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Allan, Alizue Win XTERRA at Massive Macpac Motatapu Off-Road Event

More Than 4000 Athletes Took Part In Various Off-Road Events

According to the Macpac Motatapu Off-Road Event website:

Each year for one day only the pristine trails of the Motatapu welcomes thousands of all-comers to experience one of New Zealand’s favourite off-road sporting events.

Set in the stunning Wanaka to Queenstown high country, you’ll race through some of the most stunning high country terrain in New Zealand, with six different events to choose from depending on your appetite for scenery or suffering!

It’s a bucket-list off-road event for everyone from elite athletes to have-a-crack characters. A hugely enjoyable and social event, famous for its relaxed southern vibe.

Your chance – for one day only – to experience the legend that is the Motatapu.


Dougal Allan Wins XTERRA Motatapu. Photo – Motatapu Off-Road Event

We’ve never been but have to admit it looks amazing. Perhaps, its a 2019 goal.

For 2018 Paties Alizue claimed the women’s UDC Finance XTERRA Triathlon while the highly anticipated “battle of mates” between Braden Currie and 2017 Champion Dougal Allan failed to materialize due to a Currie DNS.

Unfortunately that’s just about all the info we have. We will attempt to find more information as it comes available.

UDC Finance XTERRA Triathlon

Full Results HERE

Men’s Results

Position Name Time Category (POS) Gender (POS)
1 DOUGAL ALLAN (#118) 03:22:47 30-34yrs  (1) Male  (1)
2 PETE SMALLFIELD (#100) 03:35:28 25-29yrs  (1) Male  (2)
3 JASON HALL (#4) 03:37:03 25-29yrs  (2) Male  (3)
4 MARC PRUTTON (#125) 03:49:35 35-39yrs  (1) Male  (4)
5 RICHARD FERGUSON (#32) 03:50:57 35-39yrs  (2) Male  (5)
6 CEDRIC WANE (#24) 03:54:39 30-34yrs  (2) Male  (6)
7 HAMISH PEPPER (#151) 03:57:20 45-49yrs  (1) Male  (7)
8 CRAIG NIEPER (#187) 03:57:35 40-44yrs  (1) Male  (8)
10 SAM GOODALL (#119) 04:01:48 30-34yrs  (3) Male  (9)

Women’s Results

Position Name Time Category (POS) Gender (POS)
1 PATIES ALIZÚE (#86) 03:59:54 18-24yrs  (1) Female  (1)
2 EMILY HARPER (#18) 04:11:24 30-34yrs  (1) Female  (2)
3 FLORENCE VAN DYKE (#105) 04:24:36 25-29yrs  (1) Female  (3)
4 MARTINA FELLMANN (#98) 04:29:41 25-29yrs  (2) Female  (4)
5 ANDIE LOWRY (#27) 04:31:40 35-39yrs  (1) Female  (5)
6 HAZEL BOWERING-SCOTT (#90) 04:36:15 25-29yrs  (3) Female  (6)
7 LIZZY BUNCKENBURG (#94) 04:36:57 25-29yrs  (4) Female  (7)
8 ROSIE HILL (#16) 04:46:37 25-29yrs  (5) Female  (8)
9 JOSIE SINCLAIR (#171) 04:47:25 55-59yrs  (1) Female  (9)
10 JESSICA RATHGEN (#88) 04:51:14 18-24yrs  (2) Female  (10)

The below was published in the Otago Daily Times

More than 4000 bikers and runners enjoyed a crisp, clear autumn’s day as they raced or traipsed over the hills between Lake Wanaka and Arrowtown in Saturday’s Macpac event.

Wanaka athletes figured prominently among the winners, with Ruth Croft winning the 51km Ultra Run in record time, Dougal Allan winning the Xterra Triathlon for the third time and Paul Wright claiming the men’s Mountain Bike title.

Croft, who moved to the township recently after 10 years living in Taiwan, finished almost an hour ahead of last year’s winner, Australia’s Lucy Bartholomew, while Dunedin’s Anna Frost finished third.

Bartholomew said trouble with her nutrition and a wrong turn meant she did not put in the performance she was hoping for.

”The first 20km was awesome – it was Ruth and I and a bunch of guys – but then Ruth just put the hammer down and showed me how it was done.”

Allan dominated the 2km swim, 47km bike and 8.5km run to win in 3hr 22min 47sec, adding to his victories in 2015 and last year.

Wright finished the Mountain Bike race only 17 seconds ahead of Oamaru’s Tim Rush after the latter had a spill while leading with about 15km to go.

”Tim and I were together and then he had a pretty big crash, and I was quite worried … I stopped and helped him.”

Queenstown’s Kate Fluker claimed her seventh win in the Mountain Bike as she prepared for another season of World Cup cross-country racing in the UK and Europe.

In other events, Joe Mann, of the UK, won the men’s Ultra Run, Paties Alizue won the women’s Xterra Triathlon, Vajin Armstrong and Cecilia Fori won the Off-Road Marathon, Maxime Lebouef and Tania McWilliams won the 15km Miners Trail and Benje Patterson and Kirsty O’Sullivan won the 8.5km Sawpit Trail Run.

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Founder and Editor at DirtTRI.com. Jimmy has been a professional athlete for over 18 years as a runner, cyclist, mountain biker, cross country skier, and primarily, triathlete. Jimmy has a degree in exercise science from the University of Colorado and is a USA Triathlon and USA Cycling certified coach. Jimmy became a freelance writer in 2000 while competing and covering the ITU Winter Triathlon World Championship. Since that time Jimmy has been head editor at two magazines, been published in numerous publications within the endurance sport, recreation, and travel segments. Currently Jimmy is competing professionally in off-road multisport. In his spare time Jimmy passionately follows Formula 1, Moto GP, and is an avid cook.

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