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Posted: May 25, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: Bella Bayliss Sets Volcano Island Alight For Second Year Running

Britain’s Ironwomen Bella Bayliss set the volcanic island of Lanzarote, Spain alight this weekend winning Ironman Lanzarote (May 23rd, 2009) for the second successive year.

Ironman Lanzarote is world renowned as one of the toughest Ironman courses with the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run competition being battled out in what is traditionally high heat and winds, not to mention one of the world’s hilliest Ironman bike course’s.

Bella’s took an emphatic victory winning by over 20 minutes from fellow Brit, Rachel Joyce. Joyce had exited the water in 2nd place behind the American, Hilary Biscay and took the lead on the bike to enter T2 by herself. Bella came into T2 about five minutes behind, but stormed the run from the start to make up the deficit. Once Bayliss took the lead she powered away to finish in a time of 9:54:08, over 7 minutes quicker than her winning time last year.

On her win she commented “I am absolutely thrilled to have won Ironman Lanzarote for the 2nd year in a row! It feels especially good after having had 2 testing races earlier this year. After Ironman South Africa I felt a bit low, but instead of dwelling on that result I got to work and had 6 great weeks of training pre Ironman Lanzarote where I seem to have got my strength back!

The day was tough as expected, Ironman Lanzarote is known as the toughest ‘Ironman in the World!’

I attacked the swim then rode my own pace on the bike instead of getting involved in "racing" the other girls. That meant I had not tired my running legs too much. I ran 3.04 breaking Paula Newbby Frasers run record here at Lanzarote by 4 minutes! I was very tired after the race but recovering fast.”

Also on the day the other half of Britain’s Ironcouple, Stephen Bayliss had a good day coming 5th in a time of 9:02:14 only 8 minutes behind the winner.

He comments on his race “" I had a good swim leading a small group out of the water then going hard through transition and was on my own in the lead for first 10km of the bike till the eventual winner Bert Jammer caught me. I rode with him till about 50km, in hind sight, I should have rode my own pace as I think that effort took away a bit of my run legs, I ran ok but did not have the speed to catch the 4 in front. The race will give me strength for later in the season"

Both Bayliss’s are next schedule to race Ironman UK 70.3 June 14th, 2009. (www.ironmanuk.com)

For full coverage and race results visit www.ironmanlive.com or more information on the race visit www.ironmanlanzarote.com.

Top Ten Women

ATHLETE SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 Bayliss, Bella 00:55:59 05:46:36 03:04:05 09:54:57
2 Joyce, Rachel 00:53:52 05:43:37 03:29:11 10:15:04
3 Giger, Michaela 01:06:48 05:31:53 03:28:18 10:15:40
4 Paetzold, Kathrin 00:59:19 05:42:37 03:29:29 10:18:58
5 Biscay, Hillary 00:53:14 06:06:22 03:20:51 10:28:44
6 kinnegim, irene 01:06:17 05:43:44 03:32:59 10:32:12
7 Norton, Tara 00:57:35 05:53:18 03:37:17 10:36:58
8 carritt, joanna 01:03:56 06:01:54 03:30:45 10:45:31
9 Woysch, Nicole 01:01:39 06:21:12 03:15:02 10:46:18
10 houseaux, catherine 01:08:49 05:58:54 03:36:11 10:56:35

Top Ten Men

ATHLETE SWIM BIKE RUN TOTAL
1 Jammaer, Bert 00:50:29 05:00:17 02:56:51 08:54:03
2 Vuckovic, Stephan 00:50:29 05:11:16 02:49:21 08:57:16
3 Sabatschus, Olaf 00:53:21 05:02:49 02:56:13 08:59:02
4 Cáceres Morales, Gregorio 00:54:40 05:06:31 02:53:29 09:01:05
5 Bayliss, Stephen 00:50:12 05:11:23 02:54:38 09:02:14
6 Neyedli, Scott 00:50:14 05:11:52 02:55:44 09:04:28
7 Juhanson, Ain-Alar 00:55:56 04:52:50 03:08:54 09:05:12
8 Marques, Sergio 00:55:55 05:16:40 02:49:12 09:08:37
9 Spindler, Joseph 01:05:57 05:06:23 02:53:29 09:13:16
10 Brands, Chris 00:54:00 05:05:30 03:08:58 09:16:00


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