Cycling legend L. A. has confirmed his entry in the Eves Blue Lake Multisport Festival which is set for January in Rotorua.
Rumours started flying on Friday when Juan Pelota, Armstrong’s alias tweeted that his first race would be at these co-ordinates 38°12′S 176°20′E which points to Lake Tikitapu – The Blue Lake. The rumours were not confirmed until this morning when organisers from the Rotorua Association of Triathletes (RATS) received an email from Armstrong’s media advisor. Armstrong will be coming over to New Zealand at the conclusion of the Tour DownUnder in Australia.
Race organiser, Charlotte Pearson was ecstatic to hear that the news was true, “this is a really big thing for RATS and for the event, especially since it is our 25th Anniversary.’The club were hoping to attract top New Zealand triathletes for the occasion with local businesses donating funds for a prize pool. “Bevan Docherty, Kris Gemmell and Cameron Brown all competed in the event when they were young. We were hoping for them to race again, we never dreamed that Lance Armstrong would be our head line athlete!”
The event will take place on the 29th and 30th of January 2011 and will include an Open Water Swim, Aquathon and Sprint Triathlon. Armstrong will be competing in the full series. There are also entry level events for the beginners including a 750m Swim and a 5.5km Fun Run/Walk. For more information or to enter, click here.
Be in quick, entries will be limited.
Five events, two days and one great location. And a wicked cash prize pool for the King and Queen of the Lake – $1,000 each!
Entry numbers are limited – we will advise when we get close to reaching our limit. Get in quick!
When: Auckland Anniversary Weekend – Saturday 29th January and Sunday 30thJanuary 2011
Where: Blue Lake Reserve, Tarawera Road, Rotorua
What: Aquathon – Open Water Swim – Sprint Triathlon – Plus a 5.5km fun run so everyone can be involved.
The Eves Realty Blue Lake Triathlon and Multisport Festival is one of those must do events in the summer event calendar. The weekend includes an aquathon, an open water swim and a sprint triathlon as well as two entry level events – a 750m swim and a 5.5km fun run.
The 2011 event is the 25th Anniversary so come along to help RATS celebrate it! A major cash prize of NZ $1,000 will be up for grabs for each, the King and Queen of the lake – awarded to the fastest overall time across the three main events. There will also be plenty of spot prizes drawn from our great sponsors: Cyclezone Rotorua, Specialized, YHA Rotorua, Polynesian Spa, Headquarters and Duck Tours.
Saturday 29th January
8.30am Aquathon – 5.5km forest run/ 800m lake swim
5.00pm 2km Open Water Swim across Lake Tikitapu (the Blue Lake) incorporating the Hinemoa Swim. The Hinemoa Swim trophies are award to the first male and female competitors that complete the 2km swim without wetsuits.
750m Open Water Swim – Entry level/Short distance lake swim
Sunday 30th January
8.30am Sprint Triathlon – 750m lake swim/ 16km road cycle/ 5.5km forest run
Fun Run – 5.5km forest run
Registration will be held on Friday 28th January at Cyclezone Rotorua, Fenton Street between 5.30pm and 7pm. Go in the draw to win an early bird spot prize from Cyclezone Rotorua by registering or entering in store! Registration will also be available at the Blue Lake from the Water Ski Clubrooms prior to each event.