Seagate running away in Godzone
New Zealand team’s success credited to orienteering expert Chris Forne
World adventure racing champions Seagate stamped their authority on the Godzone race early on Saturday morning and by yesterday were looking unlikely to give up any advantage to closest rivals, the Brazilian/ Spanish team Vidaraid, and Queenstown’s Swordfox.
At the time of going to print, Seagate were somewhere in a forest near Waikaia and had to make the journey back up to Central Otago for the final stages of the 550km race.
Wanaka teams Tiki Tour and Torpedo were slugging it out for fourth.
The New Zealand team’s amazing race can be credited to the freakish ability of navigator Chris Forne, an orienteering expert; calm transitions; and consistent pace of travel.
Tail end charlies were still languishing on the Matukituki River and Glendhu coasteering stages yesterday, caught out by the monster trek through the Albert Burn from Makarora and rising rivers after rain on Saturday and again yesterday.
A few teams have pulled out, after getting lost or injuries, but most of the 55 teams were battling the course and conditions.
If all goes according to the plans being scripted yesterday by fans sheltering in Wanaka cafes, Seagate should be at the Roys Bay finish line early this morning.
Supporters were planning to head down to the Upper Clutha Rugby Club from 6.30am to cheer the winners home.
More information and live tracking: godzoneadventure.com.
Which way: Freaks . . . Seagate navigator Chris Forne and captain Nathan Fa’avae with their nose in their map.
Just the beginning: And they’re off . . . Godzone teams leaving the startline at Fantail Falls in the Makarora Valley near Haast Pass on Saturday morning.