Event in its 31st year
This year will mark the Triple Peaks event’s 31st season.
“With new categories, a new event village location and a few innovative refinements, we are confident that the 2019 challenge will truly cement MCL Construction Triple Peaks as an iconic event for the region,” event co-director Emma Buttle says.
One of Hawke’s Bay’s longest-running, challenging and rewarding events, Triple Peaks will be held on Saturday, March 9.
Buttle and co-director Richard Mills, of Bennelong Mountain Bike Club, took the reins for the event last year.
“The positive response following 2018 Triple Peaks just blew us away. However, we will continue to refine and refresh the event format to ensure it’s a well-oiled machine that both surprises and impresses our entrants,” Buttle said.
“Triple Peaks encompasses everything we love about Hawke’s Bay, with breathtaking views and fantastic rugged terrain. It is an intensely rewarding challenge — a great event for the bucket list.”
Mills said: “It is an event that has deep roots in Hawke’s Bay, with proceeds going back to Te Mata Park Trust for 2019. It’s essential that it retains its local flavour.
“Fundraising is the primary goal for this event,” Mills said.
“We are excited about supporting such a wonderful community asset, and the One Giant Chance campaign to buy new land and plant more native trees for the park.
“While 2018 was a resounding success with over 770 competitors, we are making a few adjustments for next year, with a new duathlon category and e-bike category,” Mills said.
As the person responsible for course design, Mills is already planning which route to take.
Another change for 2019 will be the family-friendly event village to Havelock North Village Green.
The One Peak Explorer category is open for 2019 and with numbers limited to 150, entrants should sign up as soon as possible, Buttle said.