Pierre Meunier

Triathlete

Pierre was born in Belgium and lived there until the age of 21. During that time, he competed in international swimming and amassed  an impressive 21 National Titles at the Belgian National Swimming Championships. The accolades were both as an individual and a member of the swim team. The highlight was when Pierre placed 8th at the European Youth Olympic Festival and 5th with the National Relay.

In 2010, Pierre moved to Pittsburgh and attended the University of Pittsburgh. As a member of the University of Pittsburgh swim team, he helped the Panthers set a new school record in the Medley Relay and placed 3rd at the Big East Conference Championship.

After he graduated, Pierre was accepted into physical therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. During the first part of his schooling, Pierre focused his energies on his education and did not pursue any competitive activities.  However, about halfway through his education, Pierre got the itch, a triathlon was in his horizon.

Coming from Europe, all Pierre knew was draft legal triathlon. He was pretty disappointed that it was not more developed in the US because he really likes the intensity of short course racing.  With a huge disadvantage, Pierre raced and trained for triathlons using his road bike. However, in March of 2016, he traveled to Clermont, Florida to race in the Clermont AG Draft Legal Sprint Triathlon, his first draft-legal triathlon and he absolutely loved the competition.

Two months later, Pierre moved to Santa Cruz in California where he could train outside year round. The nice weather will undoubtedly provide Pierre with more time to train and will make a huge difference. The level and volume of cycling will provide Pierre the added advantage to train with a larger group of athletes.  On one ride, Pierre found himself on the wheel of Laurens ten Dam who took 9th at the 2012 Tour de France.

Pierre received his 2017 elite license from his home country of Belgium.  He will begin racing Continental Cups and European Cups for this season with his sight on competing in the World Cup.  Pierre is lucky to have a boss who supports him by letting him adjust his schedule to train during lunch. This is something every triathlete would truly welcome.

Pierre also plans to race cyclocross and cross-country in his off season.When Pierre is not working or training, he loves reading, hiking with his friends and enjoys the beautiful landscape.