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!

Ironman Lanzarote 2015. Get to know our services and support for the race.

Each day that passes brings us closer to one of the biggest triathlon events in Lanzarote. 

May 23rd is the day of the 2015 Ironman Lanzarote. For those who live for triathlons, this is one of the most anticipated events of the year, the small island of Lanzarote welcomes thousands of triathletes ready to fight for one of the toughest ironman in the world.

Sands Beach Resort is ready to receive all the brave men and women taking part in this year’s edition of the Ironman. For good measures, Sands Beach Active developed a comprehensive program of services and support throughout the week of the event.

We designed a detailed program tailored for the needs of triathletes which covers food, transfers, bike assistance, familiarisation with the circuit, etc. We invite you to check out the full program to keep you up to date with all of our activities.

PROGRAM IMLanzarote2015

La campaña de zapatillas solidarias culmina su misión de manera exitosa.

Cambiar el mundo está en tus pies”, este era el lema con el que se ponía en marcha la campaña 2014 de Zapatillas Solidarias. El objetivo, poder suministrar calzado deportivo a los niños amantes del baloncesto en Guinea Ecuatorial, pues muchos de ellos practican el deporte sin calzado alguno por falta de medios.

Zapatillas solidarias

Sands Beach Active colaboró con la causa siendo uno de los puntos de recogida de calzado. Nada más y nada menos que 150 pares de zapatillas volaron desde Lanzarote a Guinea Ecuatorial a fin de dibujar 150 sonrisas.

Durante el Campus de Baloncesto Ciudad de Malabo, organizado por el Club de Baloncesto Conejero y la Federación de Baloncesto de Guinea Ecuatorial, se hizo entrega de las zapatillas a los chicos, que desde entonces disfrutan de su deporte favorito enfundados en su nuevo calzado deportivo!

Zapatillas solidarias

Sin duda esta ha sido una buena propuesta, con la que se pone de manifiesto que se puede ayudar con poco. Queremos mostrar nuestro agradecimiento a todos los donantes de zapatillas y felicitar a los organizadores de la campaña.

Sands Beach Active Working In Partnership With Uplace Pro Triathlon Team

The weekend of 19th and 20th January 2013 was a roller-coaster of excitement for Sands Beach Active. Not only did we enjoy the success of our sponsored athletes and Sands Beach Resort guests at the Lanzarote International Duathlon and the Gran Canaria Marathon, but we also witnessed the incredible success of Bart Aernouts at the Ironman 70.3 South Africa.

As a member of the Uplace Pro Triathlon Team, Bart headed to South Africa after completing his winter training at the Sands Beach Active triathlon training camp and credits his victory in part to that vital preparation.

Sands Beach Active Triathlon Training Camp

Far from rolling to a gentle stop once the podiums had been cleared away from the weekend’s sports activities, the white knuckle ride of adrenalin continues with the announcement that Uplace Pro Traithlon Team are to be working in partnership with Sands Beach Active as their official warm weather training camp.

Already one of the top triathlon teams in the world, Uplace Pro Triathlon Team have aspirations to become the world’s number one professional triathlon team and Sands Beach Active are very proud to be a part of that aim.

Uplace Pro Triathlon Team manager Bob De Wolf welcomed the partnership, saying:

“After our fantastic team training camp at Sands Beach Active in January, I was particularly pleased to welcome Sands Beach Active as one of our partners. The entire team enjoyed the unique combination of outstanding facilities, high quality service and superb comfort. With our first Ironman victory of the year, our collaboration with Sands Beach Active has already proven its merit. We look forward to many return visits.”

For Sands Beach Active, the partnership with Uplace marks a further consolidation of the importance of Lanzarote as a winter sports destination and of the facilities for professional athletes which we continue to develop and strengthen. Hosting the Uplace Pro Triathlon Team was a privilege and a pleasure. We’re pleased that our partnership coincides with Bob De Wolf’s appointment as Uplace Pro Triathlon Team and we would like to thank Bob for all his support. We would also like to extend a huge thanks to Tin Geysels, Marketing Manager, for her professionalism and help, and to Bert Stephani for his superb photography.

