For the first time, IUM professors teamed up to participate in Monaco’s international triathlon. The Monaco Tristar competition is one of the world’s most recognized and demanding races, requiring participants to swim 1 km, bike 100 km and run 10 km. The IUM Quantum Relay Team was made up of Michelle Sisto, Grégory Gadzinski, and Moïse Louisy-Louis (all teach quantitative topics at the university!)

At 8:15 on Sunday September 2, 2012, Michelle jumped into the sea at Larvotto Beach and quick started the team effort with great energy. Michelle swallowed the required 1 km in just 12 minutes and was placed among the top challengers. A few seconds after having passed the relay (in fact the electronic chip) to Moïse, the second event started. Moïse biked 100 km through the beautiful and mountainous “arrière-pays Niçois” in about 4 hours, improving his time trial by 30 minutes. Around 12:45, Grégory took the relay for a 10 km run in the streets of Monaco. Breaking his personal best (to 49 minutes), Grégory completed the race in a fantastic cumulative time for the team of 5 hours and 16 min. IUM Quantum performed brilliantly especially thanks to its numerous supporters. We would like to sincerely thank all of our supporters and colleagues.

The team is already thinking about next year but also about the upcoming competitions, including the Cap d’Ail triathlon and the 10 km races scheduled in the Riviera. These will be opportunities to proudly wear white and red and seek again to reach the top, as Semper Ad Altum! Come out and join us!

Reporting from Monaco, IUM professor, Moïse LOUISY-LOUIS