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Tiki Tour Team place 3rd in the Godzone, Wanaka

Floortje from Outside Sports Wanaka competed in the Godzone adventure race 2015, and was lucky to be part of the "Tiki Tour Team", Sponsored by Rational Engineering.

Godzone Tiki Tour team 2015 Outside Sports NZ

Floortje describes the difficult course of the Godzone that covered variable terrain across the amazing scenery surrounding Wanaka in unpredictable weather; “We faced wet weather, white outs, gusty North westerlies and some sunny moments. Kayaked and Canoed in the darkness of the night down the most beautiful rivers and lakes. Tracked in the silence of the most remote areas. We ran next to waterfalls while the chamois were jumping down rocks beside us. Through rough tussock, swamp, milky rivers, slips and slides, holding scrubs, tree roots making sure not to let go, spotting Red deer amongst the mist of it”.

Godzone Tiki Tour team 2015 Outside Sports NZ

The Godzone adventure race was broken down into stages, of which each team had to meet the control points within the allocated time to continue onto the next stage. Each of Floortje’s stage of the Godzone was around 14hours +. Floortje describes the excitement of the team looking for the control points like “wee Jack Russel's looking for rabbits”.

Godzone Tiki Tour team coastering 2015 Outside Sports NZ

The Tiki Tour Team took 6 days to complete the challenging Godzone, with a total of 9 hours sleep.

“Day 6 got to me as I couldn't keep awake. I took a double dose of "No Doze" , drank a red bull and ate all the sugar I could find but kept falling a sleep on my bike. We decided to have a hour nap, that ended up in 3hours as we didn't hear the alarm!! We had slept in! We raced as hard as we possibly could to get back to 3rd position, knowing we had dropped to 4th. Going into the final stage at Dublin Bay by Kayak we were informed that we were currently sitting 3rd as the other team missed a control point. Team Colombia, the world champs ,were somewhere beside the lake having a very long sleep. We got excited in the thought that we could possibly go for 2nd placing if we could fight the sleep and the North Westerly wind. Heading to the finish line and seeing my hometown, on Lake Wanaka was a very special moment. Knowing that the finish line was just in reach and there were no more stages to complete I felt a little down, but seeing my family and friends again, who supported us all the way through, celebrating our 3rd placing at finish line was absolutely overwhelming!” Floortje says. “We knew day1 we needed to be very fast to get a good position in the front of the pack. We all absolutely loved the physical challenge. We worked well as a team”.

Godzone Floorjte Kayak coastering 2015 Outside Sports NZ

 A huge congratulations goes out to the Tiki Tour Team and we are very proud of our staff member Floortje, who went straight back into a work shift the morning after- we don’t know how you do it!

Godzone Floorjte redbull coastering 2015 Outside Sports NZ

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GODZone 2015 NZ

GODZone is a 500km multi-day, non-stop, expedition-style adventure race like no other. Teams consist of a mixed format, 4 people containing at least one female. Disciplines are unknown and the location is different every year, testing the mental and physical skill of the participants. Teams have to navigate, trek, mountain bike, kayak and canoe, traversing over a vast array of different terrain, through some of New Zealand’s most stunning landscapes. GodZone is held between the months of February and March. Each year of the GodZone has been named a chapter, begining it’s journey in the previous 3 chapters from Milford Sound, Mount Cook and Kaikoura. Chapter 4 is the next series of the Godzone and will be held in the mountain town of Lake Wanaka, in the South Island of NZ.

Godzone, outside sports nz

Godzone, outside sports nz

Godzone is presented by 100% PURE Racing. Godzone is “unsupported” meaning that teams do not require their own support crews as organisers move all the equipment and racers around the course as necessary.

Godzone, outside sports nz

Godzone, outside sports nz

GODZone in New Zealand represents the pinnacle of adventure racing challenges, it is the most technically demanding adventure race in the World and individuals who intend to take part in the event should be highly competent, prepared and plan accordingly; The route will be highly demanding both technically and physically. Those taking on GODZone will be expected to travel day and night, with decisions to rest and sleep left solely to the discretion of the teams themselves. It is anticipated that the winning team will take between three and four days to finish. Teams may be allowed to take as many as seven days to complete the course. There will be short course options available to those teams unable to complete the full course in the allotted time.

Godzone, outside sports nz

Racing for Cure Kids.

Cure Kids Godzone outside sports nz

Cure Kids has been named as the official charity recipient of GODZone. To help raise funds and awareness of the vital child health research they fund each year.

