Summer Tri Series Round Two Race Report 20 November

25 11 2011

Cool conditions with strengthening winds greeted the athletes in the second round of the Reidie Cycles Summer Triathlon and Duathlon Series on Sunday.

With some of the more fancied competitors unable to race due to prior commitments first time podium finishes for many were up for grabs. In the long triathlon, Antony Clark, a new-comer to triathlon, showed the benefits of a good cycle background not to mention his superb result in the recent half Ironman at Ashburton. First out of the pool was Cory McKay, but he began to show the signs of a lack of recent training and was quickly reeled in by the veteran Phil Binnie and Clark. Clark established a lead that he would never relinquish, going on to win in a time of 1.09.09.

 Binnie was using the race as part of his long build-up to the Taupo Ironman and finished in a very creditable 1.15.17. His result was all the more astonishing considering the day before he had participated in a 4 hour charity spin class. The young up and comer Will Hart was able to catch and pass a tiring McKay to finish in 1.17.16.

In the long Duathlon, Willem Lampe kept a steady pace throughout to win this category in a time of 1.06.40. Lampe’s main goal for the Summer is to compete in the iconic Coast to Coast and was using the race to introduce a degree of variety to his training. In the increasingly popular Aquathon the Argentinean and noted runner Franco Medina’s protestations of a lack of recent raining had many providing advice to the contrary when he cruised around the course in a time of 24.43.  

Results are here

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