Pieter Heemeryck and Daniela Bleymehl dominate CHALLENGE GERAARDSBERGEN

Monday 17 June 2019
With an amazing show of power Pieter Heemeryck won CHALLENGE GERAARDSBERGEN today. The Belgian title defender was leading the race almost from start to finish and was obviously the strongest of all racing athletes. ,,It was a surprisingly good race for me." At the women's race it was German Daniela Bleymehl who took the victory after an impressive race. "I had some dark moments during the race, but enjoyed it from start to finish."
 
The men's race directly started good for Heemeryck when he came first out of the water. Nevertheless it was Dutch Marco Akershoek who jumped on his bike first, but closely followed by Heemeryck. It took Heemeryck only one kilometre on the bike to pass Akershoek and taking the lead. During the 90 kilometres it was a one-man show for the title defender, because he was constantly increasing his lead on all his opponents.
 
During the first kilometres Romain Guillaume, Jonathan Ciavattella, Kjel de Hertog, David Bishop and Mauricio Mendez Cruz were following Heemeryck on almost a minute as the first chasing group. Just in front of this chasing group it were Pamphiel Pareyn and Tom Suetens on a second and third place, but after the first loop of 45km they joined the chasing group as well.
 
At almost the same moment Nicolas Dougall and Joe Skipper increased their speed, leaving a lot of guys behind and moving up to second and third place. Despite both athletes pushed it hard during the bike ride, they didn't manage to decrease the gap on leading and dominating Heemeryck. It was the Belgian started his run with an over three minutes gap on Skipper, who got rid of Dougall in the last part of the bike.
 
Just as on the bike, Heemeryck was also showing his true power during the run, only extending his lead. "It was a surprisingly good race for me, directly from the swim. During the bike ride I had a nice gap already, so I knew I had a good day. But I also knew a race is only done at the finish and not before. Anything can happen here."
 
Heemeryck admitted to be very happy with his victory and Belgian National Title Middle Distance. "To achieve this here at this place, in my home country, is so important for me. CHALLENGE GERAARDSBERGEN is an amazing race, the crowd is lovely and the course is great."

Women's race
At the women's race it was top favourite Daniela Bleymehl who took the win in Geraardsbergen. It was her first time racing in this iconic surroundings. ,,What an amazing city and what an amazing course. I had so much fun during the race. But I also had some dark moments. It was tough, really tough. Especially the Muur van Geraardsbergen."
 
Bleymehl was not first out of the water, but showed her power on the bike like she use to do very often. After around 45 kilometres she took over the lead, going solo and extending her lead not fast, but definitely for sure. At the end she finished at the fastest women ever in Geraardsbergen. "Wow, I didn't notice that. It was an amazing day. I'm in the middle of some heavy training blocks, didn't know what to expect from my shape thanks to this, but it went very well. I really enjoyed the day, the beautiful race and everything else that has to do with this race."
 
It was British Fenella Langridge who claimed the second spot after 4:20:48. Belgian Sara van de Vel became third in 4:23:47.
CHALLENGE Family (Photo: José Louis Hourcade)


Coming Triathlon Events View all

    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

23

Nov

2019

Knysna Extreme

Knysna, South Africa

Website Google Map YouTube

01

Dec

2019

Patagonman

Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

Website Google Map

07

Dec

2019

AlohaMan Extreme

Hawaii, United States

Website Google Map

14

Dec

2019

Fodaxman

Nova Veneza State of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Website Google Map

05

Jan

2020

HITS Sarasota

Sarasota, FL, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

11

Jan

2020

Sahara Tri 226

Tight, Algeria

Website Google Map

01

Feb

2020

Israman

Eilat, Israel

Website Google Map YouTube

10

Apr

2020

KiwiMan

New Plymouth, New Zealand

Website Google Map

11

Apr

2020

HITS Napa Valley

Napa Valley, CA, United States

Website Google Map YouTube

25

Apr

2020

Challenge Taiwan

Taitung City, Taiwan, China

Website Google Map YouTube
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

24

Nov

2019

Ironman Arizona

Tempe, Arizona, United States

Website Google Map

24

Nov

2019

Ironman Cozumel

Cozumel, Mexico

Website Google Map YouTube

01

Dec

2019

Ironman Western Australia

Busselton, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

01

Dec

2019

Ironman Mar del Plata

Mar del Plata, Argentina

Website Google Map YouTube

07

Mar

2020

Ironman New Zealand

Taupo, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

29

Mar

2020

Ironman African Championship

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Website Google Map YouTube

12

Apr

2020

Ironman Taiwan

Penghu, Taiwan, China

Website Google Map YouTube

25

Apr

2020

Ironman Texas

The Woodlands, Texas, United States

Website Google Map

02

May

2020

Ironman St George

St George Utah, United States

Website Google Map

03

May

2020

Ironman Australia

Port Macquarie, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

23

Nov

2019

Gran Jaguar

Tikal Natinal Park, Guatemala

Website Google Map

24

Nov

2019

Hervey Bay 100

Hervey Bay QLD, Australia

Website Google Map

24

Nov

2019

triathlon Paracas

Paracas, Peru

Website Google Map

08

Dec

2019

Beauty and the Beast

St. Croix, Virgin Islands, U.s.

