Duck wins

August 21st, 2011 at 3:59 pm by David Farrar

Congrats to who won the 60 km bike race against by several kms at least. He’s just crossed the line. Trevor has done a very good job of downplaying expectations, and exceeding them on the day.

I did note earlier this month:

I’d have to say that Trevor would be considered the favourite and Cameron the underdog.

Trevor is basically a professional full-time cyclist, an amateur part-time blogger and an occasional MP. He did the 160 km Taupo cycle race in under 5 hours in 2009. Off memory he was in the top 5% of cyclists for his age group.

Cameron got on a bicycle around three months ago for the first time in 10+ years. Now Cameron has been training pretty hard, doing 20 km rides most days. But Trevor used to be able to do 20 kms in around half an hour. Whale does have a slight advantage with the course being local to him.

Now of course the big factor is Trevor’s bike crash and broken bones. If Trevor had not had his injury, it wouldn’t even be a contest. What we don’t know is to what extent Trevor is still injured. The crash was just over four and a half months ago which normally would be enough time to rebuild some of the leg muscles etc. And I suspect his overall level of fitness is still pretty good.

I was tempted to joke about what an achievement it is to beat a sickness beneficiary who hadn’t been on a bike for 10 years, until three months ago, but that would be unfair to Trevor who did have a pretty nasty injury to overcome. Full credit to him.

In one sense I think the race has been a win-win. It gave Trevor the motivation to get back on the bike seriously, and it gave Whale the motivation to get seriously into shape and be better both physically and mentally.

Anyway congrats to Trevor and Cameron, and I look forward to donating $1,000 to the CCS far more than I suspect Cactus will enjoy donating $1,000 to the Labour Party!

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47 Responses to “Duck wins”

  1. Michael (898 comments) says:

    There must have been a forward pass – can the TMO check please?

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  2. gump (1,538 comments) says:

    To any person who knows about cycling, this doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

    I hope that the Whale can at show at least a little grace in defeat. After all is said and done, that’s the measure of a real sportsman.

    Good on everyone who has contributed to charity as a result of the race. You guys are the real winners from this event and I’m sure your generosity will be appreciated by those in need of support.

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  3. Viking2 (11,220 comments) says:

    Oh Dear, poor old Whale is going to get it from Cactus now.
    Serious violence should be avoided. :lol:

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  4. GPT1 (2,101 comments) says:

    Going from not having cycled for 10 years to a 60km race in three months is damn impressive. Distracting the Labour chief strategist during an election campaign – gold. And well done to Mallard – it was a hell of crash to come back from.

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  5. Inventory2 (10,161 comments) says:

    Trevor’s good mood might last until around 6pm, when he realises how much work he has to do in the next 100 days. Rumours are that the numbers aren’t flash…

    Well done to both participants though, and my donation will be made to the local CCS branch this week.

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  6. AlphaKiwi (687 comments) says:

    @ GPT1 I think you’re right. This was an ideal time for Slater to distract Mallard from what he should have been doing for the election campaign.

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  7. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    If Cactus is giving the labour party $,1000 I take we can expect more electoral act violating pamphlets in the mail next weekend.

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  8. Scott Chris (5,947 comments) says:

    Who would make a suitable race opponent for David Farrar? Charles Chauvel perhaps….

    [DPF: 20 demerits]

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  9. SHG (367 comments) says:

    Congrats to both of them. It seems to have done them both a lot of physical good and with Mallard coming back from injury and Whale fighting a very public battle with depression I’m sure it’s also been mentally therapeutic as well. I hope they shake hands at the finish line and have a few laughs over a beer in true Kiwi sporting tradition.

    I will be donating to the CCS in support of both guys.

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  10. Scott Chris (5,947 comments) says:

    DPF says: [DPF: 20 demerits]

    Oh come on David, where’s your sense of humour?

    [DPF: What makes you think I put in hundreds of hours into this blog, so total strangers can take personal pot shots at me? You can do that anywhere else on the Internet but not here]

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  11. Johnboy (15,403 comments) says:

    What a bummer. I hate to see Trev winning anything. At least his mob won’t win the race that really matters. :)

    Great effort by the Whale.

    My donation to CCS will be in the mail tomorrow.

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  12. Inventory2 (10,161 comments) says:

    @ Scott Chris; DPF is very touchy about comments directed towards his physique…

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  13. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    Trevor has done a very good job of downplaying expectations, and exceeding them on the day

    A reverse proxy for Nov 26.

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  14. Scott Chris (5,947 comments) says:

    DPF

    Apologies. Comment meant as friendly jibing. No offence intended. Will know better in future.

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  15. nasska (10,833 comments) says:

    Congratulations to the Duck. Donation will be made when I’m in town tomorrow.

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  16. Elaycee (4,322 comments) says:

    Bugger.

    As per my post last night, my $100 will be sent to Starship tomorrow morning.

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  17. Nookin (3,152 comments) says:

    Congratulations to both of them. I wish I could have watched.

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  18. Cactus Kate (549 comments) says:

    Not. Fucking. Happy.

