Tailwind NZ Team
Hi my name is Chris Dunell, I'm 29 years old and live in Christchurch, New Zealand.
I work as Police Officer attached to the Youth Crime Unit. I'm hugely dedicated helping troubled youth within the community and creating a brighter future for them.
My main passion in life is achieving a balanced and healthy lifestyle through running, nutrition and adventure. I choose Tailwind Nutrition to support my training and races because I can rely on it to fuel me longer than any other product on the market. When running at intensity or for long durations, I don't have time for spiking or low energy levels that common gels normally imitate. With Tailwind Nutrition I know what I'm going to get and that's consistency and reliability. Values that produce results and speak for themselves.
Anna & Bobby Dean
Hi we are Team Dean, the dream team that keeps evolving as we make our way in the world as early 30 year olds. Tailwind Nutrition has enabled us to work hard and play hard. We are full time farmers in Maketu on the East Coast of the North Island which keeps us fit but then we go and push it further by competing in trail running, road running, mountain biking, road cycling, kayaking, multisport and adventure races including expedition. Yes we have seven bikes and 5 kayaks and way too many shoes! But we use them all!
We love the technicality and skills used in races, and we think that is our strength, along with experience and adaptation. Due to so many disciplines, and tricky races we need to keep the fuel simple, and that is exactly why we have loved Tailwind Nutrition for so many years. It is so versatile and it is easy to figure out our intake needs.
Catch us out on the trails and we will be sure to share some Tailwind with you 😊
Bobby & Anna
Hi, I'm Fiona - mother, business owner-operator, and plant-based ultrarunner residing in Wellington. My passion for ultrarunning was ignited by my unorthodox honeymoon; a 250km stage race through the Gobi Desert, north-western China. The sense of accomplishment, the inclusiveness of the ultrarunning community, and the opportunity to explore terrain that is typically off-limits, had me hooked.
After the birth of my son in 2012, I built up my endurance again by buggy-running at every opportunity. By 2015, I was approaching ultras competitively. I enlisted a coach, and the merits showed in my subsequent race results. In 2016, I won the Tarawera Ultramarathon 100km, represented New Zealand at the Trail World Championships in Portugal, and finished-up the year ranked 5th on the Ultra-Trail World Tour (UTWT) circuit.
After 4 or so years of predominantly ultra-trail events, I decided to try my hand at ultrarunning on the track. Turns out I'm quite fond of running round and round in loops for a long time too! I've represented New Zealand in three international championships, including at the 2019 International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) 24 Hour World Championships, in Albi, France. I ran 210.134km (a PB of +8km and the most kilometers in the Kiwi team), placing 34th female out of 147, in the World.
Nutrition is paramount in ultrarunning. Especially as I push harder, faster and for longer to achieve my goals. Tailwind is the perfect one-stop solution; nutrition facts are known which makes calculations simple, scooping powder into a flask and adding water couldn't be easier, there's no chewing required, and no upset stomach. I'm refuelling and hydrating on the fly. It really couldn't be simpler.
I'm slightly bemused as to how life has delivered me to this place in time; where in my mid-forties I have an energetic child, a successful business, an exceedingly supportive husband, and I’m imparting my ultrarunning knowledge and empowering others via coaching with Go Run Girls. One of the most valuable lessons I've taken from ultras is that a lack of natural ability can be compensated by a strong mind-set, self-discipline and perseverance - apply all of these and anything is possible!
Hey there, I’m Mel Aitken, 41 years young and currently living and working on the mighty West Coast of the South Island.
I have three passions in life, my (19 year) career as a Police Officer, currently the Area Commander for the West Coast, my family (my incredibly supportive husband Steve) and of course my running!
I entered my first small trail race in 2012 and from there I was hooked. I have been privileged to venture through some of NZ’s finest trails, as well as race overseas in Australia, Hawaii and more recently an Ultra in Spain, representing NZ at my first Trail World Champs. I am fairly versatile when it comes to running and have accumulated a number of titles and wins across various distances including road half and full distance Marathons, cross country, mountain marathons and more recently the transition to ultra-distance racing.
Stepping up to the longer distance races had been problematic nutritionally as I battled trying to make myself eat while running which hasn’t had great results. I am so grateful to bond with Tailwind, a product that actually agrees with me, doesn’t require chewing but provides me all the nutritional goodies to keep me strong throughout any challenge. Its like a gift from the gods!
