“If you want it, work for it”. That is a quote Marten Van Riel lives by, and he is certainly putting in the work. Sixth place in the 2016 Olympics and ending 2017 inside the top 20 in the ITU World Rankings, this guy is on the up. With the Belgian now turning his gaze to SLT, are we about to see a new contender? SLT will push him like no race ever has. Can he hold on? Grit, determination, and perseverance may well mean he can.