Uplace Pro Traithlon Team at Sands Beach Resort

Speaking today, Sands Beach Active Director Juan Carlos Albuixech voiced his pleasure at the new partnership:

“We are delighted to be one of the Uplace Pro Triathlon Team partners and to be associated with their professionalism and their outstanding achievements in the field of triathlon. We also see this partnership as a further strengthening of our relationship with Thomas Cook Belgium and of the importance we at Sands Beach place on the Belgian market.”

Photos by Bert Stephani for Uplace

Victor Del Corral Takes Fifth Place At 2012 XTERRA World Championships

As if there isn’t enough drama already at the extreme, off road triathlon race held annually in Hawaii’s paradise island of Maui, a tsunami alert was issued for all the Hawaiian islands late on Saturday night keeping athletes and organisers tuned to local radios. By Sunday morning the alert had been cancelled and the 2012 XTERRA World Championships could go ahead with only an increased swell and rougher seas to show for the adverse weather.

First out of the water after the 1.5 kilometre swim and an incredible whole minute ahead of the rest of the field, was Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya, the two times ITU triathlon world champ and 2012 Olympian silver medallist who was facing his inaugural Xterra World Championship. Gomez went on the win the competition in an overall time of 2hrs 26mins 50secs. Finishing second to Gomez was USA Xterra Champion Josiah Middaugh in 2hrs 27mins 40secs and third placed was South Africa’s Conrad Stoltz in a time of 2hrs 30mins 04secs.

Also facing his first Xterra World Championship, Sands Beach Active sponsored athlete Victor Del Corral romped home in fifth place with an overall time of 2hrs 30mins 24secs, just four seconds behind fellow first timer, Leonardo Chacon from Costa Rica. An incredible performance from Victor, winner of Ironman Lanzarote 2012.

For the women, Scottish born Lesley Paterson notched up her second Xterra World Championship win, knocking nearly two minutes off her winning time last year with an overall finish in 2hrs 44mins 11secs and over four minutes ahead of her closest competitor, the Chilean Barbara Riveros who finished in second place with a time of 2hrs 48mins 18secs. Third fastest overall time was Marie Rabie from South Africa with 2hrs 53mins 55secs.

Well done, Victor Del Corral, we look forward to seeing you back at Sands Beach Resort for some well earned rest and relaxation to accompany your training regime 🙂


Victor Del Corral Heads to the 2012 XTERRA World Championships in Hawaii

With less than one week to go before athletes get under starter’s orders for the world’s premier off-road triathlon, Sands Beach Active sponsored athlete Victor Del Corral has flown out to the paradise island of Maui in Hawaii to compete in the 2012 XTERRA World Championships.

Beginning at 9am on Sunday 28th October with a 1.5 kilometre rough water swim with a short beach sprint mid-way, at DT Flemings Beach in front of the Ritz Carlton in Kapalua. Next up is the 30.4 kilometre mountain bike ride which involves cycling up and down the lower slopes of the West Maui Mountains a dozen times in a big loop. With ravines dropping to river beds and head high vegetation, the organisers claim athletes will need “their climbing legs and their descending courage” to get through it.

Then, just as you thought it couldn’t get any harder, athletes have to face a 9.5 kilometre trail run through elephant grass, pineapple fields and forest including 60 foot high ironwood evergreens and fallen trees with a killer, 250 metre sandy beach run right at the end.

To be honest, just typing out the course details has left me feeling completely defeated so how athletes actually manage to complete this course is a mystery to me. But our Ironman Lanzarote 2012 title holder, Victor Del Corral is ready to take it all on and we’ll be following his progress LIVE on the XTERRA website live stream and on Twitter using the hashtag #XTERRAMaui

X-Terra 2012 en Hawaii

The Cochinilla Trail, I Carrera Solidaria Mala 2012

The I Carrera Solidaria Cochinilla Trail in Mala on Sunday (23rd September) is much more than a sporting event through Lanzarote’s unique landscapes; it’s an act of solidarity in difficult times where the effort of all those involved could help make life just that little bit easier for the less fortunate members of society.

The race involves two distances; 6 kilometres and 12 kilometres and three different challenges designed to raise money for various excellent causes.

The first will raise money for social causes. The second, the Mala-Solidaria, as well as raising funds also serves to raise awareness that Sunday is also the International Day Against the Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Women. This race is where the cochineal comes in. The colour of the dye from cochineal is similar to the purple/violet that is used to symbolise women’s continual fight worldwide for independence and liberty.

