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Deidre tried Gexto M distance in Spain

Getxo Triathlon - M distance - 16 October 2016 by Deidre Derworiz The Getxo triathlon is part of the Santander race series in Spain and includes both M and S distances. I did the M (‘Olympico’) distance.  The most difficult part of the race was figuring out how to sign ...

Camille’s 1st event is Barcelona S

Barcelona S - 9 October 2016     by Camille Poulet So my first triathlon (Sprint) in Barcelona ! I have been to Barcelona several times, so I was not stressed about the location. But I have never before competed in a triathlon, so that was a surprise for me. I ...

Tom’s 1st Ironman in Barcelona

Ironman Barcelona - 2 October 2016 by Tom Scott I arrived in Calella friday evening after flying across to Barcelona and then taking the train up - just enough time in the evening to sort my bike out then continue carbo loading in a local restaurant with Julien, Rebecca and ...

Alexandra 4th L race this season: Natureman

Natureman Triathlon - 2k/90K/20k - Verdon, France - 2 October 2016 by Alexandra Messenger Natureman : la der de 2016 / the best for last… There are some races that affect you and are priceless and worth several weeks of training for a few minutes of unforgettable images with scenery for ...

After Amiens Cat is back in 1st place

Triathlon d'Amiens - Olympic Distance - 25 September 2016 As told by Chief Race Office Sean Hurst After racing a few weeks ago on the other side of the world it was back to reality for Cat with a catch up race for Challenge points after missing Chantilly. These 'local' ...

Louis goes from XS to L in just 4 events (Trialong)

Trialong L distance - Bois le Roi - 18 September 2016 by Louis Leclerc About the race: Classic L, 1.9km swim in two loops + two loops of 47km in bike, not hilly (about 200D+ if I'm right) + a semi-marathon in the woods, in three 7km loops. I guess ...

Louise’s eventful 1st L distance at Saint Jean de Luz

Saint Jean de Luz L Distance - 10 September 2016 by Louise Waters I came to this race with absolutely no goal bar one: to finish.  If I was being completely honest, I originally wanted to sign up to the Olympic distance but I missed the boat and it had ...

(English) Alex 8th overall at Evergreen 118

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Laura’s 1st M distance triathlon in Saint Jean de Luz

Saint Jean de Luz M Distance - 10 September 2016 by Laura Whitworth It all began this time last year when I decided to sign up to my first Olympic distance triathlon. SLJ was the first race that came into my mind. I grew up in Espelette, only 30 km ...

Cat at the 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba

Ironman 70.3 World Championship - Mooloolaba, Australia - 4 September 2016 by Catherine Thomas It all started in Luxembourg at the end of June when I found myself at the roll down ceremony after the Ironman 70.3 race being offered a place for the World Championships in Mooloolaba, Australia. Without ...

Kathryn’s Triathlon Trifecta

Mont Blanc Tri - Sprint distance -  20 August 2016  and Chateau de Chantilly Tri - M distance - 28 August 2016 by Kathryn Harrison Training Camp and Two Triathlons in two weeks – had I bitten off more than I could chew? Having spent the first three months of the year ...

Loïc at Lévézou Olympic for his 1st Triathlon

Lévézou M distance - 27 August 2016 - Villefranche de Panat (12) Aveyron, France by Loïc Blanchard Format: M distance, 1,5km swim, 40km bike (560D+/D-), 10km run Organizer: Rodez Triathlon 12 (http://club.quomodo.com/triathlon12/) More info: http://triathlon-du-levezou.fr My very first triathlon After joining Expatriés Triathlon in May 2016, I decided to go ...

Vincent et Manola et Les Gorges de l’Ardèche

Gorges de l'Archeche Triathlon L distance - 25 August 2016 by Vincent Brizon After a wonderful holiday in the Gorges de l'Ardèche in the south of France with Fabrice, Guillaume, Jerôme (futur expat team member 2017), my wife (Manola), my 3 children and my dog, we ended our week with ...

(English) Chris and Saleema at the Copenhagen Ironman

 Copenhagen Ironman Triathlon - 21 August 2016 by Chris Jamieson The day started at 4am with two world colliding...the loud, colourful Copenhagen Pride party goers starting to make their way home just as the quiet, reflective Ironman competitors were making their way through the city to the start. Then exiting ...

(English) Daniel and Carol tri Lac Labelle Tri in Oconomowoc, WI

Lake County Sprint Tri - Lac Labelle, Oconomowoc, WI - 13 August 2016 By Daniel Scott Hamm I met Carol Jorgenson in 1976 in our first year of high school. We were both on the Waukesha South High School gymnastics team and saw each other daily during the season as ...

(English) Luis earns his title at Ironman Maastricht-Limburg

Ironman Maastricht-Limburg 2016 Ironman - 31st July 2016 By Luis Rojas The day started at 3 am when my alarm went off after a short sleepless night. A quick shower followed by a good breakfast, and off to Maastricht. I arrived at transition promptly at 5 am, giving me plenty ...

(English) Chris and the Marmotte of Alpe d’Huez

Alpe d'Huez L distance Triathlon 2016 - 28 July 2016 Grin or grimace? By Chris Jamieson (and his Marmot) A Beauty AND a Beast! Triathlon took over what is normally the summer cycling mecca of Alpe D'Huez for the last week of July with around 4000 competitors descending on the ...

