Competing on home turf Kiwi pro Dougal Allan won Challenge Wanaka at the weekend in a new course record of 8:26:38, beating Richard Ussher’s 2010 time by nearly nine minutes.
The two continually fought each other for the lead while increasing the gap to Bilham in third to over 16 minutes by T2. Siddall posted a new bike course record of 4:58:58 in the process.
Siddall was the first one to set the pace on the run and created a gap between the two that lasted for the first 15km. Van Vlerken then overtook her but didn’t get more than a 1:40 lead. Siddall whittled her down in the second half the run to just seconds at the finish line. Both athletes broke the previous course record with van Vlerken setting a new benchmark in 9:16:11. Emma Bilham rounded out the podium 14:55 behind in 9:30:39.
220 rated Challenge Wanaka as the 7th best triathlon in the world, the 11th toughest Iron-distance triathlon in the world and its bike leg one of the world’s most scenic