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Team Bayliss on form in Lanzarote
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 8th February 2016

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Team Bayliss on form in Lanzarote at the Timanfaya Triathlon

Thought she was 'retired'?! Bella Bayliss enjoys a "fun and very special" win in Lanzarote, while Stephen just loses out on a Bayliss double in a sprint finish

If you thought triathlon on the island of Lanzarote was all about training camps and the long-standing Ironman, you are very much mistaken. In recent years the racing scene there has developed significantly beyond the island's marquee race, with lots of event options all year round - and very often attracting high quality fields from many of the local or visiting athletes.

On Saturday the Sprint distance Timanfaya Triathlon ( was held at Playa Blanca and the men's start list included Stephen Bayliss, Victor Del Corral (a 7:53 Ironman finisher) and Uxio Abuin Ares, winner of the ETU European Cup Rankings in 2015, while Bella - a very late entry - would face Belgium's Amber Rombaut, a young athlete who has been racing on the ETU European Junior Cup series recently.

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Having been on holiday myself recently at Sands Beach ( where Bella is now based with Stephen, providing coaching to guests and running the TriActiv junior team (, I'd seen a happy and healthy Bella enjoying training without the pressure of being a 'Pro'. A solid 1:25:55 finish (second place) at the Sands Beach organised Lanzarote Half Marathon in December 2015 showed that she was in perhaps better fitness than she realised. I asked Bella about her race this past weekend, and found out she only hunted down a bike for the race the day before:

"I had been preparing my TriActiv kids for weeks for this race! It is a great opportunity for the kids as this race put on a swim-bike-run event for the kids when most other event organisers are nervous about having kids ride, and put on Aquathlon events instead. So, our kids were motivated and ready to race. We had kids from age 8 - 16 racing and all dominated.

"On Thursday evening Stephen said I should race!!! I am enjoying my training and going ok, so I said ok, why not. I organised a babysitter and a road bike on the Friday and raced on Saturday! I came out of the swim in fourth place, and I was very excited to see one of my up-and-coming youngsters beating me out of the water! There were two others out in front of me, including one Belgian who was way up the road. I slowly brought her back to me and passed her with 2km to go on the run. It was a lot of fun and very special to win and to see our TriActiv Team also enjoying and dominating".

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Related Article: Bella's 'retirement' interview series: Part One | Part Two | Part Thee

As noted above, there was some real depth in the men's race for what on paper would look like a small local event. Having just lost out in a sprint finish at last months Club La Santa International Duathlon, there was a case of deja vu, but still plenty of positives to take away as Stephen told me:

"I swam well at the front with Uxio, with maybe three or four others close behind, but I pushed through transition and really hard on the first climb on bike, and it was just me and Uxio. He wasn't so strong on the bike, so on the next climb before halfway I attacked and gradually opened up a good gap on him and a big gap to the rest. Onto the run and I didn't feel so fast and gradually Uxio caught me. We ran the last lap (of four) together and then had a sprint finish up hill the last 200m - and he just was too fast for me! It was a good hard race and good training".

Stephen Bayliss interview: my best is yet to come

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Pos Men Women
1st Uxio Abuin Ares (ESP) 53:41 Bella Bayliss (GBR) 1:04:16
2nd Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 53:43 Amber Rombaut (BEL) 1:05:02
3rd Victor Del Corral (ESP) 55:54 Annika Spronk (GER) 1:12:25


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