Great weekend in Gerardmer

September 12, 2013 by  

Sam Gyde - Gerardmer 2013 (photo by 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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