After some serious down time and rest after having some injury issues I decided to fly up north for some fun. The 3D is predominately a mutlisport race bringing the best of the best that Australasia has to offer together in both the mens and women’s races’. A big part of my motivation to head north was to not only have some fun and ride my bike but to also support friends Ailsa Rollison, Simone Maier, Emily Wilson, Dougal Allen and Jess Simson that were racing the premier event – A 50km race combining a paddle, bike and run that bought together these amazing athletes fighting it out for top honors. Im proud to say that Simone and Dougal both raced with great determination and passion claiming victory on the day! Awesome effort!!!
Simone Maier celebrating a convincing & victorious win!
Dougal looking extremely focused early on before claiming a narrow victory over Richard Ussher a couple of hours later!
As for my race I was there for fun… I had already decided before leaving Wanaka that I would be only taking my play bike (2013 Pivot March 5.7) so the thought of putting myself in the box and pushing hard was not an option, but smiling and having fun was guaranteed. The course was fantastic, nothing too technical but plenty of corners and jumps to keep me entertained. Mikey Northcott had been kind enough to show me around and even lead me some tires to help me make the most of my day out.
The race was great, plenty of riders on the start line, some good chat and off we went… I was happy to be chilling on climbs and loving life on the descents, a very new style of racing for me and I was even more happy to roll over the line in an unexpected 2nd place – not a bad effort off the couch! (lets hope I can get these injuries sorted!)
As I finished my race the elite multisport boys were just coming off the water from there paddle which meant I had some time up my sleeve to get a good spot to cheer them on as they rolled the bike course. It was super exciting watching Dougal and Richard Ussher battle it out and even more exciting watching the ladies race unfold. Sophie Hart lead off the water with plenty of girls between her and the winner to come Simone Maier. I believe Simone was around 7th off the water and down by about 5 minutes. By the end of the Bike she was on Sophie’s tail and soon to the take the lead as she entered the run. Simone dominated the run early on and her lead grew from there, claiming the win by over 2 and half minutes – not a bad effort!
Rotorua is such a fantastic place to play – great riding, awesome Zippys coffee! and some great friends to hang with, old and new. Thank you to everyone that made this trip extra special.
Pre race – checking out the MTB course with Ailsa, Simone, Emliy & Mikey.
Pre race – All smiles after rolling down ‘Corners trail’
Simone & Mikey ordering some much needed coffee at Zippys
Post race recovery in Taupo with Simone and Mikey
A massive thanks to the race organisers and all those competitors who raced over all catagories. It was a fantastic day out