Al­lan peaks in moun­tain race

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

He didn’t break the two-hour bar­rier but Wanaka’s Dou­gal Al­lan was happy with his win at the 21st R&R Sports Peak to Peak event in Queen­stown.

The 44km race at­tracted al­most 400 com­peti­tors with 36 in­di­vid­u­als and 73 teams en­tered.

The race started at the top of the Re­mark­ables with a short­ened 2km ski stage, fol­lowed by a 17km moun­tain­bike ride down the Re­mark­ables ac­cess road. Rac­ers then pad­dled 7km from Frank­ton Beach to Queen­stown Bay and ran up the Gorge road to the bot­tom of Coronet Peak Rd. The last leg of the race was the up­hill bike to the Coronet Peak base build­ing.

Al­lan took the lead in the kayak stage and never re­lin­quished it, although he was chased all day by Flavio Vianna (Christchurch) and Hamish Flem­ing (Wanaka).

In the run to Arthurs Point, he opened up his lead and by the 3km mark on Coronet Rd, Al­lan had as­sumed the lead at the head of the field and con­tin­ued to ride away from the rest of the field to fin­ish in 2hr 5min 20sec.

‘‘I had a re­ally good race to­day and the con­di­tions were near per­fect. I had thought of go­ing to see if it was pos­si­ble to break the two-hour bar­rier but re­alised dur­ing the run up the gorge that this was not go­ing to be pos­si­ble. Still I was happy with this win and re­ally en­joy this win­ter race.’’

In the women’s field, Wanaka’s Joanna Wil­liams dom­i­nated, by 23 mins, in 2:28.47. Wil­liams led the field through the first ski tran­si­tion, and fol­lowed this with a fast down­hill bike, and a strong pad­dle into Queen­stown.

Photo: JAMES AL­LAN

Go­ing up: Hun­dreds of mul­tisport ath­letes tack­led the 21st run­ning of the R & R Sports Peak to Peak in Queen­stown on Satur­day.

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