Sands Beach Active are proud to announce their continued partnership with the BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team Powered by Uplace

For the past 10 days the BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team Powered by Uplace have been training hard here in Lanzarote! Sands Beach Active are proud to announce their continued partnership with the BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team Powered by Uplace. Team General Manager  Bob De Wolf has been here in Lanzarote alongside the athletes to finalise the renewed partnership with Sands Beach Resort director Juan Carlos AlbuixechSands Beach Active has so far enjoyed a very successful three year partnership with the team which has gone from strength to strength. Sands Beach Active will be following the team’s progress as they compete in events around the world including at this summer’sIRONMAN Lanzarote, and the IRONMAN event in Kona, Hawaii. We love to offer as much support as possible to the athletes, who give their absolute best in every competition they enter!

Uplace Team at Sands Beach Active

Uplace Team at Sands Beach Active

At the beginning of this year the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team became the  BMC-Etixx Pro Triathlon Team powered by Uplace, after it was announced last summer that they would be changing their name. This is to reflect the increasing importance of the team’s partnership with its sponsor Etixx Sports Nutrition. Since 2014 Etixx has been a dedicated partner of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team, offering certified and reliable nutritional products and support. By becoming a title sponsor of the BMC-Etixx team, Etixx has a clear ambition to be part of the team’s expected even  greater success this year.

This year’s team line-up consists of eight members from six different nationalities: Bart Aernouts (BEL), Liz Blatchford (AUS), Will Clarke (UK), Helle Frederiksen (DEN), Sofie Goos (BEL), Romain Guillaume (FRA), David McNamee (UK) Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI). These eight athletes are some of the best triathletes in the world, and between them have won a huge number of different competitions. After the departure of two team members at the end of last season, the team has been joined by David McNamee from the UK, a former Team GB athlete who successfully made the transition to Ironman triathlon distance last year. In his first season he was able to win Ironman UK, so makes a great addition to the team!

Uplace Team cycling in Lanzarote

Uplace Team cycling in Lanzarote

The team enjoyed an excellent training camp at Sands Beach Resort here in Lanzarote which included gym training, swim sessions in the 25 Metre laned swimming pool, bike rides around the island, and running along the nearby trails. As Bob explained, Lanzarote is one of the best triathlon training environments in the world due to the fantastic weather. The team was especially lucky during their stay this time as there was virtually no wind and sun everyday. The team were joined by BrakeThrough Media and Korupt Vision who were here to film and photograph the athletes for the team’s promotion. Overall  the stay this time was perfect for training, and promotion. The team has a clear ambition to be the best in the world, and here at Sands Beach Active we have every faith that they will achieve this, and will be offering our support every step of the way!

Here we have an amazing video about their training camp in Lanzarote on January 2016. Enjoy it!

Sands Beach Resort Pro-Athletes Finish Strongly at this Year’s Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii

Here at Sands Beach Active we are proud to announce the success of some of our sponsored professional athletes that train here at our resort in Costa Teguise. Lanzarote has proved time and again that it offers perfect training conditions due to the year round sunny weather and warm climate. This climate varies very little throughout the year with little rainfall, and few adverse weather conditions. This means training very rarely has to stop which is ideal for professional and amatuer athletes alike. At Sands Beach Resort, sport and fitness is part of our ethos which is why we created Sands Beach Active and sponsor professional athletes such as Spanish triathlete Ivan Rana, and the Uplace BMC Pro Triathlon Team.

The Ironman World Championship is the most prestigious annual Ironman competition in the world, and is the culmination of a series of different qualification events held around the world. It is the event that every Ironman competitor dreams of winning. At this year’s event Ivan Ran֘a from Spain finished a highly impressive 12th place overall. When you consider that over 10,000 athletes took place this is an amazing achievement!

Winners at Kona

Winners at Kona

From the Uplace BMC Team there were five members competing: Bart Aernouts from Belgium, Liz Blatchford from Australia, Sofie Goos from Belgium, Romain Guillaume from France, and Ronnie Schildknecht from Switzerland. The conditions this year were brutal with extreme heat. This meant that unfortunately Bart, Sofie and Ronnie had to make the difficult decision to pull out of the competition. We are sure that they will come back much stronger next year, especially after some more training at Sands Beach Resort!

 Liz scored a podium finish though, after finishing in third place out of the women, an incredible result! Romain was able to finish a very respectable 19th place. Romain went to Kona with high expectations after finishing in a very close second place at this year’s Club La Santa Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote. He was aiming for a top 10 position in Kona, and although he didn’t achieve this he still did superbly.

