More classic success for McKenzie
Blenheim multisport ace Jeremy McKenzie notched up his second consecutive win in the Allan Scott Family Winemakers Queen Charlotte Classic on Saturday.
After early morning rain and wind, the skies cleared and the 19th edition of the classic was completed in sunshine.
McKenzie, eighth in the 35-39 age group at the world triathlon championships in Auckland last month, swapped his wet suit for a kayak and powered away from a talented field to pocket the winner's cheque of $1000.
He managed the fastest run time, was fourth quickest on the bike and ended with a paddle over the slightly shortened course that gave him an eventual cushion of two minutes over second-placed Graeme Hill. Christchurch policeman Luke Vaughan paddled into third, just 3 minutes in arrears.
Anna Reid, of England, who was ninth in her category at the world triathlon championships, just lacked the paddling skills to hold out the defending women's champion, Swedish multisport star Sia Svendsen.
Svendsen led after the run but was overtaken in the cycle by Reid. West Coaster Tania Maitland was third, just 15sec back.