2023 Karapoti Classic

A cool damp morning ...

.... belied the excitement of this year's Classic.

In a classic race of experience versus youth, Samara Sheppard and Sammie Maxwell challenged each other for the full 50k, with Sheppard crossing the line for a 16 second win.

The men’s race was also billed as experience versus youth, with Australian Kyle Ward chasing a record fifth title but having to face a handful of rising young talent such as previous placegetters, Adam Francis (Palmerston North), Cameron Jones (Nelson), Connor Johnston, and Olly Shaw (Rotorua).

Full results are here.