• 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).

mercredi 21 novembre 2012

Our ride, Milani Cycles

In the past months, lots of people and friends have asked me or Andrea about our bike, or I should say "bici".
Words by velocitizen
The history of Milani:
The origin of Milani Cycles Factory dates way back to 1927, when three brothers began making bikes for themselves. All were top-quality racers in their own right at the time the company was formed. Giuseppe Milani was racing in the Bianchi team with the likes of Michele Mara, Domenico Piemontesi, Fiorenzo Crippae Ambrogio Morelli. Natale Milani, meanwhile, was racing with the Viscontea team and riding alongside Cino Cinelli - another great rider of the time who later went on to also found his own bicycle company.

As well as being a racer, Natale was already an accomplished craftsman. During World War II, he’d served with the Italian Air Force as a flight engineer. He regularly manufactured parts when spares weren’t available or made changes purely to improve upon existing designs. This ability to make things with hands, along with his understanding of engineering, led to Milani Cycles being among the first companies to make bicycle frames using aluminium alloy. As a result, Milani Cycles quickly became known as the best that money could buy.

The brothers’ first workshop, based in Gallarate, was in an excellent position too. It was surrounded by several giants of engineering, such as MV Agusta Aviation - later to became MV Agusta motorcycles and AgustaWestland helicopters - Caproni aviation, Macchi aviation, Frera motorcycles and Ganna Cycles. With this concentration of expertise to hand, it should be no real surprise that Milani Cycles quickly became one of the best manufacturers of bicycles in Italy. Yet Milani didn’t only construct bikes for themselves, they also produced some of the best bikes in the world for the biggest names in cycling. Their craftsmanship and attention to detail quite rightly made Natale Milani one of the most widely respected Italian frame builders. That dedication to detail is something that can equally be seen in the Milani products of today.

But a modern Milani was very nearly not to be. When Natale died in 1996, the brand lay dormant until Celeste Milani and his wife Paola Di Domenico resurrected the business. Today, they apply the same core values that Natale applied to his range of bikes - quality and performance. They also continue to offer the option to have any Milani frame custom-built. Their current range of bikes runs to a replica steel frame that recaptures one Natale’s original designs.

Milani today:
After many years of professional experience as manager for multinationals such as Nestlé, Virgin, McDonald's and Bulgari, Celeste Milani establishes a light, efficient and modern company. He creates the new center for Design and Production, where exclusive and tailor made frames are brought to life; puts the design into the hands of experts draftsmen; commits the frame’s production to skilled craftsmen; entrusts research development and product’s test to aeronautical engineers. Communication marketing and brand awareness are promoted through national and international sponsorships and prestigious partnerships with world famous brands.

Faithful to its history, Milani still produces frames designed and created entirely in Italy, by hand, with the same fine craftsmanship which characterized the firm’s origins, but also paying great attention to the ongoing evolution of materials, from steel to steel-inox, aluminium alloy and carbon fibre. Thanks to new technologies and new innovative workmanship, Milani Cycles preserves a perfect balance between tradition and progress to develop his philosophy: to realize high range and high quality frames.

Today, as in the past, the distinctive features to realize Milani’s frames are highest quality and technical standards, details, design and performance. Products range from classic road, cyclo-cross and track frames to triathlon and vintage frames.

These company’s features are the reasons for the successful and lasting partnership with the world known italian automobile company Maserati for the production of a Milani for Maserati range of bikes. 
Besides, the excellence and high performance of products have persuaded athletes like Andrea and I, to race with a MILANI N109 & N111, full carbon custom wrapped frames.

mercredi 7 novembre 2012

End of racing season Wrap Up

Hello Everyone,

I am posting an update from New Zealand where I just had a month break after a wonderful season of racing with Andrea.
I will comeback to our 2012 season in another post.
I left France at the end of September to race the Yokahama World Triathlon Series.
Surprisingly, I crossed the finish line 4th despite a sinus infection which we caught during the travel with Andrea.
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I knew from that point that it was a sign sent from my body, the season started to be long and the post Olympic Game good shape was disappearing.
We just had one race to do and it was the Final of the World Champs in Auckland, a very special race for me as I live a long part of the year in Christchurch... 49% kiwi as my NZ friends always tell me.

I tried to train the best I could for this tough race but I was far from being able to recover for what needed to be done.
The mind was saying yes but my muscles weren't following.
I flew to Auckland ranked number 6th in the Series and the expectations were propably to enter the top 5.
Well, in fact no.
High performance sport is very demanding and that race was a perfect example of the key of good preparation.
A hard course on a weak Laurent. End of the story. Finished 31st but I still very much appreciated all the support out there.
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I really wanted to perform better and to end the season on a high note but it wasn't possible.
Andrea did fantastic to grab another World Championship Medal.

