Platinum Homes Back Paddock Off Road Challenge

The Platinum Homes Back Paddock Off Road Challenge team are very proud to be officially hosting the
Suzuki Cross Triathlon National Championships on 25th October 2020. 

The venue is looking fantastic thanks to all the team at the venue at Backpaddock Lakes.

There is something for everyone including kid’s events and camping available onsite at race venue but registrations and camping sites are limited so make sure you secure your spot for the ultimate off road event.

The Platinum Homes Back Paddock Off Road Challenge is a true off road multisport event offering several different options to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to experience this stunning and unique location.

The event location and background
Situated on a private farm on the Takapau Plains (at the base of the Ruahine Ranges) family, friends and good times is at the core of the Back Paddock Lake Team. From humble beginnings, one day it was decided that it could be a good idea to dig up the back paddock of the family farm and try their luck at building a lake. A lake where family and friends could spend summer days enjoying each other’s company around the BBQ. Thankfully the water came and the team at Back Paddock Lakes have gone on to create a facility where kids can run wild and people from the community can enjoy an authentic lakeside experience like no other.

To see more of what Backpaddock Lakes is all about please click HERE

The Event
Sunday 25th October 2020

The majestic and forever-changing Ruahine Range acts as the perfect backdrop for these awesome lakes and our off road events. The native wetlands are constantly changing through the seasons and provide a peaceful retreat from the busy activities on the two water sports lakes. The dedicated native wetland area is approximately two hectares and includes seven islands made up of channels and open water separated by native plantings and local wildlife. This makes for the unique experience like no other and the perfect location for our swim, mountain bike and trail run courses.

Trail Walk/Run (multiple distances)

Whether you want to just walk and enjoy the morning or want to be a bit more competitive and aim for a personal best, it is all about being out there and involved. It is a 3km trail, mostly flat multi-lap course (depending on the distance you have registered for) and will follow the perimeter of the lake finishing back where you started in the event village.

Distances include-
6km Trail Walk/Run– 5 Years + (All participants under 12 years must be accompanied by a paid registered adult)
OR 12km Trail Walk/Run– 12 Years and above

Mountain Bike (multiple distances)

The mountain bike events are flat and fast with bermed corners all on a specifically designed, unique off road course. Starting in waves, the course follows the outer perimeter of the lake (not on the run course) with multiple distances which makes this a family friendly course but also a very competitive one for those racers out there.

Distances Include-
7km Mountain Bike (1 Lap) – 8 Years -11 years only. A special event for the kids!
14km Mountain Bike (2 Laps) – 12 Years and above
28km Mountain Bike (4 Laps) 12 Years and above

Duathlon (multiple distances)
Don’t feel like getting your feet wet? The Duathlon is the perfect option to blast it out on the wetlands of Back Paddock Lakes

Short Duathlon Distance (individual only)
14km Mountain Bike
6km Trail Run

Long Duathlon Distance (individual only)
28km Mountain Bike
12km Trail Run

Off Road Triathlon

Suzuki Cross Triathlon National Championships

(Cross triathlon, short and long distance, individuals and teams)
If one discipline isn’t enough then let’s put it all together and do all three!!

The swim will start on the shoreline and will be a 1 lap course in the clear waters of the spring fed lake directly from the Ruahine Ranges. We will be offering 2 distances for both teams and individuals and will consist of a fresh water swim, mountain bike and a trail run at the end just to keep you honest. This is  multi-lap course so your supporters will get to cheer you on to the finish.

Off Road Triathlon Distances include (teams of 3 or individuals)

Short Distance Tri 
12 Years and above
500m Swim (out and back around marker buoy)
14km Mountain Bike
6km Trail Run

Suzuki Cross Triathlon National Championships
 14 Years and above
1250m Swim (out and back, around island)
28km Mountain Bike
12km Trail Run 

More information about qualifying in the National Event and selection for Age Groups will be available very soon

Early bird prices do apply, please click on appropriate event (on the right) for correct pricing
 + Online registration fee (5% + $1 NZD) and Tri NZ one day licence for Triathlon and Duathlon only.

Important information for Cross Triathlon and Duathlon registrations only

TRIBE Membership or One Day Tri NZ Licences (This is only for multisport events not for solo events such as trail run or mountain bike)
The event organisers of the Platinum Homes Back Paddock Off Road Challenge (Triathlon Hawke’s Bay) are affiliated members of the national body for the sport, Triathlon NZ.
During your registration for the Platinum Homes Back Paddock off Road Challenge you will be prompted to answer whether you have a Triathlon NZ or International Triathlon membership. If you check the no option, the race-day licence fee depending on which event you will be doing will automatically be added to your total checkout amount. The fee is the same for individual and team entries, only one team member has to be a member of TRIBE. This fee does not go to the event, but is passed directly onto Triathlon NZ to help them support clubs and community to grow the sport nationally.

One day Tri NZ Licence fees are as follows per registration-
Back Paddock Off Road Challenge Long Distance Cross Triathlon $10 (1x licence per Team/ Individual)
Back Paddock Off Road Challenge Short Distance Cross Triathlon and Duathlons $5 (1x licence per Team/ Individual)

If you are already a a full member of TRIBE you will be required to enter your membership number for verification and no extra fees will be charged.
For more information on the changes, or to become a TRIBE member please visit their website here,

Entries for this event will be limited

Don’t miss out get your entry in early.
Every finisher for the Trail Walk/Run, Mountain Bike, Duathlon and Off Road Triathlon will receive the following: 

  • Race Bib
  • Medical support/assistance
  • Aid station with water, electrolyte sports drink and nutrition plus toilets and first aid
  • Post-event recovery area at the finish and medical assistance.
  • All finishers will have full access to hospitality tent at finish line with complimentary food and drink for registered athletes only (food is available for supporters and can be purchased separately).
  • Sponsor giveaways and spot prizes.

Event Schedule 25th October 2020
7.30am – 8.45am–  Registration open for all events 
7.30am –   Transition open for bike racking (Duathlon and Triathlon only)
9.15am –   Race briefing for Trail Walk/Run, Duathlon and Mountain Bike events
9.30am – Start 6km and 12km Trail Walk/Run
9.30am –  Start (8-13 years) 7km Mountain Bike
10am – Start 14km and 28km Mountain Bike and Short and Long Duathlon (Allocated Wave Starts)
10.30am – 11.30am – Registration re-opens for Triathlon participants
11.45am – Race briefing Short and Long Distance Off Road Triathlon
12pm  –  Start Short Distance Off Road Triathlon and Long Distance Off Road Triathlon (Wave Starts)
4pm  –  Course closed
4.30pm –  Prize giving    
**Please note details for the all events including maps are subject to change and will be updated accordingly**

Basic camping is available at Back Paddock Lakes for those that get in quick (no power or showers) for only $10 per person. Please check out and arrange directly with them.