The benefits of compression have been realised by a relatively small number of athletes. Athletes who continually challenge their performance and need to reduce their risk of injury. Since 2008, they have been using R2 calf sleeves to train for longer, race harder, recover faster and win the world’s toughest endurance races. R2V2s are the next progression in compression calf sleeves.
Frederik Van Lierde Ironman® Kona World Champion 2013
After experiencing a stress fracture on his right calf, Frederik Van Lierde started using Compressport’s compression clothing in 2009. After initially wearing R2V2s to aid in his recovery, Frederik discovered the benefits of wearing them during training and in competitions. 4 years on from his initial injury, he went on to win the Ironman®World Championships in 2013 wearing Compressport R2V2s.
Grégoire Curmer was not a professional athlete when he won the Diagonale des Fous in 2019 and was therefore an unlikely winner. He had to fit his gruelling training schedule around a demanding job. After winning the race whilst supported across the finish line wearing R2V2 calf sleeves, Gergoire described it as “the most difficult in the world”.
Setting out with the goal of just trying to complete the Ultra-Trail® du Mont-Blanc was the approach that ultimately helped Ludovic Pommeret go on to win it in 2016. Having experienced a series of calf injuries in the year building up to the event and being slightly more rested than usual put Ludovic in an advantageous position to perform. The science behind R2V2s calf sleeves helped to delay muscle cramps whilst racing and supported Ludovic during those steep alpine descents. Little did Ludovic know when heading out on the iconic mountain ultra race that he would go on to win theUTMB® in 2016 wearing Compressport R2V2s.
Melissa Hauschildt won IRONMAN® 70.3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
Distance: 1.9km Swim / 90km Bike / 21.2km Run
Time: Official time 4:07:18 (S 2nd 27:17, B 1st 2:14:29, R 1st 1:20:44)
Avg Km/h: Bike avg 40kph, Run avg 3:49/km
Avg Power: Bike avg 233w
Melissa Hauschildt used the R2V2s to help her win the Ironman® 70.3 European Championships in 2018. Melissa utilised the R2V2s ability to increase the oxygen supply to her muscles which eliminates toxins faster and prevents swelling before, during and after competing. R2V2 calf sleeves are scientifically proven to increase blood flow which in turn decreases secondary muscle damage, inflammation and muscle soreness helping muscles to feel fresh and pain-free for longer.
Michael Wardian World Marathon Challenge Record 2017
Distance: 183.4 Miles / 295.365 K
Elevation: 1500 feet / 454 meters
Time: Average Marathon: 2:45
Avg Km/h: 3:54 per k
Avg Power: 273w
Avg Heart Rate: 166 bpm
7 Marathons in 7 Days on 7 Continents. Running 180 miles in a week is an impressive feat, but covering that distance by racing 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 different continents whilst averaging 2:45 per marathon is something very few people are able to achieve. This was exactly the way Michael Wardian wanted to retire from competing in marathon distance races after a successful career as an olympic marathoner. To help him become the fastest person to run the World Marathon Challenge, Michael enlisted the support of Compressport R2V2s.
The product development team behind the R2V2s includes athletes, Body-Science Team and medical professionals who themselves actively participate in trail running and triathlons, they’re able to really understand what athletes need to push their performance to the next level. Since the R2V2 conception in 2009, they have been using the products out in the field and testing them in our specially designed lab at University of Franche-Comté in Besançon, France developing new improvements and iterations season after season. This relentless approach to product development is what attracted Paul Giblin to Compressport, subsequently supporting him to go on and win the 100 Miles of Istria in 2018 wearing R2V2 calf sleeves.
Patrick Reagan won UTWT Javelina Jundred 2017/2018/2019
Distance: 161 km (100 miles)
Elevation: 2438 mD+ //8000ft
Avg Km/h: 12.38 km/hr
Patrick Reagan won the UTWT Javelina Jundred, his 100-mile race debut, wearing Compressport R2V2s in a sensational time of 13:01, taking 29 minutes off the previous course record set in 2016. By wearing R2V2s, Patrick delayed the onset of muscle fatigue and soreness to improve his performance in this iconic Californian trail race.
Diego Van Looy won Israman® Full Distance Triathlon ’18/’19/’20
Distance: 1960m.-> 29:30’ / bike : 91,23km -> 2h40’ / Run : 21,42km -> 1h12’50”
Elevation: 1770mD+ Bike
Time: 4h30’ record time
Avg Km/h: On the bike : 33,7km/h & on the run : 3:19/km avg
Avg Power: 311W avg & 331W NP (bike)
Avg Heart Rate: 141BPM avg & 171BPM (Bike) max : 156HF avg & 169HF Max (run)
Diego Van Looy discovered the power of Compressport’s compression products after wearing them to support his recovery from surgery in 2015. R2V2s are medically proven and prescribed to support recovery from surgery, improving blood flow and circulation which speeds up recovery times. It was this new understanding of the science behind compression products that led Diego to use R2V2s to support his return to training. He found he had the feeling of fresh legs and began wearing them more often: for training, racing and recovery. Diego went on to win Israman® Full Distance Triathlon in 2018, 2019 and again in 2020, all whilst wearing R2V2s
Gediminas Grinius won GRAND SLAM OF ULTRARUNNING 2019 in R2V2
Western States 100 Miles:
Avg Km/h: 5:54km/hr
Vermont 100 Miles:
Avg Km/h: 5:41km/hr
Leadville 100 Miles:
Avg Km/h: 6:54km/hr
Wasatch 100 Miles:
Avg Km/h: 7:26km/hr
Gediminas Grinius initially entered the Ultra Marathon scene as a totally unknown runner from Lithuania after discovering the therapy of running as a way to cope with PTSD after an intense military mission in Iraq. He is now a serious ultra athlete having won the Grand Slam of Ultrarunning in 2019 wearing Compressport R2V2s. Gediminas has long understood the benefits of compression garments and attributes his ability to train longer, race harder and recover faster to Compressport’s R2V2s