Loop Van Vlaanderen 2014
Running Loop Van Vlaanderen 2014

Alright! Today was the day: Loop van Vlaanderen. After unexpectedly entering the top 20 last year in 4h12, public ambitions for this year were to do better. Secretly however, I put the bar higher and even though preparations hadn ’t been perfect, I still wanted to go under that 4h barrier.

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The Marathon: less talk, more run
Running The Marathon: less talk, more run

Marathons. There ’s something legendary about them, which is probably why they appeal fascinating to so many. Of course, there ’s the story of Pheidippides to feed the legend. There are the amazing images of thousands & thousands of people at the start of the big city marathons, not to mention the stories they tell afterwards. But let ’s cut the crap, shall we?

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Unbreakable – The Western States 100
Running Unbreakable – The Western States 100

The Western States 100 is one of those legendary races. Probably the most legendary one on North-american territories. Take that as a starting point, add a battle between 4 of the greatest trail runners at the time during the 2010 edition of the race, and you ’re in for 2 hours of breath-taking cinema

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The Provence Beast – Running Mont Ventoux
Running The Provence Beast – Running Mont Ventoux

July 21st, 2013. On the day King Albert II (yep, still him back then) got to blow out 183 candles (hurray Belgium!), I decided to run the Mont Ventoux. Or “the Provence beast”. Or “the bald mountain”. Just pick the one that makes me sound the most heroic. The plans were clear and simple: I would run up taking the exact same route the bikers do in the Tour de France, from the centre of Bédouin to the very top. Once there, I ’d take the 50k trail route down, in the opposite direction. Meanwhile, my girlfriend would wait for a few hours and then follow the 50k trail route up until we met. We ’d walk/run the remaining part to Bédoin together and rejoice and what not.

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How it all began I think I was about 9 when I did my first competitive running.

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