It is with great delight that Braden Currie can say that for the second time in a row, he is the winner of Challenge Wānaka. The Upper Clutha local finished the race at 3hr:59min:48s, ahead of his rival racers by over three minutes. Currie, who finished seventh at the 2019 World Ironman Championships will be competing in Ironman New Zealand in early March said that the Challenge was a good training build up, “three weeks out from Ironman NZ, my endurance is definitely there and my riding was on track for Ironman power.”
"I feel like I'm in pretty good form, had a solid swim and was feeling comfortable. Joe Skipper is a phenomenal rider and he was out to attack… Mike Phillips threw everything he had at the bike,” said Currie of his competitors, “I had a bit of a deficit to Mike and Joe at the end of the bike, but I felt confident in my run form."
About two weeks before the Challenge race, local hairdresser Darby Dichrow from Ali Barber’s gave the athlete a trim, remarking that, “We actually didn’t talk about the Wānaka Race but he was telling me about some of his other races. He was a very confident man about his career but he cares a lot about his family. He takes his kids and his wife alongside him on his races which I thought was really awesome… hoping my haircut made him more aerodynamic for the race.”
"The local support on this course is phenomenal these days,” added Currie, “It's amazing how many people I saw out there and people I know really well, cheering me on. The other highlight was having my daughter Bella and son Tarn there at the finish line.”