Strong Kiwi Enduro field

Richard Goldsbury, of Christchurch, on the Skippers pack track.
Richard Goldsbury, of Christchurch, on the Skippers pack track.

One of the rare cloudless blue skies of the summer greeted the racers in the Torpedo7 Coronet Enduro on Saturday.

Sixty racers from around the world lined up at the top of Coronet Peak for the first Coronet Enduro of 2014 with racers from Australia and France adding to the strong Kiwi field.

The Coronet race involved four stages: the old downhill trail on Coronet Peak, the Rude Rock and Skippers tracks and a newly created trail down the front face of Coronet Peak below the road known as Deer Lane.

Some course taping problems in the first stage caused a missed turn for a few racers. 

Most of the fast racers stayed near the front of the field during the day but Wyn Masters, of Nelson, chose to race near the back.

He was in no hurry to enter each stage and ensured that the gap was big enough. 

Masters proved too consistent for the competition with a fifth, two firsts and a third place. 

His winning time was 20mins and 54 secs, just 11s faster than second place Justin Leov in 21mins and 28 secs, with third place Joseph Nation in 26 secs back on 21mins and 28 secs.

In the open women's field Queenstowner Bob ''Harriet'' Latchem had two firsts, a second and a third across the four stages, to finish just over a minute ahead of Anja McDonald with Erin Greene third back.

Andrew Ballantyne won three stages to take out the Masters men's category from Tim O'leary, while Ben Friel and Georgia Petre claimed junior men's and women's titles, respectively.

The next enduro race is scheduled for April 18.

The Mirror