Richard has amassed an impressive resume of achievements, both as part of Adventure racing teams such as his own Adventure Sport NZ, former NZ team Seagate / Balance Vector, and Nike USA as well as on an individual basis.
With wins in every edition of the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge 2007 – 2010, World Adventure racing Champion in 2005 and 2006 along with wins in Wulong Outdoor Quest 2008, Primal Quest 2004, Balance Bar 24 hour series overall Champion 2004, Outdoor Quest 2003 his status as one of the premier Adventure racers in the world today are unquestionable.
Richard has also won the Coast to Coast World individual multisport championship in 2005, 2006, 2008 and after a self imposed break of two years again in 2011 and has dominated Multisport racing in New Zealand and internationally when ever his AR team and Tri racing has allowed him time to compete in these events.
Richard has been exploring the world of more traditional triathlon racing Iron distance events and the off road format Xterra for the past couple of years. In only a limited number of outings Richard has never finished outside the top 10 in an international Iron Distance event with a win and race record at Challenge Wanaka and the fastest ever time by a New Zealander when he placed 3rd at the Quelle Challenge Roth event in Germany with an impressive 8 hours, 2 minutes and 15 seconds. He has also triumphed at Xterra New Zealand twice in 2009 and 2011 and placed 7th at the World Championships in Maui in 2010.
Richard’s first passion was freestyle skiing. Taking up the sport at the relatively late age of 18 Richard progressed from regional events all the way to the World cup in just 3 ½ years, winning various national titles and being named NZ freestyle skier of the year twice. This culminated in him skiing at the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan in the Men’s Moguls event.
Richard lives in Nelson, New Zealand with his wife Elina, which is on the Coast at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. It receives the most sunshine hours of any place in NZ and basks in a warm microclimate for the majority of the year – providing an ideal year round training base.
Richard’s plans for the next couple of seasons will see a focus on the Xterra, Multisport and some Iron Distance events possibly in 2012 where he will be looking to knock the remaining 2min 15 seconds off his fastest time and join the elite group of Sub 8 hour Iron Distance athletes. The Xterra World Championships in Maui will be the major goal this year where he will be hoping to challenge for a position in the top 3. Richard is also returning to one of his favourite series in 2011 – The Anaconda races in Australia where the format of swim, surf ski, MTB and run ideally suit his repertoire of skills. Richard last raced the serie sin 2008 when he won all 4 rounds of the series.
2011 will also see the launch of a number of exciting new business ventures for Richard
Richard’s philosophy on racing and life is to continually look for new challenges which inspire him to strive to bring out the very best in himself and those around him. Keeping a healthy perspective on life and keeping the fun aspect in his racing and training help to manage a hectic schedule of racing brought about by trying to make a living through his sport.