Peak to Peak: the grunt and glory

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No effort spared in the annual grind from one peak to another 

Plenty of sweat was spilled when hundreds of multisport athletes battled for Peak to Peak glory last Saturday. 

Queenstown’s fiercely-fought challenge kicked off at noon with 69 dedicated individuals and 90 teams beginning 
the 44km grind with a 2km ski on The Remarkables. 

Contenders then slogged through a 17km downhill mountain bike ride, 7km kayak from Frankton to Queenstown Bay and a 9km run to Arthurs Point before the final test – a gruelling 9km uphill ride to Coronet Peak skifield. 

Team Fergburger set a new record, powering home in 2 hr 2min 51sec – ahead of defending champions Outside Sports Queenstown in 2:04.19sec. 

Cantabrian Adam Milne was first individual man across the line in 2:16.14sec, while the individual women’s race was dominated by Wanaka newcomer Simone Maier who clocked 2:37.58sec. 

Christchurch’s Brett Leyden was the fastest men’s veteran in 2:29.15sec, with Queenstown’s Moira Finlin taking out the veteran women’s title in a time of 3:20.11sec. Aotea Electric from Queenstown was the quickest business house team, finishing in 2:29.27sec, Queenstown’s Browns Avanti Plus won the veteran category in 2:16.34sec, and mixed team winners Greenacres were faster again, in 2:15.55sec. 

Blake Luff took out the top junior man spot in 2:54.40sec and Mt Aspiring was the fastest school team in 2:30.59sec.