Another international multisport event is being planned for
the Wanaka area - and it has some big names behind it.
The Red Bull Defiance two-day team event over 153km of the
back country has been scheduled for October 24 and 25.
The event is the brainchild of New Zealand company Agema,
owned by Patrick McAteer, of Wanaka, and Mike Watkins, of
Auckland, along with two-time Coast to Coast winner Braden
Currie, of Wanaka, who is ''newly branded'' as a Red Bull
Mr Watkins told the Otago Daily Times yesterday the
event was the first New Zealand multisport event for Red
Bull, and Wanaka was chosen because of the terrain.
The race crosses six high country stations, peaks at an
altitude of 1630m and contains some ''steep pinches'' and
It is broken up into seven stages and includes running,
mountain biking, kayaking, target shooting and rope climbing.
The event will begin and end in the Wanaka township.
Entries are limited to 150 two-person teams, with each team
member required to remain within 50m of their team-mate.
In April, Currie and his three Wanaka team-mates competed in
a similar type of race called the Wenzhou Outdoor Challenge,
in China, and won the first prize of $NZ40,725.
That event included running, mountain biking, kayaking,
orienteering, climbing, abseiling and in-line skating.
Currie, who is overseas, said in a press release he was
invited to create the new event.
''Based on my experience of team stage racing in China, I was
inspired to develop a style of race that offers epic
challenge across a variety of terrains with the additional
fun element of racing in a team.''
Mr Watkins said the Wanaka race was shorter than the Coast to
Coast but had more challenging terrain.
As it evolved, other disciplines could be introduced.
Two years ago, the Wenzhou event had a stage requiring
competitors to lead a horse, he said.
There is a prize of $10,000 for the first team home, a
$10,000 prize for the first mixed team home and other minor
Day one consists of a 56km mountain bike ride, a 19km kayak
paddle and an 18km run, including an abseiling component.
Day two starts with a 25km kayak paddle across Lake Wanaka
and down the Clutha River followed by a 25km mountain bike
ride and target shooting. The event finishes with a 25km run.
Pre-entries were open and only teams believed capable of
completing the course would be able to enter.