Macpac ambassador, multisport legend and current Motatapu XTERRA Triathlon record holder, Braden Currie will compete at this year’s Macpac Motatapu.
After a huge 2017 season filled with podium finishes, all roads now lead to the Motatapu for Braden, who is regarded as one of the best multisport athletes not only in New Zealand, but anywhere in the world.
Having finished 1st in both the NZ Ironman and Red Bull’s brutal Defiance event earlier this year, Braden is approaching the busy summer leg of the season in great form. The Macpac Motatapu takes place in the stunning Wanaka to Queenstown high country, offering competitors 5 different categories depending on their taste in punishment. Braden will line up in the XTERRA Triathlon, and the event will play an important part in the trajectory of his season.
“I’m a competitive guy, and this is my profession so I’m looking forward to racing in a high quality field. The timing of the race is such that it’s right off the back of some really intense races, so I’ll need to be smart in my preparation and execution.” Braden said.
“My form in 2017 has been strong, and I hope to carry this year’s momentum into 2018.”
The Macpac Motatapu is a destination off-road event, and is world famous for its breathtaking setting and relaxed southern vibe. This year, the event will host a huge range of competitors, from elite athletes to social groups and everyone in between.
“I grew up on a farm in Methven, which is around an hour or so outside Christchurch, so to race at an iconic, world class event not far from my own backyard is a really special experience.” Braden explained.
“The Motatapu draws a friendly, yet competitive field. Every year there are new faces, and every year I enjoy it more than the last.”
Braden’s run in to the Macpac Motatapu is a busy one, with Red Bull Defiance and the Challenge Wanaka Half in January and February respectively. He’ll then head for Taupo’s Ironman New Zealand, which is one of the major events on his calendar, just a week before the Macpac Motatapu. Good form, correct recovery and mental toughness will be the building blocks for a successful event on March 10th.
“Mental toughness is a huge aspect of my sport. It allows you to push through that pain barrier and find out what your body is truly capable of.” Braden said.
“I’ve adjusted my approach in recent years to be much more technical and deliberate in my training, racing and recovery. If I want to be the world’s best, I need to focus on the little things that might only make 5% difference, because those are the things that separate the best in the world from the rest of the pack. That’s why I’m so happy to be a Macpac ambassador. If you surround yourself with quality people and quality gear, your results will mirror that.”
You can register as a competitor for the Macpac Motatapu here.
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