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Maurice Clavel

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451
World Rank
61
National
192
Swim
362
Bike
434
Run
Germany
Weight
-
Height
1.83m
Age
36
Born
1988
 
 
 
Biography

Maurice Clavel

Crossing the line in third in front of his home fans, and as the first German to finish, at the IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship in Wiesbaden in 2014 prompted a spontaneous reaction from Maurice Clavel which still raises a smile today.

With a massive grin on his face, he ripped his shirt off his chest in pure joy at his accomplishment. Since then his no-holding-back racing style has endeared him to a wider audience.

His nickname is 'Krawall', which roughly means 'riot'.

"It's giving everything you have; it doesn't matter if you have a bad race, a bad day, a good day, it doesn't matter if you're first or 20th, it's about giving everything you have from start to finish. You go all in," explains Maurice in a little more detail.

There is no doubt he went all in at Kona in 2019 having qualified for the World Championship for the second time.

He was right in the mix in the swim, did lots of work in the front group on the bike but then blew up after 65 miles as he lost more than 20 minutes to finally cross the line in 38th.

Clavel didn't go unnoticed though, just as he hadn’t on his debut there a year earlier. It would be a brave person who backs against him one day coming back and achieving his dream of a podium spot at triathlon's biggest race.

Leaving it all out there

Freiburg-based Maurice was active as a swimmer in his youth, and he switched to triathlon in 2007 after the pool training "got a bit boring".

He started in shorter distance events, but it wasn't until he moved to middle-distance in 2014 that things immediately clicked.

He admits his racing style may not always work out, but argues if you're feeling good, why not go for it? After all, it's better to lose trying to win than not take that chance at all.

It's an honest and aggressive approach, and it has paid dividends.

That Wiesbaden performance catapulted him into the spotlight and to him, it was a perfectly natural joyous reaction crossing the line.

"I didn't plan it at all - I was just so happy to cross that finish line after that performance.

"You're in a tunnel for four hours, and suddenly you see this crazy finish line and you've done it.

"It's all coming out, all the pressure, all the effort."

Not many make Challenge Roth their first try at the full distance, but in 2017 Maurice did just that. And it was an astonishing debut with his podium spot in third only telling part of the story.

He was quickest in both the swim and bike, finding himself in the lead when 2015 winner Nils Frommhold crashed out.

In front of 250,000 buoyant home fans, Clavel had a real chance of adding his name to the legendary list of recent home winners.

He was overhauled on the run by both Bart Aernouts and Joe Skipper, but third place was still a magnificent achievement and his finish-line celebrations again reflected that.

Clearly that first long-distance event hadn't blunted his speed as he was then sixth in the 2017 70.3 World Championship at Chattanooga.

Fast forward to just his second full-distance race a year later where his performance in South Africa booked him a first Kona slot in 2018.

Again he was to the fore early with his swim time of 47:43 just four seconds behind fastest-of-the-day Josh Amberger. Maurice was right in the hunt too on the bike, before dropping back slightly on the run. He still held on for a podium spot though.

Then in August 2018 Clavel notched a maiden 70.3 win at Vichy and it could not have been much more emphatic.

A super-solid swim (24:20) put him within half a minute of the lead, but he had moved to the head of affairs early in the bike leg.

By the time they got to T2, the race looked at his mercy as he led by over four minutes. The gap just grew and grew as a 1:13:16 half marathon saw him underline his dominance.

"It was the perfect day and an emotional moment for me," he said afterwards.

So to his Kona debut, and his first World Championship in Hawaii couldn't have started much better. He was in the select lead group in the swim, three minutes quicker than defending champion Patrick Lange (who would go on to become the first man to break the eight-hour barrier later that day).

Maurice was still in the top five 100 miles into the bike leg.

The run however, with a marathon time of 3:08:42, saw him drop down to 19th. He'd given it everything, just as he would a year later.

In 2019 Maurice added a Challenge half to the win list at Walchsee-Kaiserwinkl in June. His aggressive style was continuing to work, taking the lead on the bike again despite baking hot temperatures, before putting it beyond doubt on the run to win in 3:50:38.

