Tine takes silver in Embrunman

15/8/2019: Tine has finished second in the 2019 Embrunman, the "toughest triathlon in the world." Tine held the lead for most of the bike leg and the run, but Judith Corachan Vaquera was faster in the last third of the marathon. Fellow Belgian Alexandra Tondeur took third place. Final times were 10:54:07 for Corachan Vaquera, 11:00:30 for Tine, and 11:05:57 for Tondeur.   The Embrunman has rightfully earned its reputation of toughness. In addition to the regular 3.8 km swim, there is the 187-km bike leg with 4500 meters of climbing (including the Col d’Izoard with an altitude of 2360

Tine second in Ironman France

30/6/2019: With an impressive second-place finish in today’s Ironman France, Tine came thisclose to a record-setting sixth victory in Nice. Despite a shortened course, the race was incredibly tough. In the end, Carrie Lester (8:05:20) took the win. With a final time of 8:09:18, Tine crossed the finish line just four minutes after the Australian. Manon Genet (France; 8:14:01) completed the podium.   Tine had traveled to Nice with the goal of becoming the first to win Ironman France six times. Even before the start, the heat put a wrinkle in those plans. Due to the dangerously high temperature and

Tine sixth in Challenge Geraardsbergen, Third in BC half distance

16/6/2019: Tine has finished sixth in today’s Challenge Geraardsbergen. Daniela Bleymehl (Germany) won the race with a time of 4:18:30. Fenella Langridge (UK; 4:20:46) came in second; Sara Van de Vel (4:23:45) took third place. The race also served as the Belgian Championship half distance. Tine’s result meant a third place in the BC, behind Van de Vel and Katrien Verstuyft (4:29:30). Tine's final time was 4:30:30.   Tine had flown in for the Challenge Geraardsbergen from France, where she is completing a training camp in Font Romeu in preparation for the Ironman Nice. How much would those tough training

Tine forced to abandon Ironman 70.3 Barcelona

19/5/2019: Tine was forced to retire from today’s Ironman 70.3 Barcelona. A tough training week left Tine with an empty tank for the race. That became clear immediately during the swim. Tine came out of the water in 9thposition with a deficit of more than 4 minutes. The bike leg brought no good news as Tine struggled and lost more time. This left Tine with the difficult decision – taking into consideration the rest of the season – to not lose more energy in the half marathon.   Fenella Langridge (UK; 4:37:42) won the race. Sara Van De Vel (Belgium;

Tine fifth in Ironman 70.3 Pays d’Aix

12/5/2019: Tine has finished fifth in today’s Pays d’Aix half Ironman. Her final time was 4:35:34. The race produced an all-British podium with Emma Pallant (4:19:56) as the victor. Nikki Bartlett (4:25:15) beat India Lee (4:25:30) in a sprint for second place.   The first weeks of the season brought a tough, elusive search for that strong racing condition for Tine. With that in mind, Tine said during her pre-race interview, “I always do well in France. I really hope I can find my good bike legs here.” But first there was the swim, which Tine executed reasonably well. Unfortunately,

Tine fifth in Ironman 70.3 Marbella

27/4/2019: Tine has finished fifth in today’s Marbella half Ironman. Her final time was 4:49:14. Defending champion Laura Philipp (Germany; 4:28:56) made it a repeat victory, as Nina Derron (Switzerland; 4:39:13) and Marta Bernardi (Italy; 4:44:09) came in second and third respectively.   The pro women kicked off their race this morning at 7:41, a day earlier than planned because of tomorrow’s parliamentary elections. It soon became clear that a strong swim was not in the cards for Tine. She got separated from the group almost immediately, coming out of the water in 11th position, almost five minutes behind fastest

Tine 11th in season opener Challenge Salou

7/4/2019: Tine’s 2019 season officially got underway with an 11th place in today’s Challenge Salou. She finished the half distance race with a time of 4:32:01. Judith Corachán Vaquera (Spain; 4:16:58) took the Salou title. Daniela Bleymehl (Switzerland; 4:18:38) and Emma Pallant (UK; 4:20:04) completed the podium.   That first race after a long winter break is hard, really hard. Or as Tine said at the start of the half marathon: "This hurts!" At that time, she had already completed a 1.9 km swim and 90 km of cycling. A choppy sea made for a difficult swim that made it

Tine 21st in Ironman Hawaii

13/10/2018: Tine has finished 21st in the 2018 Ironman Hawaii. With a final time of 9:17:21, Tine broke her personal record in the Ironman World Championship. Unfortunately, in a superfast edition, that was not enough for the top-10 finish Tine had aimed for. Still, Tine was pleased: “I raced faster than I had planned and hoped for. I was outstanding in the water and on the bike. I did everything I could have. The women in front of me were simply faster.” Tine went to Hawaii feeling good in the water. On race day, her swim did not disappoint. She

