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Chapter 6 – Queenstown

Event Summary

Teams started and finished their 2017 GODZone in Queenstown. The course took on a stunning linear course, in an anti-clockwise direction around the spectacular Lake Wakatipu. The route kicked off with a high energy, mutlisport-style race, centred around the Skyline Gondola and Kawarau River with teams running, biking, paddling and gorgeering.

The explosive start was followed by longer stages through historic Arrowtown and Skippers Canyon. The Upper Shotover River then came into play with teams first enjoying a classic canoe and then some classic Grade IV and V rapids in the ultimate river rafting trip. Next up was some tricky and technical bike riding on the Moonlight Track and in Seven Mile. A big mission over Mt Crichton. A kayak to Glenorchy. A massive bike into the Lochy River, followed up by a big trek over the Eyre Mountains and then a final paddle to finish on Frankton Beach.

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The Teams

Another full quota of teams signed up for Chapter of GODZone, with entries selling out in a record breaking 2hrs. Competitors were lured by the spectacular and renowned host location of Queenstown which promised to give a special insight into the joys of racing in New Zealand's Southern Alps. The recently formed GZ Pursuit event saw a 50% increase in participation rates versus Chapter 5 as new teams jumped at the chance to race supported. Overall, both GZ Pure and GZ Pursuit events were very much dominated by Kiwi teams who snapped up most of the slots when entries opened. There was also a strong showing from teams from the US who had made the pilgrimage to the pre-eminent expedition race in the world.