The build-up to a second Kona appearance continued to go well as he was runner-up at 70.3 Gdynia in August. His time of 3:43:43 was impressive enough and there was no disgrace in crossing the line in second. First, four minutes ahead, was Jan Frodeno.

Scared of no one

There is no doubting Maurice's main aim going forward. Just like his racing there is no holding back on his ambitions.

"I really want to go top three at Kona within the next three years."

Looking back on his latest display in Hawaii, he says: "Some people asked me: 'Was it a plan to race like that, to be in the front and blow up?'

"But I felt so good, so comfy and so stable. Olympic champions pretty much surrounded me, but I was totally in my flow, feeling I was going to rock Kona.

"I wanted to do my own race rather than worry about those around me, but I just didn't have any power left."

It is something he's been working on with a new coach since late 2019 and he will continue to combine middle and long-distance events.

But his philosophy remains the same, when asked who or what scares him he quickly replies: "Nobody - and nothing!"

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Current PTO World Ranking Points
451
Ironman Switzerland 2023
Bonus +5%
64.04
Ironman Italy 2023
27.05
Ironman 70.3 Zell am See 2023
0.00
Sum / 3
30.36
Ranking History
#11#122#233#344#4552014201520162017201820192020202120222023*20242014Overall33.88 pts#184Swim75.55 pts#118Bike47.43 pts#200Run48.81 pts#1762015Overall64.35 pts#87Swim84.92 pts#73Bike71.49 pts#88Run60.02 pts#1332016Overall77.35 pts#54Swim86.60 pts#68Bike85.24 pts#39Run67.60 pts#1092017Overall86.15 pts#31Swim81.36 pts#125Bike87.54 pts#34Run76.27 pts#752018Overall81.97 pts#51Swim92.23 pts#24Bike85.66 pts#49Run72.78 pts#972019Overall86.19 pts#35Swim96.97 pts#16Bike95.07 pts#21Run71.09 pts#1082020Overall86.19 pts#28Swim95.39 pts#21Bike95.07 pts#18Run71.09 pts#782021Overall85.89 pts#26Swim88.84 pts#48Bike83.63 pts#40Run82.63 pts#502022Overall65.09 pts#125Swim97.85 pts#31Bike79.02 pts#102Run48.69 pts#3032023Overall61.23 pts#150Swim71.84 pts#71Bike64.16 pts#131Run47.67 pts#2262024Overall30.36 pts#451Swim50.58 pts#192Bike37.01 pts#362Run27.78 pts#434

* New PTO World Ranking System implemented.

Results

48 Races3
1
5
2
6
3

2024

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
26 May
DNF
SilverChallenge St Pölten25:19--:----:----:--
0
72.78
-
Swim25:19
Bike--:--
Run--:--

2023

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
16 Sep
26
SilverIronman Italy47:274:15:294:16:539:26:42
27.05
76.92
27.05
Swim47:27
Bike4:15:29
Run4:16:53
03 Sep
DNF
SilverIronman 70.3 Zell am See23:542:16:37--:----:--
0
75.08
-
Swim23:54
Bike2:16:37
Run--:--
09 Jul
7
SilverIronman Switzerland52:034:27:292:51:398:16:11
60.99
70.99
60.99
Swim52:03
Bike4:27:29
Run2:51:39
21 May
13
SilverIronman 70.3 Kraichgau23:402:12:571:18:163:58:38
52.3
73.76
52.30
Swim23:40
Bike2:12:57
Run1:18:16
07 May
20
PlatinumWT Long Distance Championships38:302:51:591:58:045:34:03
67.36
78.88
67.36
Swim38:30
Bike2:51:59
Run1:58:04
18 Mar
DNF
SilverIronman 70.3 Lanzarote23:192:27:59--:----:--
0
78.75
-
Swim23:19
Bike2:27:59
Run--:--

