Date of Birth:05/25/1979
Van Lierde has had an extremely successful past few years on the international triathlon circuit, claiming podium finishes in a handful of events. He became the European champion in the 2007 Long Distance Triathlon, which began his ascension to the top of the sport. Van Lierde finished 2nd in both the 2008 and 2010 Ironman events (New Zealand; France) before claiming victories in 2011 and 2012 (France), the latter of which set a new race record. He finished 3rd at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship in 2012, which set the focus for his next year of competition. In 2013, van Lierde made good on his goal to reach the top, winning the prestigious Ironman World Championship event at Kona.