New event open to all ages, teams

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

There’ll be rac­ing of a dif­fer­ent kind at the High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park this Labour weekend when the in­au­gu­ral High­lands triathlon sprints will be held. The event, which in­cludes triathlons, duathlons and cy­cling, is aimed at all ages, in­clud­ing tod­dlers, event or­gan­iser Terry Davis said. The tod­dler time trial will see the young­sters ride around the replica Bathurst race track with spot prizes on of­fer. The older chil­dren can also take part in the ac­tion with duathlons and triathlons also for them, and th­ese will take place on the main race track, Mr Davis said. For adults, there will be a men’s and women’s sprint dis­tance triathlon, as well as a shorter triathlon for be­gin­ners and a team’s triathlon for groups of friends, fam­ily and cor­po­rates. ‘‘The cor­po­rate chal­lenge will be a great chance for some team-build­ing among lo­cal busi­nesses and cor­po­rate. ‘‘It’ll bring a bit of zest into com­pany morale, along with some friendly and not-sofriendly rivalry among the busi­nesses,’’ Mr Davis said. There will also be a 40km cir­cuit race around the track, as well as a cri­terium road cy­cling event. Mr Davis said he was par­tic­u­larly look­ing for­ward to the cy­cling be­cause the track was in­cred­i­bly smooth and would make for some fast, ex­cit­ing rac­ing. ‘‘The main at­trac­tion for the cy­clists will be the track as they won’t be used to rid­ing on such a smooth sur­face. ‘‘It’s go­ing to be a dream for them.’’ En­ter­tain­ment would also in­clude a per­for­mance from the Cromwell Col­lege Jump Jam team, mu­sic and re­fresh- ments all day. Mr Davis hoped it would be­come an an­nual event and urged peo­ple to sup­port it ei­ther as a com­peti­tor or a spec­ta­tor. ● More in­for­ma­tion: high­land events.co.nz

Photo: EMMADAWE

Pre­par­ing: High­lands triathlon sprints or­gan­iser Terry Davis, right, and Nic Ca­vanagh, from Sports Tim­ing NZ, dis­cuss some of the de­tails about the High­lands triathlon sprints be­ing held at the High­lands Mo­tor­sport Park at Labour Weekend.

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