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Posted: June 23, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: Christel Robin, a new French Touch at Ironman France!

Aiming to be crowned again in Belfort, the beautiful champion crashed; a tough experience for a young warrior! To breathe new life into her programme her coach, Yves Cordier, organizer of the Ironman France, offered her the ideal opportunity and an unexpected challenge: the starting list of Nice. She will then test her endurance over the distance that she has set as a career goal. Focus will be on this very promising young athlete.

Exclusive interview with the: Long Distance Triathlon French Champion "Elite" 2008.

"I said "Ironman Nice, not this year ..." But fate sometimes decides otherwise. As a matter of fact, certain events may lead us to some last minute changes: in this mass of races, I turned a championship in France into a long-distance iron fight. And finally I think it will be worth it even if Nice is impressive! Although I am a bit apprehensive, Nice intrigues me and what better way to restart after a crash than to discover a new distance -- which was a career goal -- but without pressure?

I really want to compete in it this way. Indeed, I will not go into the race aiming for the podium. Although I will have my shoes in my "RUN bag" I simply want to feel the pulse of this race. As far as a successful Ironman goes - I guess- I would need to be more prepared and meditate for more than three weeks before the start. I will use it as training and a first attempt. Moreover I cannot imagine anything better than racing in my hometown and in a race that is set up by my coach.

So I look forward to the freshness of the pebbles of the beach of Nice next Sunday morning (while I wonder what I have signed up for!), keen to discover what I expect to be a long, long day..." .

IRONMAN France -- Nice
June 28, 2009 
3.8km SWIM | 180km BIKE | 42.195km RUN
50 qualifying places for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii October 2009
16 hours and more free entertainment on the Promenade des Anglais and hinterland  
37 registered pros

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