My name is Scott Bayvel. I am an elite amateur triathlete competing in Olympic, 70.3 and full Ironman distance racing. My passion for sport, fitness and health is why I love what I do. I come from a sporting background, I was always involved in various sports during my earlier years, swimming, cricket, soccer, rugby, hockey, boxing, athletics, you name it and I was participating or at least trying it out.
My Journey to Success
I come from somewhat of a swimming and running background. In school, I swam competitively racing in butterfly, freestyle and the dreaded individual medley race. As a track athlete in school, I raced in the 200m and 400m. When I was younger, cycling was the bane of my passion. I did one cycle race and that was me, I wasn’t a big fan. But things have changed. Today I have grown into absolutely loving the cycling discipline in triathlon and it is fast becoming one of my biggest strengths.
Before diving head first into triathlon, I was highly focused on my rugby career. I was playing for the state academy team back in South Africa with the dream to make the national team. However, I soon came to the realization that I was not built for the sport of rugby.
After my rugby career came to an end, a new sport had piqued my interest, Triathlon. The end of 2016 was my first attempt at a sprint distance race. Needless to say, that pretty much set the wheel in motion for what is now my ultimate passion.
My results speak for themselves, with an age group win and 16th overall (including pro field athletes) at Ironman 70.3 Geelong over the weekend, with a time of 4:10:36. This follows wins in my last 3 70.3 races. So that’s 3 consecutive wins from 3 starts!
All of this is a big a step in the right direction to taking my Pro license soon, once I know I can handle myself on the world stage that is 70.3 World Championships and Ironman World Championships.
What are the weapons I bring to my racing?
As a strong swimmer, I am always at the front of the race from the minute the gun goes off which gives a huge advantage to the overall racing outcome. Needless to say, my biking has come a long way and now I can keep up with the best of them in my division. Now the run, this is my absolute bread and butter, I love this part as I am getting faster and faster each race and my times speak for themselves as I am running similar and or better than most Pro times in some instances.
Your race is defined by how well you can put all 3 disciplines together. It isn’t a one-hit wonder kind of sport where if you a strong swimmer you can do well, or if you a strong cyclist you can win. Wrong, you need to be well versed in all three disciplines and I believe that this is what makes me stand out from my competition.
Outside of triathlon, I am currently studying a bachelor’s degree in IT at Queensland University of Technology.
Nutrition and Fuel Strategy
As a Low Carb High Fat athlete, the Generation UCAN products fit in perfectly with my racing and training nutrition strategy.
My nutrition and fueling strategy is simple, to let my body utilize its fat burning stores without nutrition giving me that spike or crash, this is why I chose Generation UCAN as it is a steady and slow release of complex carbohydrates, that don’t have the insulin spike of other energy/fuel products. Furthermore, it promotes fat burning and allows the body to use fat as fuel. This is vital in my race nutrition strategy.
I found UCAN through my current coach. He is based in the USA and advised I use the product as he believed it was a good product for what we were trying to achieve with race nutrition.
My everyday nutrition is LCHF meals whereby all my food is very natural and healthy. No sugars, no junk food, just good whole foods and clean eating.
I train everyday, accumulating to 23-28 hrs per week. During training, I use the UCAN bars (cinnamon flavour) to keep me going, but the nutrition during training is not as prominent as it is on race day. I train on the bare minimum during training, but then come race day, UCAN drink mix and bars are my essential fuel.
Generation UCAN has been a huge part of my triathlon success. I know that I will have the fuel to finish hard every race, without concerns of bonking or any stomach distress. A serve of Superstarch before training and events ensure that I can focus on doing the work, instead of limiting myself by riding the energy roller coaster of competing energy (high GI/sugary) drinks.
|Race||Distance||Date||AG position||Overall Position||Time|
|Ironman 70.3 Geelong||70.3||18/02/2018||4th/65||23rd/819||04:16:10|
|Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie||70.3||06/05/2018||4th/73||26th/1098||04:36:20|
|Ironman 70.3 Cairns||70.3||10/06/2018||4th/69||10th/1160||04:21:49|
|ITU Long Course World Championships||Long Course||14/07/2018||5th/28||18th/354||06:06:45|
|Ironman 70.3 World Championships||70.3||02/09/2018||15th/213||78th/3670||04:14:58|
|Noosa Multisport festival||Olympic||04/11/2018||1st/170||25th/4214||02:03:52|
|Ironman 70.3 Xiamen||70.3||18/11/2018||1st79||8th/1086||04:01:36|
|Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney||70.3||25/11/2018||1st/92||8th/1077||04:02:29|
|Ironman 70.3 Geelong||70.3||Feb-19||1st/58||17th/1076||04:10:36|
|Ironman New Zealand||Ironman||Mar-19||1st/63||14th/1331||09:02:34|