Great weekend in Gerardmer
September 12, 2013 by Sam
The first weekend of each September, Gerardmer in France is the place to be for one of the best triathlon events in Europe. It is a wonderful and very challenging course with superb organization. As usual I participated in the half distance on Saturday which consists of a 1.9k swim in a beautiful lake, a 94k bike ride (including 1900m of climbing) and an almost 22k run around that same beautiful lake. This was a last test before Kona and I am happy with the outcome: agegroup win and 20th overall on a course that is not so well suited for heavy guys like me The swim was a mass start (1600 athletes!) but all in all it was not too bad.
I jumped on my bike after 30′ which is ok for me. The bike consists of 3 laps with 3 climbs in each lap. The crowd on the first climb is always amazing. The difference between my slowest and fastest lap was less than 1 minute which means that I paced myself well. Actually, it should have been less than 20 seconds but in the last lap I had to stop for a slower rider that decided to stop biking just in front of me. Anyway, the bike went well and I had my fastest ever bike split.
I started the run really relaxed and enjoyed being out there. In the last lap I noticed François Humblet getting closer so I ran a bit faster during the last 4k to preserve my position. 4h55 is a nice time for that course and was fast enough to place me first in my age group and earn my spot for next year!
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