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For those of you lucky enough to have been guided on antrip by Nick or Elder (or both if you were extra lucky!), you’ll be aware that they’re a couple of blokes who can’t get enough of the great outdoors. When they’re not guiding for us in , they can be found leading guests on hiking trails in our other destinations – Nick in , and Elder in . If you’re not familiar with these particular Active Adventures guides, check out the picture below:
Nick and Elder love their bikes so much, that they’ll be competing in the Motatapu midway through a 2-week ‘Weka’ trip as the race falls perfectly on the day the group will spend exploring Queenstown, close to where the race will finish. We managed, somehow, to catch up with Nick and Elder and quiz them on their decision to race in the Motatapu, their training, and if they’re in it to win it.
Q: Have you competed in this race before? What’s the terrain going to be like?
Q: Are you guys really competitive? Will you be racing to win or just out there to enjoy yourselves?
Q: Any secrets you’re willing to share with us about training, preparation, or staying fuelled during the race?
Nick: “Peanut butter is key. Haha! Seriously though, it is. There’ll definitely be a Fergburger or two involved in my pre and post race meals too.”
Q: Have you done much training? I guess the ‘Weka’ trips you’ve been guiding are enough….?
The Macpac Motatapu Race is taking place on Saturday the 10th of March, and we’ll make sure that the guys have a team of fans waiting at the finish line in Arrowtown with a cold beer for them! Whilst the boys aren’t riding the race for charity, if they do manage to win any money they intend to donate it to the Queenstown Trails Trust, a charity committed to developing a network of public trails around the Wakatipu Basin. Elder will be running thein May this year, so watch this space for more details on that, and how you can donate to his chosen charity, Active Hearts Himalayas.
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