Triathlete Pigeon: Saba is very special for me

Gregory Pigeon of St. Martin has been com­ing to Saba to participate in nine editions of the an­nual triathlon. Out of those nine, he won eight.

The Daily Herald asked him after his very success­ful race on Saturday what he loves about Saba’s Hell’s Gate Triathlon. “Saba is very special for me. I won my first race here. Since then, I have won 60 races, but I will never forget that this is where I won my first race. That race gave me the inspiration to continue to train hard for the next win. It is always special to come back here,” said Pigeon.

Gregory Pigeon of St. Martin displayed the medal he won at Saba’s Hell’s Gate Triathlon.

Asked about this year’s triathlon, the 41-year-old teacher at the lycée in St. Martin said that the over­all conditions were good, but that the swimming part in the Fort Bay harbour was very hard. “In my nine years, I have never seen the sea so rough. This year the triathlon’s slogan ‘Where even the swim is uphill’ was really true.”

Still, Pigeon, who came to Saba with 5 other tri­athletes, did his best time ever: he completed the en­tire course in 1.42 minutes. Two minutes faster than last year. “I am 41 now and close to my peak. We had a good preparation in St. Martin two weeks ago with the triathlon where the dis­tances are more or less the same.”

Being well-prepared is necessary for Saba, ex­plained Pigeon. “Saba has a really rough course. Es­pecially the biking part is hard. You come out of the water, get on your bike and you immediately face a hill with an incline of 23 per cent, the famous S-turn to go to The Bottom. No­where else you have this situation. It makes the Saba triathlon unique.”

This year a team of six persons came to Saba from St. Martin. Pigeon said he would try to bring more participants from the French side next time. He said a special thank you to everyone in Saba who came out to cheer the par­ticipants on, the organisa­tion and the volunteers. “Thanks to all the people along the road and at the finish. It is truly great to be a part of this race.”

The Daily Herald.

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