Tine fifth in shortened Ironman 70.3 Zell am See

26/8/2018: Tine has finished fifth in today’s Ironman 70.3 Zell am See. It was Tine's last race before the World Championship Ironman in Hawaii. Unfortunately, snow on the bike course shortened the race to a swim/run. This meant Tine knew in advance that her result would not be representative of her overall strength. She chose to participate anyway to get the swim and run training in for Kona. In that respect, her performance today was particularly promising.   Laura Philipp from Germany won the race in a time of 1:47:03, beating out Barbara Riveros (Chile 1:48:53) and Alexandra Tondeur (Belgium;

Tine second in Ironman 70.3 Dún Laoghaire

19/8/2018: It’s a silver medal for Tine in the 2018 Ironman 70.3 Dún Laoghaire! With a final time of 4:49:31, Tine finished less than 90 seconds behind Emma Pallant (UK; 4:48:02). Amber Ferreira (USA) completed the top-3 with a time of 5:04:01.   Dún Laoghaire was Tine’s first race after injuring her shoulder in June, coming down “De Muur” in Challenge Geraardsbergen. Questions lingered. Had her shoulder healed completely? Would she hold back in the bike course descents? The swim brought the first bit of good news: no problems with the shoulder. Putting in a decent swim, she came out

Tine ninth in Ironman Texas

28/4/2018: Tine has finished ninth in today’s Ironman Texas. For Tine, it was a frustrating season opener that left no room for a better result. Melissa Hauschildt (Australia; 8:31:04) took the win. Jodie Robertson (US; 8:43:15) and Leslie Smith (US; 8:43:51) completed the podium. Tine’s final time was 8:57:33.   When former swimmer Lauren Brandon has signed up for a race, the other pro women know in advance that they will come out of the water trailing big time. Texas was no different. Brandon motored through the swim course, passing quite a few men. Meredith Kessler followed in second, more

Tine second in Ironman Argentina

3/12/2017: With a second-place finish in today’s Ironman Argentina, Tine has wrapped up a superb season. Sarah Piampiano (USA; 9:11:03) won the race. Magali Tisseyre (Canada; 9:24:37) came in third. Tine’s final time was 9:19:22. She closes out 2017 with victories in the Challenge Geraardsbergen, the Alpe d'Heuz Triathlon and the Embrunman; she took second place in Ironman Italy and Ironman Argentina. These last two results put her in an excellent position towards qualifying for the 2018 Ironman Hawaii.   Dede Griesbauer made her mark on the race from the start, recording the fastest swim. While the American threw herself

Tine sixth in Challenge Sardinia

29/10/2017: Tine has finished sixth in today's Forte Village Challenge in Sardinia. Heather Wurtele (Canada) took the title. Laura Siddall (UK/Australia) and Marta Bernardi (Italy) completed the podium. It has been a successful, but long season for Tine. And Sardinia made her feel it. Tine was doing well in the early stages of the swim, but after she (involuntarily) got slapped a few times by another swimmer, she had to stop for a second while a leading group took off. She came out of the water in ninth position, four minutes behind Santamaria. The Italian was followed by a chase

Tine second in Ironman Italy

23/9/2017: Tine has finished second in the 2017 Ironman Italy. Lucy Gossage of the UK took the title in 09:06:39. Tine’s final time was 09:13:35. Marta Bernardi (Italy; 09:20:04) completed the top three. With this podium finish added to her victories in the Challenge Geraardsbergen, the Alpe d'Heuz Triathlon and the Embrunman, Tine has already made it a stellar 2017. What is more, she got off to good start in her goal for this fall: collecting maximum points for the 2018 Ironman Hawaii. It does not happen often, but Tine was in the lead group the entire swim leg. She

Tine wins Embrunman

15/8/2017: Tine has won the 2017 Embrunman, possibly the toughest long-distance triathlon in the world. Tine completed the 3.8 km swim, 188 km bike leg climbing through the Alps and 43 km run in 10:51:14. Carrie Lester (Australia; 10:54:36) came in second, Charlotte Morel (France; 11:04:19) completed the podium. Tine has won all three of her summer races. In July, she took the Challenge Geraardsbergen and the Alpe d’Huez Triathlon titles. “I am so happy,” said Tine after the race. But she had to dig deep physically and mentally. “It hurt the entire time. This race really is so very