The race attracted the biggest turnout of the year so far and the 3km run / 16km bike/ 2km run race was a topsy-turvy affair, with Roland Neururer eventually being crowned the winner in the men’s event and Adrianna Skurosz claiming the women’s race.
Geoff Stoddard held a one-second lead going into the final run, but he was unable to hold on as Neururer clocked a superb time of 10 minutes and five seconds to win with an overall time of 51 minutes and 36 seconds.
Stoddard finished in second with a time of 52m 30s, and Mike Carr showed an incredible consistency to finish third, three minutes further back.
Skurosz claimed the women’s race with the second-best overall time, clocking 52m 25s.
Coming in second in the female rankings was Alyce Edwards, who came in strong with a time of 57m 21s, and third placed Lucy McDonald notched up a time of 65m 40s.
Overall, the fastest time in the 3km opening run was by Harriet Browning, who posted 13m18s, finishing a full 30s ahead of eventual winner Neururer.
Stoddard was the fastest on the 16km bike race, with a time of 27m 07s, while Neururer showed his class by finishing the last run with the fastest time.
The next race is tonight at 5.15 opposite the BSP bank, which will be followed by another duathlon on Saturday, held at Aroa (next to the Rarotongan) at 3pm sharp.