Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

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Lake Wanaka, New Zealand


After a successful inaugural Aquabike race in 2018, Challenge Wanaka will continue with the  3km swim and 120km bike for 2019!

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Saturday 16th February 2019

Race Manual

The Aquabike Race Manual will be updated for 2019 and published here in due course – watch this space!

Course details

Swim Leg – 3km
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The swim course is set for Roy’s Bay in Lake Wanaka

The two-lap swim is in the sheltered part of Roy’s Bay in Lake Wanaka within easy view of spectators watching from the shore. The course has a beach start swimming in an anti-clockwise direction with a total of three turn buoys.

Lake Wanaka is the warmest lake in the Southern Lakes and is a popular choice for a large range of water sports each summer. The swim course is in crystal clear water so clean you can drink it.

Bike Leg – 120km
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Close up of town section – Stone St/Meadowstone Drive

The 120km bike is over two laps and takes in two of the alpine lakes in the Southern Lakes region.

After passing through the main race area and crowds of spectators the course turns left to Albert Town and an undulating ride to Lake Hawea. After a ride along the lakefront the course turns towards Hawea Flat, climbing to the terraces before dropping steeply back down to the Clutha River. Before reaching the Red Bridge, a sharp left hand turn takes you out towards Tarras for 1.5km where a U-turn takes you back to the Red Bridge, through Luggate and up to the Airport Hill and then a steady downhill back to town taking a short detour along Riverbank Road to the Cardrona Valley Road.  At Stone Street you turn left down a short steep hill to a sharp bend onto Meadowstone Drive, leading you out right onto Ardmore Street toward town before heading out on the second lap.
After the second lap is complete, your destination is the transition are where you will rack your bike and run 100 metres to the finish.