The first virtual Challenge Family race will take place this Saturday, 19 February, on the iconic Integrity Homes Challenge Wanaka course in New Zealand’s Southern Alps. Hayden Wilde, the Olympic bronze medalist in Tokyo and Rebecca Clarke, a top Kiwi pro, will wait to be challenged by anyone from around the world.
Using ROUVY’s real-life footage combined with 3D animation, hundreds of triathletes and cyclists from around the world will pit themselves against this deceptively tough 90km course, without having to leave home. They can also measure themselves against one of the world’s best triathletes, Hayden Wilde, the Olympic bronze medalist in Tokyo, alongside Rebecca Clarke, fresh off her win at the Tauranga Half.
This inaugural virtual race will replace the actual Challenge Wanaka event which was cancelled due to New Zealand’s COVID restrictions.
“As our longest standing race outside of Roth, it was a real shame to see Challenge Wanaka cancelled due to COVID, despite the team’s best efforts. However, it is fitting that Challenge’s first international race is now the first virtual race, again making history,” said Challenge Family CEO, Jort Vlam.
“Our partnership with ROUVY opens the world’s borders and allows everyone to race this spectacular course; ROUVY’s real-life footage really captures why this is one of the world’s most scenic triathlons.”
Athletes in the UK can race Challenge Wanaka on Friday 18 February at 20:00 GMT, which is open to athletes of all abilities; the only requisite is a smart trainer. If they are not already part of the ROUVY community, participants must register; once registered, they can receive an additional two weeks’ free trial here.
To register for the race, click here