Instead of sticking to the traditional swim/bike/run, the organisers pushed competitors out of their comfort zone by introducing a 1200-metre stand-up paddle board leg and a 15-kilometre offroad mountain bike before a four-kilometre run on the back road.
Roland Neururer, despite spending some time in the lagoon after a fall in the stand-up paddleboard leg, took out the title in a time of 78.14 minutes, ahead of Jacub Postrzygacz, who would have won the SUP leg had he not gone to the wrong buoy.
Team Blueberries were victorious in the team category, simply for being the only team to enter, even after Ben Turnbull took a dive on the mountain bike leg.
Cook Islands Triathlon Association thanked Kave and Julie from Ariki Adventures for supplying the paddleboards, as well as Aroa Vegeland for sponsoring the event and the Bond Store for providing the prizes.
Next up is the women’s triathlon this Saturday, returning to the traditional format.
- Jaimie Keay/CITAI