Episode 164

Leon Chevalier: Engineering triathlon success

French long distance triathlete Leon Chevalier has surprised himself with how far he has come in the sport in such a short space of time. The Bath-based athlete says he 'would be on a Graduate Engineering Programme if it wasn't for Susie and Rob Cheetham.' They noticed he had something special about him and have supported him since 2021. The belief paid off, in 2022 Chevalier completed his Masters in Engineering and finished 6th and 7th at The Ironman World Championships in St George and Kona respectively. 2023 sees Chevalier be a full-time professional for the first time.

You'll hear:

01:30 The amount of indoor training Leon does "its a means to an end. I enjoy being good at something."

05:00 His background in Engineering and how he managed to juggle his Masters degree while trying to be one of the best long distance triathletes in the world. 2023 will be the first year he can do triathlon full-time.

10:00 Is he excited or scared about his job being a triathlete?

11:00 Does he yet feel like he is amongst the best long distance triathletes in the World?

16:00 Why is his English so good?

18:00 The role that Susie and Rob Cheetham have had on Leon's life 'without the Cheetham's, I'd be doing an Engineering grad scheme now.'

22:00 Is he will known in France and how important is Embrunman on the french triathlon scene?

28:00 Leon's thoughts on the men's Ironman World Championships being in Nice, effectively a home race for him and on a hilly course that he likes.

31:00 Leon's one of a group of young male athletes really shaking up the long-distance scene. How does he feel about it?

35:00 Why Leon has started to work with a Sports Psychologist to get his head around the fact he is a full-time triathlete and he's done amazingly well in it. He needed to find his why again.

41:00 Leon's aims for the 2023 season.

Find out more about this week's guest:

Leon Chevalier Instagram

Leon Chevalier website

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Helen has been working in triathlon for a decade as an athlete, coach and broadcaster.

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