Strong entries in Peak to Peak competition
The winner of last year's Peak to Peak will be back to defend his title in this weekend's 20th anniversary of the Queenstown event.
Adam Milne, of Christchurch, repeated his 2010 victory last year in strong form, 10 minutes ahead of his closest competitor.
However, race day might be closer this year, with three-time winner Dougal Allan, of Wanaka, lining up and an as yet unconfirmed entry from this year's Coast to Coast winner Braden Currie, also of Wanaka.
Although he was not expected to be in contention for the top spot, three time winner and new Queenstown resident Steve Gurney would also be participating this year.
Race director Geoff Hunt has confirmed the race will be starting with a ski down the popular Homeward Bound trail at the Remarkables Ski Area. Last year the ski was shifted to a much shorter course at the ski area because of a lack of snow.
More than 400 individual and team competitors are involved in the five stage events which also includes a mountainbike ride down the Remarkables access road, a kayak from Frankton beach to Queenstown Bay, run to the Coronet Peak turn off and cycle to the Coronet Peak base building.
Nothing special was planned to acknowledge the 20th anniversary but it was hoped previous winners would attend the 21st event next year and a few special additions might be included.
Hunt advises the best spot to watch competitors is on the Coronet Peak road. Individual competitors all have race numbers that are less than 100 while teams are 100 and over.
The Southland Times