(English) Gauthier returns to Alpe d’Huez 2016

Alpe d'Huez L distance Triathlon - 28 July 2016 By Gauthier Bonnot It was the second time I ran this race. I did it last year and felt disappointed regarding my performance; very bad swimming and completely out of energy for the running part. So this year I decided I ...

(English) L’Etape du Tour : Megève to Morzine

L’Etape du Tour : Megève to Morzine by Manola Brizon On July 10th, we experienced an exceptional day of cycling from Megève to Morzine, surpassed ourselves, despite the heat and the difficulty of the route. We were allow to ride in the same conditions as the pros for a day (final ...

(English) Sean and the Brownlee Bro’s in Stockholm

Stockholm ITU Triathlon - M distance - 25 July 2016 by Sean Hurst Stockholm ITU Triathlon weekend 2­5 (July 2016) Barely a fortnight had passed since getting back from Luxembourg when we were packing the bikes up again and flying off to Stockholm for the ITU race. We timed our arrival so ...

(English) Louis ‘Survives’ his 1st M Triathlon

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(English) Open Swim Stars 2016

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(English) Ionut at Beauvais L for the 2nd time

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(English) 3rd time’s a charm for Chris in Luxembourg

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(English) Cat’s support crew reports in from Luxembourg 70.3

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(English) Roberto: the fan favorite at Nice IM 2016

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(English) Bertrand le Coach cours à Deauville

Triathlon de Deauville - Olympic Distance - 4 June 2016 par Bertrand Raymond Ce week-end le rendez-vous était à DEAUVILLE en NORMANDIE pour le Triathlon International de DEAUVILLE, connue aussi pour son Festival de Cinéma Américain. Tous les ans le nombre de participants augmente. Cette année, nous n’étions pas loin ...

(English) Deidre D in Deauville – 4 June 2016

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David and Sudeep do Gommeville

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(English) Alex shares the Belfort experience 2016

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(English) Aytyg’s 1st Olympic distance tri in Paris

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(English) From Poland to Paris by Kamila

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(English) Guillaume’s 1st Tri at Enghien

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(English) Matthieu the courageous in Versailles

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(English) Farid starts with a 70.3 in Barcelona

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(English) Laetitia and the Roi Soleil in Versailles

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(English) Kathryn at Choisy-au-Bac Sprint

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(English) Quiberon Experience 2016

From Daniel Hamm, The past weekend in Quiberon was extremely dense. I have been trying since last night on the drive back to find a way to briefly and exhaustively report on the weekend and have finally accepted that I won't be able to cover everything. You will just have ...

(English) Chris enjoys the rain in Spain during Mallorca 70.3

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(English) Alex’s first race of the season in Cannes

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(English) Alexandra’s 70.3 in Dubai – 1st career triathlon

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2015

(English) Karen et al. give Noisy le Grand a tri

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(English) Alex finishes Natureman in 4:59:31 jumping to #1 for 2014-15

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(English) Hilary runs the hills of Paris-Versailles

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(English) End of season get-away – Triathlon of Toulouse

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(English) Sean + Cat tri out the Pula 70.3 Ironman

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(English) Chris attacks Europe’s oldest 226k triathlon in Almere

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(English) Alex at Ironbask HIM in St Jean de Luz for the 2nd time

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Paul shares on the illustrious Quiberon Triathlon

Quiberon Triathlon - 6 September 2015 - Olympic distance by Paul Guillochon Quiberon is on the tip of a peninsula in Southern Brittany. The triathlon (sprint/Olympic) is always held during the first weekend of September – which guarantees (up to now) good weather conditions. Getting to Quiberon for a weekend ...

Nils reports on Cyclo Sportive de la Sainte Fiacre

CYCLO-SPORTIVE DE LA SAINTE FIACRE - 6 September 2015 - Croissy by Nils Calasanzio Monnier The Cyclo-Sportive de la Sainte Fiacre was one of the few cycling events our members have attended this season. Three itineraries were available: 65km, 90km, 125km. While the majority of us intended to complete the ...

Ionut shares his experience at Chantilly M distance

Triathlon du Château de Chantilly - 29 August 2015 - Olympic Distance by Ionut Pirva Sunday, the 30th of August 2015, at 4 o’clock in the morning the alarm clock went off. It was a beautiful morning and I was anxious to meet the Expatriates mates with whom I would ...

Ed and Adrien participate in Ironman Vichy 2015

Ironman Vichy - 29 August 2015 - HIM distance by Ed Van De Logt The Venue The Ironman Vichy consists of 2 races, the Ironman 70.3 (which Adrian and I did) and the full Ironman distance. Being formerly part of the ‘Challenge’ series (Ironman’s big competitor), it was taken-over by the Ironman ...

Evelyne competes her 1st triathlon at Chantilly

Triathlon de Chateau de Chantilly - 29 August 2015 - Super Sprint by Evelyne Ferraris For my first foray into the world of triathlon, I decided to sign up for the Super Sprint (400m/20km/4km) course at Chantilly. Since I spent more time and energy registering for the race and buying ...