Team Name Team Captain Team Member 2 Team Member 3 Team Member 4 Final Results
1. Adventure Medical Kits Kyle Peter Mari Chandler Rob Preston Erik Sanders Full Course
2. All Talk Racing Lee Taylor Wayne Zahra Nikki Giles Reyn Watson Unranked
3. Alpine Recreation Carrie Lakin Elke Braun-Elwert Anna Loomes Lucy Noble Short Course
4. Altitude Brewing Mark Dewsbery Craig Hart Robbie Adams Sorcha Flett Full Course
5. Bivouac Inov-8 Anna Barrett Ryan Thompson Patrick Higgins Bobby Dean Full Course
6. Fernweh Four JD Eskelson Brian "Tosh" Chontosh Tim "TK" Kuenster Liz Woodgate Full Course
7. Freedom Fitness & Coaching Richard Dove Rosie Shakespeare Simon Lewis Miles Watson Full Course
8. Greenhorns Nathan Sturrock Levi Hibbert Rachel Baker Tom Spencer Full Course
9. GSD Eryn Cutler Gary Erving Teresa Costello Cameron Kerr Full Course
10. Haast Eagles Kris Mayen Dave Taylor Brandon Wilson Elizabeth Dornom Full Course
11. Happy Feet Adventuring Benjamin Lott Beth Jagusch Lucie Stanley David Ward Short Course
12. Hard'n up princess Mike Rait Michele Gillespie Brett Shields Geoff McCarthy Short Course
13. Heartland Ricoh TP Jim Cotter Ian Walsh Mike Robins Jo Turnbull Unranked
14. Hill Billys Paul Spark Scott Henry Martin Lukes Mags Helles Unranked
15. Insert Sponsor Here Kat Reynolds Unranked
16. Kai Whakapai Wanaka Shonagh North Mark Cockroft Julian Holmes Vicky Sandford Full Course
17. Koha Racing Neville Thorne Natalie Schreiber Ben McDowall Adrian Braaksma Unranked
18. Lochnagar Swim Club Sarah Kennedy Joe Sherriff Nick Lowe Glen Warner Full Course
19. Morrison Cars Tony McGuire Devern Burchett Ian Huntsman Wendy Riach Full Course
20. Mrs Forne's Boys Tim Farrant Theo Wordsworth Nick Hann Emily Forne Full Course
21. NZ Natural Formulas Grant Hildred Paul Ayres Tony Brownrigg Kathryn Lydiard Unranked
22. NZ Trundlers Craig Cox Alex Head Tim Sikma Janet Musker Full Course
23. One Direction Richard McIntosh Krzysztof Muszynski Becky Ferigo Derek Ferigo Unranked
24. Otago Minions Steve Mosley Darran Clay Ethel Murphy Nathan White Short Course
25. Out There Doing It Chris Stewart Ken Telford Brent Kingsland Sarah Tiong Unranked
26. Outward Bound Danny Cartlidge Nick Williamson Brigid Graney Craig Tweedie Full Course
27. Packrafting NZ Brandon Purdue Andrew Palmer Caleb Jennings Suze Landers Full Course
28. Paddle Monster Think kayaks Thomas 'Donnell David Eade Jason Good Teneale Hatton Full Course
29. Peak Endeavour Brendan Clark Rachel Knott Alex Wilmshurst Bryce Hamilton Full Course
30. Proactive Physio Marty Macdonald Dave Vitikangas Brent Herdson Erin Green Full Course
31. PURAO Active Neil Jones Gordon Townsend Rachel cashin Duncan Hamilton Full Course
32. Quest AR Gavin Woody Dusty Caseria Emily Caseria Richard Kresser Full Course
33. Rebel Food Hadyn Key Karl Johnson Richard Ussher Lisa Bates Unranked
34. Rogue Four Rachel Lynskey Rob Lei Rob Griffiths Alan Kirkpatrick Full Course
35. Swordfox Brent Edwards Ash Whitehead Stu Lynch Georgia Whitla Full Course
36. T-EA-M Martyn Bowis Julio Mau-Asam Aidan Nicholas Abby Macredie Unranked
37. T. F. BUNDY Sue Tait Jan McFadzien Dee Mckay Andie Lowry Short Course
38. Team 11 Kyle Crittenden David Brydon Aimee Nicole Saint Andre Simon Tailby Full Course
39. Team Alexandra Scott Worthington Glenn Kelly Lee Wilson Julie Williamson Unranked
40. Team assegai Morne Pienaar Jimmie Fourie Patrick Garceau Marta Zanetti Full Course
41. Team CHIA Graham Dawson Andrew Crowley Simon Rutherford Frances Riley Full Course
42. Team Cloud Base Nine Matt Jeans Graeme Ewenson Divan Pretorius Hannah Lowe Unranked
43. Team FoodShare Patrick Manning Mike Adair Peter Jackson Anne Gray Short Course
44. Team LIC Richard Spelman Thomas Johnson Jason Mouat Christine Couldrey Short Course
45. Team Macpac Matt Lash Nev Wells Paul Rust Leah Barnfield Full Course
46. Team Motueka Brent Steinmetz Jake Stow Dave Quested Cheryl Young Full Course
47. Team NCX Rhys John Jennifer Walker Stephen John Simon Woods Full Course
48. Team Pic's Peanut Butter Scott Kearney Hazel Bowering-Scott Ed Radcliffe Peter Marriott Full Course
49. Team Stihl Simon Bloomberg Jane Orbell Nigel Kelly Mike Buschl Full Course
50. The Sneaky Weasel Gang Struan Webb Mitchell Munro Tane Cambridge Isla Smith Full Course
51. Tiki Tour Tom Lucas Mike Kelly George Lucas Floortje Grimmett Full Course
52. Tineli - Rollo's Outdoors Sakkie Meyer Gilbert Robertson Gerard Malcolm Emma McCosh Full Course
53. Torpedo 7 Richard Anderson Glen Currie Greig Hamilton Jo Williams Full Course
54. Waypoints Brendon Crequer Marina Buonocore Glenn Lilly Tim Bygate Full Course
55. Yealands Family Wines Dan Moore Dan Busch Chris Forne Simone Maier Full Course
56. Zookeepers Cafe Hugh Tait Ginge Burnett Kerri Brand Jason Miller Full Course
Team Name Team Captain Team Member 2 Team Member 3 Team Member 4 Final Results
1. Best Foot Forward NZ Bob McLachlan Franck Bocamy Kate Baxter Cat Pattison Full Course
2. Chafing The Dream Lisa Payne Matt Carter Vaughn Woods Daniel McDonald Full Course
3. Countdown 270 Brian Duffy Keri Antoniak Grant Tremain Claire Bentley Short Course
4. Fastlane Fitness Team Teach Francis Young Alana Cramond Hannah Wakefield Edward Young Full Course
5. Ginger ninja crew Brian Wilson Jonny Brewer Darryl Sutton Blake McMillan Unranked
6. Lost in Pace Toby johnston Grant Cagney Jon Dallimore Jennifer Ward Full Course
7. One Square Warriors Owen Keet Tom Hambrook TIm Sainsbury James O'Rourke Full Course
8. Perth desert dwellers Karn christian Leon dunbar Emma morice Barry Byrne Unranked
9. Quadzilla Harriet Millar Anna Gray Alice Hawkins Nicola Kirkham Full Course
10. Slice of Heaven Sarah Gawith Casey brown Tara Spencer Graeme Scott Full Course
11. Squashed bananas Viv Prince Nick Collins Rachel Drew Guy de Lacey Full Course
12. Team Silky Callum Irvine Stephen Busby Vicky Shelling Paul Dukes Full Course
13. The Goats Paul Maxwell Paul Lutz Adam Power Dave Strong Full Course
14. Virbac Animal Health Brendan Hickman Anthony Oswald Adam Stanyer Tina Moore Full Course
15. Worst game of tag ever. Joe Morrison Brett Roberts Mark Waldin Carl Neustrosk Full Course

