Ad­ven­ture rac­ers defy rain, mud and snow

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - MARJORIE COOK

It takes more than a snow storm to keep Wanaka mul­ti­sporters in bed.

Com­peti­tors in the Red Bull De­fi­ance two day ad­ven­ture race tack­led thick mud and an un­sea­sonal snow storm on Sun­day, with or­gan­is­ers forced to lop 11km from the fi­nal 21km alpine run.

Of 66 two-per­son teams, eight did not fin­ish the 142km race (short­ened from 153km).

Xterra spe­cial­ists Braden Cur­rie, of Wanaka, and Josiah Mid­daugh, won in 10:22:21, over de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons, Alex Hunt, of Tasmania, and Dan Jones, of Welling­ton.

Wanaka cou­ple Si­mone Maier and Mar­cel Ha­gener were the first mixed team home.

Joanna Wil­liams and Sia Svend­sen won the women’s cat­e­gory.

‘‘It was one of the hard­est days rac­ing in my life. The moun­tain bike was sav­age,’’ Hunt said.

Cur­rie said it was one of the ‘‘coolest ex­pe­ri­ences’’ of his life. ‘‘I don’t think I’ve ever raced in such bad weather con­di­tions.’’

Two sin­gle stage races were also held over the Minaret Burn moun­tain­bike course and the short­ened Sky­line Route.

They were won by moun­tain­bik­ers Richard Dun­nett (2:14:46) and Melissa Ne­wall (2:51:00); and alpine run­ners Ryan Carr (1:48:03) and Hana Holoubkova (2:24:07).

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