Summer Tri Series Race One results

17 10 2011

The first round of the Reidie Cycles Summer Triathlon and Duathlon series was run on Sunday.  

Jeremy McKenzie decided to race his first triathlon after a highly successful season in duathlon. In this race he was up against Ray Boardman and experienced veterans Phil Binnie, Martyn Crossley and Rene de Ruiter. Boardman proved to be the quickest swimmer and lead at the end of this leg but once on the bike McKenzie’s class came to the fore and by the end of the cycle he lead Boardman by over two and a half minutes and powered away in his favoured run leg to eventually win in a time of 1.02.24. Boardman was five and a half minutes back in 1.07.52. McKenzie was pleased with his performance and said afterwards ‘that was good fun, I have been doing a bit of swimming over the Winter mainly to keep my paddling rhythm going but it was good to race in a tri for the first time’. Binnie showed good form in his build-up to the Ironman in 2012 finishing in 1.14.22.

In what may be a first for the local race series the Women’s triathlon was won by McKenzie’s partner, Bek Scherp, in a time of 1.20.16.

In the long duathlon the young up and comer Jess Barnes was first Woman home in a very credible 1.14.35 and was pleased with her performance saying afterwards ‘that was good but this run is mentally challenging’. In the Men’s race there was a  the duel between former NZ age group representative Ryan Lock and the young flyer from Argentina Franco Medina. Medina, by his own admission, was not fully prepared having recently concentrated on supporting the Pumas in their World Cup endeavours. He lead Lock at the end of the run leg by 8 seconds. However from that point Lock’s superior cycling kicked in and he had a lead of six minutes going into the last run. Whilst Medina did eat into the gap Lock went on to win in a time of 1.03.00 with Medina following in 1.07.45.

The Aquathon, which was being trialled by the Club for the first time, proved popular with both runners and walkers alike. Logan Murphy showed a clean pair of heels to the opposition and finished in a time of 29.16 over Connor Guillemot in 30.07 and Jacob Crossley at 31.10.

The next race of the series is scheduled for 20 November.

Results are here

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