Breakfast with Bob: Nice, France Edition
Filmed on location at Le Siecle Restaurant at Hotel West End on the Promenade des Anglais at the world championships in Nice. Brought to you by Velofix, Polar, UCAN, Active.com, and Premium Plus Sports Travel.
Alistair Brownlee – 2nd Place
Last year Alistair did everything right at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in South Africa, but still came up short. In one of the greatest races of all time his splits of 21:57, 2:04:29 and 1:07:39 came up just short to two-time Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno who ran an amazing 1:06:33 half marathon and ended up with a 1:11 margin of victory over Alistair, who took the silver. Alistair has two Olympic Gold Medals to his name and he’d like nothing better than a Gold at 70.3 Worlds before heading into his first Kona.
Kristian Blummenfelt – 4th Place
Kristian just won the ITU Grand Final in Lausanne the week before 70.3 Worlds. Can Kristian use that ITU speed and success in Nice to get the 70.3 World Championship?
Radka Kahlefeldt – 6th Place
Radka is from the Czech Republic and was on the 2000 national cross country ski team. She won 70.3 Davao eleven weeks after giving birth to baby Ruby and was fifth at the 2018 70.3 Worlds only nine months after Ruby was born!
Bart Aernouts – 6th Place
No one had ever gone under 8 hours in Kona until last October when Patrick Lange shattered his own course record and won the race. Bart Aernouts of Belgium, a multiple time top ten finisher in Kona, had the best race of his life and took second to Lange that day. He is one of only two athletes in the 40 year history of the event to go sub eight in Kona!
Javier Gomez – 7th Place
How many people have won an ITU World Championship, an Ironman 70.3 World Championship, the XTERRA World Championship, plus an Olympic Silver Medal? Javier Gomez just might be the only person in that very elite club!
Ben Kanute – 10th Place
Ben is a 2016 Olympian representing the US who is hoping to win Ironman 70.3 Worlds in Nice and make the 2020 US Olympic Team for the mixed relay. In 2017 he led the 70.3 Worlds for most of the day until getting caught by the great Javier Gomez late in the run. In 2018 he ended up fourth at 70.3 Worlds behind future Triathlon Hall of Famers Jan Frodeno, Alistair Brownlee, and Javier Gomez. Ben loves the big moments and seems to save his best results for when it matters most.
Josh Amberger – 17th Place
Josh has been training with top cyclist Cam Wurf for a big part of the summer. As someone who could be first out of the water in Nice, has his cycling improved enough to hold off the great runners who will be trying to chase him down?
Anytime Patrick goes to the starting line, everyone has their eyes on the two-time Ironman World Champion and course record holder.
Frederik Van Lierde
In 2019 the 2013 Ironman World Champion took third place at Ironman Nice, which had been shortened because of the heat and bad air quality. But there is no doubt Frederik loves racing in Nice since he has won Ironman France five times!
Rob was a good age-group triathlete who, while out on a training ride with friends, lost control of his bike, crashed and was told that he would never walk again. What the doctors did not tell him was that he could not tri again. He qualified for Ironman 70.3 Worlds at the Buffalo Springs 70.3 race in Texas this summer and hopes to one day complete a full Ironman as well!
Elmar first got into triathlon in 2004, but in 2010 he had a cardiac event at home and his wife and neighbor were able to save his life. In 2011 he was told he needed a new heart and in February of 2012 he was told that, without the help of machines, he would die if he did not get a heart transplant. In June he received a heart and he has been living life full-on ever since, finishing five Ironmans and 14 70.3s.
Chris Guillemet – Co-Founder Velofix
6 years ago, Chris Guillemet co-founded mobile bike service company Velofix, which has seen incredible growth over 6 years, reaching 150 franchise partners across North America. Chris joined us to talk about some of their new initiatives, which includes launching corporate vans in Austin, Texas this year.