Meet you in Font Romeu
Written by: Herbert Krabel
Added: Mon Aug 20 2012
"Font Romeu is a little village in the French Pyrenees at the border with Spain. It's close to Perpignan, Toulouse and Barcelona if you come over by plane. As Belgium is not that far (1100km), I prefer to come with my car so I can take everything I need with me. It is easier when you have your car or a rental car over here. For me it's my favorite place for a training camp and it is at 1850 meters (6070 feet) of altitude!
The center I stay is called CNEA (Centre National d'Entrainement en Altitude) and I love it because this is really a place where you have everything really close. A full board restaurant, so you don't have to look for food, making it and cleaning up. A 50m and a 25m indoor pool in the same building where you sleep, plus a track just 100m
away. There are thousands of scenic km to ride in the beautiful area with some famous climbs, forests and roads where you can run, and a lake (Lac Matemale) at only 10min driving. You can see, just a perfect triathlon training spot!
Next to all this they have a gym, a separate bike store room, ice baths, 2 massage/kine therapist, a doctor, sauna + jacuzzi, you can even do ice skating. Since 2008 I usually plan 1 or 2 training camps each year and I keep coming back. For Ironman France I think it is the best place to prepare, and when I was preparing in June I saw a lot of triathletes from the Olympic distance preparing the for the Games (Frodeno, Justus, Petzold, Gemmel, Sexton, Ditmer, ...), so this place is known all over the world!"
All images courtesy of Frederik Van Lierde and Pieter De Neve.
Frederik Van Lierde led from start to finish and grabbed the win at Ironman France in a course record time of 8:21:50. Tine Deckers also broke the course record with a time of 9:16:05 to take the women's title. 6.24.12
Frederik Van Lierde won the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon and Ironman Nice in 2011 and will return to the UAE in March to defend his title. But the fast Belgian is no longer flying under the radar. 1.24.12