The Route

A breathtaking journey through some of New Zealand’s most spectacular high country with the occasional visit to a local community located around the Wakatipu Basin. The GZ Pure route covered a total distance of approximately 410km, considerably less than previous Chapters. However, this was offset by the most amount of ascent ever at almost 12,500m. The route comprised roughly 110km of trekking, 167km of biking, 84km of kayaking, 25km of canoeing, 14km of rafting and 6km of gorgeering. The GZ Pursuit event covered approximately 346km and 10,150m of ascent.

The route won great favour with many teams remarking on it being the most spectacular and exciting race they had ever done. There was the multisport-style, fast and furious start to the event, abseiling on two iconic local landmarks, a host of exciting whitewater activities with the introduction of rafting into GODZone for the first time. This was followed up by high mountain ascents of Mt Crichton and then over the Eyre Mountains on the penultimate stage of the race. A high octane race for a famously high adrenalin part of New Zealand.

Results

It was tough to pick a winner of Chapter 6. Teams at the front of the field have improved a lot and there has been some musical chairs going on which has allowed the teams to take on a better balance of skills and personalities. With the world's number 3 ranked team at the event (Adventure Medical Kits), going head to head with Chris Forne's Yealands Family Wines and Queenstown locals, Tiki Tour, it was always going to be a strongly contested race. Ultimately it was the local team, led admirably by Tom Lucas, that won out on the course. This marked the first time Chris Forne has been beaten at a GODZone Chapter.

Second and third place were taken by teams Yealands Family Wines and Swordfox respectively. Yealands threw everything at Tiki Tour but they did not crack, making great route choices throughout the course. The winning margin was less than 2hrs in the end. Overall, the race produced an exceptionally high finish percentage, perhaps reflecting the short/sharp nature of the course and exceptional weather conditions. The Colt Trophy was won by the Sneaky Weasel Gang who placed a very commendable 5th place overall.

GODZone Chapter 6 - Queenstown, was won by the Tiki Tour team. The team comprised Tom Lucas, George Lucas, Mike Kelly, and Floortje Grimmett. Tiki Tour completed the challenging course almost faultlessly, paddling into Frankton Beach around lunch time on Tuesday, completing the course in a shade over 76hrs.

The popular local team was welcomed home by a large crowd of well wishers who had been glued to their progress on the Live Coverage website. They have worked hard over the years and been at every GODZone in some team form. They can be rightly proud of winning against such a top field of racers.

Team Name Team Captain Team Member 2 Team Member 3 Team Member 4 Final Results
1. Tiki Tour Tom Lucas Mike Kelly George Lucas Floortje Grimmett 03d 04h 11m
2. Yealands Family Wines Dan Moore Dan Busch Chris Forne Simone Maier 03d 06h 01m
3. Swordfox Brent Edwards Ash Whitehead Stu Lynch Georgia Whitla 03d 10h 50m
4. Torpedo 7 Richard Anderson Glen Currie Greig Hamilton Jo Williams 03d 14h 15m
5. The Sneaky Weasel Gang Struan Webb Mitchell Munro Tane Cambridge Isla Smith 03d 15h 59m

Year two of the GZ Pursuit event witnessed a slightly more challenging course and a stronger field of racers, particularly in the mixed teams. This was highlighted with all top 3 placings being taken by teams of a mixed format. Virbac Animal Health looked to be running away with the event before a major navigational mistake in the Eyre Mountains, the penultimate stage, allowed Best Foot Forward NZ to gain back many hours and move within 45 minutes of the leading team.

Virbac were able to hold on during the final 47km paddle on Lake Wakatipu with the team finishing to the joy of their support crew and fans after a very enjoyable 85hrs of racing.

Team Name Team Captain Team Member 2 Team Member 3 Team Member 4 Final Results
1. Virbac Animal Health Brendan Hickman Anthony Oswald Adam Stanyer Tina Moore 03d 13h 20m
2. Best Foot Forward NZ Bob McLachlan Franck Bocamy Kate Baxter Cat Pattison 03d 13h 36m
3. Team Silky Callum Irvine Stephen Busby Vicky Shelling Paul Dukes 03d 20h 52m
4. Squashed bananas Viv Prince Nick Collins Rachel Drew Guy de Lacey 03d 23h 20m
5. Lost in Pace Toby johnston Grant Cagney Jon Dallimore Jennifer Ward 04d 06h 06m