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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! 

 Outside Sports athlete

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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The King & Queen of Sticky Race 2015

Who will be crowned this year's King & Queen of Sticky Race?

Bike Wanaka is holding its annual King & Queen of Sticky Mountain Bike Race, Saturday 2nd May 2015. Situated in Wanaka NZ, The King & Queen of Sticky Race is a Cross Country/ Mountain Bike race through single track in Sticky Forest.

King and Queen Sticky Forest 2015 Outside Sports Wanaka NZ

The event is Run by Bike Wanaka. The King & Queen of Sticky Race has become an iconic mountain bike event held on some of the best single track that Wanaka has to offer, choose from a 2,3 or 4 lap mountain bike race in the some of the best single track of Wanaka’s Sticky Forest.

The King & Queen of Sticky Race Outside Sports Wanaka NZ

This year’s laps around the 3km distance course will include the trails;  Venus, Tunnel of love, Chairlift, Western heights and a few surprises announced on the day.

King and Queen Sticky Forest 2015 Outside Sports Wanaka NZ

The King & Queen of Sticky Race course for 2015. Follow the latest course updates.

Get your bike race ready and head into our Bike Shop and Workshop at Outside Sports Wanaka.

Enter online for The King & Queen of Sticky Race 2015- only $20!

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Mitre 10 Wanaka Rogaine

Wanaka Rogaine Outside Sports NZ

The Wanaka Rogaine will be held Sunday 26 April 2015. At Snow Park, 2k’s west of Snow Farm up from the Cardrona Valley.

If you enjoy running trails, tramping in the hills and mountains with your friends then the Wanaka Rogaine is for you! Rogaine involves long distance cross-country navigation, the team with the most points awarded wins. In Rogaine, teams consist of generally 2-5 people; teamwork is a vital factor to the sport alongside endurance. Teams will have to strategically plan their route and navigate between checkpoints using a map and given clues within a specified time limit. Some checkpoints are worth more points than others so it is vital that the teams select which checkpoints they will get and which they may leave to finish within their specified time slot, as they will lose points for being late back to the finish. (1 minute late back will deduct 10 points in the Wanaka Rogaine). It is very rare for teams to get all check points in a Rogaine within the specified time slot allocated.

The Mitre 10 Wanaka Rogaine has 3, 6 and 12 hour options, meaning  you have up to exactly 3, 6 or 12 hours to get to and record the codes of as many checkpoints as you can.

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Compulsory Gear requirements:

Two base layers Polyprop or wool, Water proof Jacket (seam sealed) and over trousers, warm hat and gloves – polyprop or wool, headlight, survival blanket, Whistle, one litre of water, one first aid kit per team, one cellphone per team.

Check out Outside Sports range of outdoor clothing to ensure you are safely equipped for the Rogaine.

Mitre 10 Wanaka Rogaine Schedule; 26th April 2015


7 am Registration and Gear check

7.30am am Map handout and Course briefing

9am start

9pm Finish and hot meal



11.30 am Registration and Gear check

12.00pm Map handout and Course briefing

1pm start

7pm finish and hot meal



10.00am Registration and Gear check

10.15am Map handout and Course briefing

11.15am start

2.00pm Finish


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Adam Wilson takes on Challenge Wanaka 2015

Outside Sports sponsored triathlete Adam Wilson gives us a personal account of his winning race review from Challenge Wanaka 2015:

Adam Wilson:

Challenge Wanaka was an amazing feeling, especially seeing it was my first ironman. I didn’t expect to win let alone by that amount.

My race when better than expected right from the start, 18 degree, mirror flat lake couldn’t ask for better swim conditions. They changed the swim to a beach and with a couple of good duck dives 2 of us cleared the hundreds of other swimmers and shot away into the clear water. The other swimmer was pushing pretty hard so I snuck in behind him and he gave me a good drag around the entire swim course. It wasn’t till early into the 2nd lap that I realised that this other swimmer was my sister’s boyfriend who was also competing in his 1st ironman. As we exited the swim we had a decent gap before the chase group.

Adam Ironman Outside Sports NZ Swim Challenge Wanaka

I took the lead for the 1st time early into the bike and tried to settle into my race plan and forget about the chasing riders. For quite some time I didn’t see another rider which made it feel rather like a training ride and took away any race nerves. During the ride I was lucky enough to have some supporters updating me on how the race was progressing behind and to my astonishment my lead just kept on growing. By the time I entered the bike/run transition I had a 15 minute gap and had rode a 5:05 bike split, much faster than my 5:20 target time.

