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THAT’S A WRAP FOLKS

Friday, March 6th, 2015

As the last team comes across the line at GODZone Race HQ on the shores of Lake Wanaka, it is time to reflect on what has been an epic event. Epic being used to describe everything from the number of teams, the location, the volunteers, the management, the course, the internationals, the media and finally the weather! Race Director Warren Bates says the 2015 event has been significant for a number of reasons in particular high team entries. “We tentatively thought 45 teams could be achievable for this year so to sell out in less that 48 hours and go to 55 teams was incredible. Having Vidaraid travel down to take on GODZone and Seagate for the first time was another exciting […]


VIDARAID FINISHES IN SECOND PLACE AT GODZONE

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Spanish and Brazilian team Vidaraid placed second in the GODZone Adventure race today in Wanaka. Team members Barbara Bomfin, Urtzi Iglesias, Jon Ander Arambalza, and Marco Amselem spoke highly of the AR World Series race and said New Zealand was an incredible country, and they loved being at GODZone. “It was the toughest race we have done and harder than any AR World Champs,” said Ander Arambalza. The world ranked number one team was the first international team to place in the four-year history of the event and were upbeat about the competition. They hope to come back down under to compete again soon. “The weather was challenging but the course was beautiful and we have […]


WORLD CHAMPION ADVENTURE RACERS SEAGATE WIN GODZONE 2015

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Three time defending champions and current AR World Champs team Seagate, have taken out the GODZone adventure race for the fourth time in Lake Wanaka this afternoon. Nathan Fa'avae, Sophie Hart, Chris Forne and Stu Lynch crossed the finish line at the Wanaka showground’s  just after 4.30pm attracting a large crowd of enthusiastic well wishers. The team raced ahead of the field of 52 teams from the start line and never looked back over the four days it took for them to nail first place. Leader Nathan Fa'avae said the race was hot and fast from the beginning at the Brewster Glacier with challenging weather in the mix. “ We had a few nights in pretty exposed places like the […]


WORLD CHAMPION TEAM HAS FINISH LINE IN THEIR SIGHTS

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Three time defending champions and current AR World Champs team Seagate, look set to make a clean sweep of Chapter 4 of the GODZone Adventure today in Wanaka. Team members Nathan Fa'avae, Sophie Hart, Chris Forne and Stu Lynch arrived at the last transition area in Dublin Bay just after 8am in good spirits and ready to kayak on a glassy Lake Wanaka. “ The mountain bike ride over the Old Man Range last night was epic and we are looking forward to getting out on the lake and being on the water,” said Nathan Fa'avae. The team has several control points to find on Lake Wanaka with an estimated paddle time of 6 to 8 hours that will have them crossing the finish line in Lake Wanaka […]


INJURY AND INTRIGUE ON GODZONE ADVENTURE AS SEAGATE  HOLD LEAD POSITION ON DAY FOUR

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Torrential rain and wind has played havoc with many teams on the GODZone Adventure race overnight with injuries claiming several teams off the course today. Queenstown based team Swordfox  radioed Race HQ just after 7am to report team member Ash Whitehead was unable to continue on unassisted with a knee injury and were heli evacuated off the course. The team had held third position having dropped back only one place since the start of the race on Saturday “ This will obviously be hugely disappointing not only for the team who have looked in supreme condition for most of the race  but also for their huge following of friends and supporters,” says Race Director Warren […]


ALL EYES ON SEAGATE AS THEY DEFEND LEAD POSITION ON THIRD DAY AT GODZONE

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Three time defending champions Seagate, led by Nathan Fa’avae, have not blinked as they race into day three of the GODZone adventure race. Overnight the leading team managed to hold their first place ranking as they tackled the Criffel Peak and Pisa mountain ranges towards the Kawarau River. Despite team member Chris Forne’s sore knee, they steadily continued their domination of the GODZone adventure race and are now kayaking towards Kingston on Stage 5 of the event. “ It was good to get some sleep last night just passed the Meg Hut and it was pretty cold up there on the tops,” said Nathan Fa'avae as the team arrived into the transition to the kayak. There was mist and wind […]


ACTION ON AND OFF THE WATER AT GODZONE ADVENTURE

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

It’s been an exciting day of river and coasteering action for the lead teams in the 2015 GODZone in Lake Wanaka. All the action has been on the fast moving water of the Matukituki River in the Mt Aspiring National Park with team Seagate pushing their lead-time ahead only to slow down at the coasteering  section due to a slight leg injury. “ It was a bit of a shock to see them move so slowly after their storming start in the race yesterday but from what we can gather Chris Forne had a fall on the Albert Burn trek overnight and so he’s hobbling slightly. The next bike leg is 137km long so that will keep him off it but the question remains will they be able to keep the snapping […]


TEAM SEAGATE CHARGING THROUGH GODZONE COURSE ON DAY TWO

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Reigning GODZone and World Adventure Racing Champions Team Seagate are leaving nothing to chance as they race into day two of the weeklong GODZone adventure race firmly in the lead position. Over night the front running teams have ascended 2400m, passing the Albert Burn saddle in the western arm of Mt Aspiring National Park down into the majestic Matukituki Valley. “ Despite yesterday being a real challenge for teams with cold, wet conditions, the pace of these lead teams has not slowed at all. As predicted Seagate are keeping to their usual strategy of racing at the front but they are being chased quite closely by some very good teams at the moment so the pressure is mounting,” […]


EPIC ADVENTURE GETS UNDERWAY IN WANAKA FOR 2015 GODZone

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Racing is underway at the world’s largest expedition-length adventure race and New Zealand’s premier adventure event, GODZone. A powerful contingent of 52 adventure racing teams crossed the start line at Fantail Falls beside the famous Haast Pass Rd near Wanaka at 8 0 clock this morning. Competitors jostled for position directly in front of the falls before they careened up stream and into a steep bush clad track towards Mt Brewster Hut. The first stage of the 560km adventure race is a mountaineering section where teams will traverse Mt Brewster Glacier in the north west of Mt Aspiring National Park before heading back down to Makarora River in the valley below. The 22 km leg […]


GODZONE TEAM MATES COMPETE IN SPEIGHT’S COAST TO COAST

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Media Release from 100% PURE Racing February 16th, 2015   For immediate release GODZONE TEAM MATES COMPETE IN SPEIGHT’S COAST TO COAST As New Zealand’s premier adventure race GODZone prepares to get underway late next week in Wanaka, several high profile adventure racers were seen out and about competing at the Speight’s Coast to Coast over the weekend. Nathan Fa'avae, captain of team Seagate who will be back this year to defend their GODZone title, competed in the longest day event at the Coast to Coast and just missed placing third, which went to Trevor Voyce. Amongst the female competitors in the two-day event was Christchurch multisporter Sia Svendsen who competed […]