I was never a runner growing up, in fact I was the kid who skipped school sports days to stay home and ride my ponies. How my life has changed and I feel so incredibly lucky every day that I am having the time of my life, doing what I am passionate about and being able to inspire others to just get out and run. My mantra - Go hard, life is short, care for one another and be grateful for what we have on our door steps. NZ is beautiful and our trails and places to explore are magic so get out there and make the most of every day.
My name is Cati Pearson. I am a Dietitian and Enduro racer from Rotorua. I know the importance of good nutrition during exercise and over my years as a competitive athlete I've trialed many different brands, formulas and food items to fuel me. From short sprint events, endurance staged events or multi day missions Tailwind is all I need to get me across the line.
When travelling the world either racing the Enduro World Series (EWS) or doing exploration rides off the map, I enjoy being able to fly with all my nutrition and not have to stress about finding appropriate food in non-english speaking countries.
I love the variety of flavours and the ability to include both my Tailwind and Rebuild Recovery in baking or smoothies to add extra options to my arsenal.
Hi my name is Andy Good.
Based in Christchurch, New Zealand. Running, adventure and exploring trails has always been my passion.
Over the last 3 years I have used Tailwind in all sorts of capacities.
Ranging from ultra distance events right down to road racing events and even as a booster in between reps on track workouts, Tailwind has always been a staple.
I like to keep things as simple as possible when it comes to sports nutrition and thats exactly what this product does for me. Get amongst it & train to your full potential.
Hi, I’m Steve Bale - Cycling Coach, Mountain bike, Track and Road Racer and Tailwind convert. Tailwind recently helped me become the NZ Hour Record Holder, The Oceania Masters Mountain Bike Champion, NZ Masters Games Time Trial and Road Race Champion and NZ Veterans Time Trial Champion.
With Tailwind you don’t need gels so you save money - it's all I need for training and racing plus it’s palatable hour after hour. My favourite is Caffeinated Green Tea.
Here’s my secret money saving Tailwind Tip. Take 2 scoops per hour in a wee ziploc bag in your pocket when training. Cold water from the gas station, shake and you’re good to go.
This year Tailwind will be with me road racing, mountain biking and on the track.
Hi there, I'm Nancy, a 28 year old structural engineer who you would find running around on the trails pretending to be a mountain goat when not at work. And if I am not running, I am either mountain biking or foraging for berries in the mountains. My love for running began in primary school during those morning P.E runs around the school field barefoot. I ran track and cross country during school, road marathons in my early 20s, then in 2017 while living it large in the French Alps, I discovered this incredible thing called skyrunning and mountain running. Oh boy, how my life has changed since then.
Last year I spent 3 months in Europe competing in their mountain running season. A highlight of the season was running the OCC race at the 2018 UTMB. It was my first major race on the world stage and I was stoked with a 5th place finish. But the pinnacle of my 2018 season would have to be representing New Zealand at the World Mountain Running Championship.
I have recently moved to Queenstown after returning back from Europe last September. Queenstown is the perfect place for me to build up my base for the 2019 season - I call it the 'Chamonix of the south'. My 2019 race goals include either the Salomon Golden Series or the World Skyrunning Series, the World Trail Running Champs or the World Mountain Running Champ. And I have signed up to run the OCC again at this year's UTMB.
I use tailwind because it provides me with fuel, minerals and hydration in one go - I am not having to deal with fumbling around trying to open gels and drinking water while trying to navigate my way along technical trails. I can drip feed and take in calories at a constant rate during those long days out on the trails. Running at altitude also requires more fuel and hydration so it is important to make sure you have enough to make it back down without bonking. My favourite flavour is Naked, because it reminds me of the sugar lump syrup drink my mum would make me as a child when I was feeling sick.
If you see a short asian girl running around the mountains with long black hair and black short shorts, make sure to stop by and say hi. I love hearing about other people's stories. See you on the trails.
Hey I'm Mike Robertson. I am ticking my way through my 30's and I am based out of Rotorua, New Zealand.