So I am 8th in the 2012 World Championships and enjoying the off season with some friends in NZ before the big conditioning training block begins.

See you Soon, Laurent.

mercredi 12 septembre 2012

Winner of the Garmin Alpen Triathlon

Four days after I left Poitier where I won my 3rd national title, I headed up to Germany to compete in the 25th edition of the prestigious Garmin Alpen Triathlon.
This event also doubled as the  BundesLiga grand final.

A transition area in between lake and mountains
I already competed there last year and took the silver medal behind my good mate Will Clarke from Britain. Just like the 2012 French Champs, Schliersee is an old school triathlon with a one lap very hilly bike and a run in the middle of stunning mountains.
Final climb with Will Clarke

The bike leg consists of 40k with 4 hills finishing with a 5k climb followed by a roller coaster 10k off road at 1100m altitude.
In the lead with Will Clarke up the last climb

In the breakaway with Will Clarke in the last hill, I won the race after a little bit more than 2h in front of the German Olympian Christian Prochnow and my french team mate Tony Moulai.
Right at the finish I was delighted to taste the Kaisersmarren, a local speciality which is pretty much a massive thick pancake.
The podium of the day.

Without any doubt it was a great reward for all the 1000 athletes who competed but also a good way to short cut the beginning of a bonk.

With my win and the performance of Jonny Zipf, David Hauss, Patrick Lange and Will Clarke my German Team EJOT won the German Team Championship title.

1/ Laurent Vidal (FRA) 2h00min39sec
2/ Christian Prochnow (GER) 2h00min59sec
3/ Tony Moulai (FRA) 2h01min31sec
4/ Jonathan Zipf (GER) 2h01min36sec
5/ David Hauss (FRA) 2h02min16sec

In the woman's race, it's also a french who won as Charlotte Morel crossed the finish line ahead of Simic (SVL) and Mueller (GER).

Next stop Yokohama and Auckland for the last two events of the World Triathlon Series but first I will spend some time with my friends and family.
Photos courtesy of Team EJOT

mercredi 5 septembre 2012

2012 French Champion

It's almost a month since the Olympic race is over.
After the race, I had a week off in London where I did everything apart from exercising.
It was really enjoyable to support all the athletes competing in other events but also to chill out around the Olympic Village and of course party at night.
After the closing ceremony, I flew back to the South of france where I restarted training and I spent time with my friends and family.
If I judge by the amount of solicitations and extra attention I have got since London, I can be sure that the Olympic race was a great opportunity for the development of our sport in France.
The race was broadcasted on French TV with a Market share around 27% and an average of TV viewers during the 2hrs of 2 700 000!
The first few weeks back in france were pretty busy with PR and media commitments on top of the training but I really appreciated the extra attention to be part of the process to help triathlon grow in France.
I probably underestimated this post olympic factor leading into the Stockholm World Triathlon Series where I was useless.
I was there but my mind wasn't, I really didn't have the right attitude required to perform at that level of racing.
I knew that physically I was good but it's not enough in high performance, I DNF a race that I should't have started. I was a bit annoyed with myself and for the french team but fortunately my team mates did a great job and they managed to win the silver medal in the World Mixed Relay Championship.

I really enjoyed supporting Jess, Carole, Tony and Vincent, what a remarkable effort they did!
Champion de France- Photo: B.Regoli

A week later, I drove 700k accross France to compete in our National Championship.
Stockholm was a good wake up call and I lead into that race really relaxed and excited about it.
The French championships is never easy as France has some of the finest world class triathletes and the expectations are high when you turn up as the defending champion and recently 5th at the Olympics.
I started the race aggressively exiting 2nd out of the water and breaking away on the bike with 5 of us. The old school cycling course was tough, our lead extended to one minute at the 30k mark but we lost lots of time in the last 10km starting the run with a little head start of 17sec on a 30plus chase pack.
I knew I was in a tricky position but after a painfull first 500m, I managed to extend my lead and finally won my 3rd french champion title after 1h53min of racing.

