The Spaniard completed an excellent performance at the 35th edition of Spain’s oldest triathlon, while the English was unbeatable, showing the great shape she currently is in
About 470 athletes met on Saturday, April 4, at the vicinity of Club La Santa to compete in the 35th Volcano Triathlon during a cloudy but with good temperature morning, without the dreaded wind, which favored good race conditions for the participants.
The oldest triathlon event in Spain is for many triathletes a way to test themselves for the 28th Ironman Lanzarote, which will be held this year on May 25. This is why both the winner of the last edition of the Triathlon Volcano, Spaniard Emilio Aguayo and English Lucy Charles, recent Ironman champion of South Africa, started out as favorites.
The swimming race (1.5 km) started at 10:00 a.m. at the lagoon of La Santa, where the first to get out of the water was Tenerife Ricardo Hernandez, followed by the current leaders of the Canary Triathlon series, Raul Lecuona and Emilio Aguayo. In the women’s category, Lucy Charles, who had said days before the competition that she was going to take this as a training session, being in such great condition came out of the water first with a time of 18 minutes and 08 seconds.
During the bicycle competition (40 km.) Aguayo proved to be in great shape, with the best partial stage, placing himself first at the race as he passed through Caleta de Caballo towards Famara, managing to stop the clock with a time of 56 minutes and 51 seconds. For his part, Charles completed the second-best partial stage for this segment with a time of 01h.05.13, after Tessa Kortekaas, Dutchwoman living in Lanzarote, who completed the partial stage with a time of 1h.03.20.
During the last segment, Aguayo closed the running circuit (10 km) with a partial stage of 32 minutes and 31 seconds, entering the finish line as the winner of the 35th Volcano Triathlon with a total time of 1 hour, 52 minutes and 27 seconds, ahead of Germany’s Stefan Schmid (1h.55.34) and Tenerife’s Lecuona with 1h.55.46, who strengthened his dominance at the Canary Triathlon Series. Ricardo Hernández (6th) and Juan Luis Díaz (9th) completed the Canarian podium.
For the last female segment, Charles was once again way ahead of her most immediate followers, making the best partial stage time with a time of 38 minutes 11 seconds, which allowed her to strongly win the women’s category with an accumulated time of 2h.05.12. Tessa Kortekaas (2nd) with 2h.10.43 and Belgian Amber Rombaut (3rd) with 2h.16.28 were her companions at the podium of the 35th edition of the oldest triathlon in Spain. The best Canarian was Tenerife Raquel Arostegui, who came in 4th place, with a great participation at the Canary Series.
Check the results here: XXXV Volcano Triathlon