My day to day role is that of a medic in the private sector. We provide remote area, emergency care for outdoor events. When I am not doing that I am trying my very best to keep upright and rubber side down. I started off with Tailwind as a Enduro Mountain biker racing nationally and globally on the EWS circuit. A couple of career ending crashes have lead me to an early retirement but I still play harder than most in the outdoors. Now I use my bike, kayak and camera to explore what we have here in New Zealand and around the world, tailwind comes on every trip with me. I wouldn't go anywhere without it.
We’ll see ya out there.
Hey I’m Tim Caughley, a Wellington based father of two, a duathlon multisporter, and endurance Mtb. I took up mtb 12 years ago and instantly loved the adventure of riding in the hills and beyond. Soon afterwards I started entering local races. As my experience grew, and being a good runner I found that duathlon multisport events were my favourites and this is where I achieved my goals.
Recently I have focused on endurance mtb events such as WEMBO 24hr solos. With riding at these long endurance events you have to be very focus on what you are putting into your body. The body requires constant feeding and Tailwind Nutrition is a drink which provides me the confidence to race hard from the beginning without the worry of losing energy. My favourite is Mandarin Orange to start a race with and then move onto Green tea caffeinated, I’ve found Tailwind very easy to drink. During my short intense trainings, I use Tailwind caffeinated and on my longer training rides I keep to straight Tailwind. With a busy life and fitting a training program into the mix I like the simplicity of Tailwind which provides everything I need with a couple of scoops into my bottles and bang I’m out the door and gone.
I keep increasing my goals to push my body and testing my mental strength to its limits in these endurance events and it amazes me how hard and long you can go if you get right, and Tailwind is definitely helping me achieve all I can.
Hello world! Bryn here, I'm a World Cup downhill racer, coach, media producer amongst other things and I'm stoked to be a part of the Tailwind family. I call Wellington home, but spend a lot of my time adventuring around the world following the World Cup series. I've been doing this for 8 years now and what a ride it has been!
Currently I'm recovering from a big crash I had in Italy last June, I broke my back in 3 places, 9 ribs, my wrist ended up in 6 pieces and a bunch of other internal injuries. Needless to say it's been a long road back to full health, let alone full fitness. However, I'm a stubborn bugger and have been rehabbing extensively to make sure I can get back out there competing.
A massive part of this is being able to give the body what it needs as I build my fitness back up through big days on the bike working as a skills coach for my business Fluid Lines and my own training programs. Tailwind has been a super important part of this by giving my body the fuel it needs to put the big days in and I'm really excited to use it at the races to help keep the energy high throughout the race days! For me the winning Tailwind combination is Berry flavour when I am out on the trails followed by a Chocolate Rebuild Recovery drink afterwards.
If you want to check out a bit more about what I get up with my coaching, head on over to Fluid Lines coaching (link below) and get in touch if you'd like more info or to book in, even if you're not in Wellington we can sort out a session.
See you on the trails!"
Hi there, I am Bernard (AKA Barney), 48 and seem to somehow remarkably be achieving faster times as I get older! I am an Engineer and have been based in Queenstown since 2007 after moving down from Auckland.
Mountain biking has always been my passion from late teens and then explored the world of multisport. After my first two-day Coast to Coast back in 2002 I followed on with a few Longest days, 24hr adventure races and threw in a few GODZones for good measure. You don’t realise how amazing the body is and what you can achieve until you go for five continuous days on a only few hours’ sleep.
After being roped into doing my first Ultra marathon in the late 2000’s, Bedrock 52km, I thought it only fitting that I give a 100k a crack. So, 2012 saw me complete my first 100km run in the stunning beauty of the Blue Mountains, Australia. It’s hard to describe the feeling of finishing your first 100! Needless to say, I was hooked. You then wonder how far you can really go.
2014 brought me to UTMB in France, well that is next level in both vertical gain and vibrant atmosphere, absolutely amazing! Managed to get back in 2017 and cancelled for 2020. Watch this space.
Lets not forget about Old Ghost Ultra, this is my favourite go to race in NZ, stunning trail, scenery and a organisers who are out of this world. Very privileged to have been able to compete in every event to date.
A lot of these big races would not have been possible without my partner in crime and wife Fenella, she has put up with me in some pretty dark moments in races and thankfully has kicked me back out there to get it done.
Competing in long races and finding the Holy Grail of race nutrition has always been a journey which was put to bed when I found Tailwind. This has been my main source of energy now for several years and has changed the way I race.