Winter Duathlon Series Round Two 29.5.11

30 05 2011

Perfect conditions greeted the competitors in the second round of the Reidie Cycles Winter Duathlon Series run at the Wither Hills Farm/Taylor Pass course.

Local multisporter Jeremy McKenzie had won his previous two duathlons by comfortable margins but competition this time was expected to be tougher with fellow multisporter Josh Scott and New Zealand age group representative Ryan Lock both at the start line. If McKenzie was daunted by their presence it did not show and at the end of the first run leg had established more than a two minute lead over Scott and three and a half to Lock. By the end of the bike leg the margins had increased to five minutes and eight minutes respectively and he went on to win comfortably in a time of 1.04.33 which was nearly two and a half minutes better than his race time one month ago. The win was all the more remarkable after McKenzie advised that only last weekend he had ridden the Heaphy Track, there and back, a journey of 9 hours each way. ‘It wasn’t good for the legs but it was good for the endurance’ he said later. ‘Having Josh Scott behind me made me go harder and was extra incentive’ he added.

The Women’s event had proven to be exciting in previous months with the young up and coming Sally Hale leading races only to be dragged in by her more credentialed rivals. This was to be Hale’s last race in Marlborough as she departs overseas and she was determined to reverse the recent results and go out on a high. At the end of the bike leg she held a lead of one minute from New Zealand age group representative Almuth Waechter which was the same lead she had held in May. Waechter must have fancied her chances of reeling in Hale as the latter has acknowledged her cycling is not yet what it should be but on this day it was all Hale. At the end of the bike her lead had stretched to just over two minutes and she was able to maintain this eventually winning in a time of 1.21.11. ‘It was my last race and I arrived not really expecting to win but I got first and I’m really happy’, she said after the race. ‘When I’m back from Europe I plan on keeping racing as its been really social and nice – everyone should do it!’ she added as her final word for the series.

The third race of the series is on June 19 and athletes times will now be used to handicap the next event.

LONG DUATHLON 5KM run/20KM bike/5KM run

Jeremy McKenzie 1.04.33 * two and a half min improvement on last time
Josh Scott 1.12.10
Ryan Lock 1.16.51
Willem Lampe 1.18.26
Leatham Landon-Lane 1.20.08
Rene de Ruiter 1.22.58
Ian Shapcott 1.26.42

Sally Hale 1.21.11* one and a half min improvement on last time
Almuth Waechter 1.23.15
Leonie van den Bergh 1.28.55

Steve Smith 54.59
Thomas Westend 55.23 * four and a half min improvement on last time
Tony Westend 57.04
Jess Barnes 58.54
Sharon de Castro 1.16.02

Ryan James 39.02
Connor Reed 39.47
Fergus Greer 39.54
Joseph Westend 42.01
Jacob Crossley = 43.32
James Greer = 43.32
Georgia Reed 44.47
Piers Landon-Lane – withdrew

MINI 500M/2K/1K
Sophia Hansen 12.28
Charlotte Westend 13.18




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