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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!