World Championships Duathlon ITU/Powerman: Silence is golden!

Today the first of several world championships in multisportsracing was coming up!
With the ITU world championships duathlon in Zofingen (Switzerland) this day was marked in red already months ago! With Jan (defending and multiple) AG world champion, always keen on performing in Zofingen. But this year our newborn duathlete Wim and du/tri/cyclatlete Hans we also had some other wolves in the battle!

Goals were set, both Jan and Hans their focus was on trying to get on the AG podium and take a medal. Easy said, not easy done. Wim from his side was convinced by his coach with the words ‘You will be capable of getting close to the podium, don’t let your chances get wasted’ and he registered. No way back!

10K run – 150K bike and 30K run, that are the distances on the menu, hilly…. together these distances reached the running distance of what our Roumanian athlete Ciprian did in Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc :-), and he had no bike!

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Survival of the fittest in Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc for Ciprian, and he survived !

Confidence was there for our athletes, Hans had a super Challenge Roth (Germany-8h44), Jan got the win in LD duathlon Gravelines (France) and got 3rd last week while Wim won the SD in Gravelines (France) and got 3rd in La Gileppe duathlon (Belgium).

The first run was directly clear, our athletes ran for what they were worth and held some fuel in the tank. After the run all 3 were close to the podium in their AG and Jan was already among the Pro athletes mounting his bike 1st in his AG.

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Fastest running split in 1st and 2nd run in his AG for Jan!

On the 150K hilly bikecourse it was Hans ‘La Machine’ that immediately took the AG lead (35-39) before Jan. In AG 40-44 Wim kept contact with the podium and was spotted 4th for a long time. During this bikecourse it became more and more clear that Hans was taking the overall AG lead. Slowly but surely he moved up in the profield also and got close to the top10. Jan from his side kept the podium in his sight putting down the bike, as well as Wim did. In the final end of the cycling course Wim joined Jan and they could start running close to eachother.

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Hans rode 298NP during the world champs, with a very fast first lap to immediately get rid of possible wheelsuckers. The watts are the NP watts on Bodenberg

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Opening the day with a paced first 10k

And than that run…Zofingen is also about running fast of the bike. If you can’t run fast off the bike you can’t win…and so they ran fast! Hans did what some sideliners (and they are called ‘sideliners’ because they belong there of course) didn’t expect him to do and that’s surviving and winning the overall AG race in Zofingen on the running course!

 

The overall 2nd AG athlete after the cycling part took the lead on the run, but Hans…took him back in the end! With a 13th (pro included) place and 1st (AG 35-39) he can call himself the AG world champion. Tot spijt van wie het benijdt!

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Jan from his side is a fighter as we described him a few days ago and he fought himself from 4th to 3rd…and from 3rd to 2nd! With a 6th (!) overall running split he takes silver in his AG (35-39) and joins Hans on the podium! His words after the race ‘I get my results because I never give up, they can knock me down…but I will never give up, I wanted that 2nd place and that was the highest possible goal. Hans was outstanding.’ Great words of Jan!

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Jan 2nd – Hans 1st and company of another Belgian on 3

 

In the AG 40-44 Wim was on his way to 4th place for a very long time, but then again. Winning is something you always do on the run…Wim moved up to 3rd place and even to 2nd place!  Before the race I told him:’ focus on the podium, Laurent Martinou (France) is too strong, he is an overall top 15 athlete. Don’t focus on him!’ But then…Martinou collapses and Wim came close in the end finishes only 1′ behind Martinou…getting 2nd in his AG (40-44)! Or how things can evolve sometimes!
After losing his 3rd place in the European championships in the last kilometer, Wim learned a lot when it comes to racing strategy and nutrition 😉 Well earned silver for him!

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AG silver for Wim – only 1′ behind the AG world title (40-44)!

With 3 athletes in this World championship and taking 1*Gold and 2*Silver home, all athletes within the top 28 (Profield included) we can’t say anything else than we’re proud! Zofingen and our athletes have a commitment since years, with several top 15 and even top 8 places overall, 4*AG gold and 3*AG silver we are keen on performing in this ‘mother of all duathlons’ every year! CU next year ;-)!

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Wim made huge steps forward as a duathlete which brings him to silver in AG 40-44

Next few days these athletes can, may and must relax and have a bit of rest!

But this is not all what happened this weekend, our athletes inspire eachother. That’s clear!
After Bert’s 2nd place in Ironman Vichy last week I thought: ” well THIS was a great summer”… but the summer lasts untill September 21st it seems!

Today Wim and Bjorn raced Flanders Cup in Langdorp,

Wim, currently leading this classification got 3rd, only 5″ away from first place…and will need to finish at least top 3 in the next race to keep the lead in this GC! Winning this GC makes him Flemish champion XC 2017! Björn took 8th, and is ready for the World championships Firemen next week!

