Peak to peak

Editorial

The Torpedo7 Peak to Peak

August 6 2018 by Geoff Hunt, Race Director

The Torpedo7 Peak to Peak

Back in 1993, I was asked by Destination Queenstown to create an event that linked The Remarkables with Coronet Peak (and Queenstown sandwiched in the middle), for the Queenstown Winter Festival. The Remarkables was not so well known as a ski area back then, but the town as a whole was synonymous with adventure, sports and mountains. So, the Peak to Peak was born; a 44km multisport race linking the two ski areas. We’re now gearing up for the 25th annual event, this Saturday 11th August.

Competitors will ski or snowboard from the top of The Remarkables, mountain bike down the access road to Frankton before jumping in a kayak to paddle across Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown Bay. They’ll then run to Arthurs Point and cycle up to the Coronet Peak base building to finish on the snow. Easy!

Thanks to support from the likes of Torpedo7, the Peak to Peak has remained pretty much the same over the past 25 years – few other events can claim that. It’s much-loved by New Zealand’s top multisport athletes who use it as a ‘winter warmer’ in what’s typically a quiet season for multisport races.

But it’s not all about the pro athletes. The 2017 event saw a field of more than 300 competitors, including teams and individuals from local schools and businesses. Over the years, we’ve had loads of locals and weekend warriors tackle the race as an individual, or as a team. It’s a fantastic event if you want to get into multisport and there’s nothing quite like standing atop The Remarkables, at the start line, glimpsing the Coronet Peak finish line in the distance. In the last quarter-of-a-century, it’s been encouraging to see young athletes grow into talented multisport-ers and young athletes grow old… and return again and again just for the thrill of the race. Age might slow you down, but it doesn’t stop the fun. We’ve even had competitors as young as 10 and 11 enjoying the Peak to Peak with their parents.

It’s a testament to Queenstown that the Torpedo Peak to Peak is as popular as it has ever been. Though the town has seen many changes over the past 25 years, our addiction to adventure, sport and this striking landscape clearly hasn’t changed, we’ve just learned to share it with more people.

There’s still a few entries left for the 25th Peak to Peak Multisport Race. If you’re feeling fit enough (and adventurous enough) to enter, head to www.southerntraverse.com and if you’re more a spectator than an athlete, come and cheer on the competitors this Saturday.

Geoff Hunt

- Geoff Hunt, Race Director
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