Adventure race of epic proportions in GODZone
Defending champions Seagate will face the world top-ranked adventure racers, Spanish and Brazilian team Vidaraid, at GODZone this year.
Nelson-based Nathan Fa-avae leads Seagate, which has won the seven-day event for the past three years and are the current AR World Champs.
However, the four-person team will face their toughest competition yet with 55 teams and more than 200 competitors making up the GODZone field competing around Lake Wanaka from February 28.
Currently ranked number one in the world the Vidaraid team members were eagerly awaiting their Kiwi debut and GODZone race director Warren Bates said the team was highly competitive.
‘‘Vidaraid team captain Barbara Bomfim has confirmed they are buzzing about coming out to race here and we can expect a real ding-dong battle to go on between these world leading teams,’’ he said.
‘‘They recently raced each other at the AR World Champs in Ecuador with Seagate coming out on top and so GODZone is Vidaraid’s chance to take them on in their own backyard. It will be exciting racing.’’
Other countries represented at the race include Japan, South Africa, Australia and the United Kingdom.
New Zealanders would be represented with Lost and Lonely, led by Ian Huntsman, and Kauri Coasters, led by Barry Ruddell, both returning for their fourth chapter, Bates said.
Other kiwi entrants include team Breen Homes consisting of multisport heavyweights Keith and Andrea Murray and their sons Charlie and Craig.
Coast-to-Coast podium placer Glen Currie returns with team BNZ racing, which includes Daniel Jones, whose father is adventure racing legend Neil Jones, Lisa Bates and Rhys Burns and team Bivouac Inov-8 led by Ryan Thomas.
Team Swordfox, led by Nick Ross, is expected to add some weight to the lineup as are team Torpedo 7, led by Richard Anderson, and Absolute Wilderness, led by Dan Moore.
‘‘This is the largest field ever to race at GODZone and with the calibre of both Kiwi and international teams vying a podium finish, 2015 is shaping up to be an adventure race of epic proportions,’’ Bates said.
What: GODZone, the world’s largest expedition-length adventure race running non-stop over seven days
When: February 28 to March 7
Where: Lake Wanaka
Charity: Cure Kids More info: godzoneadventure.com On top: World number-one ranked adventure racing team, Team Vidaraid from left, Urtzi Iglesias, Barbara Bomfim, Jon Ander Arambalza and Marco Amselem, will be competing at GODZone, around Lake Wanaka this year.