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Beyond Gong Long Interview – Stephen Bayliss interview: Gunning for Kona and Maui via XTERRA England

We recently featured the news that Stephen Bayliss will be turning out at XTERRA England ( on the 30th August in Cranleigh, Surrey ahead of a double bid to Kona and Maui qualify.

We couldn’t resist the opportunity to catch up with the 4x iron-distance champion to find out a bit more about why he wants to get dirty.
Hi Stephen, tell us a bit about your season this year and the big goals.

My year started well, I was training well and did some good races here in Lanzarote, 2nd in a sprint race (1st was the Spanish sprint distance champion), 3rd at the Lanzarote International Duathlon, to Bart Aernouts and Ronnie Schildknecht and 2nd at the Nutri Cross to Victor Del Corral. I was feeling like my fitness was getting better and better, then In March, just before Xterra Malta I managed to get pneumonia!

This meant a 2 week stay in hospital and another 3 weeks of home doctors coming 3x per day to give me intravenous antibiotics. It really knocked me out big time! After those 5 weeks I was very unfit and weak!

Since then I have gradually built up my training, but it is slow progress. I am aiming for second half of the year, with Xterra races as a big goal and hopefully the Xterra World Championships if I feel I can be competitive.

Do you have off-road skills already?

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Jimmy Archer

Founder and Editor at Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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