Olympic tri de Mont Blanc

Sallanches, France – Olympic  – 22 August 2015 By Julio Aprea I won’t go into the social and logistics aspects of the Triathlon de Mont Blanc as it is nicely covered by Louise for the sprint. Suffice to say that Sarah found amazing accommodation (details at end of post), the views ...

Budapest 70.3: RACING ATTILA THE HUN (GARIAN)

Budapest 70.3 Half Ironman - 22 August 2015 - Chris Jamieson It was not going as planned... First the Rockstar, aka Rosario, had to abandon (rumours of some debauch hotel trashing related "sports injury" have been strongly denied by his agent...) Then the recent hot weather pumped up the water ...

Sprint Triathlon de Mont Blanc

Sallanches, France – Sprint  – 22 August 2015 By Louise Waters, with Sarah Hosking & Nora Masters After an early start and a few train changes with heavy bike bags and luggage, Nora, Sarah, Julio and I arrived at Sallanches around midday on Friday. Thanks to Sarah’s very helpful bike bag-packing instructions, we ...

La Traversée du Lac d’Annecy – 2.4k – 15 Aug 2015

La Traversée du Lac d'Annecy - 2.4k - 15 August 2015 This year we were 8 participating in the 84th annual Traversée du Lac d’Annecy. Kirsten swam the 1km and the rest of us (Rajah, Hilary, Ozlem, Matthieu, Karen, Anaïs, César) did the 2.4k – so to speak - as ...

Sean and Cat raced Bewt

Bewt Triathlon, Kent UK - 8 August 2015 - by Sean Hurst With villages around the course named Lamberhurst, Wadhurst and Ticehurst this race had my name written all over it! A rather long 400km drive via Eurotunnel saw us arrive in the beautiful Kent countryside. After checking into the ...

Ross completes Marseille 5i50 Olympic as part of a global challenge with a friend

Ross Taverner - Marseille 5i50 Olympic distance - 26 July 2015 It started with an idle challenge between two friends, an improbable idea of settling a bet that would likely never materialise. What is the midpoint between Paris and Hong Kong where two South Africans can compete against each other ...

Hamburg Olympic Triathlon, Part II: Racing in Rain

Julio's saga continues! This is the continuation of a report on one of our bigger team events this year in Hamburg Germany last weekend. For part I of Julio's account, click here. The German Hamburg ITU triathlon is bigger, better and more perfectly organized when compared to French events. [There was ...

Hamburg Olympic triathlon, Part I: Beers and Boats

By Julio Aprea Marie & Romain, Aurelie, Alex, Sarah &  Karsten, Ed, Philippe, Julio & Birgit, Ionut and Bertrand spent the weekend of July 19th 2015 having a nice touristic and gastronomic getaway in Hamburg. Although we were spread out between apartments and hotels, we managed to visit several restaurants ...

Jersey Olympic Triathlon 2015 results in 4 personal bests!

Jersey Triathlon - Olympic Distance - 18 July 2015 By Joanne Ford This weekend Paul, Manuel, Celine and I took part in the Jersey Olympic distance triathlon. For those of you who have never visited, here are a few facts about Jersey:   -          It is definitely not to be confused ...

Paul shows off his new threads at the FixAddiction Triathlon

FixAddiction Triathlon, UK - 18 July 2015 - Novice distance by Paul Rhys 'Rhys lightning' unfazed by zero-kph crash It turns out my first Triathlon of 400m-20km-5km was 'Novice' distance and not 'Super Sprint' as I had originally thought, and the label was apt when I had my first fall ...

Pen’s driving force for returning to the Paris Tri 2015

Paris Triathlon - 5 July 2015 - Olympic Distance by Penelope Stockdale Nostalgia...the Driving Force for Competing in the Paris Garmin Triathlon...for the Second Time! After having competed in the 2012 Paris Garmin Triathlon, nostalgia drove me back for a ‘second bite of the cherry’! As soon as the event ...

Nils runs to…the start line…of the Paris Triathlon 2015

Paris Triathlon - 5 July 2015 - Olympic Distance by Nils Calasanzio Monnier These last days I was hosted in Orsay, near Chèvreuse, by a Brazilian triathlete (bib 132). At 7 am they were heading for the RER station when I realized I didn't have my water bottle. So I ...

Marie swims on relay team at Paris Tri 2015

Paris Triathlon - 5 July 2015 - Olympic Distance Relay by Marie Vettier My First Swim Experience in Choisy-le-Roi Lake First of all, it was officially announced on Friday before the race : "the wetsuit will not be allowed for the Paris Garmin Triathlon" So all the feelings that I ...

Marie, Wippy and Rajah relay for the Paris Triathlon

Paris Triathlon - 5 July 2015 - Olympic Distance Relay by Wippy Wipada Cycling 40K for a relay team of the Triathlon de Paris competition 2015: A team, training, building team spirit, cheering each other on a race day and post race... Forming our team was not a piece of ...

Eduardo’s 1st M distance is the Paris Triathlon 2015

Paris Triathlon - 5 July 2015 - Olympic Distance by Eduardo After 18 months in the club, I decided to try my 1st Olympic distance triathlon. The race was amazing. Much easier than expected. All due to training! (Light training). Swimming was much easier than expected. The "1000 per wave" ...

