The North Face 'Peak 2 Peak', Queenstown, N.Z.


Thankyou to 'ST' media for providing most of the photos below..


The 2008 ‘Peak to Peak’ was one awesome race, held in what turned out to be rugged conditions. There were several hundred competitors giving the race a good buzz.
The teams race comprised of many top athletes, and looked particularly competitive but also good spirited at the same time.

The winning individual time was 2hrs 21mins 39sec by Glen Currrie.

Several years ago I watched this race and because of the lake conditions on the day, the kayak section was sensibly shortened to finish just opposite Kelvin Heights. So even in less than perfect conditions, it was good to see the 'Peak to Peak' race run smoothly.

Having the good fortune to live the Winter of 2000 in Queenstown, a recollection from that time is my very modest Aussie flatmate (Wazza), describing the ski descent.

It was like, straight all the way down the track to the top of ‘Homeward Bound’, followed by a few large sweeping turns to very near the bottom of the descent. However this was still not quite enough to be the first skier down, so he ski jumped over a patch of exposed tussock and rocks to overtake the leader. No mean feat in a ski crazy area like Queenstown.

This event is covered on 'TriathlonShots' because it is a top quality event. Also it is based in my hometown and it is top of my 'to do list'.



Start line area on top of 'Remarkables Mountains' in Central Otago, N.Z.



The Race
Stage 1: Ski/Board 2km
High on the Remarkables Ski Area. A mass start run down to skis. Actual start determined by snow cover

Stage 2: Mtn Bike 17km
Down Remarkables road to Frankton Beach

Stage 3: Paddle 7km
Frankton Beach to Queenstown Bay

Stage 4: Run 9km
From Queenstown Beach, through town and out to Coronet Alpine Hotel

Stage 5: Bike 9km
From Coronet Alpine Hotel to the finish at the Coronet Peak Ski Area base


Start line in the snow storm and after the start as they disappear into the cloud and snow.

The event starts with a short 100m scramble by foot to start the ski section.




Homeward Bound ski action.





Transition of the ski and downhill mountain bike sections of the race.





Coming down the Remarkables

- photo by Dianne Manson.





148 Kayaks paddled 'Frankton Arm', in Lake Wakatipu.






Phil Wood paddling into Queenstown Bay - 2nd place individual at the finish line.





The photos are all in chronological order. There is also a 9km run in between the paddle and Bike ride to the top of 'Coronet Peak'.




Steve Sharp climbing - team rider - 'Alpine choppers'


Physiomed mixed team 'Nick Clark'.







Team 165 'MWH' Iain Banks leads Andrew Town's team 'Soak Day Spa Wanaka'.


Riding up Coronet Peak - team rider leading two individuals.





Tough at the finish?......for sure.






Looking across to the Remarkable Ski area. The large face at right is the 'Homeward Bound' run, where the skiers began. Photo taken from the race finish line at Coronet Ski base. The top teams and individuals completed the event in just over 2 hours!




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