Rio delays frustrate Kiwi rowers ahead of Olympics

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The New Zealand rowing team in Rio is the largest they've sent to an Olympics and they were some of the first to arrive in Brazil.

Mahe Drysdale says it sometimes takes two hours to travel 30 kilometres on the team bus.

Unlike in the past, the full team is staying in the village but that's already having a negative impact on their buildup.

"The worst case we've had up to two hours on a bus so that's the worst trip," Mahe Drysdale said of their ride from the village to the Olympic venue.

While it is getting better it's still taking much longer that it should to cover the 30 kilometres from the village to Lagoa Stadium where the Olympic rowing is being held, Rio's traffic slowing down even accredited transport.

At Karapiro, a trip to the lake is just down the road.

Perhaps fortuitously, Rowing New Zealand has hired a day house in Rio just five minutes from the venue.

"It's actually used as a yoga retreat I think and there's a duck and ducklings which I really appreciate and there was a monkey watching us eat lunch the other day so it's a cool place to get a bit of healthy distraction," said Zoe Stevenson of the women's double sculls.

It also means that instead of four trips a day between the village and training, there's only two, which can make all the difference when you're trying to beat your competitors by the smallest of margins.

"We have an advantage over a lot of other countries. Personally in my field all my main competitors are staying in the village so I feel like we have an advantage over them," said Emma Twigg.

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