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For the last two seasons the 2013 Ironman World Champion 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.

FROM ARMY TO PODIUM

Van Lierde credits a Belgian Armed Forces sponsorship for allowing him to focus on his sport full-time since he became a pro triathlete in 2003. The army recruits young athletes from a variety of sports, and after two months of basic training allows them to pursue their chosen sport while being paid as a soldier.

Belgium’s investment in Van Lierde has paid off in spades: He’s a three-time Ironman France and two-time Abu Dhabi Triathlon champion, and has made the podium in many 70.3 competitions including 2015 races in Turkey and Barcelona.

ON TOP OF THE WORLD

He came in third in the 2012 Ironman World Championship, and then came the capper: On Oct. 13, 2013, Van Lierde won Kona in a time of 8:12:29 (a 51:02 swim, a 4:25:37 bike on his Cervelo P5, and a 2:51:18 marathon). In doing so, he recorded the eighth-fastest time in the 36-year history of the event.

His new bike’s pixelated paint job reflects an appreciation for technology as well as family, as Van Lierde credits his training, nutrition and racing tactics to research and technological advances.

CLOSE TO HOME

Van Lierde is a member of Leie Triatlon Team Latem, one of Belgium’s top triathlon squads, and 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.

When he's not racing, Van Lierde enjoys watching others ride as a true aficionado of cycling. He lives with his wife, Sofie Vandermeersch, and two children, Aaron and Simon, in the town of Menen, close to the steep hills that cyclists have to contend with in the annual Tour of Flanders road race.

Frederik Van Lierde