Kiwis gear up for Australian adventure race showdown

By Tessa Wallace

It could be a trans-Tasman clash at next month’s Mountain Designs GeoQuest, with New Zealand team Seagate looking to upset the Australian reigning champion’s four-year winning streak.

The 2012 Adventure Racing World Champions will debut in the 48-hour premier adventure race, which stretches 200km across NSW.

Seagate captain Nathan Fa’avae said the team has been eager to race the well-established event for a while and were determined to walk away with the win.

“When we go into a race we look at how we can win and that’s certainly the case with GeoQuest,” Fa’avae said.

“We like to race, and we like to race to win.”

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Adventure racing involves kayaking, mountain biking, running and orienteering (Photo James Pitman)

The team’s confidence is high after kicking off 2014 with a convincing victory at New Zealand’s largest adventure race, GODZone, last month.

GeoQuest director Craig Bycroft said at a press conference yesterday that the entrance of Team Seagate should make for a spectacular race.

However, doubt hovers over the team’s chances as the crew will be coming off the back of an arduous, week-long African Expedition, part of the Adventure Racing World Series.

“While they’re incredible athletes I think they’re going to have their work cut out just because of how tired they will be,” Bycroft said.

Fa’avae admitted it was not an ideal position to be in, however does not believe the short time lapse would hinder their performance.

“We’ve had some miraculous recoveries from races before and as long as you don’t get sick or injured I think you can recover from races pretty quick,” he said.

Team Macpac captain Rob Preston was confident Seagate would not threaten their chances of a fifth straight win.

Preston said their team was more familiar and experienced with GeoQuest races than Seagate or any other team.

Despite the Australians claiming to have home advantages, Fa’avae said it should not alter the outcome of the race.

“I don’t think that’ll be a huge advantage being local given we live just across the Tasman,” he said.

“We haven’t done GeoQuest before, but we’ve done lots of other races and adventure racing is adventure racing, its not too different.

“I think if we have a strong race and strong performance we’ll be a hard team to beat.”

The race will run from June 6-9 and will be streamed live on www.geoquest.com.au.

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