Over the next week, the Rogue Samurai by Macpac team will start to make their way to Queenstown for the inaugural Orion Health Godzone Adventure race. Godzone promises to deliver a 450km expedition style course over the disciplines of trekking, mountain biking and kayaking (both flat and whitewater). Winning teams are predicted to take 3.5 to 4 days to finish, with the course open for 5.5 days. The exact course will not be revealed to teams until the bus trip to the start line on Sunday. Racing starts Easter Monday and you should be able to track the team’s progress via the live website here.
It is often been said that making it to the start line of an adventure race is half the battle itself. Fortunately I can report at this stage – touching copious amounts of wood – that the team is fit, healthy and ready to go. With luck, the logistics of flying ourselves and all our gear will run smoothly. Darren isn’t due to arrive in Queenstown until 18 hours before the bus leaves for the start line, so there is not much margin for error. Having arrived a week early, I can report beautiful clear days and freezing cold nights. Coming from Queensland I think cold weather gear choice is going to be particularly important. How much gear does it take exactly to compete in an international expedition race? Well, my general gear list for the race can be found here.
Finally, thanks to our sponsors for their support heading in to the race. The Samurai Sportswear team uniforms arrived this week. If nothing else we will at least be the best looking team out on the course. Macpac have not only chipped in with gear for the team, but are also a major sponsor of the Godzone race itself, so thanks again for their support of Adventure Racing.
We’ll be posting regular updates on the team’s final preparations via the Rogue Adventure Facebook Page.