Day Two: A quick prediction
Sunday 26th February 2017
We catch up with Race Director Warren Bates and Course Advisor Ian Edmond to get their insights into Day Two of GODZone…
What do you expect to see from the leading teams today?
Warren: Tiki Tour (13) have been strong in first place the whole way through, but Yealands (31) aren’t far behind. Chris (Yealands) is one of the best navigators in the world and is supposed to be making his big move soon – he’ll constantly be searching for an opportunity to shake them off and get ahead.
Ian: Tiki Tour are from Wanaka though, and know the area like the back of their hand. They’ve got that advantage and are looking really strong at the moment.
Any blunders so far?
Warren: Adventure Medical Kits (9) lost a lot of ground yesterday by being the only team to go around Brow Peak instead of over it. They are clinging on to the leading group, but only just, and because they arrived at TA2 at 4.45am this morning, they’ve had no sleep, compared to the leaders who got a few hours in.
Ones to watch today?
Ian: The Sneaky Weasels (34) have been doing really well, they’re not as strong on the trekking but their paddling skills are exceptional – they smoked the other teams in last year’s canoe section! Bivouc Inov-8 (47) are looking great as well.
What challenges will those teams face today?
Warren: Those leading groups are going to try and stay together. There’s a few tricky navigational sections between the abseiling and rafting, but as it’s daylight they leading teams should be ok.
Ian: I’m interested to see how they cope on the mountain bike section. It’s 38km of technical biking, and if there’s one rider who isn’t as competent, they’ll easily lose 10 minutes. Tiki Tour will have ridden those trails a hundred times, so have the upper hand there.
Warren: And then there’s the suffer fest over Mount Crichton… (both adventure-racing veterans start laughing)
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