Wilson heads off to world champs


A Queenstowner leaves for France in two weeks to compete in the Long Distance Triathlon World Champion­ships. 

Adam Wilson, 30, qualified to represent New Zealand in the 30-34 age group after placing fifth in this category at the Port of Tauranga half-ironman in January. 

Wilson, however, says the June 2 race in Belfort, north-east France, is significantly longer, comprising a 4km swim, 110km cycle leg and a 30km run. 

“I should hopefully have a pretty good swim-bike but it’s a tough course – it’s got a sort of Crown Range-type [cycle] climb in the middle of it.” 

After a top-15 age group finish in the Hawaiian off-road Xterra world championships last October, Wilson’s hoping for a top-10 or top-15 finish in France – “but I’ve got no idea what the competition will be like”. 

Afterwards he intends staying in Europe to compete in some other triathlons during their summer. 

Meanwhile he’s offering a $2400 Queens­town adventure prize package on the crowdfunding Pledge Me website to help meet the significant cost of competing in France. 

Already he’s received some funding from Community Trust of Southland and the Skeggs Foundation.