Seagate back to defend title at Godzone
The Godzone Adventure stage descriptions have been announced and current world champions, all Kiwi team Seagate spent the day packing their gear into four bike boxes and 5-gear trunks, "well, three of us have at least." commented team Captain Nathan Fa'avae.
"Our team, myself, Sophie Hart, Chris Forne and Stu Lynch are preparing for the first round of the Adventure Racing World Series in Wanaka, NZ."
The missing link from the team is Stu Lynch. "Stu though has shirked pre race duties by attending a wedding in Nelson today and will subsequently be driving all night, about 800km, to meet us at the start line at day break, wondering if all the red wine he drank at the wedding was such a good idea." Lynch raced with Seagate to the 2014 world title and 2013 title with Thule so has a lot of fitness and experience on tap. "It’s not an ideal start to a major event but Stu knows what he’s getting in for and it’s important for us as a team to ensure that racing and life can co-exist." added Fa'avae.
The 557km course takes in some of the best central otago has to offer. "The course looks great and we’re anticipating a lot of fun out there. There is a Northwest weather system moving in which will likely throw some showers on and off but that shouldn’t present any problems. We’re thrilled to see four paddling sections and also a coasteering section, getting out to the ocean will be quite special when blended with the high mountain stages, the rivers and lakes. It sounds like there is some testing navigation which always makes for an interesting and engaging course." explained Fa'avae.
The world number one ranked team in the World Series Columbia Vidaraid (Spain / Brazil) is racing. "It's fantastic for the race and the teams competing adding an international flavour. It will be great for the Kiwi teams to pit themselves against this team and we’re looking forward to an exciting competition in the days ahead. There are also a number of NZ teams with accomplished racers that we expect will be all be chasing the win. We expect to see teams Absolute Wilderness, Swordfox, Torpedo 7, Bivouac inov-8, One Square Meal, BNZ, Chimpanzee Bar, Next Generation all racing for the top spots. There is also the chance emerging teams could make a name for themselves in the race also."
"This is our first race since winning the World Championships in Ecuador in November last year so we’re keen to get back on course and start the season with a successful performance. As usual, we’ll be focused on getting ourselves through the course as quickly as we can and we’re hoping that will be enough to win the race, time will tell."
Stage 1 Mountaineering 22km
Stage 2 Whitewater Canoeing 22km
Stage 3 Alpine Trek 56km
Stage 4 Canoe / Coasteering 34km & 7km
Stage 5 Mountain Bike 137km
Stage 6 Kayak 28km
Stage 7 Hiking 47km
Stage 8 Mountain Bike & Orienteering 152km
Stage 9 Kayak 52km
You can follow the action at: www.godzoneadventure.com
Seagate wish the thank their sponsors:
Seagate, Rocky Mountain Bicycles, GU Energy, Absolute Wilderness, Torpedo 7, Antichafe, Patagonia Clothing, inov-8 footwear, Northface Packs, Nordenmar, Revelate Designs, Gloworm Lighting, Tineli, Wildside Travel, Bridgedale Socks, Wind Paddle, Xinix, Railriders, Ems Power Cookies