Pieter Heemeryck
Country
World Rank
32
Height
1.78m
Age
31
DOB
12/11/89
Swim: Zone 3Bike: ScottRun: Hoka One One
91%Swim92%Bike83%Run90%Overall
Athletes are measured as a percentage (for each discipline and overall) based on a relative comparison to the #1 ranked athlete who's rated at 100%.
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Pieter Heemeryck

Finishing in the top five in the 70.3 World Championship is impressive by any standards.

All the more so when the podium comprises legends of the sport Jan Frodeno, Alistair Brownlee and Javier Gomez.

But that's precisely what Belgium's Pieter Heemeryck achieved in Port Elizabeth in 2018 - and he did it while still working as a primary school teacher!

It wasn't a huge shock that he turned pro at the start of the following year - and it's also no surprise that he's since put together an astonishing run of results.

Strong in all three disciplines, he's one of triathlon's brightest up-and-coming talents - a point he underlined with five race wins in 2019 as well as topping the Challenge Family World Bonus standings.

Those successes all came at 70.3, but the full iron-distance and Kona qualification are very much on his radar.

Triathlon idols become his direct rivals

Juggling a job and training is a tricky balance for thousands of amateur triathletes, but Pieter Heemeryck made it work at the very highest level of the sport.

He taught sport to six to 12-year-olds by day - and then, thanks to careful planning with his coach Lubos Bilek, fitted the swimming, biking and running around that.

"He's an excellent coach who can also build a very good balance between training and family life," he says of Bilek.

If Pieter had a busy couple of days at school, the training would be scaled down - but if it was school holidays, that meant more time to focus on triathlon. Much of the cycling needed to be indoors - and he's still a big user of Zwift.

A typical working week would see him train between 15 and 20 hours and he admits he could easily have been "scared to go to races when I saw the hours the full-time pros were putting in!"

He hadn't taken part in his first triathlon until he was 19 - it came about after an injury prevented him running and saw him return to swimming (which he'd done as a youngster) and buy his first bike.

He tried some draft legal races to start with but soon realised that non-drafting events played to his strengths and such was his progress that by his mid-20s he'd become Belgian champion over the sprint, Olympic and half-distances.

As well as the national titles and race wins, Pieter was soon catching the eye on the international stage, especially at 70.3 distance - reaching the top 10 for the first time at the World Championship in 2017.

That success at 70.3 continued at speed in 2018 as he raced a combination of Challenge and IRONMAN events, climaxing with that progression to the rarified heights of the top five at the World Championship in South Africa.

A great year was then rounded off in perfect style at the inaugural Challenge Daytona.

At the iconic racetrack - and in an event shortened due to lightning and heavy rain - Heemeryck out-duelled Andrew Starykowicz. He says of that experience: "It was incredible. On the last lap of the run, thinking that I was going to be the first winner of the race, was an amazing feeling!"

And so to the full-time pro ranks where the temptation in his first year could easily have been to increase his training load massively. But he was careful not to fall into that trap and reaped the dividends straight away.

His first seven races in 2019 produced no fewer than three wins (Challenge Half Gran Canaria, Challenge Half Salou and back on home soil in Challenge Half Geraardsbergen) as well as three podiums.

That put him on track for a nice payday as the runaway leader in the Challenge Family World Bonus standings, something that was all but confirmed at The Challenge Family's showpiece Championship Samorin, which he labels his favourite race.

A stacked field headed into that weekend in Slovakia, but it was Pieter who dominated for much of it.

He looked on course for a famous victory, leading by two minutes at one point on the bike. But a thrilling finale saw him overtaken in the last 2km of the run thanks to a half marathon of 1:11:31 by Sebastian Kienle as he clocked a new record overall time.

Heermeryck stayed on well for second - 32 seconds behind Kienle and 28 seconds ahead of Rodolphe Von Berg.

He admits he probably spent too much time looking over his shoulder that day, but no wonder when you consider it was one of his triathlon idols who was now his big rival. Pieter says of Kienle: "I was inspired when I was younger by Sebi's racing style. I've always dreamed of beating him once, but it hasn't worked so far!

"I learnt a lot from it though and know now that I can do it."

A rare DNF followed at the 70.3 World Championship in Nice, but he bounced back strongly with two more Challenge 70.3 victories (Davos and Mallorca) to make it a landslide margin in the end-of-year bonus standings.

