Powerman Duathlon World Champion Gael Le Bellec Arrives

Powerman Duathlete Champion Gael Le Bellec (R) during the Press Conference yesterday

Young yet mature, gritty and determined, kind and soft spoken, Duathlete Gael Le Bellec will be a force to reckon with for many years to come.

This 27-year old French-British duathlete is one of the emerging stars of this sport and considering that he just got serious with the run-bike-run discipline just a few years ago, he is turning out to be one of the youngest, biggest stars in Europe as well as one of the best worldwide.

Le Bellec has bagged places in numerous competitions, such as placing 7th in the French Cross Country Semi Finals, and 3rd on Tour de Nouvelle-Caledonie. Very recently, this emerging talent showed some of his wares by winning back to back French Nationals and Duathlon World Championships in 2014 and topped the Men’s ITU Elite category at the 2014 ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland besting 32 other professional athletes in the 10km Run, 150km Bike, 30km Run course.

L-R: Thumbie Remigio, Powerman Pilipinas Race Director, Le Bellec and Ias Bernardo, Powerman Duathlon Philippines President

Left most is Ms. JM Conopio, PR Head of Echo Channels, marketing arm of the Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas

Le Bellec is curently in Manila where he was flown in by F and F International Events Group Inc., the country’s franchise of the world’s most prestigious duathlon series and organizers of the Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas.

Le Bellec, who will only be staying in the Philippines for a short stint, aims to promote duathlon as a growing competitive sport and to elevate its status in the country, before he returns to participate in the upcoming Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas on November 14-15 in Balanga, Bataan. (Race Details here: https://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/inaugural-powerman-duathlon-pilipinas-november-14-15-2015-details-here/)

Mr. Raymund Magdaluyo (standing), Co-organizer of the Powerman Duathlon Philippines

“I express my gratitude to the Powerman Philippines for their invitation and their professionalism. I feel that teams like F and F will help duathlon move a step forward! Southeast Asia has the capacity to make duathlon become a big sport and become as performed as triathlon. The Powerman is the path duathlon has to follow in order to become as famous as ironman. It’s a real give and take between Powerman association and international organizers” Le Bellec adds.

The Powerman Duathlon series will be hosted in the country for the first time, and will be featuring the Powerman Classic distance of 10km-60km-10km as well as the Short category with a 5km-30km-5km distance. The duathlon series also serves as the official qualifying event for the 2016 ITU Powerman Long Distance Duathlon World Championship.

“More than just the chance of bringing the world class sports event to the country, this is also an opportunity for us to send our athletes to the international arena,” Powerman Duathlon Philippines President Tobias Bernardo said during the official media launch held at the Balesin Islander Restaurant, Alphaland Makati.

With co-bloggers and the media

Bernardo, a marketing specialist and multisport enthusiast, has teamed up with veteran adventure racer Thumbie Remigio – organizer of the country’s biggest and longest running duathlon series – and restaurateur Raymund Magdaluyo to introduce the world class sports event to the Philippines.

F and F events group is also the team behind the Bataan International Triathlon (Bi3) event which was awarded as the 2015 Race of the Year by SwimBikeRun (SBR.ph) in the same media event.

Registration for this event is still open. For more additional details, you can check out this link: https://jazzrunner.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/inaugural-powerman-duathlon-pilipinas-november-14-15-2015-details-here/ or http://powermanph.com/.

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Inaugural Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas: November 14-15, 2015–Details Here

It seems like good times here in the country for those who participate in multi-sports competitions as these athletes are gearing up once again for one of the largest, well-known global duathlon race organization, the POWERMAN which is heading to Balanga in Bataan for the Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas to be held on November 14-15, 2015. Aside from our local athletes, more than a dozen other professional duathletes from Europe, the U.S. and Asia will compete in this inaugural event.

The Powerman Pilipinas duathlon will be the perfect opportunity for novice multi-sports athletes who are not yet into swimming to test their skills in the run-bike-run discipline along the well-paved roads and picturesque surroundings of Balanga. This is a great venue for the regular triathlete and veteran duathletes to focus on their speed and transition times.

The start and finish will be at the Earthfield Center in Balanga with the run course to be held at the Enrique Garcia Senior Avenue (1 loop) x 10k while the bike ride will be along an almost flat course at the Roman Super Highway (30kms) 2 loops.The bike course venue will be generally traffic-free and travelling to Bataan will be very accessible via  SCTEX where athletes can arrive in about 2.5-3.5 hours time of easy driving from Metro Manila.

The Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas 2015 aims to raise the level of competition in the Philippine duathlon scene. The event offers a classic category with distances of 10-60-10 km (run-bike-run), a 10-30-10 km sprint and kid’s categories.

This inaugural event takes place on November the 14th and 15th, with veteran race organizer, Thumbie Remegio as over-all Race Director. He has teamed up with marketing executive and multisport enthusiast Tobias Bernardo and restaurateur Raymund Magdaluyo to bring in Powerman to the Philippines.

