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Chapter 7

GZ Pure Event

"It is simply the race of the year if you love expedition races. It traverses the stunning terrain of the South Island. Regardless of where you finish you get treated like a champion by the people following Live Coverage and the organisers. Being part of a team with a common goal I believe you can achieve so much more than you ever imagined possible. GODZone regained my mind and showed that you can do anything with belief."

- Sia Svendsen (Christchurch)

GODZone without a support crew

GZ Pure is the ultimate expedition adventure racing experience with unsupported teams travelling approximately 600km across New Zealand’s wilderness for up to 10 days. GZ Pure represents the most technically challenging adventure race in the world and teams should prepare accordingly. Places for GZ Pure are limited and the event is expected to sell out. All teams should consider carefully whether they have the requisite skills, physical and mental strength to complete the GZ Pure event given the technical difficulty and course length. For teams or competitors uncertain about their ability, or those who have not done a race of this length or magnitude before, the advice is to do the GZ Pursuit event. It has all the challenges, strategy, thrill of racing hard in the wilderness, but is more achievable.

Expedition races are not all created equal. Overseas or international teams who have completed other events away from New Zealand should take the GZ Pure event extremely seriously. It will be much harder, from a technical perspective. Get the skills.

EVENT DETAILS & FORMAT

COURSE DISTANCE: Approximately 600km
SHORT COURSE OPTION: Yes
MAXIMUM DURATION: 10 days
RACE DATE: Thursday 1st March – Saturday 10th March 2018
EXPECTED WINNING TIME: Approximately 5 Days
MAXIMUM TEAM NUMBER: Strictly limited – Be warned, these will go fast
TEAM FORMAT: Teams of 4. Teams must contain one female to be ranked. All male teams permitted but will not be ranked
SUPPORT CREWS: None Required (‘unsupported’)
DIFFICULTY RATING: Extreme (train and plan accordingly)
ENTRY PRICE: $8,500 (Early Entry Discount) or $9,500 (Standard Entry)
TROPHY CATEGORIES: Overall, Colt & Legends
PRIZES: TBA

What’s involved?

GZ Pure is designed to give teams the ultimate adventure racing experience. The course is set up to test the full range of skills of participants. A high level of proficiency, competence and fitness is required to successfully negotiate the course in its entirety. For example, decisions on whether to negotiate higher grade rapids or to paddle at night may be left for the teams to decide. Checkpoints will be placed in positions that will create difficult navigation and route decisions. There may be additional challenges (such as orienteering) that are set at an elite level to ensure the event provides a good challenge to both brains and brawn. As a general rule, teams will only receive key course information (maps and route handbook) a few hours before the start. Teams will receive a logistics planner one week before the race starts so that they can organise their equipment.

All teams will be expected to be self-sufficient during the event. The organisers will transport all gear boxes, bike boxes and other key equipment items such as kayaks and canoes for the teams. GZ Pure teams will transition between the different disciplines without any outside assistance. With this in mind it is important for teams to manage their equipment and supplies carefully. More information about the gear box and bike box requirements will be provided in the Newsletters.

It is anticipated that the winning teams for GZ Pure will take approximately 5 days to finish. Teams may be allowed to take as many as 10 days to complete the GZ Pure course and there will be at least one mid-race cut off that will shorten the route to ensure that teams reach the finish line in the time allowed. GZ Pure is the ultimate event at the Adventure Like No Other. For all teams that have not done an expedition race before and who are keen to take on GODZone we highly recommend that you elect to do the GZ Pursuit event first before diving straight into the GZ Pure event – it’s a lot harder than you imagine. If you believe you have the requisite skills, experience, determination and desire then please Enter Now.