Cross Triathlon & Duathlon

Enter the inaugural Earshots Challenge Wanaka Cross Tri or Duathlon, part of the Triathlon New Zealand Suzuki National Series.

Have you got what it takes to tackle Challenge Wanaka’s newest off-road event on 18 February 2023?

The Earshots Challenge Wanaka Triathlon utilises the tranquil waters of Glendhu Bay for a one lap swim leg of 1500m. The bike course then takes athletes for two laps through the breath-taking Bike Glendhu Bike Park, tackling some Grade 4 tracks, totalling 32km. The grand finale – a stunning 10.5km trail run through more of the Bike Glendhu tracks.

Race Day: Saturday 18th February 2023

The Cross Tri is part of the Triathlon New Zealand Suzuki 2022-2023 National Series. Age group winners will win a prize from Tri NZ and qualify for the World Championships in Ibiza, Spain.  

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Challenge Triathlon & Duathlon 2023 entry fees (NZ$)

Visit our Entry Information page for details.

For our cancellation policy please visit our Entry Information Page.


Swim Course – 1.5km (for Triathlon event only)

Triathlon swim start times: Men at 8.45am, women at 8.50am.

The one-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.

The swim course will close at 10am.

Bike Course – 32km (no e-bikes allowed)

Duathlete bike start times: athletes will start on the Motatapu road at 9.30am (men) and 9.35am (women). They will then follow the course below.

Bikers will leave transition and cycle up Motatapu Road, before taking a track to Jacks Spot. They will then cycle two laps of the upper mountain at Bike Glendhu which includes the trails Monson Hoon and Adze Up, these trails lead the mountain bikers to Falcon’s Nest the summit at 757m. After completing two laps, bikers then descend down via Baywatch to Lower Baywatch, back to Jack’s Spot and carry on down via Jairoller to The Junction and down to the valley floor via the steep 4WD track. Mountain bikers will then head across the ford next to the foot bridge and across a farm 4×4 back onto the Motatapu Road before returning to the transition area. The course will be clearly signed.

Run Leg – 10.5km

The run course will see athletes running on laps of the beautiful Bike Glendhu course. Runners will make their way up in the same direction as cyclists do normally on these trails, so they can benefit from the shade the forest provides as they climb. They will then run back down to the finish line to be greeted by a fantastic atmosphere!

At the finish

As you come up the finish chute, take a little time to reflect on what you have achieved, and relish the experience of finishing your challenge. Once under the finish gantry, each competitor will be assessed by the medical team and be guided through the recovery tent where a well-earned food, drink and congratulations await you! Then you have time to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Glendhu Bay and peruse the Expo.

Finisher Tee Shirt

Your entry includes a finisher’s shirt per person. You are responsible for ordering your size according to the sizing guide below. If you wish to check or change your size you can view your registration by logging in using your confirmation number at this link (your confirmation number can be found in confirmation email). Please contact us if you wish to change your size.

Measurements in CM

Course closes at 3pm.


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