It had been quite a first year as a pro and 2020 started in solid style with a runner-up spot in IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai behind fellow Belgian Bart Aernouts.

Kona on the cards in the future

The future could hardly look brighter and Pieter is clear on his aims over the next few years, with a World Championship podium a big target.

The focus will remain at half-distance but with the addition of two or three full-distance events - hopefully including Kona!

And one massive benefit of being a full-time pro is that he gets to spend much more time with his family, especially his two young boys Quinn and Oliver.

Motivating children and giving them a passion for sport is something Pieter did every day as a teacher, and he hopes that will be something he can go back to in the future.

And with five brothers and four sisters of his own, family support isn't something he's short of as he continues to shine.

Current PTO World Ranking Points
32
Average best 3 races 2019/2020
90.75
2020 Challenge Daytona
79.77
Average
85.26
Ranking History
#9#69#129#189201420152016201720182019202020212014Overall90.6621 pts#201Swim158.712 pts#84Bike94.7201 pts#201Run86.9862 pts#2132015Overall128.119 pts#192Swim158.712 pts#127Bike103.453 pts#243Run89.7365 pts#2442016Overall222.031 pts#66Swim165.334 pts#106Bike140.363 pts#121Run144.206 pts#922017Overall240.531 pts#50Swim167.636 pts#103Bike166.218 pts#62Run148.321 pts#852018Overall272.333 pts#21Swim173.679 pts#59Bike187.104 pts#18Run140.282 pts#1102019Overall285.422 pts#15Swim188.172 pts#32Bike196.857 pts#14Run150.955 pts#822020Overall272.262 pts#17Swim188.172 pts#27Bike183.872 pts#25Run158.536 pts#442021Overall85.2632 pts#32Swim88.2086 pts#37Bike87.9749 pts#29Run68.3586 pts#86
Results
54 Races11
1
12
2
3
3
2021
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
9 May
28
Challenge Riccione26:312:12:381:38:234:20:24
6.54115
03:48:236.54
24 Apr
DNF
Challenge Gran Canaria21:502:05:39--:----:--
03:37:28-
12 Mar
DNF
IM 70.3 Dubai--:----:----:----:--
03:29:18-
2020
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
6 Dec
18
Challenge Daytona24:011:41:081:03:373:10:44
79.7725
03:05:0779.77
20 Sep
2
Ratingen12:4754:2032:411:39:47
80.1628
01:36:5480.16
6 Sep
3
IM 70.3 Les Sables D'Olonne23:382:05:531:14:383:46:54
79.2992
03:40:0479.30
7 Feb
2
IM 70.3 Dubai22:461:55:591:12:173:35:08
79.2299
03:28:3879.23
2019
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
24 Nov
DNF
IM Cozumel--:----:----:----:--
07:40:45-
19 Oct
1
Challenge Peguera24:292:08:531:13:113:49:57
91.8317
03:47:1091.83
5 Oct
2
IM 70.3 Lanzarote--:--2:16:291:17:253:36:40
85.7532
03:32:0885.75
14 Sep
1
Challenge Davos24:371:48:281:11:543:27:59
88.4786
03:24:2788.48
8 Sep
DNF
IM 70.3 World Championship--:----:----:----:--
03:56:46-
27 Jul
2
Challenge Prague--:----:----:--3:57:36
72.4373
03:48:1072.44
23 Jun
DNF
IM 70.3 Elsinore--:----:----:----:--
03:36:06-
15 Jun
1
Challenge Geraardsbergen22:512:10:411:16:573:52:49
74.4809
03:44:1474.48
2 Jun
2
Challenge Samorin23:501:56:011:14:373:39:21
91.9512
03:36:4491.95
27 Apr
1
Challenge Gran Canaria--:----:----:--4:00:44
74.4069
03:51:5074.41
7 Apr
1
Challenge Salou23:082:07:331:12:443:46:40
83.73
03:41:1683.73
17 Mar
2
IM 70.3 Campeche26:522:04:281:17:323:51:29
81.45
03:45:1381.45
2018
