Xterra champs pair up for race

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - STAFF RE­PORTER

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.

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Chris Booth, Tony Cul­shaw and Burno Gel­der­mans on the Din­gle­burn, be­side Lake Hawea, dur­ing the Wan­der­ing Star - Novem­ber 5, 2016.

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