Multisport athletes put to the test in Wakatipu

Last updated 05:00 28/07/2014
Peak to Peak

RACE DAY: Hundreds of multisport athletes tackled the 21st running of the R&R Sports Peak to Peak in Queenstown on Saturday.

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He didn't break the two-hour barrier, but Wanaka's Dougal Allan was still happy with his win at the 21st R&R Sports Peak to Peak event in Queenstown.

Event spokesman Geoff Hunt said the 44km race attracted a field of almost 400 competitors with 36 individuals and 73 teams entered.

The race started at the top of the Remarkables with a shortened 2km ski stage, followed by a 17km mountain bike ride down the Remarkables access road. Racers then paddled 7km from Frankton Beach to Queenstown Bay with a run up the Gorge road to the next transition at the bottom of the Coronet Peak Rd. The last leg of the race was the uphill bike to the Coronet Peak base building.

Hunt said Allan took the lead in the kayak stage and never relinquished it, although he was chased all day by Flavio Vianna (a Brazilian living in Christchurch) and Hamish Fleming (Wanaka).

In the run to Arthur's Point, Allan opened up his lead on the chasing individuals and by the 3km mark on the Coronet Rd his lead on the field had extended and he continued to ride away to finish in a time of two hours five minutes and 20 seconds.

"I had a really good race today and the conditions were near perfect. I had thought of going to see if it was possible to break the two hour barrier but realised during the run up the gorge that this was not going to be possible. Still I was happy with this win and really enjoy this winter race," he said.

In the women's field, Wanaka's Joanna Williams dominated the field winning by 23 minutes, in a time of two hours 28 minutes and 47 seconds.

Williams lead the field through the first ski transition, and followed this with a fast downhill bike through the mist, and a strong paddle into Queenstown.

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