October 6, 2017

Moss Burmester is a big name in New Zealand Sport having represented New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and various other world champs and commonwealth games . So when I saw his name on the start list I quickly pinned him down for an interview. I decided to mix s...

September 26, 2017

Winners from last year’s Motu Challenge Elina Ussher and Daniel Jones are back to defend their titles at the Opotiki multisport event on Saturday 14 October. Whilst Ussher will be back to race for an eleventh title Jones will be back to see if he can claim his second t...

September 1, 2017

It's a funny question to me but to the team at Lysaght multisport is in their DNA. Well maybe not their DNA but it's probably on the noticeboard in the office. Lysaght Consultants are sponsoring the youth categories of the Motu Challenge so I asked them why. This is th...

September 1, 2017

Comments from Race Director Marty Madsen highlight how tough the mighty Motu event is. You’ll feel like someone has taken a jack hammer to your legs! However fellow race organiser Mike van der Boom is quick to point out it’s not all about being tough.

The Mighty Motu co...

June 14, 2017

Kayakers in the 2017 Motu Challenge event stand a chance to win a brand new Ruahine kayak. Race organisers are 'over the moon' that Ruahine have come on board as a sponsor.   Kayak stage manager Fred Wingnut Wingate is wildly enthusiastic saying "These kayaks don't com...

June 9, 2017

The Motu Challenge has decided to keep supporting elite athletes by offering more prize money. 

Over $10,000 of prize money will be awarded to athletes across 4 events at this year's Motu Challenge. The organising committee decided to up the prize pool despite a lack of...

May 24, 2017

Riverlock are locked and loaded as sponsors of New Zealand's toughest cycling event - the Motu 160. The Opotiki livestock and kiwi fruit company will be given naming rights and will also supply a mountain bike as a spot prize for all entries. This is music to his ears...

April 30, 2017

Entries have opened for the 2017 Motu Challenge. The date has been set for 14 October which is a week later than normal.

The event retains it's mix of options and includes the iconic multisport challenge, the duathlon, the Riverlock Motu 160 (a unique mountain bike/road...

September 5, 2016

Eleven people turned up for a recce of the kayak stage. The group was lead by local Fred Wingnut Wingate. Fred reports that they had a good day with a few swims and two broken kayaks. But no major dramas.

Fred also said the river was very low, lets hope we get some rain...

August 17, 2016

The Motu Challenge is adding a new category to the already wide range of events available on the day which should entice more teams to enter by giving them the opportunity to do it for someone else. That’s because the new category is focused on doing good will be open...

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