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DEFENDING CHAMPIONS REIGN SUPREME CHAPTER 10

Thursday 10th March 2022

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New Zealand’s adventure racing superstars Nathan Fa’avae, Sophie Hart, Stu Lynch and Chris Forne have notched up their sixth win at GODZone today taking out the 2022 Chapter 10 title and claiming the coveted GODZone Championship trophy.

Team Avaya completed the final leg of the arduous 710km journey – a 19km trek from the Taieri River Mouth to Brighton Beach – just on midday today arriving at the beach finish line to a cheering crowd of supporters.

The adventure racing champion team were supreme throughout winning every stage of the Chapter 10 Pure course that started at Jackson Bay on the West Coast seven days ago.

Avaya team member Sophie Hart said they were delighted to get to the finish line.

“It was the longest GODZone, but we knew that it would be for the tenth edition, so we tried to race accordingly. I don’t know if it was the hardest, but we were certainly ready to get to the finish line. There were some grueling stages up there. Going up over Park Pass was one of my highlights – the alpine environment was phenomenal, and the weather just added to it.”

“The diverse nature of the terrain was amazing from Jackson Bay over to here on a scorching day in Brighton Beach – it was incredible.”

Team Avaya has had multiple back-to-back successes at GODZone, winning every chapter they have raced together. This includes Chapter 1 -Milford Sound, Chapter 2 – Mt Cook, Chapter 3 – Kaikoura, Chapter 4 – Wanaka, Chapter 9 in Rotorua and Chapter 10.

Stu Lynch and Chris Forne have raced every chapter of GODZone with various teams, and Chris Forne has won every race bar one – Chapter 6 in Queenstown that he lost to Tiki Tour.

Team Avaya captain Nathan Fa’avae paid credit to his teammates at the finish line.

“ I think this team is pretty unique, and experience plays a big part as we have done a lot of racing together. We have got very good at recognising our skills and strengths and utilising that which gives you a lot of confidence as we advance.”

“There is a lot of unity in this team – we are mates who trust each other, and we have an unconditional commitment to pushing hard and getting the absolute best results for the team.”

“ One of the things I think about a lot is racing intelligence and racing really smart as to how we can get from A to B in the quickest possible time. We talk about it a lot while racing and come up with plans that are robustly discussed, and then it’s fun to go out and execute it.”

He says GODZone has continued the legacy of adventure racing after the sport started in New Zealand back in 1989.

“New Zealand is the home of adventure racing, and what makes GODZone the best is that it is here with the unique Southern Alps, which offer amazing contrasting landscapes.”

“Kiwis have always been good at the sport, and GODZone courses are the toughest, which is why everyone wants to do them. The Southern Alps are rugged places to go, and adventure racers are people who seek out hard things to do, and GODZone delivers that.”

The GODZone Chapter 10 Pure course remains open until 5.00 pm Friday giving the rest of the field another 24 hours to make it to the finish line.

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For general information and to follow the teams on GPS tracking, go to: https://godzoneadventure.com/

For more information, interview & imagery requests, contact:

Margo Berryman
GODZone Media Manager
P: +64 21 246 3342
E: margo@qt.co.nz

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