October 2017
European & Dutch Champion Long Distance 2017 and worldrecord: 14 (Fourteen!) times Sub 9.00.000
Challenge Mallorca Mallorca is the island where I have spend many weeks training very hard in the beginning of my carrere. As the island is beautiful, has great weather and many hills, it’s not only great for cycling but also for my beloved sport Triathlon. I’ve raced here a couple of times, always good races performance wise as the bike courses tend to be pretty hard which suits me. I didn’t expect to be on my best after my two IM’s and with IM Barcelona just 2 weeks ago you can’t expect to be rested or have great legs. I have recovered better then ever and did feel I could have a solid day. The female field was pretty strong, a lot of young girls from the Olympic distance as well, they are always dangerous, especially when you have done as much racing as I’ve done. So it wasn’t a big surprise that my but got kicked in the first discipline, these girls all swim as fishes, even with my new fast HUUB suit, I fell off strait away, a huge group of 10 girls took off and I was on my own for the whole 1,9 km. The girls that I used to swim with before I improved my swim, we’re all behind me and they told me they didn’t have a change to keep up with me. Still I lost a lot of time on my own in the beautiful blue waters of Peguera. The bike course was though which was my safer of the day, after 45 km I was finally getting my race rhythm and started to overtake some off the girls, I really had some work to do.