Aquabike

The Garth Barfoot Aquabike race is back for 2022. This is part of the Tri NZ Suzuki National Series and is a qualifier for the World Triathlon Multisports World Championships.

Challenge yourself with a 3km swim and 120km bike on Saturday 19th February.

This time we’ll be starting the Aquabike race off earlier at 8.30am to fit in with our starters from the Challenge Wanaka Half and to keep you focused during the day!

EVENT DATE:  Saturday 19th February 2022

Race Information

The Aquabike Race Manual for 2022 has all the information you need in preparation for your big day and will be available in due course.

Aquabike Entry Fees

  • $295 Early Bird until midnight 28 February 2021 or until 30 entries received (whichever occurs first)
  • $320 until midnight 31 July 2021
  • $355 until midnight 31 October 2021
  • $370 until midnight 31 December 2021
  • $385 until midnight 23 January 2022

By donating $10 to the Bike Glendhu planting promise you will also be able to run 1 lap of the course on the following dates. The donation will be made on the day so simply turn up with proof of registration and your choice of payment:

  • Saturday December 4th 2021. 7am start – course must be cleared for bikers by 9am.
  • Saturday February 12th 2022. 7am start – course must be cleared for bikers by 9am.

For our cancellation and COVID-19 policy please visit our Entry Information Page.

Course Information

The 2022 Aquabike race will be held at the stunning Glendhu Bay, hosted by Bike Glendhu and Glendhu Station. 

Course Maps

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Course details

Swim Leg – 3km

The two-lap swim is in the sheltered and tranquil Glendhu Bay within easy view of spectators watching from the shore. The course has a beach start swimming in a clockwise direction with a total of three turn buoys.

Lake Wanaka is the warmest lake in the Southern Lakes and is a popular choice for a large range of water sports each summer. The swim course is in crystal clear water so clean you can drink it.

Bike Leg – 120km

The bike course will leave transition at Glendhu Bay Station and cyclists will ride into and through Wānaka township, along to Lake Hāwea and back around to the Red Bridge at Luggate. Cyclists will then head out to Tarras, where they will turn around and return to Luggate. They will then cycle up past the airport, turning onto Mount Barker Road and down McDougall Street back into Wānaka and through to Glendhu Bay Station.

Drafting
If you are caught drafting you will be penalised and/or disqualified as per the Triathlon NZ regulations. Please read the Terms & Conditions which are part of the entry form for clarification on our drafting rules.

Bike cut off and course close : 3:00pm

Challenge Wanaka Garth Barfoot Aquabike Prize Offerings

Thanks to the amazing generosity of Garth Barfoot, we are pleased to offer the following prizes to eligible racers in 2022:

First overall male and female winner in 2022 Tri NZ Suzuki Mid Distance Aquabike National Championships race will receive flights up to the value of $2,500 NZD and an accommodation subsidy at the 2022 World Championships – venue TBC.

  • Conditional of Tri NZ team selection & eligibility.
  • Twin Share rooms, [number of days covered to be confirmed].
  • Economy flights up to the value of $2,500 NZD.
  • Only available at through Tri NZ Official Travel Supplier – House of Travel
  • Athlete must race in 2022 World Triathlon Mid Distance Aquabike Championship race to receive prize (not transferable to other races or events).
  • No ‘roll downs’ of prize offered.

First and second place getters in each age group to receive accommodation subsidy at the 2022 World Championships – venue TBC.

  • Conditional of Tri NZ team selection & eligibility.
  • Twin Share rooms, [number of days covered to be confirmed].
  • Only available at the Tri NZ Official Team Hotel.
  • Athlete must race in 2022 World Triathlon Mid Distance Aquabike Championship race to receive prize (not transferable to other races or events).
  • No ‘roll downs’ of prize offered.

For more information, terms and conditions on the full AquaBike Prize offerings, please visit the TriNZ website