2 Sep 2014

Austrian Trip - Duathlon's Part

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Since my Belgian's Duathlon titel early July, I took first a pause to think about the current season and plan for the continuation and end of this one.
Then I went back to training with main goals: the European Duathlon Championships (10-40-5 distance) that were held in Weyer, Austria on August 24. 
And combine it with another competition, the Ironman 70.3 Zell am See (1.9-90-21 distance) which took place on August 31. 

That being planned, yet to find something to get around, where to stay and what to do between the two competitions. 

So starting Friday, Aug. 22 drive towards Regensburg to spend the night before heading Weyer Saturday noon and there we stayed in "homestay", a nice apartment in the house of a veterinarian, the welcoming was super friendly and the place was perfect: the house is situated 100m from the start line and the finish! 
Saturday I went for the recognition of the bike lap under the rain, then the briefing for the elites and a finaly went back to home for a nice pasta plate.

Sunday morning it's footing, bike preparation and go to the transition area.
3.00pm, starting the race with 10km in 2laps. The start was pretty fast and I started directly at the best pace, pace a bit too high, as when accelerating on the 4th km, I had to slow down a little. I left from the group of 8 and awaits a group of 2 germans. First lap in 15'15" then 32' for 10kms. 
Then 42km bike in 3 loops. Each loop consists of a beautiful climb, a short but dangerous descent and a long false flat downhill. My group of 3 is joined back by 3 other competitors. It is well organized, we biked well and caught two competitors. 
I lay the bike and do express a transition, I go out of the transition area first of my group, we go for a 5km loop. Unfortunately, a competitor got back on me and therefore I finished at a nice 8th place!


Francois Humblet

Francois Humblet

Pro Triathlete & Duathlete on Sprint, Olympic and Half Distances

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