Men’s team break Peak to Peak record (slideshow)

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A Queenstown multisport team set a new record when they powered across the finish line in yesterday’s gruelling Peak to Peak race.

Hundreds of hardy athletes – 90 teams and 69 individual contenders – battled it out in the fiercely contested annual 44km race.

The challenge kicked off at lunchtime with dedicated individuals and teams skiing 2km down The Remarkables, mountain biking to Lake Wakatipu, before kayakers paddled 7km from Frankton to Queenstown Bay.

Runners then took up the mantle, legging it 9km to Arthurs Point, with bikers tackling the last test – cycling 9km uphill to Coronet Peak ski field.

Iconic takeaway joint Fergburger sponsored the record-breaking team, which raced home in a record 2 hr 2min 51sec, mere minutes ahead of defending team champions Outside Sports Queenstown at 2:04.19sec.

Christchurch’s Adam Milne was first individual man, with Gavin Mason from Wanaka claiming second spot for the second year running.

The individual women’s race was dominated by newcomer Simone Maier from Wanaka with 2:37.58sec, with fellow Wanakarite Ailsa Rollinson 18min behind in second.

In the veteran section, Christchurch’s Brett Leyden won with a time of 2:29.15sec, with Queenstown’s Moira Finlin his female counterpart, taking the women’s title in 3:20.11sec

Aotea Electric from Queenstown was the first business house team in 2:29.27sec, and first veteran team was Browns Avanti Plus, also from the resort, in 2:16.34sec.

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