Both had already been winners earlier in the day in the Air New Zealand Runway time trial held on the Rarotonga International Airport runway, and both managed to back up their morning wins with successful outings in the afternoon race.
A total of 44 competitors assembled for the start of the race on the main road opposite Vonnia’s store as they prepared to begin their 31.2 kilometre clockwise journey around the island.
Local gun Edwards showed just what a threat she would have been on Saturday had the cycle leg not been cancelled in the Rarotonga International Triathlon. As expected, Edwards had a close battle with fellow local Lucy McDonald, but it was the former who nailed the win across the finish line.
Edwards clocked in a time of 46:31 minutes to finish on top in the women’s division, followed by McDonald. Local triathlete Adrianna Skurosz finished in third place. In the men’s division, White held off Danny Murphy in second, ahead of Geoff Stoddart in third, who narrowly beat CITAI president Roland Neururer in fourth place.
White’s winning time was 45:27 minutes, followed by Murphy with 46:28 and Stoddart just behind on 46:29.
CITAI president Roland Neururer said it was an enjoyable day in both races.
“The time-trial race was a favourite for all the athletes. Where else in the world can you cycle on an international runway?
“A big thanks needs to go to Marisa Newman from Air New Zealand and the Airport Authority, who were instrumental in getting the approval to allow us to race in the morning.
“We also wish to thank Infrastructure Cook Islands for keeping us up to date with the roadworks around the island.”