Powerman Duathlon Pilipinas is a qualifying event for the 2016 Powerman ITU Long Distance Duathlon World Championships in Zofingen, Switzerland. The event welcomes professional and highly competitive age-group athletes, seasoned multisport athletes who want to take on a different challenge as well as beginner multisport athletes.

DISTANCES:

Race Type Distance
Classic Individual 10k RUN -60k BIKE – 10k RUN
Classic Relay (2-3 persons) 10k RUN -60k BIKE – 10k RUN
Classic Relay (mixed) 10k RUN -60k BIKE – 10k RUN
Sprint Individual 5k RUN -30k BIKE – 5k RUN
PowerKids

Fees for Foreign Residents

Race Type Now-14 May 2015 15 May 2015-14 Aug 2015 15 Aug 2015- 15 Oct 2015
Classic (Individual)
USD 80
USD 90
USD 100
Classic (Relay)
USD 115
USD 135
USD 160
Sprort (Individual)
USD 60
USD 70
USD 80
PowerKids 6-8 yrs
USD 17
USD 19
USD 21
PowerKids 9-10 yrs
USD 17
USD 19
USD 21
PowerKids 11-12 yrs
USD 17
USD 19
USD 21

Fees for Philippine Residents

Race Type Now-14 May 2015 15 May 2015-14 Aug 2015 15 Aug 2015- 15 Oct 2015
Classic (Individual)
USD 70
USD 80
USD 90
Classic (Relay)
USD 115
USD 135
USD 160
Sport (Individual)
USD 50
USD 60
USD 70
PowerKids 6-8 yrs
USD 17
USD 19
USD 21
PowerKids 9-10 yrs
USD 17
USD 19
USD 21
PowerKids 11-12 yrs
USD 17
USD 19
USD 21

Click here to register: http://www.goadventureasia.com/PMP/pmp.htm

Our top duathletes presented during the Powerman Launch

The Fitness and Athletics Indoor Duathlon

Last night, i was able to take a first-hand peek of the ongoing Indoor Duathlon Competition for elites inside the Fitness and Athletics Sports Store at the Bonifacio Global City. I was invited by no less than Ms. Arleen Lindo, Chris Sports’ Marketing Manager to witness the activity itself, a 3km run, a 20km bike and another 2km run.

The indoor duathlon event, the first in the country is using special equipment that have been tested in fitness gyms all over the world. For the run, the Intenza Entertainment 550 TE Treadmill is being used while the Pro-Form Le Tour De France stationary trainers are for the transition to the bike part. What’s great about both equipment is that you draw the route anywhere in the world from Google Maps which can be downloaded automatically to the machines.

I was with a group of media people, bloggers, sports celebrities and other enthusiasts to witness two sports celebrities compete not against each other but against the clock and i was amazed on the determination of both competitors as they muscled their way as if they were competing outdoors.

Sandra Araullo-Gonzales on the bike trainer

Doing the duathlon side by side were top triathlete Sandra Araullo-Gonzales, a two-time South East Asian Games Silver Medalist for triathlon/ KONA World Ironman Championship Finisher last year and Actress-Commercial model, runner and triathlete Ms. Isabelle Daza.

All eyes though were strained on Sandra as she pounded the Intenza Treadmill with 4-5 mins/kilometer pace as she made the competition her own. She was all sweat and intense on her run, concentrated on both form and the information generated on the treadmill dials and was constant on her pace all throughout.

And on the treadmill (Photo by Running Atom)

The bike transition was no less intense as she cascaded from a slow start to a fast moving cadence for the 20 km ride. Over-all she did an astonishing 1:12 for the 3k/20k/2k run-bike-run!

Isabelle on the Pro-Form Le Tour De France trainer

While Sandra was all aggressive and concentrated, Isabelle was more relaxed and steady, as if she were doing an easy to moderate LSD run on a Saturday evening at the UP grounds. She was nonetheless resolve in getting in those needed kms and she did push her effort at times, doing some fast sprints for variation.

Sandra after her finish

With my new idol! 🙂

It was a bit arduous watching the two pounding the mileage away but not really going anywhere and the waiting, while you were there standing up all along and observing was a bit tiresome. How i wished i was doing the activity myself.

But when Sandra shouted out that she had only 1 kilometer to go for the last run leg, everybody got so excited that they went near her and cheered until she finished the race!

It was a nice experience watching the two do their thing, both being triathletes and the results of using state-of-the-art exercise machines was incredible as they turned out to be very good and accurate–just like doing the real thing outdoors! Congratulations to both Sandra and Isabelle!

If anyone of you here would want to join this indoor duathlon, you can still register as the event will run until August 31, 2013. You can register via their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fitnessandathletics. Thanks to Jeffrey and Running Atom for the photos!

Here are some details:

Some pictures during the event:

With CJ, Cheryl and Mars

With co-bloggers and Ms. Mascy Pineda of Suunto, next on my right

With blogger Franc Ramon and Mascy Pineda of Suunto