Dougal Allan has continued his good form this month, adding to team victories in China with a winning weekend in Australia.
The Wanaka-based multisporter, triathlete and endurance racer has just competed in the 13th Augusta Adventure Fest in Western Australia (November 3 and 4). Allan was crowned champion with the lowest cumulative time across all four of Saturday’s individual races - a 2km ocean swim, 15km ocean paddle, 15km trail run, and 35km mountain bike race. He then went on to compete in Sunday’s Adventure Race, completing the 1km ocean swim, 6km coastal run, 15km mountain bike, and 6km inlet paddle in 1hr 54min 24.94sec to become the overall male winner.
The previous weekend Allan was in China competing in the 10th Zunyi Mountain Quest Adventure Race with team mates Marcel Hagener and Simone Maier.
The two-day, three-person adventure race included a variety of activities such as spear throwing, building fires, stringing chilli peppers and walking on stilts, alongside mountain biking, running and orienteering stages.
Allan, Hagener and Maier finished day one 10 minutes ahead of the field, a lead they extended the following day to take the victory.
The trio had come from the Weng’an Adventure Race China, where they had teamed up with a fourth member Sam Clark. The three-day, four-person team race involved stages in mountain biking, kayaking, running and rope skills. Allan and his teammates narrowly missed out on finishing the first day in the lead, but regained the lead on day two. Going in to day three with a 15 minute overall lead, the team’s navigation skills helped them to overall victory.