Website Google Map

14

Dec

2019

Rotorua Half

Rotorua, New Zealand

Website Google Map

15

Dec

2019

Challenge Daytona

Daytona, FL, United States

Website Google Map

11

Jan

2020

Tauranga Half

Tauranga, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

09

Feb

2020

Hell of the West

Goondiwindi, QLD, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

15

Feb

2020

Challenge Wanaka

Wanaka, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

22

Feb

2020

Coles Bay Half

Coles Bay, TAS, Australia

Website Google Map
    Visit website Google Map Become a fan on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Watch us on YouTube

24

Nov

2019

70.3 Western Sydney

Penrith, NSW, Australia

Website Google Map

01

Dec

2019

70.3 Cartagena

Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Website Google Map YouTube

01

Dec

2019

70.3 Western Australia

Busselton, Australia

Website Google Map YouTube

07

Dec

2019

70.3 Taupo

Taupo, New Zealand

Website Google Map YouTube

07

Dec

2019

70.3 Bahrain

Manama, Bahrain

Website Google Map YouTube

08

Dec

2019

70.3 Indian Wells La Quinta

Indian Wells La Quinta, United States

Website Google Map

12

Jan

2020

70.3 Pucon

Pucon, Chile

Website Google Map

26

Jan

2020

70.3 South Africa

Buffalo City, South Africa

Website Google Map YouTube

06

Feb

2020

70.3 Subic Bay

Subic Bay, Philippines

Website Google Map YouTube

07

Feb

2020

70.3 Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Website Google Map YouTube

Triathlon News & Media Blogs View all

Fast All Female Field at IRONMAN Arizona

Fast All Female Field at IRONMAN Arizona

Friday 22 Nov 2019 [Triathlon News]

The inaugural IRONMAN Arizona was held in 2005 and has since been the site of personal records for IRONMAN triathletes all over the world. Professional triathlete Lionel Sanders set an IRONMAN world best on this course back in 2016 and continues to deliver personal records each year. IRONMAN Arizona delivers a flat, fast, and spectator-friendly course that brings urban charms and desert vistas together. more

Crowd of Pro's Compete at IRONMAN Cozumel

Crowd of Pro's Compete at IRONMAN Cozumel

Friday 22 Nov 2019 [Triathlon News]

The swimming stage of IRONMAN Cozumel is one of the most spectacular in the world. The great visibility of water and the huge amount of underwater life that accompanies the athletes throughout the course, turns this stage into one unforgettable experience. Athletes will do 3 laps around the island to complete the 180 kms (112 miles) of the bike course. The route covers amazing Oceanside roads, the great hotel zone and a bit fo the city more

Eclectic Elite Field at CHALLENGE Iskandar Puteri Malaysia

Eclectic Elite Field at CHALLENGE Iskandar Puteri Malaysia

Friday 22 Nov 2019 [Triathlon News]

The city of Iskandar Puteri lies in the southern state of Johor in Malaysia, approximately a 20-minute drive from Singapore and Johor Bahru City. The main venue Puteri Harbour Marina is an international marina surrounded by hotels, dining and entertainment options and is the main activity area for the athletes and their fans and family more

70.3 Western Sydney Set to Go Whilst Monitoring Air Quality

70.3 Western Sydney Set to Go Whilst Monitoring Air Quality

Friday 22 Nov 2019 [Triathlon News]

We’ve had a few queries about the possible impact of smoke impacting the air quality at IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney. We are monitoring the situation with local authorities regularly, and as always will have the athlete safety as our first priority. At this time the conditions are looking good. We will keep you updated if anything changes … see you on the weekend! :Race Control. more

Dapena, Pallant Win Inaugural CHALLENGE Cape Town

Dapena, Pallant Win Inaugural CHALLENGE Cape Town

Monday 11 Nov 2019 [Triathlon News]

Pablo Dapena took the crown in the inaugural CHALLENGE CAPE TOWN on Sunday, when he sprinted to the finish in a time of 3:46:48. The Spaniard finished approx. 90 seconds ahead of Steven McKenna (Australia) in second place, with Matt Trautman (SA) coming in third. more

Twitter


Facebook


YouTube


Sign up for FREE NEWSLETTER:

We will never share your email address or spam you.