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Rowing champs win mountain bike team event

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/03/2017

Mahe Drysdale. © Rex Images Mahe Drysdale. Olympic medal winning rowers Mahe Drysdale and Nathan Cohen have notched up a win on dry land in the new team mountain bike category of the Motatapu multi-sport event.

They covered the 47km Queenstown Lakes District course in 2 hours 50 minutes and 59 secs.

"We probably did well, unexpectedly so," said Cohen.

"We got a pretty good rhythm, with the teams off at the front we had the course on our own for bit, we probably got in the way of the elite guys for a while, but it was nice to get out there and enjoy it."

Tim Rush (Oamaru) was quickest in the individual mens mountain bike race, just edging road professional Hayden McCormick (Te Awamutu) and Pioneer winner James Williamson (Alexandra).

It was a close affair, with Rush only going clear of his main rivals in the closing kilometres.

Kate Fluker (Queenstown) won for a sixth time in succession in the women's mountain bike race, backing up her runner-up finish at the Mountain Bike Nationals a week ago.

The 51km ultra run was taken out by Majell Backhausen of Australia, who for some time was threatening Charlie Sharpe's 2016 race record of 6:15:15, before crossing the line just under 12 minutes outside that time.

The women's record was smashed though, with Australian Lucy Bartholomew cutting over an hour off the previous record held by Ayako Nakazawa of Japan.

Olympic Triathlon gold medallist Hamish Carter and his team mate Alistair Grigg completed the ultra course in a tick over ten hours.

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