For those of us not actually burning calories at a frightening rate by participating, there was a nip in the air for the early start beneath blue skies and sunshine as athletes took to the water at Playa Jablillo Bajo for the first leg of the Tri122 triathlon event on Saturday 17th March 2012.
A single circuit of 1km got swimmers into their stride before they emerged onto the sand for a stamina sapping run on dry land before back into the water for the second and final swim lap. With the salt water still fresh on limbs, bikes were gathered and pushed to the start line for the cycle leg which took athletes on a 100km circuit including the sweat-inducing climb to Subida a Tabayesco. Then it was back to Costa Teguise for the final run over two laps and 20km before Lanzarote’s men and women of iron crossed the finishing line amidst tumultuous applause.
The athletes clocking up the fastest time to complete all three disciplines, an astonishing 15 minutes ahead of their nearest rivals, were German team mates Timo Bracht and Reichel Horst from 21Run.com Triathlon Team in an overall time of 4:45:46. Third, with an overall time of 5:01:27 was Dane, Nick Staggenborg. Victory for the women went to local Tamar González from Titanes Triathlon Club in an overall time of 5:49:53.
Seven times Ironman winner, Timo Bracht is no stranger to the winner’s podium and his times of 28:40 swim, 2:56:13 cycle and 1:19:11 run are hard to beat, but that won’t stop the incredible athletes who travel to Lanzarote to participate in its triathlons from trying.
Congratulations to everyone who participated and thanks to all the volunteers and spectators who made the Tri122 another exciting Lanzarote sports event. You can enjoy more images of the event on the Sands Beach Resort Flickr stream.
Next up on the triathlon calendar is the Lavatrail on 31st March and then the Teguise Spring Duathlon on 14th April. Sands Beach Resort will be there to lend our support and to enjoy the events. Why don’t you join us? 🙂