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/.