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, a Wellington based mother, business owner operator, and ultra-marathoner. In my late thirties, an unorthodox honeymoon traversing 250km of Asia’s largest desert, the Gobi in northwestern China, ignited a passion for ultra-marathons. I was hooked on the sense of personal accomplishment, the all inclusive spirit of the ultra community, and the opportunity to explore locations that are typically off-limits.
2015 was the first year I approached ultras competitively. I enlisted a coach, and my race results since have proved that this was a tactical decision. In 2016, I'm focusing on the Ultra-Trail World Tour (UTWT) circuit. I've committed to races in New Zealand, Australia, Austria and Switzerland. My goal is to achieve as high a ranking as possible, in order to secure Elite Athlete Support in 2017.
Nutrition is paramount in ultra marathons. Even more so now as I push my body harder and faster to achieve my goals. Tailwind is the perfect one-stop solution; refueling and taking on nutrition in a fluid format means I no longer need to force myself to chew through solids, especially in the later stages of events.
I'm slightly bemused as to how life has delivered me to this place in time where I have an energetic preschooler, a successful business, an exceedingly supportive husband, and a growing string of ultra-trail running titles to my name. 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.
Hi I'm Oliver, I enjoy multisport, adventure racing and being in the outdoors. I started multisport and adventure racing at Trident High school in Whakatane and quickly developed a strong passion for adventure sports.
I love the sport because it is incredibly unique and I get to challenge myself physically as well as mentally and meet like minded people. Another great benefit is that I get to travel to new places and explore the native bush and mountains of NZ.
I first tried Tailwind (skulled back about a litre) at the finish line of the 2017 Coast to Coast when I crashed through the line and practically fell asleep under the Tailwind Nutrition tent. Having adequate nutrition during events and training is important to me and took a long time to figure out what best keeps me fuelled for hard endurance races. I chose Tailwind because it's simple, it has everything you need to keep you going and nothing unnecessary.
I'm looking forward to a future filled with adventure and pursuing my goals.
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.
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, 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.