Ki­wis win

Ad­ven­ture Rac­ing World Cup

Adventure - - Contents - Re­port be­low Au­thor : Rob Howard

Ar­ti­cle sup­plied by Sleep­Mon­, the ad­ven­ture rac­ing web­site. Sleep­Mon­sters are cur­rently fund rais­ing on Pa­treon so please give them your sup­port. Kiwi team Avaya cap­tained by Nathan Fa’avae have won the 2018 Ad­ven­ture Rac­ing World Cham­pi­onships held at Re­union Is­land, to add to the teams mul­ti­ple ti­tles. Never in the his­tory of ad­ven­ture rac­ing has one team dom­i­nated year af­ter year. The chal­lenge cov­ered 460kms around and across the high points of Re­union Is­land off the coast of Mada­gas­car in the In­dian Ocean. The all Kiwi team of Fa’avae, Chris Forne, Stu Lynch and Fleur Pawsey took 117 hours to tra­verse the legs which in­cluded pad­dle, trek, MTB and climb­ing… to win by 3 hours and 40 min­utes over Swedish team Ha­glofs Silva with Kiwi Aaron Prince on nav­i­ga­tion. Af­ter 120 hours of rac­ing the last thing you want is a sprint fin­ish and that’s what Ha­glofs Silva had to do to claim sec­ond from team 400Team Na­turex. They said they were here to have fun and ex­plore Re­union and that the re­sult was sec­ondary, that they had their doubts and were not con­fi­dent, and ex­pected to be caught at any time by the good teams chas­ing them. Yet, in the end, the re­sult was the same as it has been for the past 4 years, New Zealand team Avaya are the Ad­ven­ture Rac­ing World Cham­pi­ons. Again. No­body is the least bit sur­prised, they are so good it felt in­evitable. Un­beat­able, un­ri­valled, flaw­less, leg­endary, you can take your pick of how to de­scribe this team who have dom­i­nated Ad­ven­ture Rac­ing for so long. For the record this is their 5th con­sec­u­tive win, hav­ing won pre­vi­ously in the high al­ti­tude of Ecuador, the jun­gles of Brazil, the plains of Wyoming and the arid out­back of Aus­tralia. It’s their 6th ARWC win as they won in 2012 as well, the last time Raid in France were hosts, Fleur Pawsey was new to the team, but the oth­ers now have 20 world ti­tles be­tween them, go­ing back to 2005. Nathan Fa’avae said be­fore the start that he didn’t feel they were favourites given the strength of the field. As he was re­turn­ing from re­tire­ment and hadn’t raced at this level for two years, and Fleur Pawsey came into the team as a late re­place­ment some doubts would only be nat­u­ral. But he said on the podium tonight that one of the rea­sons for their suc­cess was “that we are all com­mit­ted to the ob­jec­tive, which is to win, and it’s in­cred­i­ble how much sup­port we can give each other out there to achieve that.” Any doubts were put aside, they were here to win and still had the con­vic­tion they could do it. And they did.

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