Thats a Wrap
Saturday 10th March 2018
The last teams are across the GODZone finish line in Te Anau.
Team 51 Nothing Ventured were the first to arrive and welcomed by an enthusiastic waiting crowd of friends, families and locals who had been on tenterhooks for the last 24 hours. Balloons, children, streamers, bubbles, laughter and looks of relief were the order of proceedings.
Pursuit team 89 Kiwi Can were quick to follow after nine days 2 hours out there. They had valiantly been trying to get to the finish line last night but couldn’t for the life of them find the CP before they were dark-zoned. Having lost a paddle they decided to sleep the night and head off this morning when they miraculously found the paddle and so it was happy days all round!
Next came team 71 UC Engineering across the line as the 3rd placed Colt team who were promptly awarded a cheque for $1000 and magnums of Altitude Beer. They replied, “Who designed the course – you bastard!”
The final team were South Africa’s Merrell who arrived at 10.44am as the last full course competitors.
” We definitely got our money worth out there,” said captain Graham Bird ” It was tough, unrelenting and ongoing.”
For ex-Springbok Stefan Terblanche it was a baptism of fire and his team likened it to competing at the Rugby World Cup without ever having played a game before. ” Graham said there would be some paddling and some trekking but he never told me I would have to actually have to ‘carry’ my bike over a mountain,” said Terblanche.