Hi, I’m Frederik Van Lierde. I’ve been a pro triathlete since 2003. I was born in 1979 in Menen. My secret race weapon is my custom-paint P5. The song that gets me through my hardest training sessions right now is Body Talk (Like Mike & Dimitri Vegas). When I’m not training, you’ll most likely find me with my kids! My first memory of being on a bike was when I was 7 years old, and I received my first real road bike - a blue one!
Frederik Van Lierde started triathlon in 1997, turned pro in 2003 and was the 2013 Ironman World Champion.Also a three-time Ironman France and two-time Abu Dhabi Triathlon champion Frederik 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. His favorite training ground is at Font Romeu, an increasingly popular spot in the French Pyrenees close to Spain.
In 2014 Van Lierde placed 2nd at Ironman Frankfurt and first at ExtremeMan Düren and in his ‘home’ competition, the Deinze half-Ironman. For the 2014 and 2015 seasons Frederik has been 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 close to the steep hills that cyclists have to contend with in Belgium's Tour of Flanders.
Frederik and his wife Sofie Vandermeersch have two children, Aaron and Simon.
Frederik 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.
Frederik and his brother Vincent have recently started FVL coaching, and coach 25 Belgian triathletes to their own individualized levels and goals.
#1 goal for 2015
Ironman World Championship Hawaii on October 10th
4th @ ADIT
4th @ Cannes Int triathlon
4th @ 70.3 Aix en Provence
1st @ Düren XtremeMan
2nd @ Frankfurt Ironman
2nd @ 5150 Marseille
1st @ ½ distance Deinze
8th @ Ironman Hawaii
March 29 Ironman South Africa
May 17 Ironman 70.3 Barcelona
June 7 Ironman 5150 Kraichgau
July 5 Ironman Frankfurt
August 23 Belgian champs ½ distance in Deinze
October 10 Ironman Hawaii
October 25 Ironman 70.3 Turkey