Alex finishes in 10:52:27 for Ironman Nice 2015!

Nice Ironman 2015 - 3.8km swim / 180km cycle / 42.195km run - June 28, 2015 by Alex Léger Cattarini Mon premier Ironman a vraiment été une belle expérience que j'ai pu partager avec mes amis et mes plus proches. Globalement content de ma course, j'ai eu de très bonnes ...

Lorenza fastest time ever at Nice Irongirl 2015

Nice Irongirl - 5km road race - June 28, 2015 - Nice, France by Lorenza Radici Sunday 5am Early wake up… to attend the start of the Ironman… 6.30am : 2800 athletes are off for their journey… Mine is about to start : the Irongirl France : it’s a 5K ...

Nicolas finishes his first IM in Nice in 12:32:07

Nice Ironman 2015 - 3.8km swim / 180km cycle / 42.2km run - June 28, 2015 - Nice, France by Nicolas Grima This was my first race on the Ironman distance (I did an Olympic distance in 2013, and a half-IM last year -- and no, I don't intend on ...

Paul M decides Nice won’t be his last Ironman after all…

Nice Ironman 2015 - 3.8km swim / 180km cycle / 42.195km run - June 28, 2015 by Paul Martin I started in my late twenties and raced triathlon into my late 30’s, working my way up to IM distance. It was while watching a good friend do Nice in 2008 ...

Chris is an Ironman yet again at Luxembourg 2015!

Luxembourg is a very civilised place and Remich is no exception...manicured vineyards and gardens, barges quietly passing down the river, all very genteel. Not quite the setting you'd expect for 1700 triathletes to descend on for the frenzy of a 70.3 but it works incredibly well. And there's none of ...

Rosario rides Girona Gran Fondo

Girona Gran Fondo cycle race - 152km (+1.700m) - June 20, 2015 - Girona, Spain Girona is a wonderful city just one hour from Barcelona, well connected with Paris and perfect place for training. Maybe is this the reason why more than 100 cycling pros have chosen this place to ...

Laura’s 1st open water finish line

Les Boucles de Seine was my first triathlon, and I’m guessing it won’t be my last. We set off early on Sunday morning to Moisson; driving to the race, I felt excited and a little nervous. My strategy was to power through the swim, survive the bike and glide through the run ...

Damien in the mud of Transbaie 2015

Transbaie 2015 - 17km trail run - June 21, 2015 - Baie de Somme, France Fantastic run in the mud during 17km in the « Baie de Somme » linking Saint Valery-sur-Somme and Le Crotoy. Around 6 300 runners take part in this well known event. I don’t know how many shoes and ...

Ionut gives rave reviews to Beauvais!!!

The weekend of the 20th and 21st of June the 30th edition of the Beauvais triathlon took place. The competition is organized by the town hall of Beauvais and it proposes the XS, S and L distances. I decided to compete in the S distance which was organized Saturday, the ...

Cat is yet again unstoppable at Poilus !

The 2nd annual M distance Trіаthlоn dеs Роіlus took place on the Lac de l'Ailette in Chamouille, near Reims. June 14 was a really hot day and the lake was lovely and warm. The girls went off first. The boys followed 10 minutes later. So, quite a civilized start. Pen ...

Marie-Anne at 10kms du Château de Vincennes

The 10kms du Château de Vincennes is a relatively flat race which allows for a personal best record. Always held in June, the weather is usually good and it is easy to get to with Métro ligne 1 - Château de Vincennes or by bike. This race is a mix ...

Windy in Deauville

by Lorenza The weather was great, and the atmosphere electric as usual. This is a wonderful competition with great music and fab speakers… Thousands of spectators and …  participants… ! Very sunny, but very windy !! The sea on the M distance was scary … strong current from right to ...

Time Megève Cyclo Sportive 2015 Broken Wheels, but not Broken Dreams

The Expatries have participated in several past editions of the Time-Megève, for a good reason. The course is set up in such a way that you can choose your distance as you ride, according to your form, or the weather, for example. The event always offers three distances, but the ...

Aurelie and Alex shine at Belfort Half Ironman

Ladies first...Aurelie's tale: Belfort long distance triathlon is my first Half Ironman , well nearly "Half Ironman" as it's not standard distances, with 1.9km swim, 87km bike, 20km run. The triathlon event is around the Malsaucy Lake which is also a natural park near Belfort. Distance L, M, S, trikids, ...

AnaÏs runs Paris St Germain-en-Laye

Everything about the Paris Saint Germain race is perfect: the organization, the scenery with a long part along breathtaking banks of the Seine and the hills that amount to 230m of uphill. An ideal blend of challenge and enjoyment! 5 months back, when I started to train, I never thought ...

Louise and the Ladies take Versailles by (rain) storm…

So the forecasted 30% chance of rain turned out to be slightly inaccurate as we all arrived to a very rainy 6th edition of the Triathlon du Roi in Versailles.                Despite the miserable day, we had a great turn out from the girls; Deidre, Ella, ...

Ross remembers Versailles

The day started out as it should have. All ready to go, a gentle pedal down to the train station on a day that that held a small promise of spring sunshine. Perfect for a super sprint triathlon, and perfect for taking the train in the wrong direction. Anyway the ...

