Powerman Belgium on 8th August
Belgium has always been a strong duathlon nation, with great athletes and the Powerman Vlaanderen duathlon in Geel as the most important long distance duathlon event in the country. This year the Powerman race will also serve as the Belgian national championships long distance. This means that on Sunday 8th August 2011, Geel will attract most of the strongest Belgian duathletes like Joerie Vansteelant (2 x world champion and preparing for another title in the Worlds in Zofingen this year), Jochen Neyrinck (last years surprising winner), local hero Roel Pauwels and Wim De Cort (vice-European champion Powerman). Only the upcoming talent Pieter Rijnders will not be present, after a training accident in which he was hit by a car. He is still recovering from theaccident and won’t make the race in his own region. And the Belgian supporters will certainly look out for former pro cyclist Dave Bruylandts.
The Belgians will get strong international competition. With Soren Bystrup from Denmark (2nd last year) and Armand Van der Smissen from the Netherlands (3rd last year) the complete 2010 podium is represented. Anthony Leduey (winner in 2009) sees Geel as the perfect preparation for Zofingen. The French athlete will be one of the main favourites. With Peter Bech (Denmark), Karl Prungraber (Austria), Wim Nieuwkerk (Holland), Matt Moorhouse (GBR) and Sebastian Retzlaff (Germany) the top-10 spots won’t come easy.
The women’s race wil also be a spectacular one headed by last years winner Ulrike Schwalbe from Germany. She will have to compete with Michelle Parsons (GBR, 2nd 2009) and Susanne Svendson (Denmark, 2nd 2010), as well as the surprising vice-European champion May Kestens from Holland. The Belgian supporters have the chance to witness the debut of short course European U23 champion Alexandra Tondeur on the Powerman distance. She won the Belgian championships short course and sprint duathlon this year and is well prepared for Geel. Her biggest challenger will be Ilse Geldhoff, the former cyclist. On the 8th of August the Powerman finish will not be in the beautiful city centre of Geel, because of roadworks to the city square. The new location is at the premises of local football team Verbr. Geel-Meerhout and offers the spectators a great view on the run and a part of the bike course. The bike course is also totally new and quite technical.
For more information please visit the website www.powerman.be and the IPA homepage www.powerman.org