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
9 Dec
1
Challenge Daytona20:281:20:3944:522:27:45
17.6172
02:11:3017.62
28 Oct
1
Challenge Sardinia15:332:16:061:14:103:47:44
87.9799
03:43:4287.98
16 Sep
2
Challenge Davos24:131:54:481:20:123:41:50
76.1349
03:34:1076.13
2 Sep
5
IM 70.3 World Championship22:232:04:151:13:003:43:06
101.639
03:43:39101.64
28 Jul
3
Challenge Prague22:242:03:241:21:053:51:55
76.4385
03:44:0076.44
8 Jul
2
IM 70.3 Sweden22:562:08:031:16:063:51:10
70.3815
03:41:2070.38
10 Jun
1
Challenge Geraardsbergen--:----:----:--3:51:17
81.9913
03:45:1281.99
3 Jun
4
Challenge Samorin25:522:01:321:16:583:48:50
82.7144
03:43:0382.71
21 Apr
6
Challenge Gran Canaria26:352:21:151:16:034:06:47
55.3218
03:51:1755.32
2017
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
25 Nov
6
IM 70.3 Bahrain23:152:07:001:16:173:49:35
70.6432
03:39:5470.64
15 Oct
5
Challenge Peguera--:----:----:--3:58:23
65.0749
03:46:3165.07
17 Sep
2
Challenge Davos--:--27:321:11:501:39:22
0
--
10 Sep
10
IM 70.3 World Championship25:272:11:021:18:263:57:36
77.8712
03:49:5877.87
29 Jul
1
Challenge Prague20:462:04:021:17:573:47:45
81.2404
03:41:3181.24
2 Jul
2
Challenge Geraardsbergen--:----:----:--3:58:43
63.5766
03:46:2163.58
18 Jun
4
IM 70.3 Elsinore21:512:05:071:14:543:46:47
65.5279
03:35:3865.53
3 Jun
6
Challenge Samorin23:002:05:401:18:453:52:17
72.2471
03:43:0072.25
13 May
DNF
IM 70.3 Mallorca--:----:----:----:--
03:47:45-
22 Apr
2
Challenge Gran Canaria25:222:31:501:14:114:11:23
63.5457
03:58:2163.55
2016
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
13 Nov
DNF
IM 70.3 Xiamen--:----:----:----:--
03:47:00-
30 Oct
2
Challenge Sardinia24:002:22:241:13:514:01:53
62.4427
03:48:5962.44
16 Oct
1
Challenge Peguera23:512:15:351:13:503:56:02
81.4197
03:49:3881.42
24 Sep
1
IM 70.3 Lanzarote25:112:23:161:16:074:08:22
73.4375
03:58:5173.44
5 Jun
3
IM 70.3 Kraichgau23:122:16:271:11:283:54:24
67.174
03:43:2467.17
1 May
16
IM 70.3 Pays d'Aix--:--2:26:271:14:353:42:55
0
--
2 Apr
19
IM 70.3 California23:422:20:271:24:164:13:37
20.845
03:46:4220.84
2015
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
19 Sep
7
IM 70.3 Lanzarote23:522:29:381:21:014:17:17
37.4572
03:55:1337.46
9 Aug
DNF
IM 70.3 Wiesbaden--:----:----:----:--
03:56:43-
20 Jun
DNF
IM 70.3 Luxembourg--:----:----:----:--
03:40:11-
5 Apr
25
IM 70.3 Brasilia25:292:03:382:09:404:42:32
0
03:35:57-
2014
Points: NaN
DateResultRaceSwimBikeRunOverallAITPoints
26 Oct
19
IM 70.3 Miami25:472:08:341:39:374:16:30
0
03:37:27-
20 Sep
4
IM 70.3 Lanzarote22:132:25:111:17:404:07:16
53.2088
03:51:0353.21
10 Aug
20
IM 70.3 Wiesbaden22:022:28:081:34:384:28:28
0
03:52:16-
25 May
DNF
IM 70.3 Austria--:----:----:----:--
03:42:21-
6 Apr
6
IM 70.3 Brasilia25:132:06:531:20:123:55:42
37.4533
03:35:2937.45
Ranking per Season
Overall
Year
Points
Position
2021
85
32
2020
272
17
2019
285
15
2018
272
21
2017
240
50
2016
222
66
2015
128
192
2014
90
201
Swim
Year
Points
Position
2021
88
37
2020
188
27
2019
188
32
2018
173
59
2017
167
103
2016
165
106
2015
158
127
2014
158
84
Bike
Year
Points
Position
2021
87
29
2020
183
25
2019
196
14
2018
187
18
2017
166
62
2016
140
121
2015
103
243
2014
94
201
Run
Year
Points
Position
2021
68
86
2020
158
44
2019
150
82
2018
140
110
2017
148
85
2016
144
92
2015
89
244
2014
86
213
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