Rodolphe von Berg has brilliantly completed his second year at the University of Colorado in Boulder and also the first part of the 2014 racing season which showed him being very competitive either in the Collegiate races or in the 5I50 Series or at the ITU Ixtapa Continental Cup.
As we know, Rodolphe chose to pursue his university studies in the USA where he was accepted two years ago at the University of Colorado in Boulder, considered the “mecca of triathlon” for the high number of professional triathletes who train there all year around and of former pros who have opened triathlon centres or who manage triathlon squads, as Dave Scott, Simon Lessing or Siri Lindley. It allows Rodolphe to have a unique experience around champions of all eras.
During the first part of the season, Rodolphe has achieved several important results. First, by winning the OD Havasu Triathlon, he arrived, with great confidence, at the USAT National Collegiate Championships which he won showing great determination and mental fortitude. In addition to being the 2014 USAT Collegiate Champion, he helped CuTri, his university team, to win a 5th consecutive Overall USA College Team title. Then, on the 5I50 Series, he placed 4th in the highly competitive St Anthony’s, 2nd at Memphis in May, 2nd at Mt Tremblant, and 3rd at the Tri-Rock Philadelphia, which gives him the 7th spot on the general 5I50 Rankings, guaranteeing him to qualify for the Final, the Hy-Vee Elite Cup, with a $620000 purse, being held in Des Moines, USA, on August 31.
In the middle of these races, he got an important 5th place at the ITU Ixtapa Continental Cup, allowing him to gain about 120 spots on the ITU Points List, and softening the disappointment of not having been entered in the ITU Dallas PanAM Championships, and of not having been selected for the ITU WC in Huatulco.
3 ITU Continental Cups are on Rodolphe’s European program: Holten, Geneva and Banyoles. His objective is to keep on going up the ITU Points List Rankings, showing that he can be serious contender for the Italian Team.
“Rudy has proved to this point of the season that he has greatly improved his swim and running. The improvements shown in the pool and on the trails have transferred to the racing results. The proof is that Rodolphe has always come in the first group out of the water, and then his run has allowed him to achieve prestigious final places. The bike remains his great strength.” This is the analysis of Andrea Gabba, Rodolphe’s coordinator. ” Rodolphe still has a huge margin of improvement and will be, without doubt, one of Triathlon’s future greats.”
Rodolphe was born in the United States. His father is Belgian, his mother is half Italian and half American and he grew up in France. He has decided to pursue his college education at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the mecca of triathlon where during the year, the best triathletes of the world converge to train in a state of the art sport environment at over an altitude of 3000 feet.
Rodolphe has chosen to defend the Italian colors and his coordinator is Andrea Gabba. When he is in the USA, he trains at the Flatiron Athletic Club where Dave Scott coaches swimming. In Europe, on the other hand, he trains at the Olympic Nice Natation Triathlon club in the city of Nice.
Rudy is sponsored by some of the most important companies at the world level: Willier, Powerbar, Rudy Project, Santini, fi’zi:k, Vision, Zoot, Mavic, Campagnolo, Continental. And also by Trispecialist.com and Sordello Cycles. The management, on the other hand, is taken care of by Sport Time.
He races for the Italian club Riviera Triathlon 1992 and for the French club Olympic Nice Natation Triathlon whose president is Yves Cordier.