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Tim Van Berkel

Tim grew up in Albury, Australia, where he played Australian Rules Football (AFL). He stumbled across triathlon during the off-season when he and some of his teammates decided to do triathlon to keep fit. He entered his first triathlon at age 18, and three years later was racing as a professional. Since then, Tim has become the world's youngest three time Ironman-distance winner in the 35-year history of Ironman racing. He also won the 2012 Australian 70.3 Ironman Championship and last year finished seventh at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii his first time entering the event.

The 2015 season was Tim's first as a Giant global athlete. He helped develop the new Trinity Advanced Pro bike and plays a key role in working with Giant to develop triathlon-specific gear and apparel. Giant is also Tim's official helmet sponsor, and he uses the Rivet TT helmet for Ironman races. 

Tim is coached by Grant Giles (a 7-year partnership) and currently lives in East Ballina, New South Wales, where he trains with a great group of other professional triathletes. You can follow Tim on social media @timberkel or learn more on his website at www.timberkel.com

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