Dougal Allan partners with Bivouac Outdoor as he prepares to defend his Coast to Coast title
Endurance athlete Dougal Allan has joined the Bivouac Outdoor team, as he trains meticulously towards defending his title at February’s gruelling 2020 Coast to Coast Longest Day race.
After a long association wearing some of the New Zealand-owned retail company’s top brands, such as, Osprey Packs and Inov-8 footwear, the partnership is a natural fit for one of New Zealand’s top multisport and adventure athletes.
“Success in the Coast to Coast demands huge attention to detail when it comes to preparation - things like equipment choice, training structure and the team you surround yourself with, are all vital components if you want to win,” Allan says, from his Lake Hawea home, nestled in the outdoor mecca of Central Otago.
He is excited to be venturing into the key months of his Coast to Coast training - where he will race 270km from the South Island’s West Coast to its East Coast on foot, by bike and in a kayak - with the support of Bivouac Outdoor. Named the 2017 and 2019 Chain Retailer of the Year, Bivouac Outdoor specialises in high quality outdoor clothing and equipment. The company’s roots are firmly embedded in Christchurch, where Allan hopes to cross the finish line in New Brighton first again, backing up his maiden Coast to Coast title in February earlier this year.
Bivouac Operations Manager Graeme Allen is equally excited about the partnership with Allan.
"At Bivouac Outdoor, our key mission is to inspire and enable people to enjoy the outdoors. That is why we are stoked to have the opportunity to support Dougal achieve his goals during the 2020 Coast to Coast. Dougal is a great match for Bivouac Outdoor because, like many of us, he is balancing work, training and family life, which is the biggest challenge of them all!"
Allan is motivated to join top Kiwi multisporters Richard Ussher, Steve Gurney, Braden Currie, Keith Murray and Sam Clark who have won the race on consecutive occasions.
“I won the two-day Coast to Coast back in 2008 but it took me another ten years to finally win the Longest Day in 2019. I have always been drawn to the New Zealand outdoors and the Coast to Coast is a true adventure experience. Winning the race this year felt amazing, but it is the process of getting to the start line, fit and ready to race the width of the South Island in a day, that is the real attraction. The decision to return and test myself again was an easy one” claims Allan (34).
With a career spanning over a decade and including victories in various endurance formats, such as triathlons, adventure racing and multisport, Allan doesn’t have to think for too long before naming his favourite race.
“There is something special about the Coast to Coast. It demands a high level of fitness as well as skill sets across three sporting disciplines. I will be leaving nothing to chance in my pursuit of a second victory in February and feel incredibly proud to represent Bivouac Outdoor and the values this wonderful Kiwi company stands for,” he says.