New frontiers for Peak to Peak

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It’s set to be a year of firsts for iconic multi-sport event Peak to Peak.

The event – in which individuals and teams ski or snowboard, cycle, kayak and run from The Remarkables to sister skifield Coronet Peak – was sold earlier this year by founder Geoff Hunt to the local company behind the GODZone adventure race.

Queenstown event boss Adrian Bailey was then brought on board to run the event.

“This year we wanted to give it a little TLC and make a few changes along the way, and we’re looking forward to hosting the event,” he says.

This year the 25-year-old event has moved from its usual August date to September.

Bailey says shifting the date away from the busy school holiday and night ski period helped from a safety perspective.

“There’ll just be more room for the participants and the event finish line.”

Another new feature will help people keep track of how competitors are doing from the comfort of their homes.

“We’ve introduced electronic timing, so when you come into the transitions during the event, the split-times for every stage are immediately uploaded to the world wide web.

“With technology these days, there’s so many more possibilities, so being able to introduce something like this is exciting.”

As for any favourites to take out this year’s race, Bailey’s staying mum.

“Yeah we do have some standout athletes, but you know what the nice thing is, anything can happen on the day.”

Peak to Peak takes place on September 14.

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