We are very proud of all our athletes, as even qualifying for the Ironman World Championship is a huge achievement in itself. Although some of our athletes were unable to finish we still commend them for their grit and determination, especially as we know it must have been a hugely difficult decision for them. Our congratulations go to Ivan, Liz and Romain. We are really pleased that your training here with us at Sands Beach Resort has paid off, and we looking forward to seeing you all back here again soon!

If you would like to learn more about Ivan then take a look at his website here:http://www.ivanraña.es/. For more information about the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team take a look at their website here: http://www.uplacebmctriathlon.com/

Romain Guillaume and the Road to Kona

Here at Sands Beach Resort in Lanzarote we take sport, especially Triathlon very seriously which is why we offer sponsorship to some of the best triathletes in the world. One of these is Frenchman Romain Guillaume, a young triathlete with a big heart, and winning mentality. He is part of the Uplace-BMC Pro Triathlon Team which Sands Beach Active are proud to partner.  With triathlete parents it almost seems like taking part in this sport was his destiny. His dream of competing at the top level in the biggest triathlon events in the world has now become a hugely successful reality!

For the last couple of weeks Romain has been staying at Sands Beach Resort, and using it as his training base in preparation for the most prestigious Triathlon event in the world in Kona, Hawaii. Last weekend he was able to achieve a hugely respectable second place at the 2015 Club La Santa Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote. At several stages he was leading the race, and was able to improve on his third place position from last year’s event. This bodes extremely well for the upcoming Ironman event in Hawaii.

It is not all hardcore triathlon training for Romain though, as this week he had some fun at the Lanzarote Aquarium in Costa Teguise! Sands Beach Resort arranged for a photographic shoot with our onsite professional underwater photographer Petra Van Borm. This was a unique experience for Romain as he was swimming in the aquarium with sharks and stingrays! There was even a mermaid involved in the action, as one of the Sands Beach Resort team dressed up and swam with Romain. Quite a crowd formed to watch, and some of the photos are really spectacular!

#RoadToKona:

After the fun and games at the aquarium it is now back to business for Romain, as he is set to embark on a trip to Hawaii on Monday, via Frankfurt and San Francisco. Everyday Romain has been hard at work getting ready for the toughest Triathlon event in the world in Kona, Hawaii which takes place on 10th October. He has been able to make full use of the excellent training facilities at the hotel including 25 meter heated swimming pool, fully equipped gym, and local cycle and running routes.

In some ways the event is similar to that of the Lanzarote Ironman as it takes place along the Kona Coast with a panorama dominated by black lava rock. The athletes have to deal with extreme conditions though, with crosswinds of 70kph, 35℃ temperatures and a scorching sun!

There will be over 2000 competitors in the event, including the best professional triathletes in the world. Last year Romain achieved an amazing 10th place, and this year has high hopes of a top eight finish. At Sands Beach Resort we are all rooting for him and wish him the best of luck. He is a great athlete to work for, and also an all-round good guy with a great sense of humor. Not every professional athlete would be willing to swim with sharks two weeks before such a big event!

Eneko Llanos and Jodie Swallow are victorious in Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote 2015

The fourth edition of Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote was held on Saturday 19th September, organized by Club La Santa in collaboration with the Cabildo of Lanzarote.

The event, which had about 500 participants, started at 8.00 am at Lake La Santa, where participants swam 1900 meters, then continued with a 90.1 km bicycle ride, and finished with a run of 21.1 km near the village which ended in the Club La Santa running track.
The weather remained cool and windless for most of the morning, which aided the performance of the event for all the triathletes. Furthermore, they were surrounded by family and friends who supported them along the way and helped provide the necessary encouragement for them to meet the challenge.

From the men, Eneko Llanos from Spain was victorious, followed by Romain Guillaume, and Antony Costes, both from France. As for the women, the clear winner was Jodie Swallow, with Jeanne Collonge second, and the Spanish Saleta Castro third.

For another year, the event has left a great impression on the participants, who are already planning to prepare for the next edition.”

Sailfish Berga by Sands Beach Active 2015

Last weekend the fifth edition of Berga Sailfish by Sands Beach Active took place, an event that has managed to grow year after year by adding more and more participants.

