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© John Levison
Yvonne Van Vlerken's Simplon MR.T
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Posted on: Monday 4th March 2013


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In a transition area - and race hotel - dominated by Cervélo and Specialized at this weekend's Abu Dhabi International Triathlon, a less familiar name and a custom paint job on the race machine of Yvonne Van Vlerken deserved a little attention. Meet the Simplon MR.T.

The Netherlands athlete is a former holder of the world best time for the iron distance, an 8:45:48 set in 2008 when winning Challenge Roth. In winning Ironman Florida last year she showed a return to winning form after what had been a difficult year - personally, and from a sporting perspective - and her 8:51:35 time that day was her fourth time under the nine hour barrier, something only Paula Newby Fraser, Rebekah Keat and Chrissie Wellington have achieved.

©John Levison - Yvonne Van Vlerken's Simplon MR.T

Yvonne has been a Cervélo athlete for the past six seasons, but for 2013 has joined with Simplon (www.simplon.com), an Austrian brand based just three miles from her home. "I like to have a close relationship with my partners / sponsors - and being based so close to my home, makes things so easy."

©John Levison - Yvonne Van Vlerken's Simplon MR.T

The custom paint job features a Pegasus (a 'winged divine horse'). Any special meaning? "Yes, I used to have a turtle on my bike... but I wanted to have a faster animal this time, so we chose a Pegasus!"

©John Levison - Yvonne Van Vlerken's Simplon MR.T

As well as the fancy paint job, the bike is all business and features the Smart Enve 8.9 Tubular wheelset, Cobb saddle and Speedplay Zero pedals - though no powermeter.

©John Levison - Yvonne Van Vlerken's Simplon MR.T

Yvonne with her steed. She finished fifth in Abu Dhabi, and was pleased with that result; "I never race well in my first race of the year, so I'm happy with fifth place today."

©John Levison - Yvonne Van Vlerken's Simplon MR.T


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