Allan takes the long road home
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.’’