Kiwi endurance athlete Braden Currie and teammate Dougal Allan have won the Red Bull Defiance two-day multisport race around Wanaka.
The pair displayed their world-class credentials with an impressive time of 12hr, 14m 48s
It was their 16th race together and their experience shone through over the gruelling Wanaka-based race as the beat home Hamish Fleming and Bobby Dean (13hr, 6m 35s) by more than 50 minutes.
"It was a beautiful day. I don't think you could get a better day in Wanaka for it," Currie said after the race. "It wasn't really until about the last 6km that it really got hot. Perfect conditions and it was a lot of fun, we just enjoyed it.
"We were in a really good rhythm. Both of us were in good form. We didn't have to really hurt ourselves."
It was the 16th time Currie and Allan have raced together. Last year Currie won the event but with a different teammate in Josiah Middaugh.
Also competing this year and making his debut in the race was former All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw.
The 37-year-old teamed up with World Champion adventure racer Bob McLachlan and finished sixth.
McCaw competed against his wife, Gemma, who teamed up with Bondi Rescue star Andrew Reid for the race.