Adam Ironman Outside Sports NZ Bike Challenge Wanaka

Into the run, which tends to be my weakness in any distance triathlon. In the back of my mind I was wondering whether 15 minutes was enough and didn’t really know how fast the chasers would be. My target was to run around the 3:30 mark and with the day heating up I was wondering if even sub 4hrs was possible after a hard ride. My first lap when much better than expected and to my surprise I was well on track for a good finish. With more progress updates from my support crew and nobody catching fast I was beginning to believe I could really win. The 2nd lap was really painful and I had a couple of moments where I thought I was blowing to pieces but I managed to keep ticking over finished the marathon in 3:33.

Adam Ironman Outside Sports NZ Run Challenge Wanaka

I finished over 14 minutes in front of the next amateur and even bet some of the professionals (They started 15 minutes before the amateur field).

Adam's Times:

Swim – 54:52

Bike – 5:05:55

Run – 3:33:41

(plus some transition time)

Total time – 9:39:24

Adam Challenge-Wanaka-2015-Prize-Giving Outside Sports NZ

I’ve been a sponsored athlete with Outside Sports now for around 3 years and I’m really grateful for the support they have provided. Without their assistance I would have struggled to achieve my goals as a triathlete. Triathlon is an expensive sport, with multiple bikes, bike accessories, wetsuits and not to mention the international travel it soon gets expensive and without the assistance of Outside Sports I would not have been able to afford to compete internationally.

Outside Sports specifically help by supporting me with all the equipment I need to be a competitive triathlete and more importantly help me maintain this equipment so it’s all running smoothly not only at all my races but during every training session in between. The staff at Outside Sports Ride Centre, Queenstown are extremely skilled bike mechanics who have always managed to get my bikes working perfectly whenever I come to them with any issues.

One of the most effective improvements since coming on board with Outside Sports was my bike positioning. After they put me through a Specialized Body Geometry Fit which is a highly scientific approach to bike fitting I had my best result to date, placing 5th in my age group at the New Zealand Half Ironman Champs in Tauranga in a personal best time of 4hrs 19mins. Subsequently I qualified to race in the World Long Distance Champs in France. I definitely recommend that any recreational or competitive cyclist or triathlete who wants to be more comfortable and efficient on their bike looks into getting a Body Geometry fit with Outside Sports.

I’m happy to see Outside Sports moving into their brand new store. The new store looks and feels amazing. One of the issues in the past was parking and store access which will be vastly improved making it much easier for customers to spend time in the shop and not wasting it trying to find a park.

In my role for Cardrona we worked closely with Outside Sports last winter to provide some great packages for skiers and snowboarders visiting Queenstown and we look forward to teaming up again in 2015.

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Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival, NZ

Challenge Wanaka Triathlon Festival – 19-22 February 2015

Challenge Wanaka features one of the world’s toughest and most scenic long distance triathlon, 226km, an iron distance race set against the lake and mountain backdrop of Mount Aspiring National Park in New Zealand’s South Island. One of New Zealand’s largest sport festival, Challenge Wanaka multi-day triathlon festival holds events for all ages and abilities involving over 2,000 participants, attracting thousands of spectators and a global audience of millions.

Challenge Wanaka is the race of a lifetime for professional and amateur athletes from across world. The course consists of a 3.8km swim in lake Wanaka, then 180km bike taking in two alpine lakes and a 42.2km run which is 75% off-road along the water’s edge.

Watch multiple world champion Chris ‘Macca’ McCormack talk about Challenge Wanaka:

The festival includes the Lake Wanaka Half, the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka for triathletes aged six to fifteen, Radio Wanaka Fun Run and Swim the Course in the days before the main event.

The Challenge Wanaka race will be held on Sunday 22 February 2015 which runs at the same time as the Lake Wanaka Half. The finish line is in the Wanaka town and, in true ‘Challenge’ style, cross into the celebrations at the finish line with music and fireworks.

The weather in Lake Wanaka in February is mainly warm and dry, an average temperature of 26-28 C. It is however an alpine environment so athletes must be prepared for all eventualities. Outside Sports Wanaka have a great range of BikeRun and Nutrition supplies to make sure you are prepared. As well as a Bike workshop to get your bike race ready, pop in and speak to one of the experts.

Watch Challenge Wanaka 2014:

Challenge Wanaka is run by The Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust together with a team of dedicated individuals with many of years of event experience between them, all united by the desire to provide athletes with one of the most memorable long distance races of their careers.

The Challenge Wanaka Sports Trust is a charitable trust whose primary objective is to arrange and provide events and activities having a sporting, recreational and/or social value for the benefit of the citizens of both the Southern Lakes area and the citizens of New Zealand in general.

See photos from Challenge Wanaka 2015.

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