Al­lan takes the long road home

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - MAR­JORIE COOK

One of Wanaka’s favourite mul­ti­sporters, Dou­gal Al­lan, is plan­ning a home­com­ing.

For now he’s train­ing hard at home in Oa­maru for Chal­lenge Tai­wan on April 30.

Then he and wife Amy and kids Flynn and Matilda are off to Noosa so he can train in a warm cli­mate be­fore he goes to Chal­lenge Roth in July.

Once Roth is done and dusted – and for those who pay at­ten­tion to Al­lan’s bike times, the Roth bike course record is 4:08:07, so Al­lan needs to scrub about 14 min­utes from his 2016 New Zealand Iron­man bike course record if he wants a Roth scalp – the Al­lans will turn their minds to re­turn­ing to Lake Hawea to live.

Last year, the Al­lans moved to Oa­maru for its af­ford­able life­style and sandy beaches.

After win­ning his sec­ond Chal­lenge Wanaka in record time in Fe­bru­ary, Al­lan told friends al­though they loved their new home on the South Is­land’s east coast, they missed Cen­tral Otago.

‘‘We have our hands on a piece of land at Hawea in Sen­tinel Park. The ti­tle comes through in March next year. We would like to find our way back,’’ Al­lan con­firmed.

‘‘Amy and I met in Wanaka and it is hard to close the door on it. We have got op­tions and will work through them in the next year,’’ he said.

Al­lan is look­ing for­ward to his first race in Tai­wan, and has sought ad­vice from Christchurch triath­lete Dy­lan McNe­ice, who has suc­cess­fully raced to the top of Tai­wan’s podium.

‘‘He said ex­pect it to be hot or ridicu­lously hot. That will be a chal­lenge at this time of year, es­pe­cially com­ing from Oa­maru. It will be the big­gest com­peti­tor on the day . . . I will be giv­ing it my at­ten­tion,’’ he said.

Roth is the Chal­lenge Fam­ily’s flag­ship race and the largest long dis­tance triathlon in the world.

Ger­man ath­lete Jan Fro­deno of Ger­many broke the world record at Roth last year, win­ning in 7:35:39. He also set the 180km bike course record, which Al­lan thinks is ‘‘ridicu­lously fast’’.

‘‘It will be hard to be at my best at that time of the year. I will see how it goes. I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to it. Ger­mans love their cy­clists and the bike re­sult at Roth can some­times be more im­por­tant,’’ he said.

What­ever hap­pens, Al­lan is look­ing for­ward to Roth’s army of spec­ta­tors. ‘‘I hear it is a bit hilly too but with 50,000 spec­ta­tors at So­lar Berg I might be able to float up that a bit more quickly.’’

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