Enghien-les-Bains Triathlon by David

par David Au départ 13 heures pour mon premier triathlon. Pour 1500 m de natation, n'étant pas un grand nageur, une seule chose m'obsédait… et si je n'y arrivais pas. Je m'étais vraiment entraîné énormément et là contre toute attente je suis sorti en 38 minutes. J’ai pris mon vélo ...

Wippy’s 1st open water tri at Enghien

As a newbie Triathlete and a first-timer to an open water triathlon competition, I am happy to share with you my pre-race preparation and my experience. Honesty, I could never believe that I would have completed a Triathlon when I first started training for the first month due to my ...

Roberto commits to Lanzarote 2 – the sequel…

I had been told and I had read at great length that Lanzarote was one of the toughest races on the circuit but nevertheless, I was not entirely prepared for what was ahead. The swim was a mass beach start of some 1800 people, mitigated by the narrow funnel used ...

Chris is a Lanzarote Ironman!

Ahh the trouble you can get into with an attractive woman and a bottle of wine... Needless to say that was a friend passing around a "sign up" sheet to do Ironman Lanzarote 2015.... Nearly a year later...I'm back in Lanzarote with sun still below the horizon on the beach ...

Cristina finishes Barcelona HI truly against all odds

Ironman 70.3 Barcelona - 17 May 2015 - Calella, Spain by Cristina Isabel I decided to do a Half-Ironman (HI) a year before I formally began my training. The reason for the delay: personal problems. It may sound like a simple excuse, but let’s be honest: to prepare a HI ...

Triathlon de Choisy au Bac

by Ozlem My first triathlon experience can be summarized as a culmination of feelings, which end at great satisfaction. Feelings include excitement, nervousness, self doubt, fear about injury, but once the ball starts rolling the training of the last two months starts to show its results, and calm and collected ...

The Quiberon Experience

MAY 8-10 , 2015 Lots of different experiences here, ...by Aurélie Thinking of the “Very Bad Trip” movie, I could say that ‘What happens in Quiberon stays in Quiberon’. But, since it was a very good, even extraordinary trip, we have to share about this Tri Camp experience! Under the ...

Courir Ensemble Handicap Intl

by Karen This was the 17th annual race for Handicap Intl which departed from the Pelouse de St. Cloud and took place entirely within the limits of the Bois de Boulogne.  There were 1 and 2km distances for children, 5 or 10km adult races, and a 5km walk. As there ...

Aquathlon de Paris

by Marie Anne Lagedamond  The Aquathlon de Paris was organized by the Club des Nageurs de Paris in the 50m pool Roger Le Gall in the 12th arrondt. The race distance was 300m swim / 2k run. Having experienced the Expatriés Super Sprint organization makes all the other local triathlon/aquathlon ...

Wings For Life Run – Rouen

MAY 3, 2015 Lisa Femerling My university proposed that a couple of students go to Rouen to support the "Wings for Life World Run" on May 3rd. After having looked at their website, I agreed immediately to go. The idea of the race is that on 6 continents and in ...

The Trail Yonne

MAY 2 , 2015 Laetitia Silvent, Ionut Pirva, Rajah El Jamali, Wippy Lejolif Gold, Silver or Bronze, we’ve got them all! The Expatriés on the podium of the 3rd Trail Yonne. At about one hour and half drive of Paris, the town Sens received for the third edition The Trail ...

Sean and Cat at Cannes

The weather Gods struck the French Riviera this weekend as torrential rain brought chaos to the bike ride for the Olympic distance race. After a mad sea swim, Sean, along with many other riders, experienced the joy of cycling horizontally on the deck rather than going round corners...  Cat and ...

Rajah’s Paris Marathon 2015

I think the picture  illustrates very well the whole experience. This would have never gone so well without the support of my friend Wanda who challenged me and pushed me to surpass myself to finish my first marathon in 3hours 31. This is for sure the result of an incredible ...

Bois de Guilaume

After Chantilly 2013 and Beauvais 2014 the weather Gods decided to give us Bois-Guillaume 2015. It was raining cats and dogs plus gale force winds with the only respite being amongst the trees for the hill climbs.  Huge respect to Eduardo for completing the bike course on a flat tyre ...

Julien runs the 80km Eco-trail de Paris

After missing the Paris semi-marathon I decided to enroll in the 80km Eco-trail run 2 weeks later. I absolutely love trail running and since I had never run more than 57km in a single race before, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get started with a really ...

Super Sprint Paris – for volunteers

In addition to the training that produced competitor success stories at the 3rd annual ExpaTRIés Paris Super Sprint, the volunteers were also carefully prepped for the event. Here for the first time in print is “A Volunteer’s Guide to Super Sprint” - two volumes of highly pertinent information on how ...

Super Sprint Newsletter

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2015 Paris Super Sprint

A real success in every department. Teamwork was the real winner with 48 members of the team turning up and lending a hand in whatever manner they could. Far too many photos to post, but have picked out some favourites - the rest are available here and here and here ...

Versailles Bike & Run – 18th Jan 2015

Somehow some comments about an organisation : no cloakroom, no toilet. The rest was just like other competitions, we went there and got our dossards. We arrived early with Marie, Laëtitia and me. It was chilly but bearable. It's nice that it's not raining. Later on, everyone started to arrive ...

