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Pursuit teams gear up for race start

Sunday 3rd April 2016

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While some teams are experiencing strong rain with high winds up at CP11 on the Red Hills, back in Kaiteriteri the sun is shining on the beach in readiness for the start of the Pursuit teams.

The new Pursuit category follows a similar course to the Pure but with shorter sections to certain TA points. Race Director Warren Bates says the course runs six days.

He said: “We have ten teams who are very eager to get underway this morning and it would be great to see the locals out to cheer them on.”

Starting at 11am on Kaiteriteri Beach the teams will coasteer then kayak up to Rabbit Island and TA1. They will not do the orienteering and instead will mountain bike the route through to TA2 in the Wairoa Gorge.

Bates said: “The Pursuit category has the capacity to grow dramatically and with so much interest in GODZone this year I expect we will at least double entries next year. For those adventure junkies watching with some envy – it is the perfect introduction to what multi day expedition racing is all about.”

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