Thursday, April 27, 2017

New Zealand Endurance celebrates 40th anniversary of national championships - Full Article

27 April 2017
Race report made with the assistance of Daryl Owen

Taupo, New Zealand. 14 and 15 April 2017
Easter 2017 marked the 40th anniversary of the Endurance New Zealand National Championships.

Endurance World Taupo Georgia Smith 160km Senior winnerIn the run up to the event participants past and present studied up their NZ endurance history for the trivia night, and also watched the weather forecast as a cyclone headed on a collision course with the area.

The start time for the 160km Championship was delayed in deference to the expected weather but riders and crew alike were relieved when the worst of the rain faded away, leaving near ideal riding conditions.

Taking the 160km Championship title for the third time was the combination of Georgia Smith and homebred mare Glenmore Vixen. They have claimed to this title twice in the senior division and once in the junior division, as well as taking the North Island title in the 160km. Second place went to Jenny Chandler and AC Tigger, winners of the North Island Champs 160km last year, with third place going to this year’s North Island winner, Jenny Champion and Barack Obama...

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