GZ ‘Pursuit’ Event

The GZ Pursuit event takes the existing GODZone concept and makes some subtle changes that creates an exciting new racing experience and opens the door to a wider range of expedition adventure racers. For some in New Zealand, this event will have a flavour of the old Southern Traverse, with the addition of support crews, and a slightly more social feel to the race – in the Transition Areas at least – but out on the course it will be very much a true GODZone experience, with teams taking on the best of New Zealand’s epic wilderness.

The course design is based largely around the GZ Pure course with some subtle changes.  When GZ Pursuit teams arrive at transition areas they will have the benefit of a support crew to keep them fed, watered and organised. The course distance is shorter than GZ Pure and navigationally easier, but teams may well just race harder. Teams entering the GZ Pursuit catergory should see the event as a great entry point to expedition racing, but it is a very serious challenge requiring good backcountry skills.


EVENT DETAILS & FORMAT

COURSE DISTANCE:

Approximately 400km

SHORT COURSE OPTION:

Yes (Usually employed after Day 3)

MAXIMUM DURATION:

Up to 7 days

RACE DATE:

Saturday 25th February to Saturday 4th March 2017

EXPECTED WINNING TIME:

3-4 Days

MAXIMUM TEAM NUMBER:

Strictly Limited – Be warned, these will go fast

TEAM FORMAT:

Teams of four including mixed, all male & all female teams

SUPPORT CREWS:

Required (‘Supported’ – please see below for details)

DIFFICULTY RATING:

Hard

ENTRY PRICE:

$6,500 (Early Entry Discount) or $7,500 (Standard Entry)

TROPHY CATEGORIES:

TBA

PRIZES:

TBA


What’s Involved?

The GZ Pursuit event is a standalone race in itself and it will be a perfect introduction for those who want to take part in the GODZone experience. The GZ Pursuit course will largely follow the same route as the GZ Pure course with some subtle changes to Checkpoint locations and a shortening of the overall course length. Teams will still take on big mountains, big rivers and some of the technical parts of the GZ Pure course. However, there could be significant route differences or entire stages missed to make the overall route more achievable. Unlike GZ Pure, GZ Pursuit teams are welcome to use their support crew to strategise and make decisions about route choice and navigation. GZ Pursuit teams will meet their support crew in transition areas which will mean that they will have access to some creature comforts and, perhaps, some motivational support. The finish will be hosted at the same location as the GZ Pure event. Teams on the GZ Pursuit route will also have a mid-race cut off which will move them on to a shortened version of the race. This will help to bring all teams to the finish line in time before the course closes.

This will be an extremely challenging event, comparable to any of the top expedition races in the World. The concept will create the perfect expedition racing experience for those new to these types of races, those without the experience to do the GZ Pure event, teams looking to take part with the benefits and fun of a support crew and perhaps those who do not wish to spend so many hours training in the build up. It’s also cheaper, so if you’re looking for the perfect segue into expedition racing in New Zealand, this event is probably it.

Each team is required to provide a support crew which can be a maximum of 4 people. You are welcome to bring more supporters but only your official support crew will be able to assist you in key Transition Areas. This restriction is to keep things fair, to help create a level playing field and also to ensure that we can fit everyone into what can sometimes be limited space transition areas. You will also need to provide a vehicle to transport your support crew and certain equipment around the course. Vehicle advice and restrictions will be provided in the Newsletters. Support crew will, in general, be required to transport gear and bikes of their team. The organisers will, in general, transport other key equipment items such as kayaks and canoes for the teams. Exceptions to these general rules may exist where transition areas have limited access, etc.

It is anticipated that the winning teams for GZ Pursuit will take approximately three to four days to finish. Teams may be allowed to take as many as seven days to complete the GZ Pursuit event. To enter now, please click here.