2018 ELITE PROFILES COMING SOON
2017 Elite Profiles:
Elite Womens Teams
Kat Reynolds and Mirjam Van der boom
Kat and Mirjam are well versed runners, with several formidable achievements under their belts. They are both relatively new to the mulit-sport scene. This however hasn’t stopped them from starting their career with several results at the top end of the field, including a 2nd place in the 2016 edition of Red Bull Defiance.
Kat Reynolds is a relative newcomer to multisport and Red Bull Defiance 2016 was her first
multisport race and she loved it! She and Mirjam teamed up to finish the second elite women’s team and they will race together again for 2017 to see how much further they can push each other. Kat competed in the 2016 Godzone Pure event as well as winning the Routeburn Classic, the Coast to Coast Mountain run and the Goat Kaimai.
Mirjam van den Boom started off as a road runner, and subsequently transitioned to triathlons and road cycling. She switched to off-road multisport when friends in the University of Auckland (now Cloud Base Nine) Godzone team needed a new female member. She promptly puchased a mountain bike and has not looked back since! Competing in Godzone in both 2015 (12th overall, 2nd young team) and 2016 (14th overall), multisport is now her true passion. She has also had the opportunity to run in Australia, claiming 3rd place in the Larapinta Stage Race in Alice Springs in 2015.
ELITE MENS TEAMS
Bob McLachlan and Glen Currie
These two seasoned racers will be banking on experience counting for more than youth, when they take on the teams of twenty-something-year-olds in Red Bull Defiance’s elite men’s category. Tough, gritty and prepared to suffer due to stubbornness to succeed, Bob and Glen will be giving it their all come the two race days.
Glen Currie’s passion for the outdoors began at an early age with him and his younger brother Braden Currie escaping into the foothills to ski, snowboard, tramp, hunt, motorbike, mountain bike and run whenever possible. Later in life Glen discovered endurance sport and went about competing in as many iconic events throughout New Zealand as possible. In doing so he managed to win such races as the Goldrush, Peak to Peak, and twice finished third place in the Longest Day Coast to Coast. He has since competed in a number of events in China and throughout the world..
Bob McLachlan (or Big Water Bob as he is known in some circles) has spent his lifetime in the outdoors – guiding, exploring and competing at international level in various water sports. In recent years, he has channeled that experience into adventure racing around the globe.
His competitive nature, strength and slightly super-human ability has seen him head-hunted to race with some of New Zealand and Australia’s top teams overseas. Back home, Bob’s Torpedo 7 team has placed on the podium twice in their four attempts at the grueling 500 – 600km Godzone Adventure Race.
Aged 44 last year, Bob decided to dedicate some training time to racing solo and stunned some of his younger rivals by finishing runner-up in the Coast to Coast’s Longest Day.
Alex Hunt and Daniel Jones
This young duo has burst onto the global multisport scene and have established themselves as two successful athletes that are on their way to becoming household names within the off-road sport world.
Daniel Jones (25) of Wellington has the fleet of foot gift and went to University in the United States for five years on a running scholarship. On returning to New Zealand Alex broke into the multisport scene by winning the Elite Men’s division in the 2016 edition of Red Bull Defiance, alongside his team mate Daniel Jones. Later in the year Daniel achieved 2nd at the World XTERRA Trail Running Championships in Hawaii. Moving forward Daniel’s primary focus is to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games for the 10000m. Daniel plans to use multisport and adventure racing as a way to help him achieve this goal.
Alex Hunt is a 25-year-old Tasmanian and calls the small city of Hobart home. Growing up in Tasmania has given Alex the opportunity to train on some of the best Adventure racing terrain right on his doorstep! He’s been racing Adventure sport for the better part of ten years now, starting on the local scene he’s since raced all over Australia, Asia and New Zealand. Alex believes that Red Bull Defiance is Adventure racing at its best. With its truly epic terrain, tough competition and the ability to race with and against some of your best mates. Alex has made Red Bull Defiance 2017 his priority in 2017 as he puts all his focus into retaining his title in the Elite Men’s Division.
Team Thule: Sam Clark and Martin Flinta
In 2017 Martin Flinta and Sam Clark will unite to take out the 2017 Elite Men’s Division of Red Bull Defiance. Sam and Martin have several team races under their belt and their ability to work together as a team will be among one of their many assets going into this event.
Martin Flinta is a Swedish adventure racer who races with the ultra-successful Team Thule. This year this team were the winners of the 2016 Raid Aran, which doubled as the European Adventure Racing Championships. Martin was also part of the team that were the Adventure Racing World Champions in 2011. He has also won Sweden's most challenging multisport race the Åre Extreme Challenge five times, the Island to Island (swim/run world championship) twice and is the two-time winner of the XTERRA world championship M40-44 category. Martin really is ‘Mr Experience’ with more than 20 international victories in adventure racing.
BRADEN CURRIE AND Josiah Middaugh
Braden Currie -
Three-time Coast to Coast champion, Wanaka-based, Red Bull-backed Braden Currie has taken on the world in a variety of disciplines. On road or off-road this man is part animal and part machine and has the titles to prove it.
In 2015 he became the first-ever athlete to claim the title of USA Off-Road Triathlon Champion and in November 2015 he claimed second in the World Xterra Championships.
Braden is also the NZ and Asia Pacific Xterra Champion and a two-time long distance triathlon champion.
Middaugh has never been to New Zealand before and is in for a treat as he joins a sold-out field of 70 teams racing Red Bull Defiance in 2017
ELITE MIXED TEAMS
Simone Maier and Marcel Hagener
These two German-born machines are the ultimate super couple. They won the elite mixed title in Red Bull Defiance twice (in 2014 and 2016) and will be aiming to make that a hat-trick of victories in 2017.
Marcel Hagener (49) lives in Ohakune, but is a frequent visitor to Wanaka to hang out with his partner in life and racing - Simone. He started mountain biking competitively at 25 and raced with Team Seagate (captained by Nathan Faavae) and they won the Adventure Racing World Champs in 2005. Marcel has had several major international adventure racing wins in Abu Dhabi and China and was also the World Rogaining Champion NZ in 2010.
Simone Maier (36) is nicknamed ‘bouncy’ because of her incredible energy but don’t let her ever-present smile fool you – this is one tough lady. She started out racing successfully in triathlon/Ironman events but ventured further into Multisport/Adventure Racing in 2011. Her success list includes gold medal titles in the Adventure Racing European Championships, the Multisport World Championships and Australasian Multisport Championships.
Elina Ussher and Richard Ussher
Elina has racked up four consecutive victories at one of the world’s premier adventure races, the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge as a member of Team Adventure Sport NZ which she co-founded with Richard in 2007 as well as wins and often records in all the other main events in NZ, China and Scandinavia.
After his 5th Coast to Coast win in 2014 Ussher announced his retirement from multisport and is now the director of the world famous Kathmandu Coast to Coast. Richard is returning to multisport for a one off occasion to race alongside his wife Elina.