Competitors being briefed before the PTS Adventure Triathlon event on Saturday. PHOTO: CITAI/22021417
The lagoon in Titikaveka could not have been more perfect for the PTS Adventure Triathlon which was held on Saturday afternoon.
This unique annual race
which consists of 1200 metres stand up paddle board (SUP), a 19-kilometre mountain
bike, a 1.5km bush run and a 2km road run was a hugely fun and challenging
Cook Islands Triathlon
Association president Roland Neururer said: “With a beautiful calm lagoon and
very little wind, the competitors swiftly paddled their boards around the
irregular shaped course, which had a number of turns and required skill and
speed to set them ahead for the next leg of the race.”
Jakub Postrzygacz was
first out of the water and with an extremely quick transition he sped off for
the challenging mountain bike course.
Hot on Postrzygacz’s heels were Mike Tait and Jason Moorfield followed by the first lady to exit the water Maria Rolleston. Some solid efforts on the SUPs saw Kelly Pick, Alyce Edwards and Adrianna Skurosz chase her down and the race was really on.
Last year’s men’s race
winner Roland Neururer was not far behind the leading men and soon caught up to
make the mountain bike leg a great race for the front runners.
A steep uphill bush run
after 15km was gruelling in the heat and really tested all of the competitors,
First into the transition
area and off the bike was Moorfield, followed by Mike Tait and Kelly Pick.
“Jason’s strength and determination held strong through the road run and he came home in overall first place and champion of the PTS Adventure Race. The first lady home was Kelly Pick taking out the lady’s trophy, followed by Adrianna Skurosz and Alyce Edwards in second and third place.”
The second and third place
men were Tait and Neururer.
Neururer said sponsors
PTS, Uncle Tom’s BBQ Shop and The Bond Store donated fantastic prizes for the
winners, who also enjoyed chicken cooked by the pit master Tom McDonald.
The Cook Island Triathlon
Association would like to thank their very generous sponsors PTS, Uncle Tom’s
BBQ Shop and The Bond Store, the Raina family for the kind use of the land
behind Enua Manes Hall and the staff of PTS and all the other volunteers who so
kindly gave their afternoon to assist with marshalling, timekeeping, water
station and organisation.
The next event is in two
weeks and is for the young people. The Paradise Supplies Kid’s Triathlon will
be held on Saturday, February 26, it is free to enter and open to all kids up
to age 16.
must be able to cycle a bike on the open road and be able to swim 100 metre in
the lagoon. To enter your child please
Men’s – Jason Moorfield 94:26 minutes, Mike Tait – 97:34
minutes, Roland Neururer – 100:25 minutes; Women’s – Kelly Pick 96:25 minutes,
Adrianna Skurosz 105:36 minutes, Alyce Edwards 105:47.