inov-8TM Challenge Series launches with Mark Bayliss tackling the Enduroman Arch to Arc triathlon
Created On: 12 July 2012
Mark Bayliss to attempt the
challenge as the first person to complete without a wetsuit, as he
goes for the record as well
inov-8TM has announced the launch of the
inov-8TM Challenge Series - a campaign that will see
committed athletes take on some of the toughest challenges in the
world. The first challenge in the series will take place in
September 2012 with Mark Bayliss undertaking the ultimate triathlon
- the Enduroman Arch to Arc.
The Enduroman Arch to Arc triathlon involves a gruelling 87 mile
run from Marble Arch in London to Dover, followed by a Channel swim
from Dover to Calais, finishing with an epic 181 mile bike ride
from Calais to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. In a world first, Mark
Bayliss will attempt to become the only athlete to complete the
Enduroman Arch to Arc challenge without the use of a wetsuit for
the Channel swim.
Taking the wetsuit out of the equation, after such a long run,
Mark will face a physiological challenge that none of the previous
nine Arch to Arc competitors have had to endure.
Dr James Carter, UK Head of the Gatorade Sports Science
Institute, who has been helping Mark prepare a nutrition plan for
the challenge said: ""Mark will have two additional challenges to
deal with when swimming the Channel without a wetsuit. Firstly, his
energy requirements will be increased because he will have to work
harder to stay afloat; secondly, temperature regulation, namely
preventing too great a drop in body temperature, will be made more
difficult. Mark will feel colder and he will also lose heat quicker
without the insulating properties of the wet suit. Previous
competitors have worn a wet suit and this additional buoyancy and
insulation would have helped conserve energy, maintain body
temperature and, therefore, increased their chances of
In preparation of the event, Mark is undertaking a gruelling
training regime where he will cover 3,000 kilometres running,
15,000 kilometres cycling and 2,000 kilometres swimming. Mark has
already tackled some monumentally tough events which include the
Jurassic Coast Challenge (78.6 mile run over three days), Human
Race open water swim (10 kilometres) and a 200 mile bike ride.
Mark will continue his training this weekend, taking on the most
gruelling session to date, a triathlon which is half the distance
of the Arch to Arc. This will involve a 45 mile run around the
Caterham area at night, followed by a 6 hour swim in Dover harbour
and a 100 mile bike ride finishing in Caterham.
Mark Bayliss said: "It's been getting on for 10 years of working
towards the Arch to Arc challenge, it's not been a short term plan.
All the events and training I've done over the years have been
about getting a step closer. It's gone from a mythical event, to a
dream, to a reality and now it is right in front of me. The
training has been going very well and I'm really looking forward to
finalising my preparation over the next few weeks and getting
started from Marble Arch in September."
Prior to this challenge Mark, Director and Company Secretary at
Wings Transport, has competed in hundreds of triathlons,
represented England as a junior in Water Polo and Great Britain at
youth level in Triathlon and Duathlon. Since 2007 he has swum the
English Channel solo and also swum as part of a four person
relay team (Croydon Amphibians Masters). He has competed in
the Sri Chinmoy Lake Zurich Marathon Swim (26.4km) three times,
raced two Ironman triathlons, 13 marathons and 10
ultras, including the Marathon des Sables. This year has
already given him many challenges, and the biggest is still to
come, the Enduroman Arch to Arc in September.
Commenting on the Mark Bayliss challenge, Eoin
Treacy, European Marketing Manager for inov-8TM
said: "Mark is the ultimate committed athlete, and really
encapsulates inov-8TM's values of pushing the limits of
performance. We are very proud to support Mark through his training
and excited about his Arch to Arc challenge launching our
inov-8TM Challenge Series. We hope Mark's example will
inspire many others to push themselves further in their
In addition to just tackling the challenge Mark is also
fundraising for SportsAid. SportsAid helps young British sportsmen
and women to achieve their ambitions by supporting them during the
defining early years of their careers. You can sponsor Mark now at
For more information about the event and for further details
about Mark's training go to www.facebook.com/INOV8run,
follow @INOV8run or watch the latest footage at http://www.youtube.com/user/INOV8run.
For more information about inov-8TM products visit www.inov-8.com.
In addition to inov-8TM enabling this challenge, Mark
is supported by Parlee Bicycles (www.parleecycles.com),
Gatorade (www.Gatorade.co.uk), GB Cycles
Wings Transport (www.wingstransport.co.uk).