Dubbed the world’s toughest triathlon, Profile Design Speed Team pros Dylan McNeice and Candice Hammond commanded huge wins at Challege Wanaka. McNeice, who also won the 2013 event in his Iron distance debut, became the first male athlete to successfully defend their title in Wanaka’s 7-year history. On the women’s side, Candice Hammond, ended Gina Crawford’s win streak and surged to the win in 9:33:54, nearly 8 minutes in the lead.
In a press conference earlier in the week, McNeice set his intentions for the day, “The best athletes usually have one race to call their own. I want to make this my race.” McNeice did just that and led the race from the gun with a 4-minute lead in the crystal clear waters of Lake Wanaka. "My race was as close to perfect as I have come and a big part of that was because of my gear," he said after the race. "My Profile Design TwentyFour Series wheels were awesome, the 78/58 combo I rode were perfect for the rolling hills, wind, and demanding surface. Looking forward to riding them again soon!’" He also took home the fastest run split of the day, besting the 2nd place finisher by nearly 11 minutes with a final time of 8:38:48.
By 100km into the hilly bike course, Candice Hammond closed a 10-minute gap down to 3-minutes. Separated by merely seconds into T2, Hammond gradually gained time over the field. By 15K, Hammond took the lead position, finishing in 9:33:54. With a strong 5:09:56 bike split, Hammond topped the second place finisher by nearly 11 minutes on the bike.
Profile Design Speed Team also snagged another strong finish, with Dougal Allan claiming the day's fastest bike split aboard a set of TwentyFour Series wheels.
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