Roland Neururer, second from right, won the Aroa Vegeland Men’s Triathlon on Saturday. He is pictured with runner up Jason Moorfield, left, third placed Jakub Postrzygacz, right, and sponsor Steve Whitta. SUPPLIED/21030742
The sixth annual Cook Islands Triathlon Association Aroa Vegeland Men’s Triathlon was held on Saturday.
This unique event breaks away from the
traditional triathlon and offers competitors the chance to do more of an
adventure race, comprising a stand-up paddle board, a mountain bike and bush
run and a further road run.
An hour before the event started, a squall
blew in and competitors sheltered from the heavy rain nervously contemplating
the afternoon ahead.
On cue the sun came out for the start of the
race which was a 1.2 kilometre Stand Up Paddle Board. Conditions were pretty
tricky and the often calm lagoon had a decent current and a fair wind to contend
First out of the water was Jakub Postrzygacz
followed by Marco Cotroneo with Jason Moorfield hot on his heals.
The men swiftly transitioned to their mountain
bikes for a course that was described as gruelling. They climbed up into the
bush behind Takitumu conservation area, visited several of the water intakes,
with numerous stream crossings and mud pits. Part of the way through the bike
course they had a steep hill run to complete before coming back down to the
disused Sheraton site and more mud!
The defending champion Jason Moorfield took
the lead on the first part of the bike course, but couldn’t keep challenger
Roland Neururer far enough away and as they came into the second transition,
the latter had a tight 24 second lead.
The final leg was a fast-paced run up to the backroad in Tikioki and
then a big sprint down into the finish area.
Spectators cheered hard as Roland Neururer
took the title in a time of 1 hour 34 minutes and 17 seconds, with Moorfield
less than a minute behind in 1:35:14.
Jakub Postrzygacz came in third in a time of 1:42:10.
Cook Islands Triathlon Association would like
to thank their generous sponsors Aroa Vegeland, The Bond Store and Ariki
Adventures who loaned all the paddle boards for the day as well as the Raina
family for their kindness in allowing the use of area around Enua Manea Hall
and all the marshals who gave their time to keep our athletes safe.
For those who like the idea of this type of
challenge, the triathlon committee are looking at holding a larger adventure
race later in the year, watch this space for details as they emerge.
The next event in the Cook Islands Triathlon’s
club calendar is the always popular Women’s Triathlon 400/16/4 on March 20,
followed by the Club Championship Tinman Triathlon 1200/31/10 on May 15.
Contact Jennie George firstname.lastname@example.org for entry forms.
Lucy McDonald/Cook Islands Triathlon Association