Ironman world Championships Hawaii 2022 – Our racing squad!

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

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

A small overview of who they are!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Train Smart, Perform better!


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

What a weekend! 🧐😎

Today our cyclists did a great job!

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

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

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

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

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

2nd place for Ronald after a strong race!

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

Today was also loaded with triathlon!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

Geen beschrijving beschikbaar.
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!

Geen beschrijving beschikbaar.
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!