The Guinness Book of World Records holder for the fastest man to paddle a bathtub one hundred meters can’t wait to tackle the Waimakariri River on a stand up paddle board while competing in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast.
While most ease off with their training as the Kathmandu Coast to Coast gets closer, one group from the far north of New Zealand is taking on a 1700 kilometre journey cycling and kayaking to get to the iconic event.
Freezing temperatures as low as 2°C in the snow covered peaks of Wanaka today, made some unexpected and brutally challenging conditions for the 66 teams of Elite and Amateur athletes competing in the 142km endurance race today, Red Bull Defiance.
‘Clean, green and left just the way they found it’, these are aims for the iconic Kathmandu Coast to Coast multi-sport race as it becomes the first event in the country to join forces with Leave No Trace New Zealand.
Wanaka’s Braden Currie and US-based 2015 World XTERRA Champion Josiah Middaugh may as well be called the unbeatables, as between them they have dominated just about every endurance sport on the planet.
The predicted wind arrived on Friday during set up for Adventurethon Albany Australia, making conditions challenging. With the wind buffeting the HQ/Transition area, briefing was relocated and fingers crossed for better conditions on race day.
Two-time Australian Olympian Courtney Atkinson will undertake a 243 kilometre journey from one side of New Zealand to the other next month in his first attempt at the Kathmandu Coast to Coast World Championship event.