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Day Two



Distance: 20 km
Altitude Gain: 0 m
Terrain: Lake/river/rapid/fast flow
Expected Fastest time: 1 hr 30mins

The Kayak stage departs from the shores of Lake Wanaka, and heads around Eely Point and across the lake to the start of the Clutha. The Clutha River is the 6th fastest flowing river in the world and offers several rapid sections with fast flow. Competitors will kayak through Albert Town to Oxbow.

Important:  In the event that Lake Wanaka is too dangerous to kayak an alternative route will be used. Athletes will run from the start/Lakefront HQ around the Eely Point track to the outlet (aprox 10km). Athletes will then transition into their Kayaks and kayak the river to Oxbow (12km). Athletes will be notified of such a change prior to race start on Day 2. The decision will be at the description of the Red Bull Defiance Kayak/Water Safety Director.



Distance: 28 km
Altitude Gain: 1278 m
Terrain: 4WD track/single track/rough terrain
Expected fastest time: 2hrs

Teams will make their way from the Clutha River kayak exit, up to Oxbow along a rough 4wheel drive track about 1-2km in length. On arrival at Oxbow, teams will be required to partake in a clay-bird shoot exercise – each team member gets 1 shot each. If successful in the special stage, teams will transition quickly to the mountain bike and if unsuccessful, a 2-minute stand-down will apply. From Oxbow, teams will commence the epic climb up to the Pisa Range via Criffel Station. After a short journey across the top of the Pisa’s, the course will descend on fast flowing tracks to the bottom of the Cardrona Valley floor.


Clay-bird shoot. Both team members must shoot, and will get 1 shot each. If a clay bird is shot then the team is free to start the MTB leg. If both shots are missed, teams will be stood down for 2 minutes before being allowed to start the MTB leg.



Distance: 28 km
Altitude Gain: 1848 m
Terrain: Farm tracks/markers/exposed alpine route/rocks/shingle
Expected fastest time: 3 hrs 15min

The last leg of the day will see teams take on the Wanaka skyline track. The long grueling up Spots Creek will provide ample opportunities for the teams to view each other as they head for the finish line. Heading over the summits of both Mt Alpha and Roys Peak, the backdrop of the Wanaka township below and the sweeping views around the whole of the central Otago area will please even the weariest competitors. Once at Lake level the teams will have a 6 km run on a firmed track to the Red Bull Finish line on the shores of lake Wanaka.

Please note: There may be a special stage introduced in place of the final 6km run. This will be disclosed closer to the event. 

Important: Stage 6 Run will have a cut-off time of 3pm. All competitors who have not reached the top of Mt Alpha by this time will be required to take the Course B alternative, which short cuts Mt Roy and the skyline and traverses the hillside down into Wanaka Township via Hill End station. All competitors who miss the cut off will receive a short-course team time.


The 2016 Red Bull Defiance Champions will cross the finish line at approximately 1.30pm. The race will close at 6.00pm.


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