Dec 11, 2021
We have Bryan VanMeveren joining us today. He's finished 25 Ironman races, an 8-time Kona qualifier, has a dozen IM podiums, including 9:53 at IM AZ '11 and #1 Ranked Ironman All-World Athlete 2019. He runs his own law firm, prioritizes family above all. How does he do it? That's what we intend to find out.
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Feature Interview with Brian VanMeveren
A few things about Brian VanMeveren before we get into our interview:
Born: November 25th, 1964
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Occupation: Managing Partner and Owner, VanMeveren Law Group, P.C.
Racing since: 1997
Strengths on the course: PERSEVERANCE
Favorite race: Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii
Favorite pre-race meal: Pasta
Favorite post-race meal: Chicken Enchiladas
Favorite post-race beverage: Iced Coffee
Pre-race music: Griz, Pink Floyd, Rufus Du Sol, Neil Young, Odesza, Macklemore, Eminem, Radiohead, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains
Accomplishments: 2019 #1 Ranked All-World Triathlete, 8x IM Hawaii Qualifier, 5x IM 70.3 Worlds Qualifier, 1st Place AG IM Boulder, 2nd Place IM Tahoe, 2nd Place IM AZ, 3rd Place IM NZ, 4th Place IM AZ, 8th Place IM CDA
PRs: 1:21 half marathon, 2:57 Marathon, 4:21 Half IM, 9:53 IM
Short-term goals: AG Podium IM Hawaii World Championships, 2022
Long-term goals: Ironman Hawaii @ age 70!
Family status: Married 32 years, 6 beautiful children
Hobbies outside of triathlon: Coaching youth sports, volunteering, yoga, Pilates and ultra-trail running
Blog/Twitter/website: www.vanmeverenlaw.com Insta: vanmeverenlaw
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CLASH Daytona Results
Saturday December 4, 2021 – 2km swim / 80km bike / 18km run
Right now, it is fair to say that there are mixed views on the whole Sub7Sub8 Project from within the triathlon community – it’s certainly not conventional. Whatever your take on the rules of this particular game though, one thing that is clear in the mind of Mitchell – the validity of this as a physical challenge.
SUB7 is no gimmick
“Part of the real beauty of the project is that it isn’t going to be a gimmick; it is a real athletic endeavour and we are able to use the rules to best maximise the performance,” he told TRI247.
“We are able to deploy 10 support athletes in any way we want. We’re looking at using the majority of these athletes to help on the bike. Alistair has got some really world-class commercial partners, so we have been working with these guys to see the latest innovations that can help to support us with this. This is going right the way through – the bike, tyres, shoes – every single thing.
“People are getting excited, they are thinking: ‘We can contribute to this and we have got some really cool ideas – let’s try it’. It has been a warm and open experience so far.
“I have led the discussions and then we will bring Alistair in as well. Once we know what we can do on the bike, we can work backwards to realise what we need to do on the run and on the swim.
“Because we feel that the bike is the biggest difference, that is one where we are putting in the investment and it is possibly the most complex. We are looking at using eight of the support athletes to work with Alistair on the bike.”
Organisers in Val di Sole have deliberately maintained the snow to show that cyclocross could be classed as an event for the Winter Olympics. The next meeting in the 2021/22 cyclocross World Cup season will take place at Val di Sole in the Italian Alps, and the hosts have chosen to leave compacted snow untouched.
The Alpine course forms part of a bid to show that cyclocross could be classed as a possible event for future Winter Olympic Games. The organisers have been working hard to preserve the snow as best they can with specialist snow ploughs among other machinery.
Some of the world's best riders will be competing in both the men's and women's events with Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers), Marianne Vos (Jumbo-Visma) and Denise Betsema (Pauwels Sauces-Bingoal).
Val di Sole has become known over the years as one of the main events in the mountain biking world for cross-country and downhill, with cyclocross races usually taking place in the Milan and Veneto regions. However, an expansion to the World Cup has allowed Val di Sole into the calendar.
The track is set in a stunning valley at the Nordic ski centre in Vermiglio at an altitude of 1,261 metres right at the base of the famous Passo del Tonale, which has been used in road cycling races. The temperatures are expected to be between a nippy 3°C and a pretty brutal -7°C when the sun has gone in.
The race was going to be held on snow come what may, with fake snow usually used for events such as downhill skiing and biathlon on standby. However, natural early winter snow has covered the course nicely with a further 40cm expected before the race.
Chris Mannaerts, Flanders Classics, is in Val di Sole and said in a video by the organisers: "Sometimes the track is more icy, sometimes more snow. We expect more snow, the local experts told us it could snow another 40cm but it won’t be a problem because the locals are experts at preparing the snow.
"The track has two parts: there’s a more technical track at the beginning and then on the other side of the river, there’s a really steep hill. That will be very challenging because it's a straight line to the hill. "We’ll see who can climb to the top and who steps off the bike. That will be the key thing in this cyclo-cross race, along with who can make the efforts over and over again."
The venue choice could see the sport of cyclocross be part of the Winter Olympics as all winter sports in the Games must take place on snow or ice. But the earliest it can become a Winter Olympic event is 2030. Inclusion would be a perfect way to get the audience-friendly sport of cyclocross into the Games, and being a winter activity, it would be wrong to have it alongside the other cycling events in the summer Games.
Discussion of including cyclocross within the Winter Olympics first came about back in 2014 when the International Olympic Committee set up a meeting with the UCI to discuss the possibilities.
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Nation Cyclocross champs
Bill and Rich training
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