2013 World Champion, three-time Ironman France and two-time Abu Dhabi Triathlon champion Frederik Van Lierde has been a professional triathlete since 2003, and is also a member of Leie Triatlon Team Latem, one of Belgium’s best triathlon teams. The 32-year-old Belgian holds a degree in physical education, and is certainly self-motivating, having revealed that he mostly trains alone. His favorite training ground is at Font Romeu, an increasingly popular spot in the French Pyrenees not very far from Spain.
In 2014 Van Lierde has placed 2nd at Ironman Frankfurt and first at ExtremeMan Düren and in his ‘home’ competition, the Deinze half-Ironman, while focusing on working up to his title defense at the 2014 World Championships at Kona. For the 2014 season, Frederik is riding a custom-painted Cervélo P5, featuring a reminder of what he values most: the names of his family are found along the inside of the fork and seat-tube cutout. The bike also reflects Frederik’s appreciation for technology: his training, nutrition and racing are all based on research and technological advances. The pixelated design reflects this passion.
When he's not racing, Van Lierde enjoys watching others ride as a true aficionado of cycling. He lives not far from all the little steep hills that cyclists have to contend with in Belgium's Tour of Flanders annual road cycling race. He has been married to his wife Sofie Vandermeersch since 2002, and has two children, Aaron and Simon.
Van Lierde credits his ability to focus on his sport full-time to his sponsorship by the Belgian Army. The Belgian army recruits young athletes from a variety of sports, and after two months of basic training, allows these elite athlete to focus full-time on their sport while being paid as a soldier.