30 Oct Simone Maier takes out OSM Challenge Wanaka Multi for a second year
The second edition of the OSM Challenge Wanaka Multi was a sellout event on Saturday 30th October in Lake Wānaka. After the news of the Christchurch Covid-19 positive cases on Thursday, Race Organisers put in extra precautions and protocols to allow the race of 180 competitors to carry on in two bubbles at Alert Level 2. Competitors were grateful for the chance to get out and race in the multisport season opener.
Wānaka multisport legend Simone Maier took out the Women’s top spot in the individual race for a second year in a row. “I had a good race and there were interesting conditions again,” said Maier. “It was good turnout and I’m stoked it went ahead. A friend of mine yesterday said no one will remember if you come second only first, ha! So, I went hard today and came first!”
There was a close battle with the top three women in the field, with Emily Wilson coming off the water in first from the 25km kayak across stunning Lake Wānaka. Followed by Simone Maier and Misa Klaskova onto the 43km mountain bike leg. Maier overtook Wilson on the Newcastle Track and settled into the lead from there on out.
Wilson came first into transition two with Klaskova seconds behind onto the 12km run. Klaskova had her run legs on and passed Wilson to take the second spot.
In the men’s field track athlete turned multisporter Angus Taylor, seemed to come out of nowhere on the run and take the win. The Christchurch based athlete loved the race, “There is not much left in the tank that was an all out effort. I felt reasonably good coming off the bike and enough to really push it on the run. And I managed to pass quite a few people and ended up in first which was surprising!”
Paul Gow from Oamaru, who was up in the front of the field all day came in second, after a massive and consistent effort. “I only got pipped just here on the run,” Gow explained generously. Jimmy Feathery who had a great kayak and a good ride, brought it back in the run to take the third spot.
Team OSM, including multisport legend Bob McLachlan, triathlete Mark Williams and Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka 2021 third placed Pro Maeve Kennedy took the team’s first place. “I was fortunate enough to get the beautiful sunshine and flat conditions in the morning,” said McLachlan. “The paddle was Wānaka at it best. Absolutely fabulous!”
“Thanks to Bob’s awesome head start it was a solo ride for me,” laughed Williams. “Down on the aero bars and tucked into the wind, it was awesome.”
“Mark came through earlier than expected,” said Kennedy. “It was great for me. The running conditions changed. Still and hot at the start but this wind is probably a welcome relief for the competitors out there.”
The Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka team are thrilled that they managed to host a successful event under level 2 restrictions and are appreciative of the competitors, volunteers, supporters and staff’s efforts to keep each other safe. All abided by the rules and were respectful all day to allow the event to go ahead.
The full results will be up once the final athletes are across the line at https://www.challenge-wanaka.com/events/multi/