Damien Teney                        Researcher in Computer Vision

Travels & athletics

When I'm not working, I love to travel, and I try to spend most of my time outdoors. I'm very involved in endurance sports (running and cycling mostly), which I see as alternative means of travel and ways to test/push my own physical limits. I have taken part to many marathons, ultramarathons and triathlons up to the ironman distance.


Here are some adventures I'm particularly proud of:

  • December 2016: Cycling across Australia from Adelaide to Perth. 2800km (1750mi) in 11 days, over the vast expanses of the Nullarbor desert. A mental as much as a physical challenge ! Pictures and details here.
  • December 2015: Hiking across Arizona from Mexico to the Grand Canyon. 800km (500mi) in 3 weeks, walking an average of 50km/day (31mi) in magnificient landscapes: mountains, desert, pine forests... Winter conditions made the logistics challenging but the scenery more than made up for it ! Photo album and more info here.
  • August 2015: my new record for a non-stop bike ride, Pittsburgh to Washington DC, 500km (315mi) in 29 hours. Mostly on rail trails (Great Allegheny Passage) and with a folding bike (hence the slow average speed). A fantastic experience, as the bike trails allowed traffic-free riding through 2 consecutive nights.
  • May 2015: Cycling across the US from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles. 4700km (3000mi) in 21 days (of which 2 rest days), solo and self-supported, including a notable 340km (212mi) day for crossing the Mojave desert (California) with temperatures above 40deg. Photo album and more info here !
  • September 2014: Diagonal crossing of Wales by mountain bike (parts on- and off-road), from Abergavenny in the south-east, across the Brecon Beacons, mid Wales, and Snowdonia, to Bangor in the north-west..
  • August 2014: Cycling across the Pyrenees, all the way from Santander in Spain, following the Spanish/French border, over a dozen mountain passes, to Perpignan near the French mediterranean. A bit more than 1000km in a week.
  • July 2013: Cycling across the Alps, from Austria, through Switzerland, Italy and to the French riviera; a bit more than 1000km of Alpine roads and mountain passes in just 5 days.
  • Summer 2012 and 2013: Two seasons of mountain running races in the Alps (in Austria, Germany, Italy), usually finishing in the top 20% (see below).
  • May 2013: My personal record for a fast long ride, cycling from Austria to Belgium, 670 km in just 2 (long !) days (self-supported, i.e. carrying food and luggage).
  • January 2012: Cycling through California, about 900km including a ride along the Death Valley and a stretch of Pacific Coast Highway.
  • September 2010: West-east traverse of Scotland on foot and by packraft, 250km in less than 6 days, featured in the French magazine Carnets d'Aventure of June 2011.
  • August 2009: Crossing of Turkey on foot and by bicycle from south to north (Adana - Samsun).

Race results (running and triathlon)

I enjoy the competitive aspect of races, as it's a great way to measure yourself against other athletes, although I usually prefer to go on original/self-planned challenges of my own. Anyway, if you're curious, and admittedly to satisfy my own ego :) here are my latest results.

2017

  • Oscars 100 Hut2hut      Trail run, 100 km, 5700 m+     Alpine National Park, Australia    February 17, 2017
    Results: 20h19, 6th overall

2016

  • Heysen 105      Trail run, 105 km     South Australia    October 22, 2016
    Results: 11h36, 5 / 81 overall
  • Yurrebilla trail 56k      Trail run, 56 km     Adelaide, Australia    September 25, 2016
    Results: 5h31, 6 / 282 overall, 1st in 25-29 age-group
  • Adelaide marathon      Road run, 42 km     Adelaide, Australia    August 14, 2016
    Results: 3h04, 24 / 435 overall, 4th in 25-29 age-group
  • Adelaide 12-hour run      Timed run     Adelaide, Australia    July 9, 2016
    Results: 117.6 km, 2nd overall
  • Mount Macedon 50km      Trail run, 50 km      Mount Macedon, Victoria, Australia    May 29, 2016
    Results: 5h30, 7 overall
  • Hubert 55km      Trail run, 55 km      Wilpena (Flinders Ranges), Australia    May 1, 2016
    Results: 5h30, 2nd overall
  • Gatti Sports Triathlon      800m/25km/6km     West Lakes (Adelaide), Australia    April 10, 2016
    Results: 1h24, 1st in 25-29 age-group

2015

  • Architrail Mosan      Trail run, 40 km      Dinant, Belgium, USA    October 4, 2015
    Results: 3h35, 1st / 89 overall
  • Lost Turkey Trail Marathon      Trail run, 42 km      Blue Knob State Park, PA, USA    August 1, 2015
    Results: 4h30, 4 / 100 overall
  • Allegheny Front Trail Run 50k      Trail run, 50 km      Black Moshannon State Park, PA, USA    July 25, 2015
    Results: 5h41, 5 / 29 overall
  • Glacier Ridge 50k      Trail run, 50 km      Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania, USA    May 9, 2015
    Results: 5h30, 3rd / 70 overall
  • Fools 50k      Trail run, 50 km      Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Ohio, USA    March 29, 2015
    Results: 5h02, 7 / 106 overall, 1st in age-group

2014

  • Coastal Trail Series: Gower      Trail run, 46 km      Gower peninsula, Wales    November 15, 2014
    Results: 4h24, 3rd / 119 overall
  • Boucles Ardennaises      Trail run, 37 km      La Roche-en-Ardenne, Belgium    June 7, 2014
    Results: 4h04, 6 / 179 overall, 2nd in age-group
  • Coastal Trail Series: Flete      Trail run, 44 km      South Devon, England    May 25, 2014
    Results: 4h23, 3rd / 76 overall
  • Coastal Trail Series: Pembrokeshire      Trail run, 45 km      Pembrokeshire, Wales    May 3, 2014
    Results: 4h07, 6 / 103 overall

2013

  • Belman triathlon      Ironman triathlon, 3.8km/180km/42km      Robertville, Belgium    September 1, 2013
    Results: 12h27, 37 / 71
  • Trans d'Havet      Trail run, 80 km      Valdagno, Italy    July 7, 2013
    Results: 13h23, 60 / 284 overall
  • Cortina trail      Trail run, 48 km      Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy    June 30, 2013
    Results: 5h21, 62 / 636 overall
  • Spa-Olne      Trail run, 30 km      Spa, Belgium    April 14, 2013
    Results: 2h26, 8 / 210 overall, 4 / 74 in age-group

2012

  • Sella Ronda      Trail run, 54 km      Colfosco, Italy    September 15, 2012
    Results: 7h04, 19 / 117
  • Allgau panorama ultramarathon      Trail run, 70 km      Sonthofen, Germany    August 19, 2012
    Results: 8h25, 32 / 294
  • Trumer sprint triathlon      Short distance triathlon      Obertrum, Austria    July 21, 2012
    Results: 1h30, 70 / 290
  • Innsbruck sprint triathlon      Short distance triathlon      Innsbruck, Austria    June 17, 2012
    Results: 3rd overall, 1st in age-group
  • Maas Marathon      Road run, 42 km      Visé, Belgium    May 13, 2012
    Results: 3h27

2011

  • Karwendellauf      Trail run, 52 km      Karwendel, Austria    August 27, 2011
    Results: 6h18, 75 / 285