2014

Nils Road Back to Paris 2015

THE ROAD BACK TO PARIS 1) MY FIRST YEAR IN TRIATHLON AND MY EXPERIENCE WITH ExpaTRIés Last year was one of the best of my life. And the next ones will be even better. Yes, starting out as a Triathlete gives you a positive-attitude, and ExpaTRIés were the perfect bunch ...

Saint-Étienne to Lyon – Night Run

Dario reports back on his experience running the freezing, windy, muddy, hilly and yet a magical and warm 72K chain of lights heading from Saint-Étienne to Lyon. This was the 61th edition of "La SaintéLyon", a historical French "running raid nocturne" which took place the night (and morning) between Saturday 6th and ...

15km – Bike & Run de Houilles

 Last year, the first year that this event was held, there were 104 competitors and 4 from Expatriés. This year there were 170 entries with 12 from Expatriés!  Next year we should aim to be the biggest club there!    After a beautifully sunny Paris Bike and Run on road ...

Semi-Marathon de Boulogne Billancourt

Paul G provides us this race report: Last Sunday was one of our regular races, the Boulogne Billancourt half marathon. This time we were proud to support the association "Les Enfants de l'Himalaya" which helps to bring schooling to these remote parts of the world. The course is quite flat, ...

Barcelona Olympic Tri

When you think of Barcelona, generally the first things that come to mind are sunshine, sangria and fiesta.  Pen, Clare and I were not quite so lucky when we embarked on this Olympic distance triathlon on Sunday the 6th October.  No Sangria - not sure our stomachs could tolerate it ...

A Letter to the Expatriés Team

Dear expaTRIés members, It took me a while to summarise all my thoughts about the club into this short document. To be honest, Nick should have received this email almost one month ago. As I was afraid he might think I forgot about the team, I spent the whole afternoon ...

Expatriés Alumni – Ironman Wales

A Word from the Expatries Alumni - Rob Ross Rob Nick asked me to write a few words about IM Wales which I completed this year.  A word of warning for any of you leaving Paris and becoming Expatries Alumni; there does seem to be a compulsion to complete an ...

Ironman Weymouth – Expatriés Alumni

Friends, I finally did it - completed a Full distance triathlon (aka Ironman) at Challenge Weymouth on the sunny shores of Dorset (UK)! This is my story . . . My ironman journey started 2 Years ago after completing my first half distance at Challenge Vichy. Going into 2013 my ...

Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer – XS

Once a French naval air station, Saint-Mandrier-sur-Mer is now a picturesque fishing village situated in south eastern France and on the 14th September 2014 was host to its 26th annual triathlon competition.  Two distances were available - XS and S.  I opted for the smaller distance in the morning as the sweltering heat of an ...

Triathlon Sprint d’Attichy, 14 septembre 2014

Attichy Sprint Triathlon, 14th September 2014Attichy is a village of the Oise (60) located on the river Aisne a few kilometers from Soisson. The CNC Attichy has organised for the last 11 years a sprint triathlon, held in the second week of September ,and brings together more than 200 participants ...

Quiberon Triathlon 2014

Last weekend was the Quiberon Triathlon in the coastal resort town in Southern Britanny. Conditions were ideal : sunny, flat sea and no wind ( a mild sea breeze would have been appreciated though for the run). Finally I had to go solo, since the race filled up extra quick, ...

CCC78 Randonée de St Fiacre

Now that the hard part of the season is over I decided can start doing events a little bit more for fun than forPB's! And a local sportive was just the thing to start with. Given that I live just 2km from the start Croissy this was a perfect end ...

Challenge Vichy – Ironman distance 2014

From hell to heaven My 2014 triathlon season hasn’t been a big success so far. I did finish the 70.3 in Aix but experienced some serious stomach issues during the final run. Those same issues made me quit the 70.3 in Luxemburg halfway through the run. But the biggest disappointment ...

Top of the Mourne – Olympic Triathlon

Top of the Mournes 2014, Rostrevor, County Down, Northern Ireland organaised by Newry Triathlon Club Touted as being the toughest Olympic distance race in the country Well it's taken me a while to find a keyboard but finally this is my recommendation for a very good triathlon if you ever ...

Chantilly Triathlons

This weekend on the grounds of the Chateau de Chantilly, 19 ExpaTRIés participated in 7 waves of 4 events over the course of 2 days. 45 hours of collective efforts included more than 22 km of swimming, 750 km of cycling and 170 km of running. Paul was first into ...

Ironman Zurich 2014

I had always seen the Ironman distance as a step too far - juggling a job, family and training being too much. So my departure from full time employment was followed within days by an inscription for Ironman Zurich and signing up to Coach Rich - www.sancture-sportifs.com - basically i ...

Roth 2014

If Kona seems a bit far away for us Europeans, then its Roth that is the holy grail for all Triathletes. Quests such as this always turn out to be adventures and this one was not about to disappoint ! It all began way back in 2013 - having heard ...

Moisson / Cergy – Fun Competition

15 of us were ready to get up early on Sunday morning and brave the rain to get out to Moisson to do a Sprint Trialthon, then they went and cancelled on the day before due to bacteria in the lake. Everyone knows there is bacteria in lakes.....nobody cares !! ...

