Javier Gomez will take on a tough field over the half-distance at Challenge Wanaka this weekend.
February 15, 2018 | NEWS|
The road to Hawaii begins for Javier Gomez in New Zealand this weekend. The Spaniard will race at Challenge Wanaka as his first form test over the half distance and will take on some speedsters. Australians Luke McKenzie and Luke Bell are in the field, along with Kiwis Dougal Allan, Tony Dodds, Dylan McNeice, Braden Currie. Others to watch included Joe Skipper (GBR), Jan van Berkel (SUI) and Jesse Thomas (USA).
In women's race, Laura Siddall (GBR) takes on New Zealanders Amelia Watkinson, Julia Grant and Rebecca Clarke, who will be dueling for the New Zealand national championship. Annabel Luxford (AUS) is another to watch.
The full-distance race in Wanaka this year is not a pro event.
The half-distance race will certainly provide a fitting test for Gomez as he embarks on his quest for Kona in 2018. While not as hilly as the full-distance event - the 180-kilometer long-distance bike course includes around 1,800 meters of climbing - the 90-kilometer half-distance race still includes just under 500 meters of climbs, followed by a half-marathon that has 258 meters of climbing.