Having spent a lot of time in my youth with riding horses, I switched running because of time constraints during my studies. My decision to switch to triathlon occurred upon receipt of a book about triathlon from a running friend. I was sold on the idea and the challenge of finishing an Ironman. And when I set out to achieve something, then nothing can stop me! In the spring of 2006, I got on a racing bicycle for the very first time – oh, was that a wobbly affair! In the autumn of 2006, I started freestyle swimming. The swim training initially cost a lot of nerves, and the local indoor pool a few extra liters of water, which I ingested reliably every training session. On June 24th 2007 was the big day, where I would finally release my nervous energy in movement. In Roth I swam, ran and rode towards my dream
I completed my first long-distance triathlon in just under 11 hours when I crossed the finish line happy and healthy. And then I was hooked; I had caught triathlon fever! I improved year by year and in 2011 I managed to qualify for the third time as an age grouper for the world championships in Hawaii. I was overjoyed when I won my age group in this most important race in the triathlon world. In the area of amateur athletics, I could no longer set new goals for myself, and thus ventured into the professional league.
In 2012 I reduced my work hours by 50% at BYK-Chemie where I am employed as a sales controller. Since then I have dedicated myself with great success towards the challenges as a triathlon professional, specializing in long distance (3.8 km swimming, 180 km biking, 42.2 km running). I am a multiple IRONMAN champion with a personal best time of 8:57 h.
21th Ironman World Championships, Hawaii, USA
3rd Ironman Italy
1st Riesenbecker Triathlon-TeutoMan, half distance
1st ATV Hückeswagen Triathlon, half distance, NRW championship
1st Niederrhein Triathlon Kalkar, Olympic Distance
1st Harsewinkel Triathlon, half distance
3rd Indeland Triathlon, half distance
6th Buschhütten Triathlon, Olympic Distance
6th Challenge Lissabon. half distance
10th Ironman South Afrika
My name is Alessandro Degasperi, friends and fans are calling me just “Dega”; I was born in Trento November 23, 1980, and I live in Predazzo, a small town in the beautiful Val di Fiemme, with my wife Federica (former triathlete and my physical therapist) and together with our son Luca, who’s Daddy’s biggest fan! I started with Triathlon at the age of 15 after having had experienced different sports. Val di Fiemme is one of the main valleys of the Dolomites in Trentino, is best known for winter sports, even if I started step by step competing in Triathlon. Val di Fiemme is the place where I’m training all over the year, except for some cold winter periods, preferring locations with a much more pleasant climate. My real serious professional training headquarter is the Sports Center of Predazzo. As well as enjoying to train in Trento with the guys of UNI.Team (CUS Trento), whom I’m supporting as a sports teacher. My very first official season in the “triple” goes back to 1996, having had a beautiful and exciting victory, winning the Italian title in the junior class, representing the team of the Dolomitica Nuoto (coached by my current trainer Alberto Bucci).
From 1996 to 2006 I joined the Italian national team, participating in European and World Championships, focused on Olympic distances. 2005 was as a very special year, winning the first-ever European Winter Triathlon Championship, followed by the Italian edition of XTERRA at Villacidro (Cagliari). Since 2007 (the year, having had suffered a lot of a serious injury) I decided to go ahead participating in long-distance “no draft” races: which was a good choice. Immediately having had success to be on the podium of the Ironman 70.3 European Championships 3 times (2007-2008 and 2013) and winning the 2012 Ironman 70.3 Zell am See (Salzburg) plus many top positions (including 3 times, 2nd at the Ironman 70.3 Italy).
Sacrifice and dedication are my strong points and triathlon is my best friend for more than 20 years. In 2014 I made my debut in the long distance with a 5th place at Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt and I felt special feedback. After a serious injury at 70.3 Zell am See in 2014, I have returned to winning in 2015 at Ironman Lanzarote, that was my first victory in the most hard IM in the world: it was amazing! 2015 was a great year for me. After the victory in Lanzarote, I obtained the 3rd place at Ironman Zurich and Ironman Mallorca with two good marathons (under 2h50’). Furthermore, I won the first edition of Challenge Forte Village. In 2016 I obtained my first qualification at Ironman World Championship (20th place) as well as in 2017 (20th place), probably one of my most important triathlon seasons with three 2nd places at Ironman Lanzarote, Ironman France, and 70.3 Edinburgh.
My coach (from more than 20 years) is Alberto Bucci; he’s my best friend and a great triathlon expert. My personal doctor is my friend Nicola Bronzini MD and my wife Federica Gismondi is my personal physiotherapist!
I define myself as a passionate of the triple effort, always searching for new experiences, new encounters, and improvement of my performances.
Involved in sports since my childhood thanks to my parents, I'm now a long-distance professional triathlete.
My favorite distance? Ironman 3.8 swims,180km bike, and 42 km run
11 years as a professional
6 times Kona Ironman world championship participations
Best place 10th in 2014
35 Ironman finisher
4 X Ironman/ Challenge victories
2 X 70.3 victories
18 Top 3 Ironman/ Challenge races
Growing up in Perth, Western Australia, Kate was passionate about sport, in particular Netball. She attended the University of Western Australia graduating with a Physical and Health Education Degree followed by a Diploma of Education.
Over the next 8 years, Kate established herself as a successful Physical Education at the prestigious boys' School – Christ Church Grammar. It was during this time she was introduced to Triathlon through her cousin Wesley as a way to keep fit over the summer. Little did she know it would one day become her new career!
The first few years were spent dabbling in the Olympic Distance events, attending Age Group worlds, and meeting some amazing people along the way. Eventually, through persistence from her original coach Andrew Budge and Cousin Wez she was convinced to give long course racing a go! The rest as they say….is history!
She was hooked!! With a passion for long course racing, in particular, the Ironman distance Kate competed at the Hawaii Ironman World Championships twice as an age grouper and after successfully finishing 3rd in her division she took the plunge and entered the Professionally ranks.
After a few years of combining working and racing it was time to give full dedication to her training and Triathlon! Kate now splits her time each year with 6 months in her home town Perth, Australia, and 6months in Boise, Idaho USA.
Like any journey, it has had its a fair share of ups and downs. All part of the process of making a stronger, faster more successful athlete! Kate has 3 x Ironman Titles to her name. Her first victory coming at home, Ironman Western Australia in 2010. She followed that up winning Ironman Korea in 2011, and recently her first victory on US soil crossing the line first at Ironman Louisville 2013.
Kate also loves the 70.3/Half Ironman distance with numerous podium finishes. But winning Busselton 70.3 in 2014, a local/home town race is her sentimental favorite!
Her dedication continues to Triathlon and leading a healthy lifestyle as Coach and Co-Founder of GK Endurance. A Triathlon coaching business that enables her to pass on years of experience, motivation, success, and Fun to her athletes!
There is plenty left in the tank and goals to be achieved – stay tuned as this exciting adventure continues!!