Laurent Vidal and Andrea Hewitt proved victorious in a stunning day's racing at the latest round of the Contact Tri Series in front of huge crowds in Wanaka today.
The men's race was dubbed the 'Doddsy Challenge' with local boy Tony Dodds boosting the prize money from two thousand dollars to ten grand in a winner takes all pressure cooker.
And Dodds didn't disappoint in front of his home fans, supporters and the local businesses that had contributed to the prize pool, leading out of the water and riding prominently in a group that included Kris Gemmell, Vidal, Ryan Sissons and Aurelien LeBrun, winner in Christchurch last week.
Once on the run it was Dodds, Vidal and Sissons who broke clear, with flying Frenchman Aurelien LeBrun. As he did last year though the likeable Vidal kicked clear on the run to win back to back Wanaka titles and make it a double for himself and partner Andrea Hewitt.
Contact Tri Series Wanaka
1. Andrea Hewitt (Christchurch) 1:01:12
2. Rachel Klamer (Holland) 1:01:13
3. Debbie Tanner (Auckland) 1:01:38
4. Dane Boterenbrood (Holland) 1:01:56
5. Sophie Corbidge (Auckland) 1:04:30
1. Laurent Vidal (France) 55:25
2. Ryan Sissons (Auckland) 55:34
3. Tony Dodds (Wanaka) 56:04
4. Aurelien LeBrun (France) 56:14
5. Jan Van Berkel (Winkel) 56:35