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  19. lofty (1,304 comments) says:

    So mallard won a bike race against a non biker…big deal.
    It will be the only thing the thug wins this year, me I am not so benevolent towards parliaments resident thug and bully boy.

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  20. nasska (10,833 comments) says:

    Cactus Kate

    What arrangements have been made for the flayed carcass of the loser after you’ve finished with him?

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  21. Nookin (3,152 comments) says:

    The reality is that Whale was never going to win against a cyclist of any experience regardless as to how fit he was. Duck will have had the technique and that counts big time. I hope whale keeps it up, though. Does wonders to keep the black dog in check.

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  22. Zapper (949 comments) says:

    Really gutsy to take on a challenge you would expect to lose – no matter how much hard work you put in, pretty tough ask to beat someone far more experienced without having a very good base fitness to start with.

    So well done Whale, you have serious balls and know how to walk the walk. Speaking of which, I assume there is now a boxing match looming?

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  23. Cactus Kate (549 comments) says:

    Nasska

    He’s just finished 60ks on a bike. I suspect has self-inflicted raw carcass issues presently. I will wait until the wounds have recovered fully before inflicting Singaporean style whippings.

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  24. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Yeah Scott, get some time before you call DPF a hobbit dude.

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  25. Steve (4,517 comments) says:

    Whale Oil Beef Hooked

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  26. eszett (2,349 comments) says:

    While Cameron achieved a honourable second place, Trevor came in only second-to-last.

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  27. niggly (812 comments) says:

    Good effort to Cameron nonetheless … after all, it was the first time he has cycled competitively, so well done for having the guts to take on a seasoned and experienced opponent! It has been fun reading Cameron’s assymetric postings on this event over the last few weeks – I think it is fair to say that Cameron had already won the hearts and minds campaign so make that a double well-done!

    But does this mean if there is a “re-match”, then this time it’s on Cameron’s terms? :-)

    Congratulations to Trevor! No doubt he is a very happy man at the moment … so I hope he uses the confidence boost …. to roll Goff tomorrow! :-)

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  28. niggly (812 comments) says:

    Hey Cam, if there’s a “re-match”, howabout a duck or skeet shooting contest, I’m sure Trev would agree (unlike a boxing match) as no doubt Trev would like to let a few rounds off!

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  29. Inventory2 (10,161 comments) says:

    So, is an Act list candidate about to become Labour’s biggest donor in 2011?

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  30. GPT1 (2,101 comments) says:

    @Inventory – ouch! Or as the kids would say “LMAO”

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  31. Nick K (1,102 comments) says:

    Well done Cameron. You are a winner through this, even though you came second in the race.

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  32. toad (3,672 comments) says:

    Huh? The race gave a couple of egotistical dickheads the publicity neither of them deserves.

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  33. Peter (1,653 comments) says:

    Well done both, and congratulations to Trevor.

    He won.

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  34. RandySavage (199 comments) says:

    Old man beats large depressive young man in cycle race. Public lets out collective yawn

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  35. Zapper (949 comments) says:

    Much like the media give the Greens the publicity they don’t deserve

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  36. Elaycee (4,322 comments) says:

    toad says: “…gave a couple of egotistical dickheads the publicity neither of them deserves…”

    Given the latest poll results, the same applies for Wed Wussell and co-leader Turei.

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  37. Viking2 (11,220 comments) says:

    Cactus Kate (351) Says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Nasska

    He’s just finished 60ks on a bike. I suspect has self-inflicted raw carcass issues presently. I will wait until the wounds have recovered fully before inflicting Singaporean style whippings.

    Email just in:
    Oh dear Kate, warned about serious violence on GD.
    Still looking at the polls and thinking that any publicity is better than none a good public flogging with all the media invited could do wonders for Act. Can we build you a set of stocks. There is a set at Motat you could use.
    We could really do the publicity. :lol:
    Don.

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  38. Courage Wolf (559 comments) says:

    toad (2,959) Says:
    August 21st, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Huh? The race gave a couple of egotistical dickheads the publicity neither of them deserves.

    Fuck off.

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  39. Nick Dale (1 comment) says:

    Slater is a sickness beneficiary?

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  40. freedom101 (478 comments) says:

    Why are donations both ways going to cripples?

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  41. Peter (1,653 comments) says:

    Toad: Huh? The race gave a couple of egotistical dickheads the publicity neither of them deserves.

    6%

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  42. backster (2,106 comments) says:

    But Cactus weren’t you his coach.

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  43. RRM (9,603 comments) says:

    Originally posted by Cactus Kate:
    Me too!!

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  44. RRM (9,603 comments) says:

    …And holy f**k look at the sour grapes on Me Too’s blog.
    Even the Mallard and the Slater managed a bit of a man-hug for the camera.

    Big respect to both those nutters for their performance.

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  45. Viking2 (11,220 comments) says:

    Not a bad headline in the Herald.

    Mallard makes ‘blubber boy’ wail.

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  46. gump (1,538 comments) says:

    Nick Dale asked:

    “Slater is a sickness beneficiary?”

    Yes he is – he has confirmed on his blog and in press interviews.

    It’s one of his many contradictions.

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  47. Rat (383 comments) says:

    Well done to the both of them. Sport was the winner on the day

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