Challenge Wanaka attracts top line up for 2016

Defending champions Gina Crawford (NZL) and Dylan McNeice (NZL) are just a few of the international pro triathletes lining up for the 10th anniversary of New Zealand’s long distance triathlon, taking place on 20 February. They will be looking to secure their seventh and fourth titles respectively and the lion’s share of the $80,000 prize fund.


However competition will be fierce for this ironman competition. Hoping to beat Gina will be DATEV Challenge Roth champion and former world record holder over the 226km distance, Yvonne van Vlerken (NED), who has had over 80 podiums in her career, along with 2015 runner-up Laura Siddall (GBR), Alyssa Godesky (USA) and Kiwi athlete, now resident in the USA, Anna Cleaver.

The mens will be equally exciting. Last year saw Dougal Allan (NZL) break the bike course record by almost 12 minutes, while Maik Twelsiek had the fastest bike split in Kona this year.