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Posted: March 5, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Triathlon: Britain’s Ironcouple Start Season at Ironman New Zealand

Britain’s Ironcouple Stephen and Bella Bayliss are to race Ironman New Zealand on Saturday, May 7th 2009. In 2008 they recorded a combined total of nine 1st and 2nd place Ironman finishes and they are both ready to return to the job at hand and continue this success at the Taupo, NZ based race.

Bella comments; “I am really looking forward to racing Ironman New Zealand. I only decided to race Ironman New Zealand recently when we decided that my training was going very well and that I would therefore be competitive in this race. This will be my first race since my win at Ironman Florida in November 2008, and my first race with my new name!

My training has continued to go very well here in the warmth of the Philippines, where we have been based with our Team for 6 weeks.”

Stephen comments "This will be my 3rd time racing Ironman New Zealand. Bella and I competed in 2006 and 2008, I placed 4th there both times. This year I am aiming for better. I have had a good couple of months training with the last 6weeks in the Philippines. It will be great to start the year with this race, it is a competitive field especially with some strong New Zealand athletes, but I plan to give them a run for their money."

Both will face stiff competition, Stephen faces 7 time Ironman New Zealand winner and Ironman legend Cameron Brown and Bella will face five time winner Joanna Lawn.

For full coverage and race results visit IronmanLive.com or more information on the race visit Ironman.com.nz.


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