• Sprints to first ITU World Cup win in Australia

    I claimed my first ITU World Cup win with an electrifying sprint in Mooloolaba, just pipping reigning champion Brad Kahlefeldt and another Frenchman, David Hauss, on the line in the first major event of the 2012 season. ( March, 2012).

  • Winner in Geelong (AUS) for the ITU Continental Cup.

    After shadowing with Will Clarke (GBR) on the last lap, I managed to kick away with the finish line in sight. ( March, 2012).


    After 2011, I won again in Wanaka for the Contact Tri Serie in Wanaka over a strong Kiwi field. (january 2012)


    After 2009, I won my 2nd national title. I am really pleased with my victory, it will give me the joy to lead into the Olympics as the French Champion! (September,2011).


    I answered the London call and secured my spot for the next Olympic Game by finishing 6th and 1st French in the Olympic Test event(August,2011).

vendredi 21 janvier 2011

2011 starts in Wanaka with Altitude Camp (...& Back racing)

After a couple of weeks in Christchurch training around the bays. I head up with Andrea, Kris Gemmell & Dylan McNeice to the southern Alps of NZL for a serious training block at atltitude.
It's my second time at the Snowfarm and I must say I am still amazed to train in such a great place. The trails are endless for running and we have really good swimming facilities in Wanaka which is 30min drive from the top of our mountain.
The triathlon World was on fire last weekend as Wanaka city was hosting over 2000 triathletes to compete.
Tony Dodds, NZL team member and racing in his home town made up a little challenge doubling the prize money to anyone able to beat him in the Tri NZ series Elite men... Dare on!
Media involved, the race venue was packed when most of the top kiwi olympic distance athletes started in town at 8:10pm.
I was the only foreigner in the race and I was excited to kick off 2011 after a 2010 season made of injuries.
The race went well and we did it the hard way. To be honest, I wasn't really excepting that for this time of the year.

I excited the water in the front after 750m wetsuit swim in choppy lake wanaka. Straight on the bike, Kris Gemmell, Tony Dodds, Aaron Barclay and myself put the hammer down and we were happy to see we made a gap with all the rest of the field.
We ended up the 20k bike with a 30" lead a little bit exhausted but surrounded by the huge crowd.
Kris Gemmell dictated the pace early on the run. After 1,5k I decided to surge, a good move. I held the lead and crossed the line first in front of local Tony Dodds followed by Kris Gemmell.
I really enjoyed the race and I am happy to be back racing at this level early on the season.
I am now back into my altitude training in the middle of the mountains. From here, I wish you an happy new year.

Take care.

Finish/Name/Swim/Bike/Run/ Overall
1er Laurent Vidal 09:08 / 29:54 / 14:13/ 53:15
2eme Tony Dodds 09:06/ 29:56 / 14:29 /53:31
3eme Kris Gemmell 09:10 / 29:51 / 14:46 /53:47

4eme Ryan Sissons 09:16 / 30:24 / 14:08 / 53:48

5eme James Elvery 09:12 / 30:28 / 15:05 / 54:45

Press Release from TriNZ
Frenchman steals the show in Wanaka
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