LIFE AT TA1
Friday 2nd March 2018
LIFE AT TA 1
By Hannah Johnston
Nestled between sprawling farmland and a small stand of native bush bordering the Waikari River lies Transition One for GODZone Chapter Seven.
As the race continues into Day Two the field has spread out and the T1 crew here are enjoying a break in the action – the sun is just breaking through the clouds, the birds and cicadas are chirping, and it’s time for a picnic lunch and a cup of tea.
It was overcast and drizzly this morning as the leading teams made their way up the 1 km of 4WD track from the Waiau River. There wasn’t much separating the top 10 teams thanks to the Waiau River dark zone, and they descended upon TA1 in a steady stream.
Teams must complete a didymo clean of all items that made contact with water before they check in. It takes time, but teams are respectful of the process – it’s only Day Two of a long race after all. All teams were relaxed but focused as they carried on to unpack their bike boxes and assemble their bikes.
The bank of the Waiau River is a tranquil spot to spy teams from just as they round the last bend before the ‘Z’ marking the get out point. A few curious cows look on and fish rise for a bite to eat, even as teams splash around just metres away.
With a handful of teams making their way down the river now, and another wave set to arrive later in the day, it will soon be all action here once again.