Peak to Peak 2006

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The 2006 ‘Peak to Peak’ was one awesome race, held in what turned out to be super conditions. There were several hundred competitors giving the race a good buzz.
The teams race comprised of many top athletes, and looked particularly competitive but also good spirited at the same time.
It was more difficult to follow the individuals race amongst the team competitors, however they could be distinguished as having bib numbers less than 100. 

Click to EnlargeSeveral years ago I watched this race and because of the lake conditions on the day, the kayak section was sensibly shortened to finish just opposite Kelvin Heights. So even in less than perfect conditions, it was good to see the 'Peak to Peak' race run smoothly.

Having the good fortune to live the Winter of 2000 in Queenstown, a recollection from that time is my very modest Aussie flatmate (Wazza), describing the ski descent.

It was like, straight all the way down the track to the top of ‘Homeward Bound’, followed by a few large sweeping turns to very near the bottom of the descent. However this was still not quite enough to be the first skier down, so he ski jumped over a patch of exposed tussock and rocks to overtake the leader. No mean feat in a ski crazy area like Queenstown.

For this years race I positioned myself towards the bottom of the ski descent, as you may see in one of the photos. Wow, the first skiers down were so fast that I could barely catch a glimpse of them in the camera view finder.

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Remarkables ski base. Pre race anticipation.

 

Race director Geoff Hunt sets the scene for the day to come.
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The first transition, and start of the downhill mountain bike section.

The main field flying down the 'Homeward Bound' run.

 

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Some skiers coming into transition.

 

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The kayakers spread out as they near the run transition in Queenstown Bay.

 

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The beginning of the run section through the Queenstown Gardens.

Getting the right music to run to, on the iPod.

 

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Team competitor getting ready to pass the bib onto the cyclist for the ascent of Coronet peak.

 

 
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The right tyre selection for the ride up Coronet Peak on an icy road.

 

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All the mountain bike shots are taken in the finishing area, at Coronet Peak's Ski field base.

 

Looking across to the Remarkable Ski area. The large face at right is the 'Homeward Bound' run, where the skiers began. Photo taken from the race finish line at Coronet Ski base. The top teams and individuals completed the event in just over 2 hours!

 

 

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