José-Luis Hourcade

Photograph : José-Luis Hourcade (Spain)

Copyright : José Luis Hourcade

Name of the picture : Lanzarote touch of green

Where : Lanzarote (Canaries Island – Spain)

Camera : Canon 1D Mark4 – foto 100-400







José Luis Hourcade works for different triathlon magazines as 220Triathlon UK and AU, Tri247, Tri-Mag etc. He’s also the official photograph of Valencia LD, Valencia Triatlón, IM 70.3 Haugensund, Norseman, and many other races.

I took this picture during the first Edition of the Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote and it always reminds me a pleasant anecdote.

48 hours before the race start, I was driving back home from a shooting in Lleida, way to Valencia. I was not going to cover the race and I expected some days of relax. Nevertheless, a command changed everything… the English magazine 220 Triathlon ordered me a report around Bella and Stephen Bayliss, on the same week-end in Lanzarote.

Automatically, straight away on the road I had to begin with the most difficult task: to find a flight with such a short delay.

Once I resolved this first issue, I reached the island at the middle of the night, only 6 hours before the start of the race. When the swimming segment finished, and without having been able to recon the bike loop the day before, I jump on the motobike with the idea of finding the volcanic rock so famous in this fantastic island.

With a mix of joy and surprise, having a quick look from the motobike, I finally discovered this green landscape out of the blue, never seen until then in Lanzarote.


  1. leelee09-30-2013


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