Gold Rush Multisport – Across Central Otago, south to north

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to once again have an amazing trip as tail-end-charlie for the annual 3 day Gold Rush Multisport race across a lot of very isolated country in Central Otago. The race is regarded as the next great challenge for those wanting something longer than the Coast-to-Coast which goes from the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island to Christchurch.

It starts at Alexandra just upstream from this famous bridge…
Alexandra Bridge

The competitors kayak down the Clutha River to Lake Roxburgh…
Lake Roxburgh

Exiting the kayak usually requires assistance as muscles have seized up…
Lake Roxburgh Gold Rush Multisport race

Next a short run and then onto a very long mountain biking leg over the Knobbly Range to Manorburn…
Lake Roxburgh transtition - Gold Rush Multisport race

Knobbly Range

My two assistants Mike and Rianne…
Gold Rush Multisport Race

Photo time – one of many, along with gates to be opened…
Knobbly Range - photographer

The tail-end mt biker…
mt biker Knobbly Range

Giving assistance…
Knobbly Range and Landcruiser camper

Dealing with a locked gate dilemma – unlike the athletes we can’t lift our transport over same…
Little Valley gate, Alexandra

The same gate…
Little Valley gate, Alexandra

Sat. night camp at Manorburn was a welcome sight…
Manorburn Dam Central Otago

After a welcome meal, we had to drive on to Poolburn Dam and then to the top of the Serpentine track to be in position for the next morning…
Gold Rush Multisport Race

Me on gates…
Gold Rush Multisport Race gate

Bright and early they came…
Gold Rush Multisport Race

Co-driver, and I’m glad of the break…
Landcruiser driver Gold Rush Multisport Race

Lauder, and I find out that distant relation and friend Cathy Lewsley has a pop-top version. Must be a genetic thing..
Landcruiser campers at Lauder

Brew time and tired…
Gold Rush Multisport Race

A big landscape…
Gold Rush Multisport Race

Meet the locals…
Farmer on Quad Bike with dogs Gold Rush Multisport Race

Keeping track…
Clipboard Gold Rush Multisport Race

Dawn on the last morning – Pisa Range from Tarras…
Dawn sunrise Pisa Range from Tarras

Traffic management…
Gold Rush Multisport Race

Fitting the dreaded sign, for the last leg to Alexandra on a busy highway…
Gold Rush Multisport Race

In true turtle mode…
Gold Rush Multisport Race

Prize giving and beers at Molyneux Park, Centennial Ave, Alexandra…
Molyneux Park, Centennial Ave, Alexandra

Many thanks to Merryn, Tim and MJ for the opportunity, and to Mike and Rianne for the great company and many laughs. And to Rianne for the use of a few photos to augment my own – she has a blog too >>

The route: Alexandra > Roxburgh > Knobbly Range > Manorburn > Serpentine > Poolburn > Moa Creek > Lauder > Thomsons Gorge > Tarras > Hawea Flat > Albertown > Lake Dunstan > Alexandra, by kayak, mt. bike, running and road bike

  2 comments for “Gold Rush Multisport – Across Central Otago, south to north

  1. Rianne Butterfly-or-Grasshopper Dekker
    April 3, 2013 at 6:46 am

    🙂 Hello beautiful Soul.

    I can’t express how thankful I am that we met and that you invited me some months later to join you in this great experience.

    High fives, hugs and glow,

    Your friend, Rianne

    • Donald Lousley
      April 29, 2013 at 1:40 am

      Thanks Rianne, it was great having you and Mike along to share the wonderful experience. Cheers Donald

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