Sunday, October 27, 2013

IM Hawaii 2013 - the movie

What better way to wrap up op our Kona 2013 blog than with a behind-the-scenes look at the Uplace Pro Triathlon Team's 2013 Ironman Hawaii. It's been an exciting ride; thanks for joining us.

Next year. we will be back as the Uplace BMC Pro Triathlon Team. The first big milestone of the new team: the presentation of the 2014 Uplace BMC athletes in January. No, we we can't tell you anything yet ;) See you in 2014!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Monday, October 14, 2013

RTBF Sport: "Les triathlètes belges sont respectés et craints"

Radio interview (in French) with Axel on RTBF Radio:

"Frederik Van Lierde a remporté le mythique Ironman d'Hawaï, championnat du Monde du triathlon longues distances. Il est devenu le deuxième belge à s'imposer à Kona. Axel Zeebroek a été un témoin privilégié de cette victoire. Il parle de "la machine" Van Lierde et du statut de la Belgique dans cette discipline..."

Listen to the interview on the RTBF web site.






Sunday, October 13, 2013


Highs and lows

Today's finish photos of the Uplace athletes tell a story of highs and lows. Pictures by David Pintens.

The marathon

17:25: At last, we have a final result for Bert and Sofie. Sofie was the 19th pro woman, clocking in at 09:36:38. Bert has finished as the 40th pro man with a time of 09:40:39. It was a tough, tough day for Bert, who was just released from the medical tent.

16:15: The team reports that both Bert and Sofie have finished. We're still trying to get confirmation on their time and place.

15:55: On a not-so-sidenote, Bart recorded a 02:44:03 marathon. How is that for lighting fast? Looks like the fastest run of the day.

15:52: It's a 35th place finish among the pro men for Axel Zeebroek, who wraps up a tough 09:15:16-day.

15:44: They must be suffering... Last splits have Axel and Bert running in 29th and 31st position respectively.

15:41: Liz Blatchford completes the podium. Meanwhile Sofie is now running in 18th position.

15:34: Mirinda Carfrae is the 2013 Ironman Hawaii women's champion. She clocks in at 08:52:14. What a run! Rachel Joyce takes second place.

15:19: Frederik Van Lierde, 2013 Ironman world champion.

15:13: Looking for the other Uplace-athletes... At the 17.7 mile mark, Sofie was in 17th position in a women's race led by Carfrae. Axel was in 29th position after 22.3 miles. Bert was 31st after 19 miles.

15:02: Official top-8:
1. 8:12:29 - Frederik Van Lierde
2. 8:15:19 - Luke McKenzie
3. 8:19:24 - Sebastian Kienle
4. 8:21:46 - James Cunnama
5. 8:22:25 - Tim O'Donnell
6. 8:23:43 - Ivan Rana
7. 8:24:09 - Tyler Butterfield
8. 8:25:38 - Bart Aernouts

14:58: Bart Aernouts runs his way to 8th place with a superfast marathon in only his second Ironman Hawaii! Congratulations, Bart!

14:50: McKenzie and Kienle round out the podium. Meanwhile, the last splits have Bart in 9th position!

14:46: He was in it to win it! Frederik Van Lierde wins the 2013 Ironman Hawaii. What a day for Belgian triathlon as a second Van Lierde wins the greatest of all races. Congratulations, Frederik!

14:30: How's this for an exciting run for the Belgians?! As Frederik Van Lierde is running his way to the victory, Bart has cracked the top-10. Meanwhile, Axel has fought his way back to 24th. Bert seems struggling in 33rd. On the women's side, looks like Sofie has moved up to 16th place.

13:58: Bart continues his drive forward as he passes the 16.4 mark. He is now in 13th position. Bert and Axel have passed the 13.1 mile mark in 27th and 28th position. Sofie is hanging on to 17th.

13:50: We have a new leader: Frederik Van Lierde. Can we celebrate a new Belgian victory? The last Belgian winner was Luc Van Lierde in 1999. This year Frederik started working with Luc. A success story?

13:40: Bad news. The team alongside the course reports that Bert is feeling dizzy and sick to his stomach.

13:35: As Frederik Van Lierde has moved into second position and makes a play for the win (he has 2 minutes to make up), Bart has moved into 15th position. Bert and Axel seem to be having a tough run. They are in 25th and 28th position respectively. Sofie is still in 17th position.

13:30: More pictures from the run course:

13:20: Our team on the course reports that Bart on the climb to Palani was in 20th position, 1:15 from a top-15 spot. He has Alexander in his sights.

13:16: The first marathon pictures are in:

13:11: We're 7.3 miles into the men's run. Bert is now in 20th position, Bart is in 23rd and Axel in 28th as McKenzie continues to lead and Frederik Van Lierde is running in third position. Meanwhile, Sofie has moved up a spot to 17th position after 3 miles in the women's race.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The bike leg

13:00: We wrap up the bike leg with a few more pictures sent in by David Pintens:

12:51: Sofie into T2 in 18th position after a race time of 06:12:57. She trailed Kessler by 21 minutes. On to the marathon!

12:30: The leading pro women are done with the bike leg, which means we wait for Sofie to roll in. Meredith Kessler was the first woman into T2, closely followed by Joyce, Swallow and Vesterby.

12:15: And there we have Axel. After a race time of 05:40:41, he is out on the run course in 27th position.

12:08: Bert wraps up the bike leg in 15th position after 05:33:29 of racing. He is 19 minutes behind Starykowicz. Bart is out on the run too, in 26th position and a race time of 04:39:46.

