Celebrating 25 years of the Torpedo7 Peak to Peak multisport event

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  • 6 August 2018
  • Torpedo7 PEAK TO PEAK

The South Island’s biggest multisport event is ready for its 25th annual event.

The Torpedo7 Peak to Peak race invites pro athletes and weekend warriors alike to ski, bike, paddle and run from the Remarkables to Coronet Peak ski areas (Queenstown), tomorrow, 11th August.

Since its inception in 1993, the iconic race has been a favourite winter event among New Zealand’s top multi-sport athletes. Event director Geoff Hunt says the event has been a popular “winter warmer” for multisport royalty like Steve Gurney, Floorjie Grimmett and Hamish Fleming.

“It’s a very well timed event for competitive athletes wanting to keep their training ticking over during the winter months. But it’s not all about the pros – we’ve had competitors as young as 10 and 11 enjoying the Peak to Peak with their parents. It’s a fantastic event if you want to get into multisport.”

The 44km race starts with skiing or snowboarding from the top of the Remarkables, followed by a 17km mountain bike ride down the Remarkables access road to Frankton. Competitors then paddle 7km across Lake Wakatipu to Queenstown Bay, run 9km to Arthurs Point and cycle 9km up to the Coronet Peak base building to finish on the snow.

The 2017 event saw a field of more than 300 competitors, including teams and individuals from local schools and businesses.

Geoff says the Peak to Peak concept has remained “exactly the same” throughout its 25-year-history – a testament to the enduring popularity of the race and its unique course.

“I was asked by Destination Queenstown to create an event that linked the Remarkables – which was just a small, little-known ski area back then, with Queenstown and Coronet Peak for the Queenstown Winter Festival event. The Torpedo7 Peak to Peak was born and it’s remained exactly the same; it’s always drawn the best multisport athletes and has been a starting point for many more. The thrill of seeing the finish line in the distance as you stand at the start line on the Remarkables is something else – it doesn’t get old.

“Teams and individual athletes of all levels have returned to do the event again and again and I’m looking forward to seeing competitors old and new tackle the 25th Peak to Peak.”