In this edition, some 800 participants gathered for the event.
The competition started at 8am, in which athletes began with a 1.9 km swim on a triangular course. After completing this section, the competitors hopped on their bikes to complete a 90 km bike ride at a height of 1000m. Finally they had to run the 21 km route that separated them from their goal. This last section consisted of three laps around the city, after which participants were welcomed by their family and friends.

This year’s event winner was Andreas Dreitz, followed by Jordi Matos in second place and Sergi Puigmal in third place. The German Dreitz held the lead from start to finish, taking a lead of almost 11 minutes over Jordi Matos.

As for the women, Judit Corachan managed to win first place, and she shared the podium with Mercè Tusell and María Ortega de Miguel.

After experiencing a new success in participation in 2015, Sailfish Berga by Sands Beach Active is becoming one of the most important events in Spain.

Now we just have to start preparing and counting down the days for the sixth edition in 2016.

Ironman Lanzarote 2015

The Ironman Lanzarote Bike Route reviewed by Dani and Michi Herlbauer

The Ironman Lanzarote Bike Route is probably one of the toughest in the world. Besides the challenging hurdles you also have to take the wind into account. You are facing Ironman on the Devil’s Island and that is more than just a normal challenge. Even Faris Al Sultan assured us in our last talk that this is one of the truest Ironman he has mastered.

But there is no need for panic, since it is not impossible to master this challenge. If you have decided to join the starting line of Ironman Lanzarote 2015, you are ready to become one of the handful heroes who have finished the Ironman: FINISHER#IMLANZAROTE

To make sure that you enter well prepared, Dani and Michi Herlbauer from Sands Beach Active reviewed the bike route for you.

Watch the following video and listen to the tips these two professional athletes have for you!

I Sailfish Lanzarote Openwater – nothing is impossible

After months of hard work, we finally met on the 16th of May at the Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen, to launch the first edition of the Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water.

With almost perfect weather conditions, since there was nearly no wind and therefore a very calm sea, swimmers and triathletes from all over the world gathered at the beachfront, ready to jump into the water.

  • Raul Santiago Betancor and Alice Franco, the winners of the I Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water.

The international representation of the swimmers put the bar very high, but in the end a Canarian citizen won the race. The young swimmer Raul Santiago Betancor from Gran Canaria showed of his talent during the two lapse circuit. He was the first to cross the finish line at the time of 00:45:39. The Argentine Damián Blaum ranked the second place (00:46:58) and the third position on the podium went to the Brazilian Samir Botelho (00:48:08).

In the women category the Italian champion swimmer Alice Franco completed the 3.8km as the first in 00:48:10. Followed by the two Spanish competitors Esther Nuñez Morera (00:48:28) and Luisa Mar Morales (00:49:02).

Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water Results 2015

  • Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water, the prior open water event to the Ironman Lanzarote.

The first edition of the Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water is a great swimming test before the International Ironman Lanzarote event. It is the perfect opportunity to bring swimmers and triathletes from all over the world together and to prepare for the Ironman circuit.

The date for the second edition is already set: May 14, 2016. We are looking forward to seeing you again!

Are you ready for the Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water?

Photo by Bert Stephani

 

As we have previously announced, May 16th will be the Sailfish Lanzarote Open Water in Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen.

The two biggest categories will be 1.9km (1 turn) and 3.8km (2 turns). Both modalities will have cash prizes for the thirst three male and female positions.

This event has been planned while taking into consideration not only local and international swimmers, but also triathletes. The competition will be taking place a week before Ironman Lanzarote and is set in the same waters. It will be a perfect opportunity to familiarize oneself with the circuit and experience the sensations.

  • Gear up for the occasion.

In our Sailfish Shop Test Centre we offer you a wide range of sailfish wetsuits. You can try them before the event and rent them for the day of the competition. Everything is ready for an unforgettable journey. We will wait for you.

Ironman Lanzarote 2015: Horst Reichel gives us some tips to deal with the cycling sector.

For many, Ironman Lanzarote is seen as one of the toughest triathlons in the world. The conditions of wind and sun that the island offers, make the Ironman an even more demanding challenge.

To make the big day more bearable, Horst Reichel, professional triathlete, gives us a few tips to deal with the cycling sector. Among the tips he states that the key is to stay calm, do not rush to give everything you have from the start because it will be a long day, therefore you must concentrate on starting with a comfortable pace and reserving your energy. Remember nutrition and do not forget to drink.

Keeping a steady pace should be your main goal. Be consistent in both uphills and downhills and flat parts, with a comfortable pace without going neither too slow nor too fast.