By News Team (Originally in English)
It is becoming a well-known fact that a purely plant-based vegan diet is a healthier choice for everyone. On October 26, Golden Year 12 (2015), the World Health Organization announced that eating processed meat causes cancer, and classified processed meat as “carcinogenic to humans” based on its research. Not only does the compassionate, vegan diet provide enough protein, nutrition and vitamins for the body, but evidence shows that it also boosts energy, endurance and stamina. In fact, many of the world’s top athletes are vegan, such as the Russian ultra-distance runner Denis Mikhaylove, who set a Guinness World record in treadmill running, Austin Aries, a World Champion pro wrestler from the United States, and the British cyclist David Smith, MBE, who is a Paralympic and World Championship Gold medalist.
Another successful example is our Association member Frans from Belgium who loves riding mountain bikes, and started to participate in competitions about seven years ago. Frans became vegan in (Golden Year 6) 2009, one year after becoming vegetarian. He found that this healthy and compassionate diet has helped him improve year by year in mountain bike racing. It gives him the benefits of building up more power and helping to recuperate after a race. In addition, he commented, “It is easier to control my emotions, being less aggressive and thinking more clearly in stressful situations.”
Wearing a T-shirt with “Loving Hut” printed on it, Frans is taking part in the World Marathon Series, a competition that is one of the most physically demanding mountain bike races in the world. After obtaining strong results in the last races, Frans is currently third in this international ranking. In July 2016, he also won his second consecutive national title. Fran has been training hard to prepare for the 2017 season, where he will take part in the famous eight-day race Cape-Epic in South Africa (www.cape-epic.com). Frans shared, “After making progress every year, I feel the time is right to participate in this extreme and amazing race. Just as the Tour de France is important to road cyclists, this race is important for mountain bikers.”
Congratulations Frans, and our best wishes for your success in the 2017 Cape-Epic race! May more athletes follow your vegan-powered example.
2016 Belgian Champion of Cross Country (XC) Marathon
The National Race in Bertrix, Belgium 2015
After Winning the Raid des Monchiques (Portugal) 2015
Belgian Championship Mountain Bike Marathon 2015
Breck Epic-USA 2015
Breck Epic 2015