2022

Points: NaN
Date#TierRaceSwimBikeRunOverallSOFPts
08 Oct
23
DiamondIronman Hawaii49:434:19:493:00:488:15:24
70.03
91.45
70.03
Swim49:43
Bike4:19:49
Run3:00:48
07 Aug
4
SilverIronman 70.3 Swansea23:102:18:321:18:074:05:00
60.56
61.17
60.56
Swim23:10
Bike2:18:32
Run1:18:07
03 Jul
8
PlatinumChallenge Roth48:574:13:563:10:468:16:58
71.26
76.92
71.26
Swim48:57
Bike4:13:56
Run3:10:46

2021

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
21 Nov
1
Ironman South Africa22:364:18:462:45:157:30:29
89.935
07:23:47
89.94
Swim22:36
Bike4:18:46
Run2:45:15
16 Oct
14
Challenge Peguera Mallorca24:452:12:271:13:353:54:00
63.0131
03:41:42
63.01
Swim24:45
Bike2:12:27
Run1:13:35
19 Sep
3
Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix24:262:19:081:11:053:58:57
58.9812
03:45:06
58.98
Swim24:26
Bike2:19:08
Run1:11:05
15 Aug
6
Ironman Frankfurt49:364:25:032:49:548:09:40
87.9174
08:00:57
87.92
Swim49:36
Bike4:25:03
Run2:49:54
20 Jun
5
Apfelland Triathlon23:512:16:121:17:213:58:40
42.5017
03:39:43
42.50
Swim23:51
Bike2:16:12
Run1:17:21
30 May
3
Challenge St Pölten25:322:09:211:10:513:49:56
78.0889
03:42:37
78.09
Swim25:32
Bike2:09:21
Run1:10:51
01 May
13
Ironman 70.3 St. George23:182:08:091:16:043:51:29
77.0098
03:43:46
77.01
Swim23:18
Bike2:08:09
Run1:16:04
12 Mar
9
Ironman 70.3 Dubai23:291:55:371:12:503:35:38
79.8269
03:29:18
79.83
Swim23:29
Bike1:55:37
Run1:12:50

2019

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
12 Oct
38
Ironman Hawaii47:404:38:333:28:399:01:05
19.8298
08:03:00
19.83
Swim47:40
Bike4:38:33
Run3:28:39
08 Sep
18
Ironman 70.3 World Championship24:342:26:141:15:044:09:20
64.6159
03:56:46
64.62
Swim24:34
Bike2:26:14
Run1:15:04
11 Aug
2
Ironman 70.3 Gdynia23:332:04:541:12:143:43:43
81.3127
03:37:37
81.31
Swim23:33
Bike2:04:54
Run1:12:14
30 Jun
1
Challenge Walchsee24:252:03:211:19:493:50:38
87.3843
03:46:21
87.38
Swim24:25
Bike2:03:21
Run1:19:49
02 Jun
6
Challenge "The Championship" Samorin23:411:57:051:16:283:42:06
83.4923
03:36:44
83.49
Swim23:41
Bike1:57:05
Run1:16:28
19 May
DNF
Challenge Heilbronn--:----:----:----:--
03:42:18
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
07 Apr
5
Ironman South Africa25:544:26:262:49:037:45:29
87.6989
07:37:03
87.70
Swim25:54
Bike4:26:26
Run2:49:03

2018

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
13 Oct
19
Ironman Hawaii47:434:19:013:08:428:19:40
74.3199
08:01:08
74.32
Swim47:43
Bike4:19:01
Run3:08:42
25 Aug
1
Ironman 70.3 Vichy24:202:04:241:13:163:46:17
76.0942
03:38:27
76.09
Swim24:20
Bike2:04:24
Run1:13:16
28 Jul
DNF
Challenge Prague--:----:----:----:--
03:44:00
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
17 Jun
9
Ironman 70.3 Elsinore23:532:03:111:16:483:48:06
62.6543
03:36:00
62.65
Swim23:53
Bike2:03:11
Run1:16:48
03 Jun
5
Challenge "The Championship" Samorin25:412:01:131:18:093:49:51
79.6757
03:43:03
79.68
Swim25:41
Bike2:01:13
Run1:18:09
15 Apr
3
Ironman South Africa48:214:31:562:54:018:18:51
76.384
08:01:47
76.38
Swim48:21
Bike4:31:56
Run2:54:01
02 Feb
4
Ironman 70.3 Dubai22:442:03:041:13:433:43:38
74.9459
03:35:32
74.95
Swim22:44
Bike2:03:04
Run1:13:43

