Monthly Archives: July 2015

Get to know Melissa Haushchildt

Hi Melissa, thanks to give COMPRESSPORT fans some of your time. We all know you as a top pro triathlete and super fast runner. But who is Melissa Hauschildt? What do you do when you are not working/racing?

I love baking and creating healthy and nutritious snacks, cakes, energy balls and chocolate from raw foods so I spend a bit of my downtime doing this. I find it relaxing and enjoyable so it doesn’t tire me for my hard sessions. I also enjoy bush walking and the beach both of which are super close to my home. I find it hard to sit still so I’m usually always on the go.

2014 promised to be your year, but things did not go as planned. We noticed you were back on track by winning with style IM Asia Pacific Championship. This victory qualified you directly to Kona and you are also qualified for IM70.3 World Champ in Austria. How do you prepare for those two big events?

I’m staying home in Australia this year to prepare for the 70.3 world champs. It’s winter here now but the weather is still really good. I have a good group of cyclists here that I regularly ride with, the beach is only a few kms away and there’s forestry areas in all directions so it’s great for training. I might stay in Europe after the 70.3 worlds, maybe find a nice training location at altitude to prepare for Kona.

You are a real fan of COMPRESSPORT R2 calf sleeves. For how long do you use them? What does it bring to you?

I like to do my hard run sessions in my R2 calf sleeves to prevent any post workout soreness. I also race in them to keep my calfs feeling fresh and to recover quicker so that I can get back into training sooner.

You are a former 3000m steeplechase specialist (national champ, Commonwealth Games) and moved to multisport with success in 2010. 35 pro triathlon wins and 16 course records. How do you manage recovery to be always on top? What COMPRESSPORT recovery products do you use?

The night before a race I will always sleep in my full leg COMPRESSPORT to freshen my legs up and then the night following my race I will sleep in them again to help aid recovery. I regularly travel in my COMPRESSPORT  quads and knee high socks. After hard or long sessions or if my legs are feeling tired I will relax in my COMPRESSPORT  gear. COMPRESSPORT has been a major part of my training, racing and recovery right from the very start of my triathlon career.

In few weeks, COMPRESSPORT will be launching the “Mel Hauschildt Signature Serie”. Can you tell us a bit more about it?

I’m so excited about this. My signature series is going to be awesome. I won’t give too much away now, you’ll have to wait and see, but I will tell you there’s an Australian animal in boxing gloves on them which looks amazing!

Thanks Melissa for your time. Have a good training, see you end of August at the IronMan 70.3 World Championship in Austria.

UTMB 2015

Every year, during the last week-end of August, all the best Ultra-Trail runners in the world gather to Chamonix in the French Alps to take part in the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc® . A grueling Ultra-Trail®  race around the highest mountain in Europe across France, Italy and Switzerland. The distance is approximately 168 km, with a total elevation gain of around 10,000m.

To celebrate this mythical race, COMPRESSPORT®  has developed a specific product range to support you in this amazing challenge. This exclusive range of product is the opportunity for us to showcase our upcoming innovations and technologies. Technical innovations, new fibers, new designs, ultra-trail specific features, all information is here.

SHORT ULTRA-TRAIL: Unequalled freedom of use and facility to put on

Thanks to its rethought construction (inspired by the PRO R2 SWISS), the SHORT ULTRA-TRAIL is unbelievably stretchable: 85 % more elastic and stretchable than the other COMPRESSPORT®  shorts. Totally designed in Switzerland, the SHORT

ULTRA-TRAIL:

  • Provides, at the same time, a feeling of strength and incomparable freedom.
  • Adapts perfectly to the shape of the thighs, without any feeling of restriction. Moreover, you’ll never feel restrictions or squeezing due to a compression that becomes too strong – when the thighs swell: during climbing and/or lactic efforts. If that was not enough, the SHORT ULTRA-TRAIL weighs less than 100 g while keeping all benefits of compression: less vibrations and muscle damage, reduced pains and delayed fatigue for better performance and recovery.