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Another podium for Wim in Flanders Cup Langdorp

Belman triathlon, probably the toughest racecourse in a triathlon in Belgium (1,9K swim – 90K Bike – 21K run) was Bart’s last goal of the season, after Ironman Nice he put all effort on this race and with success! An astonishing result even, finishing 9th overall !
A nice way to end your season and start looking forward!

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Bart finishing 9th in Half Belman!

 

In La Charly Gaulle (Luxemburg) Niels and Anthony were both in the race to perform at their very best. In preparation of the Rothaus Ridermann (Germany) for both.
Anthony, who got hit by a car yesterday, was a bit sore at the beginning but still managed to be in the right breakaway in Luxemburg. 4th place in the end in La Charly Gaulle, but still feeling super well and in shape. Anthony is on a very high level since March (winning already at the beginning of the season) and feels ready for the upcoming races!

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Ciao

Train smart, perform better!
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World Championships Duathlon and Swimrun – Roundup!

Our athletes approach the World Championships, upcoming weekend the first of 4weekends of world championships is planned!

Here’s a roundup of our athletes having the honour to participate in Switzerland and Sweden!

World Championships ITU / Powerman Long Distance Duathlon Zofingen (Switzerland):

  • Jan Meysmans(AG 35-39):
    • Multiple AG world champion, current AG World champion and AG European champion
    • Strength: Fast run off the bike – determined racer who always goes full gazz – massive experience
    • Weakness: Had some sugarlevel problems in the past – can’t stand cold weather
    • Remarkable facts: In 2017 only 2Belgians won the overall classification of a LD Duathlon, Jan is one of them.

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  • Wim Decoene (AG 40-44):
    • First timer in Zofingen – First Powermanseason – 4th European championships  Long Distance Duathlon (AG)
    • Strength: Steady runner – Proved in his last races to have put a big step forward on the bike and closed the gap on ‘shorter’ distance with the Amateur topfield.
    • Strength: Strong runner – has a final in his legs – Aerobic talent
    • Weakness: First race with a +80K bikecourse – forgot to eat enough in past LD races.
    • Remarkable facts: Wim as a master won the overall classification in the sprint distance in Zofingen and shared the podium with current PRO world champion Odeyn in his last race leading up to Zofingen.Wimdc

 

  • Hans Vandenbuverie (AG 35-39):
    • 2015 AG European champion – Kona Qualifier – 8h44′ Irondistance PB – Irondistance winner
    • Strength: Cycling and paced run off the bike – experienced on long bikecourses –  can stand all weather conditions
    • Weakness: First timer in Zofingen – too much choice in wheelsets
    • Remarkable facts: In 2017 only 2Belgians won the overall classification of a LD Duathlon, Hans is one of them.

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World Championships Swimrun (Ötillö-Sweden)

  • Raphaël Amato (mixed teams):
    • Multiple World championships 70.3 qualifier – got 2nd place in his last triathlon – won his last Swimrun with Sophie
    • Strength: Will be the motor of the team on the run – prooved he can dig deep when it goes tough in a race during his last IM
    • Weakness: Cold water might affect his muscles
    • Remarkable facts: In 2017 he won Amphiman with Sophie in cold water which can give a mental advantage.
  • Sophie Drofiak (mixed teams):
    • IM70.3 2016 qualifier – won her last Swimrun with Raphaël
    • Strength: Topswimmer – got in La descente de la Lesse last weekend which may reassure her for the run
    • Weakness: First time racing such a long race
    • Remarkable facts: In 2017 she won Amphiman with Raph in cold water and with limited running kilometers in the legs. Last 8weeks put her 2 steps forward!
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Ironman 70. World champs – Powerman/LD duathlon ITU world champs upcoming weekend

Let’s have a quick roundup of our athletes going into the Long Distance Duathlon/ 70.3 Triathlon world champs this weekend!
Making it to the World Champs is already an honour, racing it must be fun with determination!World championships Ironman70.3 – Australia:

*Raphael Amato – Belgium
AG 25-29
Qualified in Ironman70.3 Turkey
Strength: Races consistent and has a good final in his legs, has done a very good season so far!

*Sophie Drofiak – Belgium
AG 25-29
Qualified in Ironman70.3 Barcelona (Spain)
Strength: Strong swim , in Barcelona she pulled out a good run and prooved to be capable of dealing with hot weather conditions. Prooved in the 1/4 triathlons she can battle.

Long Distance Duathlon World Champs – Switzerland

*Jan Meysmans – Belgium
AG 35-39
Strength: Fast off the bike, had good results in his springduatlons and was 4th in a sprintduathlon last week among the best Dutchies…knows the racecourse as no other, but missed Zofingen 2015 due to a severe bikecrash of which he needed a lot of time to fully recover.

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Jan Meysmans ready for the WC!

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How fast can Sophie swim among the very best!

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Raph is a consistent racer, he’s ready for it!