Team Avaya to ‘Race Like Champions’ in AR World Series


On your marks. Get set. Go! The Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) is on…Team Avaya, led by the inspiring, five-time adventure racing world champion Nathan Fa’avae, elite athletes Jo Williams, Chris Forne, and Stuart Lynch are geared up and ready to go! Team Avaya is touted as New Zealand’s most successful adventure racing team, which is huge honors in a grueling sport fueled by adventure, perseverance, and dedication.

When it comes to thriving in a team setting, Avaya knows all about what it takes to provide world-class communication. A multi-disciplinary, ultra-endurance team sport, adventure racing involves trekking, mountain biking, paddling and navigation through hundreds of miles of unmarked wilderness over the course of 4 - 7 days. There are problem solving challenges in every race, which can be related to weather, gear failure, navigation errors and so on; therefore, communication is critical for the team and has always been at the heart of what it takes to not only endure, but thrive… and win! A team that communicates effectively will save time and enjoy the experience more.

Adventure racing is the ultimate test of human endurance. Teams of four race non-stop, day and night, through courses up to 800km in length across variable terrain and disciplines, navigating their way through remote wilderness checkpoints. They compete not only against other teams, but also battle the elements themselves, as extreme fatigue, sleep deprivation and unpredictable environments and weather can severely impact the outcome of their race. In such high-pressure situations, real-time team collaboration can be the split-second difference.

To reach the #arworldseries, teams must compete in qualifying races across the globe: Expedition Africa, Expedición Guaraní, Huairasinchi, Itera Expedition Race, Maya Mtn Adventure, Nordic Islands AR, Raid in France, Raid Gallaecia, Shenandoah Tough, XPD Expedition Race, and Xtrail Expedition. Each course is a unique journey. The top two finishing teams in each event secure the opportunity to compete in the World Championships with additional places supplemented to reigning world champions, who are given the right to defend their title, and a selection of wild card entrants.

#TeamAvaya, currently ranked#1 in New Zealand and #1 in the world, competes with the motto “race like champions”. And while it’s critical to be safe and perform to the best of their ability, team captain Fa’avae is also looking forward to enjoying and exploring Reunion Island this year.

Upcoming Races for Team Avaya:

  • Qualifying Race (XTRAIL Expedition): June 3 - 9, 2018 across Altay, Xinjiang, China

    • The iconic Altay region, not normally accessible to tourists, stretches across unique grasslands, lakes, and mountains from Kazakhstan and Russia in the northwest to Mongolia in the northeast. The exact course is kept secret until 24hrs before the start.

  • Championship Race (ARWS): November 5 - 16, 2018 across Reunion Island, France

    • Reunion Island is a French Overseas Territory located in the Indian Ocean (near the islands of Madagascar and Maurice) covering 2,523 square kilometers. Ceremonies and events leading up to the race are hosted at the Village de Corail.

One step ahead. That is the best three words to sum up Team Avaya. And in today’s fast-paced, innovating world, Avaya is no stranger to staying one step ahead of the competition. Flexible, mobile communicationtools serve as a huge driver for pre-race preparation as teammates exchange emails and phone calls to ensure everything is in order mentally and physically.

As the Qualifying Race approaches in Altay, Team Avaya is on-site and ramping up for go-time. The Altay region is culturally and geographically diverse and interesting which should make for an interesting expedition. Fa’avae paints a picture, “we arrived yesterday and there is more snow in the mountains than we expected to see, so it’s quite a bit colder. We’re expecting some cold nights in the race. We have some desert stages, so keeping sand out of everything is a big challenge!”

It’s adaptability that crafts a champion. “The different races making up the World Series differ in terrain and climatic ways. Some countries can be very mountainous, others flat and plain. Some races it’s the cold that we need to be wary of, other races the heat is what we need to manage. It’s the extremes that create the contrasts,” notes Fa’avae.

AR World Series races are considered the pinnacle of all adventure races across the far reaches of the globe. Team Avaya has a legacy in Adventure Racing including several past championship wins and attaining the max number of world ranking points, so we are proud to be rooting on these formidable competitors in 2018! Inasmuch, Avaya’s 21st-Century technology and solutions has a legacy in revolutionizing mobility and communications for teams. It’s all about being fit, strong, and a good team player!

Next up... #altayexpedition #xtrailadventure


About AR World Series

The Adventure Racing (AR) World Series unites in competition the world’s best endurance athletes at premiere Qualifier events around the globe. The top two teams at each of these races gain a coveted position on the start line of the annual pinnacle of the sport, the AR World Championship.

Each international Qualifier event in the AR World Series sets a unique course to test mixed teams of four for up to 10 days of non-stop racing in the disciplines of trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, navigation and more. Courses are always kept secret until just before the start.