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The Challenge Wanaka bike course will return to its original 90km single-loop format.

The course change is for both the triathlon and aqua-bike events, cyclists to start at Glendhu Bay and pass Wanaka, Lake Hawea, Luggate, Wanaka Airport and Mt Barker to return to Glendhu Bay.

Event director Bill Roxburgh said the change was made after considering feedback from athletes and the health and safety risks around the one-lane bridge on the 2021 course near the Glendhu Bay transition.

The 2021 course trialled a multi-lap course on Mt Aspiring Rd, from Glendhu Bay to Treble Cone and back, and did not take cyclists on the usual tour of the district.

“We are sure a return to the traditional bike course will make a lot of people very happy and give the people of Wanaka and Hawea back some of that epic race day atmosphere. It also means we do not have to cap entries for the race, as there will be more room for cyclists to spread out along the course.

Wanaka professional triathlete Dougal Allan welcomed the course change.

“I have to say I love the old course so much I happily did it twice,

There will also be a change to the 21km running course, athletes to run two laps of Bike Glendhu bike trails without having to run on Motatapu Rd.