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Challenge Wanaka attracts ‘world-class record-breaking field’ for 2017

Yvonne van Vlerken on Red Bridge over Clutha River on way to her 2016 Challenge Wanaka victory

Some of the world’s leading professional triathletes will race alongside a record age group field at the ‘bucket-list Challenge Wanaka’ in New Zealand’s Southern Alps on 18 February.

Challenge Wanaka is New Zealand’s largest triathlon festival with over 2,500 participants of all ages and abilities from around the world. Internationally recognised as the ‘World’s Most Scenic Triathlon’ it features both half (1.9km swim, 90km bike, 21km run) and full (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42.2km run) distance events for individuals and teams.

In addition, over 900 youngsters aged between five and 11 compete in the Puzzling World Junior Challenge Wanaka; and, the new Challenge Wanaka Sprint is part of the Tri NZ National Junior Series for 16 to 19 year-olds.

Pro women’s field
50 Yvonne van Vlerken, Netherlands
51 Laura Siddall, Great Britain
52 Meredith Hill, Australia
53 Julia Grant, New Zealand
54 Simone Maier, Germany
55 Alyssa Godesky, USA
56 Yvette Grice, GBR
57 Tamsyn Hayes, New Zealand
58 Bonnie Van Wilgenburg, Netherlands
59 Michelle Gailey, Australia
60 Jennifer Lentzke, Canada
61 Julia Viellehner, Germany

Pro men’s field
1 Dougal Allan, New Zealand
2 Per Bittner, Germany
3 Luke McKenzie, Australia
4 Luke Bell, Australia
5 Courtney Ogden, Australia
6 Mike Phillips, New Zealand
7 Matt Randall, New Zealand
8 Simon Bileau, France
9 Allister Caird, Australia




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