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January Race Wrap Up

January Race Wrap Up

 By Reuben Thompson- Ambassador

In January I continued to build on my training, clocking in my biggest bike week ever as well as a good block of swimming and running. I was very privileged to do some training with Youth Olympic Triathlon Champion Aaron Barclay and now have Aaron helping me out with my triathlon plan and am also on board with the Willbike Cycle Coaching Team with James Williamson.
Even more exciting was the arrival of my new bike, a 2017 S-Works Tarmac. It is incredible! 

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Aboard my old steed I raced three final times in January. My first race was on the 2nd of January, the Dunstan Tri. I came away with third place in the “under 18 category” and fifth place overall.
The second race was the Dunstan Cycle Challenge. The 96 km race was a bit of a battle after missing the break. I worked quite a lot to keep the pace high in the chase group. With five guys out in front I was sprinting for the sixth place overall and for the second under the age of 20 in the final. After two hours and 20 minutes of racing I put in a pretty poor sprint to take the 11th place overall, but the second place under 20 in a field of 170 riders.
My final race on my 2016 Specialized Tarmac Expert was an 80km club handicap race from Hawea to Makarora and back. I was on scratch 33 minutes back on the first group off. Our five man group worked well to catch up with the riders ahead around 40km in. This was only a small bunch of riders though and there still a few groups up ahead. Two really quick A grade riders rode away to claim first and second while I soloed for 35km before catching all but one other rider. I was now in a three up sprint for fourth place and I came away with fifth in what was probably the hardest two hours of riding I’ve ever done.
 

My new bike started off sharply. My first ride on it was from Queenstown to Wanaka and back and aside from the rain and some snow on the top of the crown range it was great fun. I raced it the following day at the Cromwell to Alexandra handicap race. Again placed on scratch our four man group had to make up 27 minutes to the leaders over 39km. I came close to catching them but fell short by around 200 meters. I did however take the fastest time of the day after attacking on a short but steep hill to ride away solo from my group. My last race of January was a 35km mountain bike from Clyde to Bannockburn through farmland with 993 meters of climbing. I surprised myself to come away with 3rd place ahead of some very big fit lads who were on form one week out of The Pioneer. 

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In February I will be racing the first race of my secondary schools season at the southland secondary schools triathlon champs as well as the challenge Wanaka sprint tri as part the NZ Junior try series. I will also be riding for the first time as part of the Central-Benchmakers Willbike Cycle Team in Round 1 of the Calder Stewart Cycling Elite Series. 

 

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Let's Go Disc Golf!

Disc Golf Queenstown: Social, fun, and free!

by Brenna McGown

When I first arrived in Queenstown, I was curious why so many tourists and locals were carrying around compact Frisbee discs. I soon discovered that as much as Fergburger is a staple of Queenstown, so is the Frisbee golf course in the Queenstown Gardens.

"Frisbee golfing is an integral part of the Queenstown lifestyle."

People of all different physical ability can play, it gets people outside, and most of all it fosters a sense of community. All you need to bring is a Frisbee golf disc- these are heavier and more compact than normal Frisbees, a beverage to keep you hydrated and a good attitude and sense of fun.

Frisbee golf Queenstown

The course itself is designed to be friendly for beginners, but also offers challenges for more advanced players. A map at the beginning shows each hole and the associated par. Each tee has an informative graphic that depicts the distance to the basket, obstacles, and where the basket is placed. At each basket, a small sign directs players to the next tee.

Disc Golf Queenstown

The course is a pleasant mix of open spaces, trees, and amazing views. People from all different backgrounds are drawn to Frisbee golf because of its versatility. Working at Outside Sports, I have sold Frisbee golfing discs to whole families, to couples, and to friends.

"All of these people are united by the desire to get outside and enjoy Queenstown."

Out on the course, I have met locals and travelers from various countries while playing, and everyone has been inured with a sense of joyfulness and friendliness.  Everyone brings a different story and background, and they are all willing to share their experiences. Frisbee golfing is the quintessential Queenstown activity because it combines outdoor activity with a sense of community and happiness, and to me that is what Queenstown is all about. 

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Days like these are what Queenstown life is all about!

Inter store ride at Rude Rock

By Elmo

To kick summer off, employees from all the Queenstown bike shops got together after work for a big group bike ride at a local favourite, the Rude Rock trail.

Outside Sports bike Queenstown Rude Rock NZ

Rude Rock is up at the Coronet peak ski area and has easy shuttle access along the Coronet Peak road making it perfect for group rides. It is a fast and flowy trail that weaves along the open tussock hills and is extremely fun for both intermediate and advanced mountain bikers.

