8 Sep 2013

Iron Lady, Bella Bayliss, Caps Stellar Career with a Win, Stephen in 2nd!

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Race
Challenge Henley
Date
8 Sep 2013
Distance
Ironman

The amazing Iron Lady, Bella Bayliss, added one more title to her amazing resume as she put a final stamp on triathlon making her career total 16 Irondistance titles.  Bella had an amazing day to capture the Challenge Henley victory with a balanced race and finishing with a killer run to capture the title.  It was a very fitting way for her to retire on top of the podium where she spent most of her career. 

Not to be outdone by Bella, Stephen had an amazing race battling with top UK Ironman athlete Tom Lowe.  Stephen battled hard all day long and came up with 2nd place.  He was happy with his race but even more happy for Bella to see her cap off her career with a final win.

" I have been looking forward all year to returning to Challenge Henley again for the 3rd time. Last year was great winning with leading from the start till the finish.  Training has been going well here in Leysin, I feel I have been getting better week by week while here with the group. My aim as always is to get the most out of myself on the day.  
 
As expected, it was a very emotional day for Bella ending her amazing career.  But she and Stephen both used this to fuel their incredible determination showing why they are called the Ironcouple.

Reporting in after her win, Bella told us:

"What a way to finish my career! I have so wanted another iron distance win since having Charlie but I thought maybe it wouldn't happen but today was a dream come true. To finish on a win and that makes 16 iron distance titles!! I am thinking of coming out of retirement now though!!!  Ha ha just pretending, I am absolutely happy and satisfied with everything I have done and I am happy to leave it there now."

 

After finishing in 2nd, Stephen reported in to say:

"It was such a great day, I was so so happy to see Bella win one more Iron distance race, she did such a  good race today, it was a perfect way to end her career.  I couldn't be a prouder husband:) I am happy to get 2nd today, Tom Lowe was just that bit faster than me today.  I had a good swim and a decent bike, Tom and I came off the bike together, but I couldn't live with his really fast first 10km and then was never able to get close again."

 Congrats to Bella on her 16th Irondistance title! And to Stephen on yet another podium! We are proud to have the Ironcouple as leaders and inspiration for the entire teamTBB family! Enjoy your victories!

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teamTBB Athletes Results

Bella Bayliss

Stephen Bayliss

Men
1. TOM LOWE  08:30:19
2.  STEPHEN BAYLISS  08:36:55
3.  JOEL JAMESON  08:49:23
4.  TUUKKA MIETTINEN  09:09:22
5.  RHYS DAVEY  09:16:03

Women
1. BELLA BAYLISS  09:41:46
2. YVETTE GRICE  10:05:18
3. JULIA GRANT  10:15:59
4. LIZZIE HUTSON  10:41:40
5. EMMA RICHARDS  11:01:21

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