Bloomington Velo will be hosting a team time along the very popular Wayport loop. This will be a free event that is open to the general public, there will not be a registration fee or professional timing. This is a race where everyone can engage in friendly competition and enjoy the company of fellow cyclists. Public parking will not be available, cyclists are encouraged to ride to the start point. Acceptable bikes for this event are time trial, road, and little 5 bikes.
The time trial route is a 6.62-mile course that circles around I-69 along Wayport Road & Burma Road. The start line is located in front of Oliver Winery. The course will run clockwise starting south on Wayport and end on the start line completing 1 lap.
All racers participating in this event voluntarily agree to racing on open roads and acknowledging that Bloomington Velo is not responsible for any injuries or damage to equipment. The risks of road cycling include but are not limited to road condition, weather, vehicular traffic, and personal health/fitness parameters. All racers participating in this event are competing at their own risk.
Maarten Bout competed in the USA Triathlon Olympic and Sprint distance National Championships on August 7th & 8th in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Both of these races were the largest fields in USAT history with 6,000 athletes competing.
Maarten placed 6th in the Olympic distance 40-44 category and 3rd in the 40-44 category and 3rd in the Master’s category in the Sprint Distance.
The swimming portion of the course was held in a protected marina in frigid water of Lake Michigan. The bike portion was mostly flat with one large (huge perhaps) bridge to climb. The run was completely flat with beautiful scenery along the lakefront. The heat and humidity in the Olympic race was brutal. The race-time temperature was around 85° with 85% humidity, but no wind.
In the last mile of the Olympic race, Maarten’s heart rate was a calm 191 average. Despite getting dunked on in the swim portion, losing everything out of his flat kit while abruptly braking to avoid collision, and having someone step on and break his sunglasses in the run, it was an amazing race. Landing on the podium to finish the day made everything worth it!
The day after the Olympic race, Maarten was pleased to see so many athletes “do the double” which means competing in both championships back-to-back. During the Sprint race, Maarten was 6th out of the water, and 2nd to finish the biking portion. Maarten passed the defending National Champion Andrew Hollland on the first turn of the ride.
Near the end of the biking portion, another podium contender Jim Hallberg passed Maarten and they exchanged a few words about the field. Jim transitioned just a few seconds before Maarten entering the final running portion, but they remained close the entire run. Andrew Holland found a fresh pair of legs and ended up passing Jim and Maarten in the closing minutes of the race. Andrew ended up finishing about twenty seconds before Jim, and Maarten followed closely, only twelve seconds behind. A very close podium race, with the fourth place finisher over a minute and half behind the top three.
Maarten finished the weekend with his most productive Nationals ever! Maarten’s outstanding performance qualified him for the World Championships in Abu Dhabi and Montreal in 2022!