R2 ULTRA-TRAIL and ULTRA RACING FULL SOCKS RUN: Performance compression and Patellar Tendon protection

In ultra-trail races, the #1 enemy is knee pain. Not only for those who have chronic knee pain, but also the athletes who start to feel the fatigue after 100km of racing. COMPRESSPORT®  has developed the K-Protect to help reduce this pain that affects more than 75% of ultra-trail runners. The K-Protect is an ergonomic band which applies compression on the patellar tendon to provide extra knee support. It reduces the vibrations up to -8% without hindering joint movement. The K-Protect will be your best ally to push your speed in the downhill and reach the Place du Triangle de l’Amitié in the best possible conditions.

The K-Protect was implemented on the R2 ULTRA-TRAIL and on the ULTRA RACING FULL SOCKS RUN. The R2 keeps the same properties than the PRO R2 SWISS (incredibly stretchable and light) while being more robust (as specific for trail race: resistance against thorns, branches…). The ULTRA RACING FULL SOCKS RUN are more breathable and lighter than COMPRESSPORT®  FULL SOCKS for a maximal thermoregulation while giving you a fantastic ankle support. Obviously the R2 ULTRA-TRAIL and ULTRA RACING FULL SOCKS RUN keep all the benefits of the COMPRESSPORT®  compression.

Cycling Season

Criterium du Dauphiné and Tour de Suisse are the very last events that Team Managers use to take their final decision regarding the team of 9 riders they will select for Tour de France. It is without surprise that most of the main GC riders compete in one of these events.

Criterium du Dauphine is a one week race made for climbers. Mainly located in the French Alps, this race is a perfect training for the Tour de France. Until the two last kilometers of the week, we were not sure about the rider who will finish in yellow. Even if the fight for green jersey was done after two stage victories of N.Bouhanni  (Cofidis), we thought that it will be harder for MTN-Qhubeka rider Daniel Teklehaimanot  to keep the polka dot jersey, but the African rider managed his week in a perfect way and won this coveted jersey.

On the GC side, the first mountain stage awarded T.Van Garderen  (BMC). But other favorites such as C.Froome  (Sky) or V.Nibali  (Astana) tried to take the leader’s jersey. 2014 Tour de France winner, Nibali , took the yellow jersey the day after with 42” on Van Garderen. But we saw a Nibali  with ups and downs and the rider from BMC took back the GC lead on stage 7 while C.Froome  took the stage victory. The 8th and last stage promised to be epic and it was. While Nibali  was out of the main group, the British rider attacked in the last 2km. Van Garderen  tried to resist, but exploded and the rider from Sky won the stage and took the yellow jersey for 10”. Rui Costa from Lampre Merida, made a great last stage and finished 3rd in GC.

With Tour de France in sight, some riders prefer to compete in Tour de Suisse as the two events are very close to each other and there is no need to train again to get fit for TdF; after Switzerland you just need to rest. The first stage was a prologue. Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) took the start despite a difficult pre-race week due to illness, and finished 2nd and Matthias Braendle  (IAM Cycling) 3rd. Stage 2 was the first mountain stage won by Kristijan Durasek from Lampre Merida. Julian Arredondo  from Trek Factory Racing took the 3rd place.

Peter Sagan  (Tinkoff Saxo) showed he was back on track and won 2 stages.

French Thibaut Pinot  (FDJ) was a big surprise when we saw him in the sprints among the specialists. Thibaut  took the leader’s jersey after the most difficult mountain stage and kept it during 4 days. But Thibaut ’s main rivals Geraint  (Sky) and Spilak (Katusha) were on fire during the last stage and its difficult ITT. The rider from FDJ did not have enough advance to resist and finished 4th overall.

PIERRA MENTA D’ETE

The first edition of Pierra Menta d’été was an amazing success! We are really proud of all the participants and the organisation was awesome. A really great partnership to celebrate through this beautiful video ! Enjoy it !

Find the Pierra Menta Website here