Chance to go rov­ing

Are you up for off-road ad­ven­ture? Do you think you’re ca­pa­ble of sur­viv­ing the chal­lenge of a life­time, asks PAUL GOVER

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OFF-ROAD ad­ven­tur­ers around the world are be­ing called to com­pete in an­other ul­ti­mate four-wheel-drive chal­lenge. The Land Rover G4 Chal­lenge is touted as the ‘‘ad­ven­ture of a life­time’’ and pits com­peti­tors from 18 coun­tries against one an­other and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The third run­ning of the G4 Chal­lenge will be held in re­mote Asian lo­ca­tions with a com­bi­na­tion of off-road driv­ing and sport­ing con­tests, rang­ing from kayak­ing to moun­tain­bik­ing and climb­ing.

The aim is to test the two-mem­ber teams in tri­als of their strength, stamina and strate­gic aware­ness.

The G4 chal­lenge has been held twice be­fore. Bel­gian fighter pilot Rudi Thoe­len won in 2003 in the Moab Desert in the US. South African Martin Dreyer won in 2006 on a course that in­cluded Thai­land, Laos, Brazil and Bo­livia.

Aus­tralia has been rep­re­sented by cham­pion iron­man Guy An­drews, but Alina McMaster did best when she won sev­eral in­di­vid­ual events and fin­ished sixth of 18 com­peti­tors two years ago.

‘‘The chal­lenge is all about push­ing your­self and your ve­hi­cle as hard as pos­si­ble in some of the world’s most spec­tac­u­lar lo­ca­tions,’’ G4 chal­lenge man­ager Ed Til­ston says.

The chal­lenge is an amaz­ing event that gives peo­ple the chance to ex­pe­ri­ence a real ad­ven­ture. It tests not only phys­i­cal strength, but also men­tal and strate­gic tal­ents and team­work. And this time it will be rais­ing money for a very wor­thy cause.

The ob­jec­tive is to raise $1 mil­lion for the Red Cross, and the win­ning team will get a Land Rover ve­hi­cle for their coun­try’s Red Cross or Red Cres­cent So­ci­ety.

Aus­tralian hope­fuls will be up against men and women from Aus­tria, Bel­gium, Brazil, Bri­tain, Canada, China, France, Ger­many, Hol­land, Ire­land, Italy, Nor­way/Swe­den, Rus­sia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey and the US.

The Aus­tralian se­lec­tion tri­als will be held late this year to choose the two men and two women who will ad­vance to the in­ter­na­tional se­lec­tions early next year be­fore the G4 Chal­lenge fi­nals in the mid­dle of next year.

‘‘Only two peo­ple from Aus­tralia will go to Asia for the ad­ven­ture of a life­time, but win­ning a place on the chal­lenge is all part of the ex­cite­ment,’’ Til­ston says.

‘‘The new team for­mat marks a mas­sively ex­cit­ing move for the chal­lenge and we are ex­pect­ing thou­sands of en­trants from the 18 na­tions on the list,’’ he says.

Tough task: the Land Rover G4 Chal­lenge tests not only phys­i­cal strength but also men­tal and strate­gic tal­ents and team­work.

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