Sam Laidlow

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BornDecember 23, 1998
OccupationProfessional triathlete

Sam Laidlow (born December 23, 1998) is a French professional triathlete. He won the Bearman Xtreme Iron distance race in 2017 [1] and the Lakesman in 2019, setting the fastest iron-distance time ever been recorded in the United Kingdom. [2] [3] At the Cannes International Triathlon in 2018, he was leading Francisco Javier Gómez Noya|Javier Gómez for most of the race when his rear derailleur broke. He ran 20km with his bike and completed the race regardless.[4] [5] [6] In 2019 he finished 7th at Ironman Barcelona in a time of 8:05h.[7]


In 2001 his parents decided to move from the UK to the South of France in order to set up a triathlon training business – Sancture Sportifs.[8] At the age of 13 he decided to leave his home in Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda for the National Altitude Training Centre in Font Romeu. 3 years later Sam was selected to train alongside the French team in Montpellier. At the age of 17 he went back home to his family in Amélie-les-Bains-Palalda and started to being coached by his father Richard Laidlow.[9]

Race History

Date Competition Distance Place Rank
22 May 2016 L’Aiguillon sur Mer ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup Sprint L'Aiguillon-sur-Mer, FRA 1st [10]
19 May 2018 Triathlon de Carcassonne Olympic Carcassonne, FRA 1st [11]
1 September 2018 GRAND PRIX D1 Quiberon Sprint Quiberon, FRA 28th [12]
23 September 2018 Triathlon Audencia La Baule Olympic La Baule, FRA 3rd [13]
14 October 2018 National Team Championship Sprint Distance Coupe de France Sprint Montceau les Mines, FRA 1st
21 April 2019 Cannes International Triathlon 2 km / 107 km / 16 km Cannes, FRA 4th [14]
16 June 2019 The Lakesman ironman Keswick, UK 1st [15], 8:21h, fastest time ever recorded in the UK for a long-distance triathlon
6 October 2019 Ironman Barcelona Ironman Barcelona, ESP 7th [16], 8:05:40h
22 April 2020 Z Pro Tri Series Race 2 (online bike race) 24.7 km Zwift, online 1st [17]
9 August 2020 Triathlon de la Montagne Noire Half ironman Montagne Noire, FRA 1st[18]
29 August 2020 Challenge Davos Half ironman Davos, CH Race stopped due to weather, in the leading group.[19]
24 April 2021 Challenge Gran Canaria Half ironman Mogán, ESP DNF, bike accident in the lead[20]

Key: DNF = Did not finish


  1. Triathlon, Ligue LR (2017-09-25). "Résultats BEARMAN 2017". Ligue Régionale de Triathlon Occitanie (in français). Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  2. "The Weekend Roundup: 15-16 June 2019 | Elite News". 2019-06-18. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  3. "238 Sam Laidlow wins Lakesman in 8.21 on debut!". Oxygen Addict Triathlon Podcast. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  4. "This Pro Ran 4 Miles Uphill Sans Shoes with His Bike to Finish". Triathlete. 2018-05-03. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  5. Rodríguez, Diego (2018-04-30). "Sam Laidlow, de liderar Cannes Triathlon... ¡a hacer 20kms con la bici a cuestas!". Planeta Triatlón (in español). Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  6. "El triatleta que corrió 20 km con la bici al". Triatlón (in español). Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  7. Ohlsen, Jakob. "Ironman Barcelona 2019 | Results Men". Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  8. "Richard Laidlow - An Interview With Sancture des Sportifs Triathlon Coach". Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  9. "Richard Laidlow - An Interview With Sancture des Sportifs Triathlon Coach". Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  10. Triathlon, World. "Results: Junior Men | 2016 L'Aiguillon sur Mer ETU Triathlon Junior European Cup". World Triathlon. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  11. "Résultats du Triathlon de Carcassonne 2018" (PDF).{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. "Détails de la course / épreuve sportive chronométrée par Breizh Chrono". Breizh Chrono, chronométrage de courses et d'épreuves sportives (in français). Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  13. "Triathlon Audencia La Baule (Dim)". Retrieved 2021-05-08.
  14. "Detail". (in Deutsch). 2021-05-01. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  15. "Lakesman Triathlon brings £2.3m into local economy". News and Star. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  16. "Detail". (in Deutsch). 2021-05-01. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  17. "Sanders beats the Brownlees, but ends up fifth". Triathlon Magazine Canada. 2020-04-22. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  18. "Le Monégasque Sam Laidlow survole l'épreuve du triathlon de la Montagne noire à Fontiers-Cabardès".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. "Challenge Davos suspendido a mitad de prueba por tormentas |". | Triatlon, Triathlon, noticias triatlon, videos triatlon, fotos triatlon, swim, bike, run. 2020-08-29. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  20. "Trimax_magazine_205". Retrieved 2021-05-06.

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