Steve Gurney, GODZone Event Patron, shows us how he likes to keep well lubricated.

The 2015 GODZone adventure race will kick off on the 27th February and run to the 7th March, with teams of four racing non stop over seven days in and around the Lake Wanaka region.

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The Speight's Coast to Coast, NZ

The Speight's Coast to Coast

Founded in 1983 by Robin Judkins, the Speight's Coast to Coast is one of the world’s longest running multi-sports events. Developing and growing in competitor numbers over the years the event has stages to accommodate professional athletes to the weekend warriors. Introduced in 1989, the one day race, titled the World Multisport Championship, see’s professional athletes complete the course in close to 11 hours. The other end of the field sees some in the two-day race taking closer to 24 hours over the two day race.

The Coast to Coast has become almost a right of passage for multisport athletes from around the world with over 18,000 people having completed the event in the 32 years to date

Course Profile:

Held every February this iconic multisport begins on foot from the black sands of the West coast, at Kumara beach and crosses the main divide by bike,run and kayak traversing the width of the South Island of New Zealand finishing on the East Coast. In 2015 for the first time the finish will be at the Pier on New Brighton beach. 

Speights Coast to Coast multisport race NZ

Speights Coast to Coast multisport race NZ

Emily O’Leary Icebreaker Account Manager- Lower South Island, competed in the Speights Coast to Coast 2015 and got an amazing result of 10th in her age group, 11th women over all and most impressively the fastest women for the last 70km bike.

“I loved the race and Icebreaker gear was key to enjoying it as it was super chilly on the river”.- Emily O’Leary

Emily Icebreaker Coast to Coast Outside Sports NZ

Emily Icebreaker Coast to Coast Outside Sports NZ

Emily Icebreaker Coast to Coast Outside Sports NZ

Prize Money for the Men and Women’s One Day events only

1st - $10,000
2nd - $2,000
3rd - $1,000

Stage 1: 3km Run

Stage 2: 55km Cycle

Stage 3: 33km Mountain Run

Stage 4: 15km Road Cycle / 1km Run

Stage 5: 70km Kayak / 400m Run

Stage 6: 68km Cycle

Outside Sports has a great range of clothing, equipment and nutrition to help you get race ready. Get your bike in top shape at one of our bike workshops in Queenstown or Wanaka, from specialized mechanics with great advice and race help with Body Geometry Bike Fit sessions.

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Red Bull Defiance Multisport Race

Redbull Defiance Multisport race is happening this Friday and Saturday in Wanaka, New Zealand

If there is any multisport race to do this season, Redbull Defiance it is.

The 2014 Redbull Defiance adventure and mulitpsport race will see Floortje Draisma, a multisport enthusiast from the Outside Sports Wanaka store, competing in a women's team in this exciting and challenging event. Floortje will be representing Outside Sports / Marmot in the Redbull Definace 2014. Floortje is pictured below. 

Outside Sports Floortje Draisma Mutlisport Athlete Redbull Defiance Competitor

The Redbull Defiance course is designed to test competitors over two challenging days along side the world's best multisport endurance athletes. The course itself has been designed by Braden Currie, a well known top New Zealand adventure and multisport racer. 

Redbull Defiance Stages - Outside Sports Marmot Team

Both mentally and physically challenging, the course of the Redbull Defiance will see athletes competing over 8 high country stations in the Wanaka region in the South Island of New Zealand. The field of local and international competitors will cover multiple disciplines combined with time credit special stages taking this opportunity to defy the odds in the Redbull Defiance 2014. 

Outside Sports wishes all Redbull Defiance competitors the best of luck this weekend. 

Whether you are an athlete, support crewe, a Wanaka local or just visiting Wanaka stop by Outside Sports Wanaka and check out the great products we have in-store including Ultimate Direction packs, sports nutrition supplements, energy supplements, running shoes and great outdoor clothing. Have a look at the sale rack for 30% off end of season Icebreaker and check out the winter clearance deals in-store. 

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Worlds with Adam Wilson

france long distance tri adam wilson

Local Queenstown tri star, Adam Wilson has returned from his first ever world tri champs in Belfort, France with the NZ team.

What was to be a long distance tri, turned into a duathlon with a shortened ride due to horrible conditions. The adverse weather resulted in the format being altered before the race, with the swim cancelled and the course changed to a 9.5km run, 87km bike and 20km run.

He finished strongly as 4th Kiwi overall out of a team of over 50 and 18th in his age group.

11/06/2012

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