During the cycling leg- Photo: B.Regoli

    •    1 VIDAL laurent 01:53:30
    •    2 MOULAI tony 01:54:10
    •    3 ROUAULT gregory 01:54:10
    •    4 RAPHAEL aurelien 01:54:19
    •    5 DIEMUNSCH etienne 01:54:40

The podium - Photo: JN Mahey

Next week I will be on the start line in Schliersee (GER) for the prestigious Garmin Alpen Triathlon, Final of the bundesliga.
Then I will head to Japan and New Zealand for the last two round of the World Triathlon Series.
Take care.

samedi 18 août 2012

Back to London - Olympic Games -

1h47min21sec I crossed the finish line fifth in the heart of Hyde Park crowded with a million people who came to attend the Olympic triathlon.
I have pins and niddles in both arms and cheeks, I have only one which: to lie down to recover.
I see David Hauss just behind the fence, we clap hands without saying a word.
We delivered on the day but on the podium, they were stronger!
Since I started my specific phase for that race, I did everything with James Elvery who didn't achieve the challenge to qualify for the New Zealand team.
We spent hours and hours together, beyond the sweat, lactic acid and pains, he threw me one day: "Bro, expect things to go wrong."
It is this simple sentence that I kept in mind, in any case it would be hard and if this sentence was true for me, it was also for others.
To have a chance to win this race, you will need to fight in order to don't loose it .
The pre-race is like many races but this time I watch Andrea four days before my race on TV.
She has a great race, and extremely concentrated from the start to the finish, she finished 6th beaten by girls stronger than her on that day.
Andrea during the run

Jessica Harrison in the first french crossing the line, finishing in 9th and other French Carole and Emmie missing the lead group after the swim screwed a bit heir chances to do well, they still fight to enjoy fully their games. Brave.
With David and Vincent two days before our race.

The morning of my race, it is 6:26, I woke up just before my alarm. I met David in the lobby of our hotel for a jog around the pool.
It is 8:00 and I swam 1500m and ran 30min.
I feel good, really relax, I know I'm ready and David is too.
Later, we go to the Olympic venue where the crowd is already massive. I look at Vincent Luis (my team mate) and tell him to get the most of it, we couldn't hide a smile during our warm-up.
There is no tension, no anxiety, it's been four years that we prepare for today and we will do what we know, we will perform.

I was so ready that things will be complicated,  I was surprised to find myself in the perfect scenario!
After a 10km Team Time triathlete of 17athlets, we caught the 5 breakaways formed after swimming and from now I'm in the lead group with 22 athletes (including David and Vincent).
33 competitors have therefore already lost the race.
Adapting to the race, I decided to save the maximum amount of energy I could on the bike as domestiques were keeping the pace on during the whole bike scion. They were no opportunity for a break.
I don't necessarily enjoy this type of racing but in order to grab the best place finish on the line this is what was the most valuable for me,hoping (knowing ;-)  ) my running legs wouldn't let me down.

My transition (T2) rom bike to run is average, I start the run in eighth position. As they have a little head start from T2, the Brownlee Brothers and Javier Gomez are impossible to follow, The pace is too quick on this first km for me to bridge any gap.
Quickly in 4th and 5th position with David, we know that Jonny Brownlee has penalty and we relay to keep him in sight.
In the 3rd lap of 4, I give it all and I believe we can catch him.
Finally, we never did, Jonny leaves only few seconds in front of us after his penalty and I'm exhausted. I gave everything in this hunt.
I learned to win by losing. I'm not afraid of losing because I know what it takes to win and today in front of me they were simply better.
So I crossed the line in 5th in the biggest race in the world.

This stunning race is ending the London 2012 Olympics campaign during which personally but collectively with the french team we have never stopped improving.
David 4th, Vincent11th without forgetting Tony Moulai Aurelien Raphael and Fred Belaubre for which we had to be ready.

A part of my supporters

Thanks for your messages, your support and encouragement if you were there.
Thanks to those who supported me to make this adventure possible.
The French Olympic Triathlon Team

Never ever ever ever give up.

Press realease, results and photos

jeudi 28 juin 2012

A month of racing

Management of fitness is something very individual.
2012 is very special compared to 2009/10/11, the major title of the season will not be decided on a series (World Championship) but on a single race, the Olympics.
A one day race brings uncertainty, nothing is ever 100% guaranteed. Obviously and fortunately, it is possible to limit the impact of random factors.

"The most important part of training is recovery."
During the past week I really focussed on my recovery after a cycle where I raced 4 times in 5 weeks.
-27/05/2012: A 11th place in Madrid in the World Series .:. More info .:.
-09/06/2012: A victory over a 11.3km run in Frontignan .
-17/06/2012: A Silver medal at the World Cup in Banyoles (ESP).:. More info .:.
-24/06/2012: 7th place in Kitzbuhel (AUT) in the World Series .:. Plus d'infos .:.
Banyoles World Cup Podium

Obviously achieving such a schedule after a hard block of training is definitely not the best to grab the best results for now but over the years I understood how to get ready for an event.
This year my target is to be fully fit early august and in that sense the past few weeks have been really important.
Nevertheless, I found myself able to grab descent results considering my fatigue.
We are five weeks from the goal of the year (the past four years): the Olympics. Around me, everyone tells me the "last straight", I do not really like that word it makes me think of a sprint while the period that separates me from the race will be anything but not something rushed!
I am confident but aware.

