Floortje’s training for world champs
There’s a good reason why Wanaka adventure racer Floortje Grimmett never accepts a team leader position: ‘‘I will always blame the map’’.
‘‘Never go with me because I will get lost. This is a disadvantage. You will go the wrong way and end up bush bashing and getting scars,’’ she laughed.
Grimmett and her Tiki Tour team mates Mike Kelly and brothers Tom and George Lucas, of Queenstown, won the 2017 GodZone Adventure Race in February.
Tiki Tour is now preparing for the World Adventure Racing Championships in Wyoming in August, which Grimmett says will be her ‘‘first and only’’ world championships.
She regards multisport as a ’’hobby’’ and has turned to her friend Joanna Williams, also of Wanaka, for inspiration.
Williams will race in Wyoming with Team Seagate, with whom she won the world title in Australia last year.
‘‘Jo Williams is my motivator, no matter what, I look up to her. All I have learned, how far I have come, is all from her,’’ Grimmett said.
Grimmett, 39, is mum to Ella, 14 and Liam, 8, works alongside her husband Darren Grimmett at Wanaka’s Outside Sports store, and is adamant family comes first.
‘‘I don’t race overseas because it is not my breadwinning thing. I would be homesick as soon as I am at the airport. But I will regret it if I don’t go. This is my one-off,’’ she said.
Grimmett was born in a farm village called Beekbergen (roughly translated, Creek Mountain), in the flat mid-east of The Netherlands, and settled in Wanaka in 2000.
She enjoys mountain running and deer hunting and in 2013 decided to give the GodZone a crack with the Moahunters, finishing sixth.
Williams introduced Grimmett to Tiki Tour, with whom she raced the 2015 GodZone to third place, behind world-ranked teams Seagate and Columbia Vidaraid.
’’I was wrecked after 2015 so I took a year off and I am pleased with the results,’’ she said.
Grimmett almost gave up but changed her attitude and only trained for coffees, pies and fun.
The boys also learned to ‘‘look after the girl,’’ she said.
‘‘We don’t have ego. We just all believed and went for it,’’ she said.
Tom and George Lucas, Floortje Grimmett and Mike Kelly.