2017

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
15 Oct
DNF
Ironman Louisville--:----:----:----:--
07:53:49
-
Swim--:--
Bike--:--
Run--:--
10 Sep
6
Ironman 70.3 World Championship25:072:11:031:16:333:55:17
84.5871
03:49:58
84.59
Swim25:07
Bike2:11:03
Run1:16:33
09 Jul
3
Challenge Roth48:294:16:422:56:308:04:53
81.6339
07:51:53
81.63
Swim48:29
Bike4:16:42
Run2:56:30
21 May
3
Ironman 70.3 Austria25:482:17:271:11:474:00:04
70.7708
03:49:59
70.77
Swim25:48
Bike2:17:27
Run1:11:47

2016

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
04 Sep
8
Ironman 70.3 World Championship22:532:06:181:13:393:46:47
92.2181
03:44:10
92.22
Swim22:53
Bike2:06:18
Run1:13:39
14 Aug
7
Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden24:112:24:411:15:094:07:24
60.0114
03:53:24
60.01
Swim24:11
Bike2:24:41
Run1:15:09
19 Jun
2
Challenge Heilbronn14:202:23:451:16:153:56:47
0
-
-
Swim14:20
Bike2:23:45
Run1:16:15
05 Jun
4
Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau23:242:14:181:14:473:55:36
63.593
03:43:24
63.59
Swim23:24
Bike2:14:18
Run1:14:47
22 May
2
Ironman 70.3 Barcelona23:472:22:371:15:374:05:30
69.3721
03:54:43
69.37
Swim23:47
Bike2:22:37
Run1:15:37
01 May
2
Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix--:--2:16:581:13:303:32:21
0
-
-
Swim--:--
Bike2:16:58
Run1:13:30

2015

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
30 Aug
24
Ironman 70.3 World Championship23:012:23:171:20:104:10:11
40.1815
03:49:35
40.18
Swim23:01
Bike2:23:17
Run1:20:10
09 Aug
12
Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden24:242:25:131:18:544:16:50
43.3453
03:56:43
43.35
Swim24:24
Bike2:25:13
Run1:18:54
17 May
2
Ironman 70.3 Barcelona24:582:23:201:15:124:05:42
69.8925
03:55:05
69.89
Swim24:58
Bike2:23:20
Run1:15:12
27 Feb
20
Challenge Dubai23:222:08:301:18:453:54:04
69.936
03:43:58
69.94
Swim23:22
Bike2:08:30
Run1:18:45

2014

Points: NaN
Date#RaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPts
10 Aug
3
Ironman 70.3 Wiesbaden22:112:27:331:15:364:08:34
53.2147
03:52:16
53.21
Swim22:11
Bike2:27:33
Run1:15:36
15 Jun
5
Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau24:082:17:511:17:324:01:52
48.4286
03:44:30
48.43
Swim24:08
Bike2:17:51
Run1:17:32

Ranking per Season

Overall

Year
Points
Pos
2024
30
451
2023
61
150
2022
65
125
2021
85
26
2020
86
28
2019
86
35
2018
81
51
2017
86
31
2016
77
54
2015
64
87
2014
33
184

Swim

Year
Points
Pos
2024
50
192
2023
71
71
2022
97
31
2021
88
48
2020
95
21
2019
96
16
2018
92
24
2017
81
125
2016
86
68
2015
84
73
2014
75
118

Bike

Year
Points
Pos
2024
37
362
2023
64
131
2022
79
102
2021
83
40
2020
95
18
2019
95
21
2018
85
49
2017
87
34
2016
85
39
2015
71
88
2014
47
200

Run

Year
Points
Pos
2024
27
434
2023
47
226
2022
48
303
2021
82
50
2020
71
78
2019
71
108
2018
72
97
2017
76
75
2016
67
109
2015
60
133
2014
48
176
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