11:52: The men are on to the marthon. Andrew Starykowicz wraps up the bike leg after a 5:14:42 race time. McKenzie is 1 minute behind; Kienle finished in 3rd, 4 minutes behind. Frederik Van Lierde rides into T2 in fourth place a few seconds behind. Go Belgium!

11:39: Mile 90 (W): Sofie hangs in there! She is currently in 16th position, 14 minutes behind race leader Rachel Joyce.

11:00: Mile 90 (M): Since the last update, Luke McKenzie overtook the lead and then lost it again to Starykowicz (04:14:02). Kienle is in third, a minute behind. In fourth place: Frederik Van Lierde at 2:39. Bert (04:24:37) trails by 10 minutes in 18th position, while Axel (04:29:00) is in 26th at 15 minutes. Bart is right behind him in 27th position at 04:29:55.

10:53: Mile 75 (W): Sofie is riding in 17th position. With a total race time of 04:13:29, she trails by 12 minutes.

10:44: Mile 60 (W): Sofie (03:34:42) holds on to the 18th position as Kessler (03:25:41) continues to lead a large group of women including Joyce, Cave and Steffen.

10:27: Mile 75 (M): Starykowicz (03:37:59) sees his lead on McKenzie drop to 50 seconds. Bert (03:45:31) is now in 17th position at 7:30. Axel (03:50:40) is riding in 25th position at 12 minutes. Bart (03:52:14) is currently 30th at 14 minutes.

10:20: Pictures from photographer David Pintens of the green team out on the race course.

10:10: Mile 60 (W): Kessler (03:25:41) continues to lead. Sofie is in 18th position at 03:34:42, which means she is 9 minutes behind.

9:55: Hawi (M): At the turnaround point in Hawi, the chase group behind Starykowicz has broken up a bit. Bert is now in 21st position in a group with Marsh and Rana, five minutes behind. Axel is in 27th position at 10 minutes. Bart is not far behind him at almost 13 minutes in a groep with Raelert and Schildknecht.

9:33: Mile 45 (W): Steffen makes her move within the lead group of ten. Sofie is at 7 minutes in 18th position.

9:10: Mile 45 (M): Andrew Starykowicz (02:29:12) still has a 2 and a half minute lead on a large chase group lead by Sebastian Kienle that also includes Frederik Van Lierde and Bert (02:32:00), looking very comfortable. Axel is currently in 25th position at 02:35:56. Bart is in 37th position at 02:39:08.

9:04: Our team along the course reports that Bert is looking good in 10th position. On to Hawi!

8:55: Mile 30 (W): The lead group of 10 with Stevens, Kessler and Steffen now has 1:35 on Marsh and then a group of three with Carfrae, Beranek, Ellis at 4 minutes. Behind them, Sofie and Snow are at 5:45 and 5:47 respectively.

8:52: Mile 36 (M): According to "New movers towards the front include Bert Jammaer, Ben Hoffman, Frederik Van Lierde and Craig Alexander and Brandon Marsh."

8:50: Mile 30 (M): Bart (2:03:51) now in 39th position, almost 9 minutes down from Starykowicz.

8:35: Mile 30 (M): Starykowicz (1:55:06) increases his lead to a large chase group more than 2 minutes behind that still includes Frederik Van Lierde and Bert (1:57:54). Axel has fallen behind a bit. With 1:59:08, he is just about 4 minutes behind Starykowicz.

8:14: Mile 11 (W): Michelle Versterby has taken the lead with Swallow, Kessler, Cave, Stevens, Keat, Crawford, Steffen, Blatchford and Joyce right behind. Sofie is in a chase group 5 minutes behind that includes Carfrae and Ellis.

8:05: Mile 11 (M): As Starykowicz (1:14:50) powers on in first, Bert and Axel are still part of the chase group at about a minute. Bert is in 12th (1:15:53) and Axel is in 20th position (1:16:09). Bart is now in 40th position with a time of 1:22:25.

7:55:  Mile 7.4 (W): As Meredith Kessler takes the lead, Sofie has moved up to 17th position, still trailing by close to 5 minutes.

7:45: Mile 7.4 (M): Andrew Starykowicz has moved to the front in the bike leg in front of Jacobs. A big chase group is about a minute behind. It includes Bert in 12th position (0:59 behind) and Axel in 21st position (1:10 behind).

The swim

7:35: The women are out on the bike leg too. Sofie was out of the water in 20th position. With a time of 58:56, she is 5 minutes behind fastest swimmer Haley Chura (53:55).

7:35: Bart has wrapped up the swim. He was the 42nd pro man out of the water, clocking in at 57:26. This means he is about 6 and a half minutes behind the lead group.

7:25: The lead men are out of the water. A good swim from Axel and Bert, who were part of the lead group in 14th (51:11) and 20th (51:15) position respectively. They are just seconds behind fastest swimmer Marsh (50:51).

7:00: As Marsh takes over the lead from Jacobs, Bert is in excellent position, currently in 6th in the lead group.

6:45: Flying the Belgian flag...

6:44: Pete Jacobs leads the swim, but Axel is right there in the mix, currently swimming in fourth position. The lead group also includes Ivan Rana, Clayton Fettell, Brandon Marsh, Bevan Docherty, Frederik Van Lierde and Timothy O'Donnell. Luke Bell, Dirk Bockel and Luke McKenzie are close behind.

6:35: And the pro women are now in the water too. Go Sofie!

6:30: And they're off! The pro men, including our Bart Aernouts, Bert Jammaer and Axel Zeebroek have kicked off the 2013 Ironman Hawaii!