Ad­ven­ture race of epic proportions in GODZone

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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.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

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.

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