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Power paddler wins National Duathlon on debut and qualifies for World Champs

on September 20, 2023

New Zealand Surf Ski Champion Rachel Mayhew has flexed her athletic versatility to win her age-group at the National Duathlon Championships in Auckland. 

It was only the CurraNZ ambassador's third-ever race on a bike and her first-ever Duathlon, but she put her lack of experience behind her to earn a place at next year's World Duathlon Champs in Australia.


Initially, she approached the race as a training event to build experience, but won her age group (30-34). 

Rachel says: "The race started with a 5km run on gravel, which was interesting as I’ve never raced a duathlon before so I needed to pace myself and gravel running is slightly harder!

"I had a great run then made my way into transition, had a gel before setting off on the 21km bike course along the water's edge. There were a lot of corners and 90-degree turns that tested my confidence but as the race went on I definitely felt better.

"Back into transition where I racked my bike and headed back onto the gravel for a 2.5km run to the finish. The legs felt like jelly and the heart rate was up there, but I kept thinking it’s a short run to finish! I caught a couple of people finishing which was a great feeling! 

"Nutrition and hydration were key, including two CurraNZ in the morning to give me the essentials, like reducing fatigue and improving endurance!'

Congrats to Rachel on a great win and showing her huge potential in a new sport.