From Bondi to Big Boulders
As if the challenge of managing one of Australia’s most popular and well-known beaches wasn’t difficult enough, two of the world-famous Bondi Rescue crew have decided to take on one of New Zealand’s toughest multisport races, the Kathmandu Coast to Coast.
In less than fifty days’ time, along with nearly one thousand other adventurers from around the world, Andrew ‘Reidy’ Reid and Ryan Clarke, known as Whippet, will bike, run, and kayak 243 kilometers from the South Island’s West Coast to the East.
"I’m a complete New Zealand adventure addict and the Kathmandu Coast 2 Coast has been on my bucket list for years so to be finally towing the start line in 2020 is a dream come true.” Said Reidy.
“As far as adventure races go the Kathmandu Coast 2 Coast is right at the top of the list. New Zealand is such a beautiful place and what better way to see it than on foot, a bike and in a kayak.” Whippet added.
Race Director Glen Currie said “It is great to have the Reidy and Whippet over here racing what is New Zealand’s and fast becoming Australia’s most iconic endurance race the Kathmandu Coast to Coast. We are excited to see how their skill set of managing surf and warm water temperatures on Bondi Beach transfers to the Waimakariri River and the infamous rock gardens! Rumour has it they have another famous New Zealand tandem team in their sights so look out for some trans-Tasman rivalry also!!
Since the inaugural race in 1983, the Kathmandu Coast to Coast has long been synonymous with Kiwis, however its popularity with Australians continues to grow, with the likes of long-distance runner Turia Pitt completing the Mountain run in 2019, 2011 Master Chef competitor Hayden Quinn and adventurer Samantha Gash completing the tandem events in 2018 and 19 respectively, as well as Tasmania’s Alex Hunt earning two podium finishes in the Longest Day event in 2018 and 19.
“I know at certain points in the race we’re going to hurt but I’ll just remind myself of where I am and what I’m doing and I’m sure everything will be okay!"
Whippet is approaching the challenge with an equal mix of trepidation and excitement.
“Although I’m as nervous as I am excited, I can’t wait to get over there and test myself in the toughest terrain against the best athletes. Bring it on.”