Challenge Wanaka continues to attract triathlon’s big names to the shores of Lake Wanaka in 2019, with some of the world’s best confirming their participation.

American triathlon powerhouse Andrew Starykowicz will be certainly pushing the envelope in Wanaka. He is the World Record Holder for the fastest bike split in a Long Distance Triathlon and had the fastest bike leg in Challenge Roth 2018, as well as the 2018 Ironman World Championships in Kona. He is on top form and the battle between him, Wanaka local legend Braden Currie and kiwi professional Dylan McNeice will be something to watch closely.

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McNeice is returning from injury, so will want to contest for his fourth Challenge Wanaka win. “It is a magical location here in Wanaka, on a tough and honest course, with happy and motivated people, surrounded by family and friends, and a superbly run event,” says McNiece. Joining this top group will be Matty Burton from Australia who came second to Terenzo Bozzone at Challenge Bussleton at the end of last year.

Challenge Wanaka’s Ambassador, Laura Siddall, will be back for a fifth time with an appetite for the win as she has been pipped into second the 4 previous events. This prolific British Iron distance athlete has podium finishes in over 25 of her last 30 starts, including 3-time Ironman Champion, 2018 ETU European Long Course Champion, and the fastest British woman in 2016 and 2017.

Joining her on the start line will be American Meredith Kessler who is an 11-time full distance triathlon and 21-time half-distance champion making her a firm favourite amongst the women’s field.

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