Xterra champs pair up for race
Top Wanaka multisporter Braden Currie is buddying up with his nemesis, Josiah Middaugh, of the United States to compete in the Red Bull Defiance next month.
The third edition of the two day adventure race is being touted as one of the best elite fields to come to Wanaka.
Currie designed the course and won the first edition in December 2014 with Dougal Allan.
Currie did not race the second edition of Defiance in January 2016 because he had other sports goals.
Middaugh has been one of his fiercest adversaries on the Xterra off road triathlon circuit this year and Currie said it would be ‘‘awesome’’ that Middaugh would have his back during the Defiance, rather than chasing him down.
‘‘Josiah is such a strong athlete and we have had some massive battles recently. We had a race finish in September this year at Xterra Pan America Championship that came down to sevenhundreds of a second and ended up being the closest finish in Xterra history. I got him back in the Xterra Worlds where we finished fourth and fifth respectively, then it was his turn to beat me at the ITU Cross Tri Champs in Australia last month,’’ he said.
Middaugh joins a sold-out field of 70 teams to stage-race across eight private hill country stations. The two-day, 150km course includes mountainbiking, running and kayaking.
Chris Booth, Tony Culshaw and Burno Geldermans on the Dingleburn, beside Lake Hawea, during the Wandering Star - November 5, 2016.