Launceston’s Jordan Harries leads the run during the Freycinet Lodge Challenge yesterday. A GUTSY effort on two wheels from Hobart’s Alex Hunt helped close the gap on Victorian James Pretto to one minute at the halfway point of the 2012 Freycinet Lodge Challenge.
Pretto had built a handy lead thanks to strong form over both the 16-kilometre Hazards Circuit run and 13km Muirs Beach kayak legs.
But Hunt dragged himself back into contention during the 51km road cycle and 24km mountain bike legs, gaining four minutes on Pretto to set up what promises to be a tantalising finish on Wineglass Beach today.
In the women’s individual race, Hobart’s Meghan Johnson leads ahead of Janine Pearson and Jacqui Guy.
Victorians Reece Stephens and Michael McIntyre head the veterans and masters races respectively, while the Avanti Plus crew from Launceston sit first in the four-man team category.
Race director Tim Saul said more than 500 competitors had entered the 13th edition of the Freycinet Challenge.
Mr Saul said yesterday’s cooler conditions were ideal for the run and bike legs, though ocean conditions made for some interesting moments on the kayak.
“Yeah there was a bit of a swell, and we had a few in the drink, he said.
Today’s 84km course will start with the Coles Bay kayak leg, followed by the road and mountain bike legs, with the Wineglass Beach run the final hurdle.
RESULTS: Individual leaders after day one:
Men: 1 James Pretto, 2 Alex Hunt, 3 Mark Hinder
Women: 1 Meghan Johnson, 2 Janine Pearson, 3 Jacqui Guy
Veterans: 1 Reece Stephens, 2 Andrew Winkler, 3 Adrian Petrie
Masters: 1 Michael McIntyre, 2 Roger Butorac, 3 Glen Wickman
SCHEDULE: Day two
Leg 1 – Coles Bay Kayak 13 km
Leg 2 – Road Bike 35 km
Leg 3 – Freshwater Lagoon Mountain Bike 24 km
Leg 4 – Wineglass Beach Run 14km
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