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New Lease of Life for Queenstown’s Epic Peak to Peak

Queenstown’s one day winter multisport event, the David Reid Homes Peak to Peak, is stepping into a new era with a fresh team at the helm.

Queenstown based Active Tonic Ltd, a subsidiary of 100% Pure Racing – the sports event company behind the world’s largest adventure race GODZone and Australia and New Zealand’s Red Bull Defiance – are the new owners of the event.

The popular multisport day has been held annually at The Remarkables and Coronet Peak ski fields since 1994 and race director Adrian Bailey says it’s a one-of-a-kind.

“This is Queenstown’s biggest multisport attraction and the only winter race with a unique combination of disciplines that include skiing or snowboarding, mountain biking, kayaking and running. We have re-energised the event to attract a wider cross section of competitors and open it up to different team combinations.”

Originally designed to link the Remarkables and Coronet Peak with Queenstown during the resort’s annual Queenstown Winter Festival celebration, the event will be held this year on the 14thSeptember.

Coronet Peak Ski Area Manager Nigel Kerr says there is no question the David Reid Homes Peak to Peak is a highlight on the Coronet Peak and The Remarkables ski area event calendar.

“It is of those classic events that has become part of the event programme on both mountains and we are looking forward to continue hosting it. The event is always an action-packed day with competitors making the dash on skis, bike, kayak and foot from The Remarkables, down to Queenstown, and back up to Coronet Peak.”

There are five race stages in total and competitors can choose to race as a solo, tandem pair, school or business team or social team.

“Stage one starts at the Remarkables with a set ski or snowboard course followed by a stage two mountain bike to Frankton Beach,” says Adrian. “Stage three is a kayak leg from Frankton Beach to Queenstown Bay then a stage four run from Queenstown Bay to Arthurs Point. Stage five is the final cycling leg from Arthurs Point up to the Coronet Peak finish line.”

“The finish line and prizegiving area is at Coronet Peak’s West Wing with a fun, social vibe and atmosphere for teams, friends, families and supporters to enjoy. Entries are coming in thick and fast particularly for the Tandem class which I expect to be a sell out and the event is shaping up to have a bright future ahead.”