Sens

The competition was a small, no frills family orientated tri at least in the morning. Well organised with plenty of friendly and helpful bénévoles.Setting was in the middle of fields next to river Yonne, with a big car park just next by.My (Paul G) Sprint was early in the morning ...

Beauvais Olympic

Last year this competition had horrendous rain, but this year it was a wondersfull sunny afternoon. A first outdoor triathlon for Owen, and first Olympic distance for both Owen and Blythe, nick was just having fun using it as a training race. Decided to take a short cut and swim ...

TIME Megeve CycloSportif

Once again the team set off to the Alps to prove that they are hardcore cyclists. Everyone was split over the 3 different distances, Kathryn and Roger optiing for the sensible option of 88km, Ed regretted his decision to go for the 105km and Alex and Nick destroying the 145km ...

HIM – Aix-en-Provence

Sean, Lesly and Roberto went down to have some fun at the HIM distance. They all did well ...

Enghien Découverte

The Olympic triathlon at Enghien sold out in record time this year, so most of the team didn't get to go, happily however we still had a good representation in the mornings découverte competition. Adrian, Ed, Ed, Penelope, Cat, Kathryn, Clare If anyone who did that competition would like to ...

Velostar Cycle competition

The big question was always going to be the weather, last year it had been very windy, this year the rain was threatening, but still several brave team members met up with other 'suffer junkies' from the Paris Cycling Group, to get out and do this course - either 95km ...

Paris Super Sprint 2014

Expatriés Triathlon Club has been long renowned as a group of pioneers. The basis of the team is English speakers who have ventured into the unknown (Paris) to live, work, make friends, and maybe stay forever. It is this spirit of adventure that led to the conception of Expatriés’ Paris ...

Meudon Super Sprint 16th March 2014

First race of the season and a great turn out with 17 Expatriés taking on the challenge and Ari and Suzie there as team cheer leaders. The sun was out, which meant people were eager to get in the pool for a change to cool off, even if the view ...

2013

Ironman Madison – Ex Président Keepin it real in the US

As I sit here in my Finisher t-shirt, wearing my Finisher cap and Finisher medal (I am only half joking), I’d like to thank everyone for their very kind words before, during and after my race yesterday. The hardest part of the day was accomplished by ma cherie, Ironmom, who ...

Satrouville Sprint triathlon – 1st September 2013

The draw to Satrouville was the Brownlee brothers but the competition was Challenge Vichy. In the end there was only the 3 of us veterans, Paul Betts, Sean Hurst and myself. The start in the water was 8.30am so it was an early start for some of us to get ...

Challenge Vichy – Ironman distance 2013

About 2 months before the competition I knew I hadn’t gotten my training right, not enough training at high intensity meant I had the distance in me, but not the speed; and so my hopes of breaking the 10hrs mark were lost to the distance memory of ‘start of year ...

Chantilly – Half Ironman

It was a dark and stormy night… A week ago the forecast was for the temperature to drop to 22°C but the day before the race the forecast was for max 16°C and for it to rain all day with winds up to 15km/h. The weatherman didn’t disappoint to say ...

Challenge Roth

A short report of a long day…… Wake up @ 3am It was recommended to arrive before 4h50 and our apartment was located 30km from Hilpoltstein (swim start), hence the night was very short. Surprisingly sleeping went quite well and I was very looking forward to finally starting this project ...

Boucles de Seine

Nick, (Vincent), Jamie, Sean, Richard, Kristine, Thomas, Ross, Suzie, Shannon, Paul G James and Nick were the first to arrive at the Moisson Base de Loisirs, which was surprising as they had both cycled from Paris – a decision which they had both agreed was the right one when they ...

Megeve – Ride with a climb

Lesly, Karsten, Nick, Seb, Val, Todd, Frank, Suzie, Georgia, Lynn, Rich Getting 18 people including babies and semi-grown ups down to a remote village in the alps was never going to be simple, especially when they all insist on doing something different, but with only 1 ‘overslept’ exception we all ...

Deauville – Multi distances

Olympic – Sunday Sean – 3h10′  (269/500) Vero – 3h33′ (397/500) Longue Distance – Sunday Michael – 5h22′ (61/500) Paul Betts – 6h23″ (221/500) Jamie – DNF Sprint - Saturday David Shanahan Burns 1h21′ (98/433) Shannon – DCS We arrived Saturday night and collected our dossards and put the bikes in ...

Enghien Decouverte

So, after a ridiculously early start on Sunday morning and the small issue of Georgia and Cat getting lost en route to Gare du Nord, five bleary-eyed Expatries arrived in the picturesque spa town of Enghien for their Decouverte adventure. It was somewhat chilly – well it was practically the ...

Enghien Olympic Distance Triathlon

After the fun of the mornings Découverte, the boys plus charlotte hit the queue for the dossards – which always seems worse than it actually is.  It was a little chilly so everyone remained in their warm clothes going into transition, which posed a problem as the organisers wanted to ...

