VESPA / OFM History/Timeline
Key Moments In VESPA History
Comparative Study of the Composition of Hornet Saliva, its effect on behavior and role of Trophallaxis Copy
Published by Takahashi Abe et. Al.
This publication yields insights into the waspextract peptide and its physiology.
Yasunori Kawahara develops VESPA sport supplement.
Sales commence in 1994 on small scale in Japan for all sports.
VESPA becomes available in Canada & US. Sales & Marketing efforts begin with focus on Ice Hockey & Figure Skating
Naoko Takahashi WINS Marathon Gold Medal at 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia
Naoko Takahashi WINS Berlin Marathon & sets Women’s World Record/1st Woman to break 2:20
VESPA athletes dominate their sports at the Winter Olympics
Canadian National Team WINS GOLD Medal in Ice Hockey & Alexei Yagudin WINS Gold Medal in Figure Skating. Alexei went on to win EVERY competition he entered during the 2000 season.
Mizuki Noguchi WINS Marathon Gold Medal at 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece
Kawahara Co., Ltd. Upgrades facility to aseptic foil/poly pouch packaging technology & introduces VESPA Junior to market.
Peter Defty introduced to VESPA
Runs 2006 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run, his first 100 Mile Race, finishing 43rd, one of only 53 runners to go under 24 hours during the hottest conditions in race history. Peter had no issues and is convinced VESPA played a key role.
Peter Defty joins VESPA as a partner and North American GM to revive flagging sales. Focus shifts to endurance market.
Vespa is launched into the ultra-endurance market where the benefits are clear and measurable. At this time, critics roundly dismiss Vespa and its "Fat is your fuel"
approach despite winning races and Personal Bests by athletes using Vespa. OFM is born out of Vespa's commitment to supporting its users to consistently attain the game-changing results of Vespa.
Sammy Wanjiru WINS Men’s Marathon Gold Medal in Beijing, China
Tsuyoshi Kaburaki 2nd Overall at Western States 100, WINS Masters Title and sets new Master’s Course Record.
Steven Phinney & Peter Defty meet & begin loose collaboration to develop fat adapted sports performance.
Peter becomes one of the proof readers/ editors/ reviewers for “The Art and Science of Carbohydrate Living” by Phinney & Volek.
Zach Gingerich WINS Badwater 135. Duncan Callahan WINS Leadville Trail 100 Mile
“The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living” is self-published and grows organically through viral social media.
Phinney & Volek begin writing “The Art & Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance” to include VESPA, OFM, Peter in the athlete profiles.
The Art & Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance publishes giving science based credibility to the “fat as fuel” performance approach
Vespa / OFM athletes are some of the fat adapted athletes profiles in "The Art & Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance"
A VESPA / OFM Athlete WINS Western States 100 & shatters Course Record.
Phinney & Volek collect data on WS Runners. This data leads to the creation of the FASTER Study (Volek et.al.)
Jon Olsen & Mami Kudo WIN the 24 Hour World Championships in the Netherlands both powered by VESPA
FASTER Study planning/design/athlete recruitment begins.
Peter Defty helps in design & athlete recruitment. Data collection commences.
The American 100 Mile Record is broken twice within 5 weeks first by Jon Olsen then by Zach Bitter who also sets a 12 Hour World Record
Data Collection for FASTER Study through June. Fall, Jeff Volek begins presenting data at various conferences.
Nikki Kimball WINS Marathon des Sables, Jenny Capel WINS San Diego 100M, Roxanne Woodhouse WINS Tahoe Rim Trail 100M
Ultrarunning Magazine publishes “The Emerging Science of Fat Adaptation” online. The article goes viral.
Fat adaption gains traction as more athletes adopt OFM to win races, set Course Records and Personal Bests despite a lack of “science”
Romain Bardet wins Stage 18 of the Tour de France, finishes 9th in the GC & is awarded the Most Combative Jersey
The first paper out of FASTER “Metabolic characteristics of keto-adapted ultra-endurance runners” publishes online
Zach Bitter shaves 8 minutes off his American 100 Mile Record
Pro Triathlete, Amanda Stevens, has the best season of her career with Podium finishes at IM Brazil, Cour ‘d Alene & Arizona with a PR!
Romain Bardet finishes 2nd Overall in the GC and WINS Stage 19 at the Tour de France
Roxanne Woodhouse at 53 years of age WINS Tahoe Rim Trail 100M in July and 7 weeks later WINS the Tahoe 200M
Jeff Browning makes the switch and immediately proceeds to WIN the HURT 100M & Free State 100K including a CR.
He then proceeds to Finish 3rd
Overall at Western States 100, less than 3 weeks later 4th
at Hardrock 100, and 7 weeks later 4th
at Run Rabbit Run 100M
Calum Neff sets Marathon Jog Stroller World Record
Pushing his 4 year old daughter, Alessandra, Calum runs a 2:31:25 Marathon to break the Jog Stroller World Record!
Sammy Achterberg Wins Female Triathle World Championship
Zach Bitter Wins Javelina Jundred 100 Mile & Sets Course Record in 13:30:39
Martial Artists excel using Vespa/OFM
In her first couple of Brazilian Jui-JitsuTournaments using Vespa and OFM Lindsey Boston Wins her Age Group and is 2nd Overall at one and, here, Overall Female Tournament Winner at the Lathrop Tournament
Vespa Powered Japanese Teams Dominate World 100K Championships
Hideaki Yamauchi WINS the Men's World 100K Championship in Los Alcazares, Spain in a time of 6:18:22 leading the Vespa fueled Japanese Team to a 2nd Overall Team finish!
The Japanese Women's Team ran as a team to dominate & win the Team title finishing 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th!
Inaki de la Parra WINS the Ultraman World Championship Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii