Asia!

Splendid results of our athletes today, our athletes went out hard…to warm up the engines!

🇪🇦️This morning already early wake up for our Spanish bull David to race marathon in Sévilla, aiming on a time of 2h50′ he did a perfect race with even in the end some fast miles finishing 2h54′!
Next race will be a half marathon for sure, but with a swim and run before it 🙂

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🇹🇭️ In Thailand nice results of the cyclists of WTT, with Tine and Olé racing in the front and managing an 8th place for Tine in the end!

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🇧🇪️ In Belgium Brussels-Opwijk (U23 classic) was on for Dries and Robbie (1st year U23). Dries managed to be in the front despite the cold and reconfirmed his way up after his accident last year, while Robbe picked up nice experiences at this level.

In Lens-Saint-Rémy (UCI1.18) 5 riders at the starting line, some with a bit of fear because of the wind, cold and a lot of riders. Others with legs waiting to explode!
And exploding they did, Guillaume out in front from the first lap with 12 other riders of which 1 teammate. After 76k – 500 D+ Guillaume took 5th, while his teammate won. Guillaume didn’t miss the start of his season for sure! Furthermore it was Svenne missing the right train in his race and with a solo-performance in the last 15K he managed to finish alone at 9th place! A bit further Joachim (first group) and Niels finished their races satisfied…picking up rhytm to next weeks where they will try to go even harder!

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In Maldegem Anthony was totally in the race and managed to get in a group of 30 riders…untill his Di2-battery run dead. A good feeling again for him and with several back to back races coming he is keen on the hills!

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Our CX men Xtof and Kevin, both 6th in their category closed a long cold and wet winterseason with good races! Going into their ‘resting period’ with good shape…will definitely be positive for what’s coming in summer!

Furthermore in Belgium some of our triathletes had trailrunning and road racing races planned, overall conclusion is that the feeling is good, the output is good and the A-races come closer. Let it come!

Next week some tough races ahead, we like!

Have a nice recovery 🙂!

A weekend with multiple wins in cycling and triathlon!

A week full of variety!

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

In Chamonix Sebastien and Bart finished the Evergreen Endurance triathlon!

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A weekend with ups and downs!

Past weekend began great, but it had a big down also….

but first the positive news!

On friday our athletes had the right feeling and were  capable of racing for the medals!

In Lommel (UCI1.18) Jef was the first to go into a breakaway, the peloton didn’t let them go and so it was Svenne who once again went in the breakaway! They were off and averaged almost 44km/h on  this 85K criterium. In the last loop it was Svenne who went for the win, but some of his concurrents came back and so he was outsprinted and got 4th in this fast race! Hans and Tony, both in full preparation for  the national triathlon championships did a short preprace. Hans got 2nd in the Lakeparadise triathlon with his team and Tony raced for the win in duathlon Herentals and finally got 4th.  Meanwhile Gwendolyn became 2nd in Wenduine 10miles!

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On Saturday Germany was the place to be,
Joeri did a very good race in the XTERRA German tour, Schalkenmehren by getting 11th overall!

Anthony was riding on the Nurnburgring (Rad am Ring) and was out for a topperformance…till he flatted and had to chase the main groupe. After a soloride of 100K he managed a 26th place! Now getting ready for the Tour de Namur (UCI 2.12 – stagerace)!

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Dries (U23) could ride the post-Tour criterium and was outsprinted by John Degenkolb (Ger) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita)http://uitslagen.dewielerbond.be/Kalender_Uit…/Uitslag.aspx…

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Robbe and Quinten (Juniors) have both made a long way already to where they find themselves right now. Both were in the breakaways and dared to‪#‎attack‬. Robbe was in the right breakaway and finished 7th in Tourinnes, Quinten was in a little group behind the leaders and took 16th! Both are first year juniors! Already looking forward to next season!

Meanwhile our oldest male athlete Guy realised again another Ironman70.3 finish! In Hungary he was capable to get his revenge for the flat tyres in Ironman Luxembourg! Now looking forward to Ironman Vichy and Turkey!

Sunday had to become another beautifull day, and it was…only it ended with an accident…

Our athletes are hammering hard, we  get used to it…despite that, we don’t forget it’s no evidence! Dedicated and hard work comes before the output and visibility!
In Ironman Maastricht (Holland) Patrick (25 AG – 10h02), Pieter (18AG – 10h14) and Toon (12h05) realised each for themselves their best IM result ever! The road towards a long race is also something to remember and be proud of!

In Bridgetown (Canada) it was Heather who astonished on the olympic distance by coming into T1 as first overall athlete, she left all male athletes behind her! Heather could hold her spot on the bike and during the run and took the win back home!

On the long course (Half Iron) Corey advanced Allan during the swim and they both came out of the water in the front. The swimcourse was in a river into the current!

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Corey and Allan both did what they had to do today and paced the race well. The weather was not easy as it was a warm day and drinks were not always easy to grab 😉!
On the run course our athletes are fast enough to fight till the end!
Corey won the party, and it was Allan making the day complete by finishing 2nd and once again confirms his high level he’s on for the moment!

 

In Oostende (Time Trial) Jan did 2 races, first he did the 13K ITT with racebike and later that day he rode the 26K ITT with Time Trial Bike! It resulted in a 3rd and 8th spot in the Masters race!

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After all these great results we checked our phone and saw less prettier news…Hans was involved in a frontal accident during a Timetrial…a broken shoulder has ended his 2016 season. Once again it makes us realise we must enjoy every moment of training and racing. Also the tough ones, also the flat tyres,….always look forward and fast forward!

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Jesse