Challenge Wanaka features one of the world’s toughest and most honest middle-distance triathlon courses set against the stunning alpine backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage Area.
In New Zealand, Challenge Wanaka is the largest triathlon festival. Set in the natural amphitheater of Glendhu Bay the event boasts a stunning backdrop. Together with you, Marten Van Rien will start the Group Ride and you will set off from Glendha Bay through New Zealand's nature. The whole event ends at the Hāwea Flat settlement. It's a beautiful 40km of unspoiled nature and you can taste part of the Challenge Wanaka race thanks to it.
Marten Van Riel started competing in triathlons in 2009 and has since gone on to represent his country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he placed 6th, and at Tokyo 2020 finishing 4th.
In 2019, five top-10 finishes helped the Belgian to 5th place in the overall rankings, with 3rd place at WTS Edmonton being his best of the year, before a brilliant run of podiums saw him finish second overall in the 2021 Series rankings.
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