Drysdale to bike
Olympic gold medal rower Mahe Drysdale is the first entry in a new mountain bike teams event in the Motatapu in early March.
Drysdale, a two time Olympic gold medallist and five time world championship-winning rower, last entered the 47km Motatapu race between Glendhu Bay and Arrowtown in 2014.
Returning will give him a chance to improve his performance, he says.
‘‘I was certainly up with the play on the uphill, but remember being on the edge of control on the downhill and getting passed by hundreds of people. I am going to have to work on that aspect ... in the next few months.’’
He is yet to confirm his teammate, but hints that it is likely to be someone who has also tasted success at the Olympic Games.
‘‘I have spoken to a few, but for the moment I am waiting to hear on availability. I would love to ride with one of my peer sportspeople, maybe a rower but they could be from any number of other sports.
The new team category sees teams of two ride in the same cycling jersey, staying no more than two minutes apart throughout the ride and enjoying the benefit of starting in the first wave of riders.
Drysdale is currently enjoying his time away from rowing and is expecting another baby with wife Juliette in January ahead of the Motatapu in March.
Ben de Rivaz, event director of BrecaWanaka, at Dublin Bay.