earSHOTS Challenge Wanaka Cross Triathlon and Duathlon is the exciting new event for 2022!

earSHOTS Challenge Wanaka Cross Triathlon and Duathlon is the exciting new event for 2022!

The Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka team are thrilled to announce a new event for the festival in 2022. The inaugural earSHOTS Challenge Wanaka Cross Triathlon and Duathlon will take place on Saturday 19 February at Glendhu Bay and will utilise the Challenge Wanaka Half swim and run courses, as well as Bike Glendhu’s spectacular upper mountain for the mountain bike course.


“We know of many awesome mountain bikers who wanted to be part of our event and being out at Bike Glendhu seemed a perfect opportunity to create a Cross Triathlon or Duathlon for these keen individuals,” said Bill Roxburgh, Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Race Director.


“The upper mountain is a fantastic and testing place to ride, so we are super excited to see racing up there. We hope that this event will bring in a new type of competitor to our region for the festival and we are sure it will entice even more people to come and experience Bike Glendhu in their training months, as well as for the race!”


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The Cross Triathlon consists of a 1500km swim in Glendhu Bay, followed by a challenging two lap, totaling 32km ride, which sees riders cycle up to the summit of Bike Glendhu twice and a 10.5km trail run on the lower mountain, alongside the Challenge Wanaka Half competitors. The Duathlon will see athletes bike and run the same course, just without the swim section.


This event is for competent mountain bikers, as the tracks on the upper mountain are Grade 4, with plenty of sharp climbs and fast technical descents, making for a challenging yet breath-taking ride.


“We are super stoked at Bike Glendhu to be able to make more of our epic trails available to competitors at the Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka Festival. By creating a race for mountain bikers in the cross triathlon space, we hope to be able to showcase even more stunning scenery from different angles of our park, like Falcon’s Nest and Upper Baywatch. We believe this event will increase visitation in the coming months and have a positive impact for us, as well as the Lake Wānaka business and tourism community,” said Charlie Cochrane, Bike Glendhu, Managing Director.


You can find all the information about the course and maps on our website here and for athletes who know the tracks of Bike Glendhu, we will ride up the Motatapu Road, before taking the 4WD track to Jack’s Spot. There we will ride two laps of the upper mountain; up Monsoon Hoon and Adze Up to the summit at Falcon Nest and down Upper Baywatch. After completing this loop twice, cyclists come down Lower Baywatch then onto Jairolla, with its table top jumps and fast berms, followed by a steep 4WD track to the ford at the bottom of the park. Then back across the paddock onto the Motatapu Road, before returning to the transition area at the Wedding Venue car park.


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Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust is a charitable trust which donates all of its profits to local charities and organisations, and subsidies youth, adaptive and community sports participation. If you would like to volunteer or donate please see details here.

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