All the best, Laurent.
OTHER-For the second time this year I found myself leading the world ranking "ITU Point List" co-leader with Andrea leading the women!

 ITU Point List World Ranking 24/06/2012

lundi 21 mai 2012

Mashup of the last month

Us during a long ride in my region in South of France.

Hi all,
The D-100 for the Olympic Games function organised by the French Olympic Committee seems so long ago and I ended today certainly the best 4 week training cycle I ever did.
The month was pretty tough and I am fortunate to share my training between Sète and Montpellier with James Elvery. After training together in NZ, we are now helping each other for the big season ahead of us (him in Long distance now and me with the Olympics). And of course Andrea is with us for every session.
About my preparation, the crew of Nicolas Geay  ( for national TV 2)  followed me one day for a report from the "inside".
It was a standard Saturday of April / May including a session 6.3 k swim with the "pole France", a specific bike session paced behind the scooter and 19km of run including a 5x1500 race pace efforts with 1min rest.
This is a massive opportunity to promote our sport in France as it was for the most famous and followed sport show.
We are still lagging behind other countries but it will only get better!
Here is the link for the video ( in french only).

As you know if you follow me, in 2012 I am ride Milani bicycles (Andrea since 2009).
Milani is an authentic and genuine product actually 'Made in Italy'. Milani preserves  a perfect balance between tradition and innovation to develop his philosophy to realize high quality frames for racing bicycles.
I just received the N109 with the new 2012 Sram Red and Quarq power meter and Zipp Firecrest wheels (the model of Zipps varies between 101, 303, 404 or 808 depending on the race course).
(More photos available on my facebook page). 

The bike has been amazing to ride in my first outings and I am excited to attack the tough course in Madrid next week with this weapon and on to London.
Finally, bad weather was expected over most of France for the next few days so I prepared a "minimix" and I am sharing it with you.
Next race coming up: Madrid  World Serie in 6 days.


mardi 17 avril 2012

Bronze in Sydney World Triathlon Series #1 ... plus bonus.

Believe it or not but I am posting this news from my flight between Dubai and Paris! It's crazy what technology allows us to do theses days.
To be honest, I haven't purchased 100MB of credit only to update my website. I submited a change in my whereabouts in the ADAMS system .
After a great summer in New Zealand I will be in France this afternoon but not home yet as I will stay 36hours in Paris for the ceremony of the day minus 100 until the London Olympics Games. This event is organized all over the world by national Olympic committees. It's an honor to be part of it and it's also a good way to promote our sport to everyone.
Anyway, that's not the purpose of my post.
Last week, I raced the opening round of the World Triathlon Series in Sydney and I took the Bronze medal, 9 seconds behind the winner Steffen Justus and 2sec behind Richard Murray second.
The Sydney course still feels unreal! What a stunning place. A dive start in front of the opera house in clear blue water followed by the first transition in between the opera house and the Harbour Bridge and to finish a bike and run leg in between Macquarie Street and the botanic gardens. What an experience!
At 10:36 (live TV ) I started ( I had a pretty average start tho) on the right side of the pontoon. 1500m later, I managed to exit the ocean 13second behind the leader.
From that point, I was in the lead group.
Early on, James Elvery ( sweet bro) from New Zealand and Ivan Vassiliev from Russia broke away from the peloton and did an impressive 40km bike together to start the run with more than a minute ahead of us, the chasers.
My focus on the bike was to stay out of trouble as the course was designed very tight and I noticed that there was a lot of nervosity in the bunch: Sydney was an Olympic Qualifying race for the NZers, Australians and Canadians.
In transition 2, the challenge was to catch the leaders as soon as possible.
The pace was ON straight away and after the first of four laps we ( Murray, Justus and I) were only 30 sec behind Vassiliev.
Sydney was different to Mooloolaba ( the world cup I won three weeks ago), the run course was flat, more speed was required and when Steffen Justus surged with 3k to go I gave "all in" to try to catch him.
There were nothing I could do, he was stronger (harder, better, faster too ?!) and I realized that I was burning a bit myself. Richard Murray passed me again and drop me with 800m to go.
I couldn't respond and crossed the line third!

It was a good day and the way it all happened is confirming my form and the way my training will go over the next 6 weeks up until Madrid WTS.

