Raphael Gorgé is a triathlete, family man, and CEO of a major corporation in France. When he isn’t taking the 3D printing world by storm, he is out running and biking the streets of Paris with his coach, Jonathan Tryoen.
He is relatively new to the triathlon world. Gorgé started “softly” running about ten years ago and then discovered the heavenly world of triathlons in 2011. He has completed Ironman races in Germany, France and twice with the Executive Challenge in Kona.
The Executive Challenge (XC) is the “Ultimate Ironman Experience.” Athletes apply to be a part of this exclusive group that guarantees entry at select Ironman events, including the World Championship. They receive the VIP experience including private bike check-in, first-class accommodations and access to private events.
Raphael competed this year with two other Dimond athletes, Mark Wilcox and Thomas Fox, but only one man could come out on top. Raphael took the first place slot with a time of 10:26:40 and a bike time of 5:02:53, a full 28 minutes faster than the next competitor.
Because he lives a busy life in the corporate world, his training plan was light but efficient. He trained 15 hours a week and slowed to 10-12 hours during the three months leading up to Kona.
Raphael said he chose the Dimond as his weapon of choice because of the aerodynamic edge it gives him while competing at the highest level. His life in the corporate world uses technology to achieve superior advancements and the Dimond uses this same principle to achieve faster results.
From an aerodynamic and comfort standpoint, he is thrilled.
“Staying in my aero bars 98% of the time is a huge benefit. I think this is a significant advantage of the Dimond, especially in crosswinds. Rides in Kona were my very first in the wind. Riding downhill from Hawi at almost 70km/h with no fear was a pleasure.”
Raphael is competing in IM Florida in four weeks with full expectations to crush the Executive Challenge bike record. With a Dimond as his bike, there’s no doubt a new record is right within his reach.
Fellow Dimond XC athlete Thomas Fox has no qualms about calling Raphael a top competitor:
“Despite his calm and gentle demeanor outside the course, Raphael is a fierce and very strong competitor once the gun goes off. His swim and, even more, the bike are his pieces de resistance, but he is no slouch on the run either. Now that he is on a Dimond it will be even more difficult to keep up with him. Looking forward to the next race with him!”
Congrats Mr. Gorgé on your impressive performance in Kona, and best of luck at IMFlorida, we’ll be there watching!
- Front wheel: 404 Zipp Firecrest cc
- Rear Wheel: 808 Zipp Firecrest cc
- Aerobar: Zipp Vuka Stealth
- PM: Quarq Elsa RS with Dura-Ace rings
- Groupset: Dura Ace Di2
- Brakes: TriRig Omega X
- Saddle: ISM Attack
- Pedals: look keo blade 2
- BTA nutrition system: Zipp bta mount w/ Profile Design cage
- Rear hydration system: Xlab Delta 425 w/ Profile Design bottle cage
- Chain: IceFriction Shimano 11spd
- Bento: home made 3d printed powerbar dispenser