Rimmer fends off top pair for Gibbs Hill
Ruby Bay triathlete Ed Rimmer showed he is quick off-road as well winning the Gibbs Hill Challenge multisport race in Golden Bay.
Rimmer held off two top-class adventure racers, Nick Ross and Nathan Fa'avae, to win Sunday's race in 3hr 21min and 22sec.
Although Rimmer was slightly behind Ross after the opening 23km road cycle from Takaka to Wainui, he made a race-winning break late in the 21km mountain run around the northern section of the Abel Tasman National Park.
"I was running with Nick most of the way but I managed to get a 20 to 30sec break running down into Wainui. I got just far enough ahead to make sure he couldn't get on my wheel on the ride back to Takaka - it would have been a different race if we'd started the last cycle together."
Rimmer said he was using the race as a lead-up to the world age group triathlon champs in Auckland from October 18-22. He will be competing in the 35-39 age group.
"A race like this is ideal for me at this stage because it gets your heart rate up," he said after his win. "But it was a tough race because you can't just cruise and if you go out too hard you blow up."
Sophie Hart of Nelson set a new record on her way to winning the women's race in 3hr 31min 3sec and finishing fourth overall. Hart and Fa'avae were also in training mode, preparing for a race in China and next month's world adventure racing champs in France.
"I'm in the middle of a big training block, so I was expecting to feel so good," Hart said. "It was perfect training for us because the race in China is a stage race and we'll need a bit of speed."
Nelson's Klaartje van Schie was second in the women's race in 3hr 53min 52sec. Scott Dayman and Milan Talley won the team's race in 3hr 39min 2sec.
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