I am really pleased to achieve my base training on a solid result. Over the last four months, I raced four times and I felt my performances increasing the right way. Ok this time I didn't win but I guess I am where I am supposed to be.
Full credit to Steffen and Richard for their performances, they earned it in a gutsy way.

I also have a little story from this week end, it's not a big deal ( ok, yes it is a big deal ;-) ) : In this early season, I am taking the first spot on the world ranking (ITU point list) for the first time of my career. Andrea insured her leadership on the women's ranking ( by finishing also 3rd in Sydney) ! Even if it is going to change in the next weeks, you can't blame me for being pleased with that !

For more infos, video, full results and et press release here.:.
Photos are courtesy of Delly Carr  and Clare Clarke.
Before leaving you I would like to share with the scientists of my readers my powerdata ( rollercoaster photo below) from Sydney with the race course and a few numbers:
-AVG Power: 4,43Watts/kg ( w/ 48 peaks over 10Watts/kg).
-Best 5min: 5,9 Watts/kg
-Best 1min: 7,6Watts/kg

lundi 26 mars 2012

Sprint to first ITU World Cup win in Australia!

Last week end, 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.

Since my last race in Geelong mid february, I shared my training between Christchurch and an altitude camp in the southern Alps of New Zealand.
After a first 8 weeks training block achieved, my friend and team mate David Hauss joined me to hammer some precious miles together looking towards London.
We had a great six weeks together alongside the high performance squad of Tri NZ and the legend Simon Whitfield.
Plenty of work done in a great atmosphere and outstanding landscape as usual in NZ!

Wednesday I left the frost of the snowfarm for the heat of the sunshine coast of Australia for the opening of the World Cup season in Mooloolaba.
The 20 year old race is part of triathlon history in Australia and has one the toughest course you can find on the circuit with a surf swim and a very hilly/ windy bike and run leg.

I have raced a few times there and in the past I have always burnt out on that course so I arrived in Queensland knowing what I was going in for.

I started the race ranked number two and after a good beach start I exited the ocean in the top 10.
On the ride I managed to stay on the front of the lead group without doing too much unnecessary work as I knew the last 10k would be super tough.
I started the run in 7th and found my rhythm straight. It was important for me to stay focussed on my own feelings and I was pleased to be leading the race with a group of 5 including the defending champion Brad Kahlefeldt, the silver medalist from last year Brendan Sexton, spanish Mario Mola and my team mate David Hauss.

After a couple of surges on the hills, David made his move with 1k to go, Brendan Sexton fell off the pace and from then I knew it was gonna end up on a 4 way sprint finish.

With 400m to go I decided to go and hold on until the finish and this is what happened.

I am pretty delighted winning the 1st World Cup of the year. It was always gonna be super tough as all athletes are looking for Olympics Points and a fast hit out after hard months of training.
Plus, Mooloolaba is surely one of the most prestigious races to win, I am now in the palmares with big names of our sport like Bevan Docherty, Miles Stewart, Chris McCormack, Courtney Atkinson, Javier Gomez, Brad Kahlefeldt...

With that win I am moving up to the second spot in the world ranking just in between Javier Gomez and Alistair Brownlee.
I know we are early in the season and a lot of work is still ahead of me but I won't complain with that win!
As I always say, it's important to enjoy good results especially when Andrea had also a stellar day finishing 3rd in the women's race reinforcing her leadership in the world ranking.

After two days easy with rock hard calves I am now back in Christchurch where I will finish my base training with my mates James Elvery, Tom Davison and Dylan McNeice.
Mooloolaba doesn't change anything to my plan, I know where I am and where I want to get. Work ahead.
.:.Watch video, press release and full results.:.

See you soon.

Photos are courtesy of Delly Carr and Wayne Nevrilk. Feel free to contact them if you would like some images in high resolution.

jeudi 15 mars 2012

Shots of Wanaka's training camp.

Since my  victory in Geelong (AUS) , I am back into training with  Andrea in the south island of New Zealand.
David Hauss and Mélanie Annaheim have joinded us for a six weeks training block leading towards  Mooloolaba World cup season opener at the end of march.

After several requests, I share with you few shots of our life as triathletes in the South Island of NZ:

Lake Tekapo on the road to Wanaka with Mélanie, Andréa, Aurélien et David.

Our lodge on top of the mountains.

The crown range pass.

Snack time half way through the long ride.
Our running trails by Lake Wanaka.

Sprint finish with David at the end of a run session, Simon Whitfield et Kris Gemmell are the referees.

Andrea is out training no matter what.

Helpful when the legs get tights!

Have a good day or night.
Chasing performances
Photos Mélanie Annaheim  (& me). 
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