Versailles Sprint Triathlon

The first outdoor triathlon of the Ile de France league season has the reputation for being a little chilly. The water temperature was a hot topic in the days leading up to the competition, with Rabi wondering if ‘Wetsuit optional’ meant he could wear 2, Jamie (aka Tony Bahama) just back from ...

Liège-Bastogne-Liège: From a Beginner’s Perspective

It was an inauspicious start. On the way to Liège, we encountered heavy traffic, and roads in terrible condition—little did we know we would have to cycle on them later and both would become staples of our race! When we checked in to our hotel, we were all a little ...

Liège-Bastogne-Liège – account from the true 160km gang

With the team adrift, slowly small groups started to form based on the route.  For the 160 km’ers, Paul and Jamie managed to stay together from the onset.  Seeing Bish ahead, we had to decide to either close the gap or soft pedal in hopes Seb, James, and Paul G would catch ...

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Liège-Bastogne-Liège – La Doyenne – the oldest classic and reportedly the most challenging of the classics on the circuit. Had the Expatries bitten off more than they could chew? Well, only time would tell….. The first to hit the road was Nick’s group in the team van, with gusto singing ...

Mallorca

Its probably going to go down as the best week of the year for many of us. After a few last minute changes and re-changes Nick, Kathryn, Clea, Seb, Caroline, James, Sean, Rabi, Lesly and Vero met up at Orly, all slightly unsure of what the week will hold (except ...

Meudon

Nick, Val, Ariel, David, Seb, Thomas, James, Richard, Kristin, Charlotte,  Clea, Caroline, Cat, Kathryn, Blythe Jamie, Adrian, Sean, Rabi, Paul,  We arranged to meet outside the piscine at around 10am, and for what seems like the first time – eveyone was on time !! First things first – who has forgotten what – most common was the safety ...

2012

Sartrouville Sprint

Paul S – 1:21:16 Paul B – 1:21:39 James – 1:26:05 Sean – 1:36:17 Paul G – 1:42:14 It was a star-studded conclusion to the Expatriates Challenge on under the hot sun at Sartrouville on Sunday, 9 September. The Brownlee brothers were in town to race with their team in ...

Chantilly Olympic / Short / Sprint

Nick – 2:19 Seb – 2:33 Matt – 2:34 James – 2:38:01 Charlotte – 2:38:42 Jamie – 2:39 David – 2:45 Ryan – 2:50 Ada – 3:47 Short – Sean – 2:36 Sprint – Rabi – 1:26 Nobody was impressed with the early start, and it was even a little ...

Challenge Vichy HIM

Nick – 5:21:51 Valentin – 5:29:36 Seb – 5:51:06 Paul B – 6:08:53 Rich – 6:13:53 James – 6:14:15 Paul S – 6:27:19 If anyone ever needed proof that Triathletes are hedonistically masochistic, this was their opportunity. Competitors were openly annoyed when the full distance was downgraded to a half ...

Paris Olympic

Camile, Thibaut, Matt, Dave, Nick, Rich, Valentin, Paul S, Seb, Chris, Paul B, Todd, Jamie, Charlotte, Kristina, Pablo, Paul G, Rabi, James, Pascale, Andrea So, the big event, months of preparation, hours of training, early betting said it would be between Nick and Camille, but an on-form Dave or Valentin ...

Andresy Sprint

Nick, Dave, Valentin, Thibaut, Richard, Chris, Laurent, Jamie, Paul B, Kristine, Paul S, Todd, Kristina, James This is the perfect warm-up competition for the Paris Triathlon, 1 week before, so everyone was watching to get an indication of other team member form. Genius award went straight to Nick, who after ...

TIME Megeve 88km/105km/145km

Nick, Rich, Kristine, Dani, Todd, Veronique, Valentin, Seb, Jamie, Karsten, Frank, Lynn, Kristina, Amy Nick once the only one who did the full distance and nearly died, but didn’t finish last which was surprising. Val got turned back at the second cut-off so only managed the middle distance. Dani, although ...

Enghien Decouvert and Olympic

Découverte – Kristina, James, Paul Olympic – Nick, Valentin, Sebastien, Richard, Paul B, Kristine, Paul S, Dan Excuses – Matt Enghien is known as the “Wake-up call” and acts as the first ‘real’ competition of the season – it doesn’t disappoint. First up in the morning was the Decouverte team ...

Versailles Sprint Triathlon

After the adjustments to the race format at Etampes the team was looking forward to their first “real” triathlon of the season. It was a cold morning with a consistent threat of rain, but that didn’t stop Andrea, Caitlin, Kristine, Charlotte and Pascale sliding into the icy cold water. The ...

Etampes Sprint / Duathlon

After months of training the ExpaTRIés were ready to hit the road running (or the lake swimming) in the first real race of Challenge ExpaTRIés. Charlotte, Kristine, Kristina and Caitlin were ready to roll until the announcement that the swim portion had been cancelled and it was now a run ...

Meudon SUPER SPRINT

Sebastien Guerin – 29m07 – 50/120 Nick Lamb – 29m24 – 53/120 Jamie Corcoran – 30m31 – 61/120 Caitlin Andrews – 31m42 – 72/120 Kristina Cotoia – 32m45 – 80/120 The Triathlon season 2012 got off to a cracking start with this heart pounding competition, which nearly didn’t happen at ...