Here is a unique winter race for you to consider – the Peak to Peak North Face which links two ski mountains in Queensland, New Zealand.
Starting at The Remarkables with a 200m run down to the start of the 2km skiing/snowboarding course which finishes at the access road, followed by a 17km mountain bike road down the high altitude road to Lake Wakatipu. A 7km paddle to Queenstown Bay leads to a 9km run from Queenstown via Arthur’s Point, to a changeover point near the foot of Coronet Peak, for the final 9km cycle ride to the base buildings at the top of the ski area.
There is something very special about standing on the start line high up in the Remarkables and looking across to Coronet Peak and the finish line off in the distance.
The race is extremely competitive from the very beginning and it is worth bearing in mind advice from previous contestants – one of the hardest parts of the race is the 200m run to your skis at the very beginning. With all the build-up, the cold and bottled adrenaline, the race explodes with aggression at the start point.
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Race director Geoff Hunt says the event is aimed not only at the accomplished multi-sport athlete, but, with the distances achievable by all, it encourages people at all levels of fitness to enter.
The courses encompasses snow covered mountains, steep gravelled and tarmac ski field access roads, State Highways and tarmac rural roads, QLDC Reserve, public walking / cycling tracks, and Lakes Wakatipu and Hayes. The event will generally be held in all conditions.
This race is open to individuals and/or teams of two to five people. There’s still time to enter…
A new addition to the rules this year is that a ski helmet must be used – if you don’t have a ski helmet a bike one will do.
For more information please contact www.southerntraverse.com/peak2peak
The North Face Peak to Peak has a serious side to it too. Each year they support a charity of their choice and this year they have chosen the Bruce Grant Youth Trust. It is asking all competitors to make a donation to the Trust set up in the name of a young Queenstown adventurer, Bruce Grant, who tragically died in 1995 after summiting K2 Mountain.
Trustee Alexa Forbes says the Bruce Grant Youth Trust is delighted to be the recipient for the event. “The Trust is about raising funds to help young people in the Wakatipu achieve their goals and the support of the Peak to Peak organisers and athletes is inspirational as well as practical. There are no costs associated with the running of the Trust so anyone making a donation can be assured that every dollar collected is a dollar for one of our recipients.”