OK… Poor title but I couldn’t resist. No, Simone Maier is not about to get married, but with the Sione’s Wedding film sequel about to hit our screens soon, its a nice lead in for Simone’s own sequel this coming Saturday.
Last year she killed it with a second place at the Challenge Wanaka main event. This year she wants a podium but is naturally coy about stating a time and a final position. All she will say is she wants to beat her own personal benchmark of 10 hours.
The bike leg last year was a killer with the tortous wind – everyone suffered, but added to that Simone lost her entire food/nutrient bottle only 45km’s in which she admits hurt her. She says that will not happen again.
She knows it will be tough going this year with 6 pro’s in the field but she’s feeling strong, confident and her equipment is in race ready condition. “Looking forward to it…”