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  • The next split on the bike will be fascinating, particularly with Bozzone and Brown the top two seeds in the men's elite race beginning to take a much closer order.
  • Significant update in the men's race as Terenzo Bozzone leads Graham O'Grady by 27 seconds at 75km.
  • Meanwhile, up to third is Cameron Brown 1:42 back. Some 2:05 down are Skipworth and McNeice. A little way down on the halfway point New Zealand holds the provisional three podium positions.
  • Aussie Alex Reithmeier holds sixth at 75km on the bike 4:05 adrift. Next likely split for the men's elite race to come at 88.5km.
  • Kiwis James Cotter and James Bowstead are 5:52 and 5:57 down on Bozzone at 75km in seventh and eighth, respectively.
  • Race leader Terenzo Bozzone through 88.5km mark on the bike.
  • Bozzone's advantage is 57 seconds from O'Grady with Cameron Brown passing 88.5 mark 2:08 down on his long-time Kiwi rival. Dylan McNeice is fourth (3:00) with Todd Skipworth (3:08) in fifth.
  • @terenzo1 leads at 88.5km on the bike by 57 seconds from Graham O'Grady @ChuckiBrown is 2:08 down in third #IMNZ
  • Alex Reithmeier rounds out the top six 4:53 back on the Bozzone.
  • The leaders are setting a blistering pace. A long way to go, but the course record of Bevan Docherty may be vulnerable. It stands at 8:15:34.
  • Bozzone is already on a pace to beat Docherty's mark set in 2013.
  • Remember, Bozzone on top form following a controversial race win in Dubai last week.
  • @mbkessler through 88.5km on the bike in 3:14:52. The US triathlete still in control of women's elite race #IMNZ
  • IRONMAN NZ is a truly global event. There are competitors here from 52 countries from Brunei to Brazil, Dominica to Denmark and Serbia to Sri Lanka.
  • Highlights from today's swim
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  • At 100km on the bike Bozzone's lead over O'Grady now sits at 1:01 but perhaps more significantly he took 30 seconds out of Brown in the previous 11.5km. Brown now 2:40 back in third.
  • Dylan McNeice 3:45 down in fourth at 100km with the first non-Kiwi, Todd Skipworth of Australia in fifth in 4:16 down and his countryman Alex Reithmeier sixth (5:46).
  • A quick update on the elite women's race; Crawford at 88.5km trails Kessler by 8:57 with Stephanie Jones (18:27) in third.
  • Cameron Brown on the move on the bike. (Darryl Carey Photo)

  • At this stage of the race Kiwis occupy the first four places in the men's elite race. The last time New Zealand claimed a clean sweep of the IRONMAN NZ podium was in 2010 when Brown beat Bozzone to first with Kieran Doe third.
  • Lead car on the way to Reporoa. (Darryl Carey photo)

  • Gina Crawford in the picturesque pastoral Taupo landscape. (Darryl Carey Photo)

  • Watch out for leading age grouper Bevan McKinnon (age 40-44). He was the fastest overall age-grouper 12 months ago and he appears to be having a great race figuring prominently on the bike.
  • Latest update at 115km on the bike; Bozzone's lead now 1:55 on O'Grady with Brown 3:32 back on Bozzone in third.
  • Dylan McNeice is 6:04 down in fourth with Skipworth (7:09) and 11 seconds back Reithmeier. Swiss Mike Schifferle is seventh but 10:56 down on Bozzone.
  • @terenzo1 holds a 1:55 lead at 115km on the bike from Graham O'Grady with @ChuckiBrown 3:32 down in third #IMNZ
  • @mbkessler leads @Gina_Crawford by a massive 11:20 at 115km on the bike #IMNZ
  • Meredith Kessler looking strong on the bike in pursuit of what would be her fourth straight IRONMAN NZ victory. She holds an 11:20 advantage from Gina Crawford at 115km on the bike.
  • Terenzo Bozzone has just gone through the turn at 138km in 4:22:57.
  • Bozzone's lead on O'Grady has now extended to 2:58 with Brown 3:37 back on the leader in third at the Reporoa Turn at 138km.
  • Alex Reithmeier makes a significant move from sixth to fourth between 115km and 138km. The Aussie is through the Reporoa Turn 8:31 down on Bozzone with McNeice down to fifth at 9:31.
  • Todd Skipworth completes the top half dozen at 138km on the bike. The ex-international rower is 10:34 adrift of Bozzone.
  • The first European is Mike Schifferle. The Swiss triathlete flashes past 138km on the bike in 11:15.
  • As the lead elite men enter the final 40km of the bike race we await the time Bozzone and the rest can hit going into T2. Note, when Bevan Docherty set the course record in 2013 he climbed off the bike in 5:21.
  • When Meredith Kessler set her course record in 2014 she arrived at T2 in a time of 5:56.
  • Bozzone has four previous podium finishes, which include three runner-up spots to Brown in 2009-2011. He has never recorded a run time within five minutes of Brown at an IRONMAN NZ.
  • Brown edging back into contention at 150km. Bozzone's lead now 2:49 on O'Grady with Brown 3:01 back. Is this a significant move by the ten-time former champion.
  • At the 150km point Reithmeier is 7:28 back in fourth with McNeice (9:56) in fifth. Skipworth is sixth 10:42 in arrears to Bozzone with Schifferle a further five seconds down in seventh.
  • At this stage it would appear to be an all Kiwi battle for victory in the men's race, but will it be another IRONMAN NZ triumph for Brown, will Bozzone finally claim an elusive first IRONMAN NZ victory or can IRONMAN rookie O'Grady spring a major surprise?
  • @mbkessler at 138km on the bike owns a 14:25 lead on @Gina_Crawford #IMNZ
  • Wanganui-based Gina Crawford trails Meredith Kessler in second in the elite women's race by 14:25 at 138km on the bike.
  • In the elite women's race, Melanie Burke has nudged up to third at the 138km point.. It is no great surprise the Kiwi is performing well on the bike and she is a former international cyclist. Burke is 20:11 down on Kessler. Jones has been relegated to fourth and is a further 33 seconds down.
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