Overview - RBD


"Red Bull Defiance exceeded all expectations. Combine three of the best sports - kayaking, mountain biking and trail running, over a two-day race through Wanaka's backcountry and mountaintops, unsurprisingly you end up with a stunning race. The two-person team definitely adds another element to the race. It's a different mindset, you need to focus on how two people are feeling, make joint decisions based on each other's strengths and weaknesses. The race start, in itself feels like the start of an epic adventure, catching a barge across the stormy lake, helicopters swooping low. There is never a lack of adrenaline, with a breathtaking abseil and clay bird shooting as added extras when you are feeling absolutely knackered! The final run to the top of Mt Roy is the icing on the cake, feeling like a true sky runner as you navigate a breathtaking ridgeline track before coming to the finish line in the heart of Wanaka."


What's Involved?


Spectacular mountain trails, wonderful panoramic backdrops, stunning views, beautiful stage locations and participants from over around the world make this event a unique and unforgettable experience. 

From January 19th to 20th 2019, 85 teams will take on the Red Bull Defiance – the most challenging and scenically stunning multisport race in New Zealand.  

In 2019, the teams will have to overcome 6 stages, positioned over 2 days. The teams will run, bike, kayak and complete other adventure activities through the breathtaking alpine landscapes of Wanaka, taking them on a memorable journey around this amazing adventure playground.

Can you Defy the Odds?

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RBD - Important Facts

  • Race Dates :: January 19th, 2019 - January 20th, 2019
  • Entries Open :: May 11th, 2018 at 9am NZST
  • 5th Edition of Red Bull Defiance
  • Two Event Categories :: Elite and Sport, racing on the same course
  • Team Racing in Pairs :: Mixed, Male and Female
  • $24,000 Prize Money in Elite Category
  • Event HQ, Registration and Finish hosted by Edgewater Resort, Wanaka
  • Team Limit :: Maximum of 85 teams

2 Day Multisport Race

Red Bull Defiance combines off road running, kayaking and mountain bike endurance disciplines, with the creative element of undisclosed special stages. Designed by Braden Currie, New Zealand’s foremost adventure and multisport racer, the course has been designed to test athletes over two challenging days, racing along side the worlds best multisport and endurance athletes.