A racer rides beside Lake Wakatipu during the 8hrs@Jacks
cycle event. Photo by Christina McDonald.
Ideal conditions greeted cyclists in the Patagonia
8hrs@Jacks mountain bike event on Saturday, with the winner of
the individual men's division completing 19 laps of the 6.5km
track at Jacks Point.
Alexandra's Shaun Portegys finished his 19 laps after seven
hours 56 minutes 36 seconds of non-stop riding, his fastest
lap being his last at 23.52min.
''I have done a number of eight and 10-hour races and this
course was by far the best, a great cross-country course with
good variation of terrain,'' Portegys said.
The race path traversed a track parallel to Lake Wakatipu,
rolling hills, rocky outcrops, a small gum forest and was
developed specially for the race.
Race organiser Geoff Hunt said he was pleased with the
turnout ''and the weather was ideal for the race''.
''There was some strong competition amongst both the
individuals and teams, and overall the shorter course was
slightly faster than last year."
Wanaka multisporter Floortje Draisma won the female division,
finishing 17 laps in 7hr 46min and 58sec and Dunedin's
Harriet Miller was in second place with 15 laps.
Wanaka team Unspoken 1 recorded the most laps at 20, which
put it in position to win the junior male division and it
also recorded the fastest lap at 20min and 43sec.
The open men's division was won by Patagonia 1
(Christchurch/Queenstown) which completed 17 laps.
The Rusty Demons, of Invercargill, took the veteran men's
title with 18 laps and Pink Paws Anderson, of Queenstown, won
the veteran women's with 14 laps.
Patagonia - sponsors of the event - company principals Hamish
and Jenny Cochran competed in the veteran mixed division
which their team won.