Kyle Smith on winning Challenge Wanaka: ‘A magical day for one of my best performances’

Kyle Smith was of an almost otherworldly level: last weekend he gave no one a chance to take the win at Challenge Wanaka. His goal was clear from the start, and that goal was achieved. He wanted to win the race and so he did.

“That one felt good. Challenge Wanaka produced a magical day for one of my best performances in the last 3 years. A great start kept rolling on throughout the day. I felt great across all 3 sports which is a great step in the right direction. Onto the next one.

“Lifetime best numbers makes a course like this pretty sweet. 371W Normalized Power and just a tad shy of 5w/kg for 90k. Also a big shout out to all the challenge Wānaka crew for an amazing event and Mel Satiel for a great bike course out there that went as smooth as butter despite road works, bridges and footpaths.”