29 Nov 2008

Olympian Latham grabs exciting win in Lake Taupo race

3:13 pm on 29 November 2008

The Olympian Peter Latham has won the 160 kilometre Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge, edging Gordon McCauley and Jeremy Yates in a frantic sprint.

Latham finished in 3hr 43min 27sec, taking nearly two minutes off his 2005 race record, and crossing half a wheel ahead of last year's winner MacCauley

He says it's an important win in a really strong field as he's only now starting to feel like he's back to full fitness after breaking his back 18 months ago.

Earlier another Beijing Olympian Catherine Cheatley won the women's 40 minute criterium

from Marina Dujnvak and Rachel Mercer.

The annual challenge attracted more than 10,500 participants.