'25th' Easter Triathlon & Multisports event,

Lake Hayes, New Zealand. .






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This race had an added bonus in that a contigent of four triathletes come over from the Gold Coast to race the event.

This was a promotional prize which saw the leading triathletes from the 'Gold Coast sprint Triathlon' win travel and accommadation prizes to the N.Z event, and vice versa for the winners of the Xmas 'Lake Hayes Triathlon'.







Paul Mathews from Australia moments after crossing the line along with Nicky Samuels from N.Z took out the top placings in the open triathlon category.

The international triathlon(ITU) symbol can just be made out on their race suits and hopefully this race proves to be a good build-up for further success this year.








Along with familiarity of a course, preparations are vital for good transitions and an even better race day.





The multisport race started 12mins prior to the triathlon to give the paddlers a decent workout, and was timed to perfection, such that the first swimmer hit the shore within seconds of the first kayak.






Race director Tracey Neil carrying out the pre-race briefing.






The photo display below begins with some kayak start line photos and then goes onto the triathlon.











Moments from a start.






The action begins, and all looked to get away to a good start.





Race organizer Tom Pryde explained at the prize giving that he swam out earlier on the day and took the temperature as being 15.9 degrees :-) .









Focused and ready to go.







Final preparations, on the start line.








The field stretching out very early on.






Paul Mathews(left), was first to exit the water with Bobby Douglas(right) on his heels exiting 4 seconds later.





Nicky Samuels(left) and one of the veteren athletes were also in close contention after the 750m swim.




Will update this guys name when I find it out, but not only did he have a quick swim, he finished the sprint event with a very quick overall time.





First out of the water and first on the bike with just under a minute back to second at 15K's into the 20K bike section.






Bobby Douglas in the red working hard to bridge the gap.

According to articles I have read, time trials using aerobars can make 20 secs difference over a 20Km course, so would seem to make sense. Profile designs(or such like), could do well to sponsor this rapidly improving athlete.






Chris Waters had a good cycle leg to set himself up for a quick time overall.

The cycle leg involves one decent hill, and some cornering requiring a bit of caution.












The cycle shots above and below are many of the leading individual and teams cyclists.







This flat stretch of the cycle course is about the best to give the legs a good test, and most would be exceeding 40K's here.






Click to enlarge.






This shot was taken to show the athletes in full flight, but also to show a quiet and pleasant part of the cycle section.







The lead swim course man making his way up a small rise just before the turn around point in the run.

The run section has quite a few up and downs as it winds along the edge of Lake hayes.






First in the triathlon(open) being congratulated by Tom Pryde. At right Bobby Douglas taking out second place as he did in the previous Lake Hayes Triathlon.

Tom has been the race director since the inaugaural event back in 1983.

This race is still run in a low key way, but at the same time in a professional manner that makes it enjoyable for the participants.

The field seems to keep getting bigger, with 175 people starting the race.

What more can I say, as the well run event creates its own buzz, bringing many athletes back do both the Easter and Xmas events annually.





Chris Waters from Australia was a convincing winner in the Juniors mens triathlon.






Some competitors heading out on the run as others are nearing the finish of the roughly 5K run.






Local Hamish Robb took the honours in the open mens multisport category.







Chris Brisley from Dunedin took out third in the open mens swim triathlon.






















Geoff Hunt took the honours in the Vet Male Multisport race with a decent margin back to second.











Taylor Rapley took out the junior woman's swim race.





The Australian group had a good day overall and certainly kept the local triathletes honest.


















Nicky Samuels(left) had a humorous speech.








Paul Mathews from Australia, having a few words.






Junior male swim place getters.






Veteren Woman triathlon first and second.







Open mens multisport race prizes.







The oldest competitor of the day was given the honour of drawing out the spot prizes, which were very generously supplied by many local sponsors .





Below is a series of thumbnails of competitors , which are all click to enlarge. Please note that as with the above photos all images have been reduced to web quality.


















































































This image and the two(enlarged) above that are mixed in with the thumbnail shots, were taken with a fisheye lens giving the curved effect and 180 degrees view.