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National Championship Olympic Distance Triathlon

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Another great Victory against some of Belgian’s finest triathletes.
Very happy to become Belgian Champion OD for the 5th time in my career after overcoming some years of setbacks.

Greetings,
Simon





T3 series Geraardsbergen

Solo Victory on the Mur of Geraardsbergen!


Belgian Championship for Teams, Tournai.

As usual, 1st of may is the start of the Belgian triathlon season. And the kick off is the Belgian Championship for teams.

We couldn’t prolongate our title of last year with the SMO-Specialized team. But we finished on the third place this year.

Five teams were equal strong during a large part of the race, but Atriac was very strong on the run, and deserved the crown. KTT was runners up, like last year. And we took the bronze, two seconds in front of LTTD (4th) and again two seconds in front of TriGT (5th). So the quality of the field was very dense, and the championship is getting more and more competitive every year… Small details can make a big difference… A good evolution for our sport, and I really like this race format.

Our team did a good job, I don’t think we could go any faster today. With some young guns in the team, who did a great job, we can still grow towards the next years. So we will fight for the title again in the upcoming years…

Thanks Alexis, Jarno, Jorik, Lowie and Nicolas for this great race!

Greetings,
Simon


10 Miles of Antwerp

I have ran the 10 Miles of Antwerp this weekend.

My sponsor/partner Sportoase asked me to participate with their team, in order to win the Team Ranking. It was the first time that I competed in this race, and a first time that I would tackle a longer distance runrace… I am not used to running more then 10k at a high pace, but it would be a good training in order to prepare my next goals (WTS Yokohama, Leeds).

I ended up in 9th spot, just under the 51 minute barrier (50:59). A bit disappointed of my running split, but after two weeks of good training it was not easy to go any faster today.

Sportoase won the Team ranking. Many thanks to them, they had a very good organization for their runners so all went wel.

It was a great event, so maybe till next year!

Greetings,
Simon

Results: http://www.chronorace.be/Classements/Classement.aspx?eventId=1186579204860344&mode=large&IdClassement=14983


World Cup Miyazaki: 4th place!

Category : Japan , Racing , topsportdefensie

One week after the Tongyeong World Cup in South-Korea, Simon improved his 5th place with a 4th place at the Miyazaki World Cup in Japan. Not enough to get on the podium, although he was racing in the front of the field for the whole day. In the end, three guys were faster then him when they went down the last finishing straight.

The season is over now! After a lot of health issues (mononucleosis) in 2015 and at the beginning of 2016, Simon could work his way back to some great fitness. Improving his world ranking to a 55th place at the end of the season! He is already looking forward to 2017! And racing with the best in the world in WTS races again!

Many Thanks for supporting him!


Video Report World Cup Miyazaki

A 4th place finish for Simon in the Miyazaki World Cup. A good way to finish the season on a high. But it’s a pity that he didn’t meet the criteria for his status as an elite athlete in the Belgian Army. He needed a podium finish on a World Cup and got pretty close with a 4th and 5th finish in the last two World Cups of the season.


World Cup Tongyeong: 5th place!

Another day of racing in the World Cup circuit. I had a strong day here in Asia and was happy to race at the front of this race, but in the end I got beaten by four stronger guys!

Swim wasn’t so good, and I was more time behind then I was hoping for after the swim leg. No other option then putting the hammer down on the bike! Some other strong riders and me worked hard on the bike, and after 18k we could bridge up with the front of the race! I felt strong on the bike and I knew there was still some energy left for a strong run!

Thanks to a good second transition I could start running at the front of the group and so I tried to get out and set a fast pace to get some pressure on the other runners. After 2,5k on the run, the Americans took the game in their hands and put down the gas! So, on the last hill of the run course the pack would get ripped apart… I could not stay in contact with the leading five, and was struggling! Somehow I found some extra energy and bridged up to the front and with 200 meters to go I tried to surprise them and attacked just before the finish. They could easily counter my move, and so I got dropped again and finished in 5th position!

Happy to be racing at the front in the World Cup series, and having a good result!
Next will be Miyazaki next week, hoping to improve this result!

Greetings,
Simon

results: http://www.triathlon.org/results/result/2016_tongyeong_itu_triathlon_world_cup/281603