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