2005 XTERRA World Champion Nico Lebrun, the most recent inductee into the XTERRA Hall of Fame, was similarly honored at the Italian Triathlon Awards last weekend.
Lebrun was awarded "Cavaliere del triathlon" which loosely translates to Knight of Triathlon, for his lifetime achievements in the sport.
“It’s a very nice honor,” said Lebrun, who graced the podium in three different sports (XTERRA, Duathlon, Winter Triathlon) more than a dozen times in his career. “I was a world champion for the first time in winter tri in Italy, and I raced a lot in Italy.”
Lebrun won three XTERRA European Tour titles in his career and captured the XTERRA Italy Championship in 2012. After XTERRA Worlds in October Lebrun retired from professional racing and shifted his focus to coaching and assisting with the XTERRA European Tour.
“It's really hard to be retired,” said Lebrun. “Now I’m managing a team of 45 athletes, 15 of whom are part of a personal training group including XTERRA athletes Asa Shaw, Nienke Oostra and Rory Downey. I will start in Greece next weekend to work for XTERRA Euro tour, I have to go back to school to be an official coach in France, and I’m starting a new race organization to produce a two-mile trail run with 3,300-feet of climbing. So, lots of work and almost everything around XTERRA community…you're not rid of me yet!”