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Moorfield wins men’s triathlon competition

Saturday March 09, 2019 Written by Published in Other Sports
Thomas Henderson (nearest to the camera) and others at the start line. 19030310 Thomas Henderson (nearest to the camera) and others at the start line. 19030310

Jason Moorfield claimed the Aroa Vegeland Men’s Triathlon, which was held at the Tikioki Tri Site in Titikaveka on Saturday last week.

 

The event included 1.2 kilometre Stand Up Paddle board course in the lagoon, followed by the bike courses from Tikioki to Papaaroa and back, comprising of 15 kilometre, a 1.4km run through the bush during the ride and a short 2km loop run in Tikioki.

Moorfield clocked 1 hour 16:02 minutes to finish ahead of Jakub Postrzygacz, who managed the complete the courses in a time of 1 hour 18:19 minutes.

Top local triathlete Roland Neururer, who is also the president of Cook Islands Triathlon Association, finished third on 1 hour 18:46 minutes.

Neururer said the competition proved a tough one for the 14 competitors that took part.

“The SUP (Stand Up Paddling) was very challenging for most men, with a strong current and some waves in the lagoon, especially for the “not so experience” SUP riders,” Neururer said.

“Jakub had a big lead coming out of the water, about two minutes of Jason, and around 3-4 minutes on the next punch. The mountain bike course was very challenging, with mid-summer heat giving the men a hard time.”

At the entrance heading to the first bush run, Moorfield had almost caught up with Postrzygacz and eventually coming out of the bush first. He never gave up that lead again.

There was still a hard tussle for second to fifth places and Postrzygacz managed to keep himself a little bit ahead of Neururer for the second-place finish.

Thomas Henderson and Carlos Minges finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

“CITAI would like to say a big meitaki maata to Aroa Vegeland, The Bond Store and Ariki Adventure for the sponsorship.”