The third challenge, the III Desafío Solidario involves Aroa Merino, winner of the 2012 Gran Canaria Marathon (female category) and members of Lanzarote’s security services competing to raise money for Tri W.W.W.; the charity whose aim is enabling the practice of sports amongst people with physical or mental disabilities.

In the run up to the race, individuals and businesses, including ourselves at Sands Beach Resort, have been busy collecting various food products that will be distributed amongst local families in need of support and kindness. As well as the sporting events, there will be a presentation about the importance of solidarity in the community.

Setting the athletes on their way at 10.00am will be marathon runner José Carlos Hernández, recently returned from competing in the London Olympics.

The wonderful combination of sport and social solidarity makes the Cochinilla Trail a special race that deserves our support. It promises to be an emotional and exciting day that should also be a lot of fun.

To learn more about how you can add your solidarity to this admirable sporting event check out the race website here.

A Busy Sports Month Ahead for Sands Beach Active

This evening (August 29th 2012) the torch will be lit to welcome the start of the London Paralympic Games in the magnificent setting of the Olympic Stadium, and Sands Beach Resort will be glued to TV screens to watch two of its family – superb athletes and friends Rafa Botello and Marieke Vervoort – as they strive to honour their countries and their paralympic peers.

The paralympic games officially began in Rome in 1960 but in fact, the concept of sports for athletes with a disability began in London after the Second World War when German neurologist Dr Ludwig Guttmann introduced sport to the rehabilitation regime at Stoke Mandeville Hospital for patients with spinal injuries. On the day of the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics games in 1948, Dr Guttmann held an archery competition for wheelchair users, and the Stoke Mandeville Games began. As the games gre bigger and athletes from abroad began to compete, the competition morphed into the International Stoke Mandeville Games and eventually, the Paralympic Games of 1960.

Like all athletes, for Rafa Botello and Marieke Vervoort, the games represent the pinnacle of their careers. For those of us watching and vicariously sharing every metre with them, here are their schedules to note in the diary:

Rafa will be competing in the Men’s 5000 metres race – first heat 31st August, 7.15pm; final 2nd September, 9.49pm and then in the Men’s Marathon, 9th September at 8am.


Fresh from her triumphs at the Belgium Championships in the T52 class where she broke three European records at 100, 200 and 400 metres, Marieke Vervoort will be competing in the Women’s 200 metres race – first heat 1st September, 10.53am; final 1st September, 7.55pm and then in the Women’s 100 metres race – first heat 5th September, 12.36pm; final 5th September at 9.07pm.

Continuing a gruelling schedule of athletic competition this summer, Rafa Botello will be heading to Berga in mainland Spain with Sands Beach Active and Ladi Demko of Sailfish for the Sailfish half Triathlon on September 16th. As one of the sponsors of the event, we are giving prizes of holidays at Sands Beach Resort to the male and female winners of the race.

Then before the month is out, we’ll be in Germany for the BMW Berlin Marathon at the end of September, where once again Rafa Botello will be competing in Team Sands Beach, along with Norberto Chavez y Alain Fuentes. Our own Juan Carlos Albuixech, Director of Sands Beach Resort, will be there to support the team.

All in all, September is shaping up to be a pretty hectic month for Sands Beach Active, but for now, our hearts and minds are with Rafa and Marieke – vamos!

Family Fun at The Famara Beach Run

Sands Beach Active took to the golden expanse of Famara Beach en masse on Sunday to enjoy the 5km beach run.

A brilliant day out for all the family, tots and teens joined the ranks of young and not-so-young, athletes and amateurs to tackle the sandy run, aided and hampered by Famara’s trademark trade winds. With boundless enthusiasm to spur them on their way and certificates and trophies to reward their efforts, it was a great way to get fit while having fun – something Sands Beach Active excels at.

Famara Beach run

Thanks go to John Beckley (above, 3rd from right) for running the race with one arm in the air so he could capture the action on his Hero, regardless of the personal discomfort and the fact that he looked extremely odd.

It was also a chance for Alberto (nº 985 above) to get in on the action in his new role with Sands Beach Active. Those of you staying at Sands Beach Resort can check out Alberto’s new sports and fitness activities information corner in reception.

Follow this link for more photos of the Famara Beach Run.