Outside Sports bike Queenstown Rude Rock NZ

At 6pm everyone shut up shop and nearly 40 riders piled into vans to head up Coronet Peak. The sun was leaving town but as Rude Rock is up on the hill there was still plenty of daylight left to ride. It was a beautiful calm afternoon and spirits were high – everyone was stoked to finish the workday and get out for a ride with all of their buddy’s.

People piled out of the vans at the top of the road and lined up at the start of the trail for a huge party train down. Some good sorts had recently done some digging to spruce up the track so it was riding perfectly. The pack dropped in and the hills echoed with the sounds of excited riders doing what they enjoy most. Everyone had an awesome time sending it down the hill again and again until it was nearly too dark to see. With the last bit of light all the riders mingled in the carpark for plenty of hi-fives, a beer, and a good catch up about the winter and plans for summer before heading home or to the pub. 

Outside Sports bike Queenstown Rude Rock NZ

Cheers to everyone involved for an awesome evening, it was great to get everyone from the local shops together and share a ride. Days like that are what Queenstown life is all about!

Bring on the bike season.

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Outside Sports at the Peak to Peak

Outside Sports at the Peak to Peak

The Southern Traverse Peak to Peak race took place over the weekend and it was a beautiful day for the 44km race across the Queenstown basin. The races five stages consisted of skiing, mountain biking, kayaking, running and road cycling which meant individuals and teams needed to master a range of outdoor sports in order to make it to the podium.

The event began at the top of The Remarkables ski area with the skiers running downhill to their skis and boards then speeding 4km down the trail Homeward Bound to the road. There, individuals ditched their ski boots and team mates were tagged in for the 12km mountain bike down the Remarkables road and onwards to Frankton beach. Once at the lake, the racers took off in kayaks and paddled 7km to the Queenstown lakefront. From there, runners bolted through Queenstown, along Gorge Road 9km towards the bottom of Coronet Peak road. The final leg started at Coronet Alpine Hotel where runners swapped to road bikes and cyclists pedalled 9km up the Coronet road to the snow at the base building...

"where they were cheered in by supporters and team mates as they crossed the finish line."

Outside Sports Queenstown entered a social team to have some fun and show the town what they were made of. Elke got on the skis after a challenging run in ski boots and shot down Homeward Bound somewhere in of the middle of the pack. Feidhlim then took to the downhill bike and bombed down the road, overtaking people on the way. Feidhlim then swapped from bike to paddle, putting some real effort in for the team. Unfortunately...

"the kayak was quite tippy and threw Feidhlim into the freezing lake a couple of times"

which meant having to paddle to shore to empty the boat before continuing. James took over at the lakefront with some ground to make up and sped away on foot toward Coronet Peak. James made back the ground lost in the kayak putting the Outside Sports team back near the middle of the field. Geoff then shot off up the coronet peak road chasing down the teams ahead. The Outside Sports team ended up crossing the finish line with an overall placing of 58th and a 12th placing in the business house team category, not a bad effort for the social team.

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Outside Sports athlete and staff member Floortje Grimmet entered as an individual in the women’s open section. Floortje had just come back from a 6 month training break so it was time for her to come back in style! She had a good ski, bike, kayak, and run but had to chase hard on the uphill cycle to make it to the front of the pack. Floortje ended up flying ahead and taking out 1st place in the open women section. Well done!

"Jo Williams from Wanaka, another Outside Sports athlete claimed her fifth win at the Peak to Peak"

with a time of 2hrs 31mins and 33 secs beating her time from last year by more than 12minutes. What’s more impressive is that she was in the veteran’s category and was still the fastest women of the day. A huge congratulations to Jo who was 1st veteran women as well as being the 1st women overall.

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All in all it was a fun day out and everyone had a great time whether they were on the track or spectating form the side-lines. Watch out for Outside Sports at the finish line next year!

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Queenstown Marathon

Queenstown Marathon 2015

Air New Zealand Queenstown International Marathon is into its second year, the international running festival incorporating 42km, 21km, 10km and 3km kids run options. Set between the backdrop of the world renowned Crown and Remarkable mountain ranges, and taking in the best highlights of the Queenstown Lakes region including Millbrook resort, Arrowtown, Lakes Hayes, Shotover River, Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown Gardens and finishing in the heart of Queenstown itself.

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Registrations take place at Outside Sports, Queenstown on the 19th and 20th November with 20% off leading brands Hoka One One, Marmot and Gu for all entrants at registration.

In preparation for the Marathon, Outside sports welcome you to an exclusive Hoka One One evening in store, Queenstown, Thursday 19th at 6pm. This evening allows you to test trail running shoes from the biggest growing running shoe brand for FREE! 

A Hoka One One Guru will also be on hand to answer any of your questions.

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What to wear video from Outside Sports.

Useful clothing layering options from Outside Sports to ensure you're prepared for the next Marathon, training session or casual race in any temperature. 

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