In the third and final part of our series of interviews with Leon ChevalierLooking forward to an exciting year, his desire to continue learning and dealing with imposter syndrome…
Oh, and carbon bikes aren’t the only reason this engineer is interested in the group 14 member of the periodic table element!
There is still more to learn
As you’ll see in our first article, the University of Bath and its surrounding triathlon environment have proven fundamental to the French athlete’s athletic success, since he moved to the city in 2018.
And while graduation is due this summer, Chevalier has no immediate plans to leave Somerset. Or actually, stop studying at all…
“It’s finally the end, so in June I will graduate with a master’s degree in chemical engineering. That would be fine, but then I want to do my Ph.D. because I want to keep my feet in engineering, I just enjoy it.”
“I find it really interesting and would like to strike a balance between triathlon and non-triathlon interests. I am really interested in renewable energies and carbon sequestration and I did a research project in this area last year and it made me realize it is something I want to pursue. I hope to start my PhD in October/November, So I just need to find a theme and funding and all that, but that’s the plan.
“I would like to stay in Bath because it is an environment that I like, that suits me too [his girlfriend] Florey begins operating in Bristol in September. We love the area and want to stay there so hopefully we can.”
Given the proven success of Lucy Jusedge, who has spent much of her successful career in triathlon alongside her PhD work, there is good reason to believe this approach could work well.
Engineering Iron Man’s first win
Looking back at Lyon’s 2021 results, the world’s highest success – at least – was the victory at Iron Man Mallorca in September. The race was streamed live, and with the prize pool totaling $100,000, the entry list was also impressive. Cameron Whorf, world long-distance triathlon champion, Christian Hugenhug, German Florian Angert and Boris Stein. Looking back (shame!), I didn’t even mention Leon in our preview feature.
My memories of the Lyon race in Alcudia were that with the finish line barely a mile away, it didn’t look very good. After nearly eight hours of great racing, would he have blasted big time in the final stages?
“Actually, I think the wheels fell about 15 kilometers from the finish line! That’s when I went crazy. I was in the lead with Cam and Christian for about five hours, then on my own for two hours at that point and then of course you don’t want to take the last 40 minutes from you that.
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