Queen Charlotte Classic Multisport Race
The Queen Charlotte Classic is a real multi sport adventure. Race day is Saturday 7th November.... a perfect day in paradise. 2009 Competitors will flex their muscles and test their fitness on a course that takes them on a journey through legendary, heartland NZ scenery.
The race begins spectacularly with competitors travelling by Beachcomber Cruise Boats, across the Queen Charlotte Sound, to the gorgeous Mistletoe Bay. Here Mayor Alistair Sowman will fire the starters gun, and send competitors off on a 14km run that takes in some of the best of the Queen Charlotte Track.
At Anakiwa competitors will change out of their running shoes and onto their bikes and cycle approximately 30km to Waikawa Bay. Swapping pedals for paddles, the 8km kayak out of Waikawa Bay takes competitors through the tricky waters off "the Snout", down the bays and to the beach at Picton for the finish shute.
The young and super fit will take two and a half hours and the rest will take three to four hours. Teams follow the same course but with an extended bike section that gives the team cyclist a slightly tougher challenge (riding 50kms) and taking in some of the bays of the Mahau Sound and riding the gentle Mahakipawa Hill then returning on the same course the individuals ride to arrive at the kayak transition in Waikawa Bay.
For event details and photos visit http://www.queencharlotteclassic.co.nz