THEJOURNEY

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

THEIRONMAN

HAWAII COURSE 2014

SWIM

2.4miles

The 2.4 mile mass swim start is the most emotionally charged start in the sport. Currents can be a factor, so a few pre-race practice swims in the bay are advised. Water temperature in Kailua Bay is typically around 79 F.

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BIKE

112miles

As cyclists make their way north along the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway, they can be exposed to intense trade winds that buffet much of the exposed western and northern coast. For this reason, disc wheels are not permitted.

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RUN

26.2miles

Runners will wind through town before taking on Ali’i Drive, where spectators will pack the roads. Athletes will then retrace their steps, climb up Palani Road to the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway to make their way to the NELHA.

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LAST EVER 100KMTEAM TRIAL

1994

I rode the last ever 100km team time trial in the world championships in Palermo. I was the youngest ever Swedish rider to get selected for a senior team time trial team.

2 STAGE WINS INSOUTH AFRICA

1995

I won 2 stages in the Pro/Am race Boland Bank Tour in South Africa which gave me my first professional contract for the following year.

FIRST YEARAS A PRO

1996

My first year as a Pro was far from easy but in August I had the leaders jersey in the Tour de l’Avenir (Under 25 Tour de France). Later I won the Boland Bank Tour in South Africa.

WINS THEGP ISBERGUES

1997

Moved team to Palmans-Lystex and had a strong year in Belgium. At the end of the year I won the GP Isbergues and that got me my first big pro team contract.

MAKE OR BREAKYEAR WITH GAN

1998

I finished 7th in Paris-Roubaix and won the 19th Stage of the Tour de France (I am still the only Swedish rider to do so).

ILLNESS ANDINJURY

1999

A year full of Injuries and illness; I didn’t get round to do much at all. It was a constant fight to get back to full fitness.

SELECTED FOR THE SYDNEYOLYMPIC GAMES

2000

A 2nd place in the Swedish national championships during what was another tough year! However, I managed to get selected for the Sydney Olympic Games.

A YEAR OFCHANGE!

2001

I got ill racing in Malaysia, a disastrous start to the year, but I managed to turn it around and had a strong finish. This was also the year my first daughter was born.

MOVE TO DANISHTEAM FAKTA

2002

A move to the Danish team Fakta made for new motivation and I started the season super strong in Tour of Qatar where I held the leaders Jersey for a number of days. I also won Le Samyn.

GOODRESULTS

2003

I continued with Fakta and made a big improvement, ending up getting some good results:
1st Sweden National time trial championship
1st Intergiro competition winner Giro d'Italia
2nd Sweden National Road Race championship
2nd Nokere-Koerse
2nd GP d'Ouverture la Marseillaise

MOVE TO ALESSIO-BIANCHI

2004

After Fakta closed down I ended up moving to Alessio-Bianchi with some of my team mates and this turned out to be the best year of my career. I won the Paris-Roubaix and was 2nd in Gent Wevelgem. I also went to my second Olympic Games in Athens.

MOVE TO LIQUIGAS-BIANCHI

2005

Alessio closed down and I moved to Liquigas-Bianchi. I tried my best to defend my title at Roubaix but ended up crashing a few days before and rode Roubaix with a fractured wrist. But I still managed 4th. I also finished 2nd in stage 7 of the Tour de France.

INJURY

2006

Unfortunately I had a crash in the first race of the season which put my knee in a very delicate situation. I ended up missing most of the spring season. I finished up the season with some strong riding at Tour of Spain

MOREINJURY

2007

Another big crash on the velodrome saw me on the side line with a separated shoulder. I had to have 2 surgeries to get it sorted. I also ended up missing the Tour de France that year but, after 13 years, I finally got my Swedish national road title.

MOVE TOSLIPSTREAM

2008

I moved to Slipstream (later Garmin). Following a crash and broken collar bone in Tour of Qatar, I came back and was going really well. I finished 2nd in the Time trial in 3 days of DePanne but Roubaix was a write off due to mechanical problems at the Forrest of Arenberg.

WINDING DOWN WITHCOFFEE

2009

I started my season training to do another year with Garmin but realised shortly that my body had had enough from all the crashes. I spent the first couple of months riding for a team I had set up to promote my coffee. In May I decided enough was enough and didn’t touch the bike for the next 12 months.

COMMENTARY

2010

I continued to run the team I had with my former PR manager Martin McCrossan and also did a lot of commentary for various different channels.

TEAMUK YOUTH

2011

The first year of Team UK Youth. I was back on the bike to promote one of the largest youth work charities in the country and the team was backed by Nigel Mansell and his sons. I had a great time back racing and felt like I was starting to pedal like I used to.

IRONMAN!!!

2012

I continued with Team UK Youth which had by now grown a fair bit and we were out in Europe racing. In Tour of Britain I realised I still had the legs to ride with the best in the world and set out to find another contract. This didn’t prove too easy and in the end I had to pack up that idea. That’s when the crazy idea came. IRONMAN!!!!!

QUALIFYING FORHAWAII

2013

I rode for MG-Maxifuel until end of May when I started focusing purely on Ironman training and I completed my first 2 events. I also managed to fulfil my goal of qualifying to the world champs in Kona Hawaii 2014. This is now where all my focus lies.

EVENTS

@KVanVlaminck the little guy shouting is present, only hale has a car with a radio machine speakers to scream faster at riders. :-)

COMPETITIONS

EVENTS

  • 02.03.2014Kuurne Bruxelles KuurneCycling TV/Commentary
  • 05.03.2014Le Samyn Cycling TV/Commentary
  • 09.03.2014Paris-Nice Stage 1Cycling TV/Commentary
  • 24-30.03.2014CatalunyaEurosport/Commentary
  • 06.04.2014Tour of FlandersCommentary
  • 12-13.04.2014Paris-RoubaixCommentary
  • 29.04-04.05.2014Tour of RomandyCommentary
  • 07-11.05.20144 days of DunkerqueEurosport/Commentary
  • 08.05.2014Hampton CourtThe PACK/Ride
  • 21-25.05.2014Tour of NorwayEurosport/Commentary
  • 14-22.06.2014Tour de SuisseCommentary

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