Kaikoura team v Absolute Wilderness
Team Savitar from Kaikoura performed well in the six-hour event of the Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race at St Arnaud earlier this month despite ‘‘bone chilling’’ temperatures and white out conditions.
For Eleta Deal, James Boyd, and Amy Brewer it was their first event together as a team. Deal said they only decided to take part in the race in January, spurred on by her and Brewer’s effort in the Spring Challenge last year.
With a choice of either a three, six or 12-hour race Team Savitar increasingly difficult as they climbed the last 8km uphill to 1548 metres.
‘‘It was hard and painful – there was no break, it was long, arduous and uphill all the way.
‘‘It was really steep and really hard going.
‘‘We had to get off the bike and push them through some stages.’’
Deal said the temperature dropped quickly and they were in a total ‘‘white out’’ in the alpine conditions. ‘‘It was freezing, bone chilling, even though we were hot and out of breath it was still cold.’’
But the steepest climb and ‘‘biggest achievement’’ up Mount McRae was yet to come as the team crawled their way on hands and knees through the shingle scree to the top.
‘‘It was definitely a feat climbing up,’’ Deal said.
Teams had to stick together for the race and Deal said they couldn’t have done it without their support crew, Chris Boyd and Grant Brewer.
‘‘It was sheer determination and hard work that got us through.
‘‘We had to be really determined. It was a great adventure and good to have a team you can rely on for support,’’ Deal said.
Next year’s event is already being planned, and will take place in Reefton on March 10 and 11.
Users of the area around the former shingle pit near the Caves Restaurant are warned to take care while work is being done on the reinstatement of Kaikoura Harbour. Limestone and gravel removed from South Bay harbour will be deposited at the site. People are warned trucks will be entering and exiting from the area near the beach access and across bike and motorbike tracks along the highway. Any dumping or illegal activity should be reported to Kaikoura District Council on 03 319 5026.
Team Savitar from Kaikoura, James Boyd, Eleta Deal, and Amy Brewer at the finish of the mountainbike section of the Absolute Wilderness Adventure Race at St Arnaud earlier in March.