Traverse cancelled, focus on Coast Duathlon

The Waimata Traverse multisport event planned for next weekend has been called off due to an unforeseen hitch.

With no suitable postponement date, attention instead turns to the main event this year — the 29th Coast Duathlon two months away.

Race director Mark Sceats runs his events with a small team and has had to cancel the four-stage Traverse at short notice because his key race officials are not available.

“I am very disappointed to have to call off the race but now we are looking forward to the Coast because it is a special event this time,” Sceats said.

During the past year, multisport was rocked by the loss of two of its great competitors and characters.

Richard “Dicko” Coates was the man who came up with the original concept of a 100-kilometre duathlon to Te Puia, while Charlie Savage was the man who would build an amazing record of completing every race solo for the next 28 years. He covered almost 3000 kilometres on State Highway 35 from 1989.

Saturday, November 4, will be dedicated to these two great friends of the sport.

Their participation in running and cycling events spanned three decades, and fellow athletes are invited to pay tribute by competing, either solo or in teams . . . any combination as long as Charlie’s famous racing blue is in abundance.

It is a chance for the sport to acknowledge their involvement in the most appropriate way, by carrying their memory to Te Puia.

Entry forms are available now.

The Waimata Traverse multisport event planned for next weekend has been called off due to an unforeseen hitch.

With no suitable postponement date, attention instead turns to the main event this year — the 29th Coast Duathlon two months away.

Race director Mark Sceats runs his events with a small team and has had to cancel the four-stage Traverse at short notice because his key race officials are not available.

“I am very disappointed to have to call off the race but now we are looking forward to the Coast because it is a special event this time,” Sceats said.

During the past year, multisport was rocked by the loss of two of its great competitors and characters.

Richard “Dicko” Coates was the man who came up with the original concept of a 100-kilometre duathlon to Te Puia, while Charlie Savage was the man who would build an amazing record of completing every race solo for the next 28 years. He covered almost 3000 kilometres on State Highway 35 from 1989.

Saturday, November 4, will be dedicated to these two great friends of the sport.

Their participation in running and cycling events spanned three decades, and fellow athletes are invited to pay tribute by competing, either solo or in teams . . . any combination as long as Charlie’s famous racing blue is in abundance.

It is a chance for the sport to acknowledge their involvement in the most appropriate way, by carrying their memory to Te Puia.

Entry forms are available now.

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