Skip Navigation

Battle Lines Drawn On The Rakaia River

Press Release / Photo : Alex Socci/GODZone / 13.03.2019

Team Perpetual Guardian on the Rakaia River

World champion adventure racer Chris Forne led his new team closer to victory today on the 600km GODZone adventure race through Canterbury. 

Team Perpetual Guardian made up of Forne, Emily Wilson, Simone Maier and Marcel Hagener made some big navigational moves on an 84km trek overnight which paid off with the team moving into first position.

“Chris chose to take an eastern route over the Palmer Range that paid off giving them an hour jump on Tiki Tour who were first into the trek,” says Race Director Adam Fairmaid. 

“Chris was totally surprised because he was really unsure if his chosen line would be the correct one.The team were super motivated and transitioned quickly onto the next pack rafting section – a  53km pack raft on the upper Rakaia River. They knew Tiki Tour would be right on their tail and wasted no time moving through.”

Team Tiki Tour arrived an hour later and were chasing hard with Team Swordfox following in third.

“The big push for these teams has been trying to get as far down the river as they can before the dark zone on the river kicks in at 8pm tonight. The further along they get before pulling off and camping overnight the bigger advantage their start will be in the morning,” says Fairmaid.

The front running teams have completed over 400km of the total 600km course. The final two race stages include an 83k mountain bike around Lake Ellesmere and onto the Akaroa Rail Trail for a 83km ride to Wainui followed by a 17km pack raft across to Akaroa.

“Chris has only one thing on his mind right now and that’s to keep ahead of Team Tiki Tour who has led this race for most of the way. They are chasing very hard right now and it may only take a silly mistake to upset these current positions,” says Fairmaid.

“Swordfox, who are sitting back in third place has never claimed a first place at GODZone and they have held their end up very well on this Canterbury course. This is a team who will be in the running if something goes wrong at the front end.”

The first team across the finish line in Akaroa will take home a cheque for $10 000 and the coveted GODZone Pure Champion Trophy.

[If you enjoyed this story and would like SleepMonsters to continue offering Adventure Race reporting then we need your help. Please support our Patreon campaign or make a donation via PayPal.]

More About This Event

Winners Take All At GODZone Chapter 8

Winners Take All At GODZone Chapter 8
Simone Maier, Emily Wilson, Chris Forne and Marcel Hagener claimed two firsts at the world’s largest adventure race GODZone today. Read More


The Real Race Begins

The Real Race Begins
Constant racing through the night has kept GODZone competitors pumped for action through Canterbury today as they enter day three of the Read More


White Water Action On Day Two Of Godzone In Canterbury

White Water Action On Day Two Of Godzone In Canterbury
Team Tiki Tour from Queenstown are leading the charge on day two of the GODZone adventure race in Canterbury today with a dominating Read More


Spectacular High Country Canterbury For Godzone Restart This Morning

Spectacular High Country Canterbury For Godzone Restart This Morning
Mount White Station in the Arthurs Pass National Park formed the backdrop for a dramatic GODZone restart early this morning. “The Read More


Orcas Join Fast and Furious GODZone Start

Orcas Join Fast and Furious GODZone Start
Sixty-three teams raced off the GODZone start line in Akaroa, New Zealand this morning and into a coasteering stage around Lushington Bay Read More


Akaroa Buzzing With GODZone Competitors

Akaroa Buzzing With GODZone Competitors
Akaroa is buzzing with GODZone competitors today as the official GODZone team welcome and registration gets underway in the historic Banks Read More


Akaroa Godzone Start-Line With Christchurch Adventure Park A Feature This Sunday

Akaroa Godzone Start-Line With Christchurch Adventure Park A ...
Two of Christchurch’s most iconic locations will feature in the first 24 hours of the seven-day GODZone adventure race that gets Read More


US Adventure Racing Couple Honeymooning at GODZone

US Adventure Racing Couple Honeymooning at GODZone
GODZone is a bucket list item for many adventure racers. For Americans Emily Korsch and Scott Erlandson, it’s a just warm-up for Read More


Coast to Coast Champion Amped for GODZone Chapter 8

Coast to Coast Champion Amped for GODZone Chapter 8
2019 Coast to Coast women’s champion Simone Maier is aiming for a repeat of her winning performance when she lines up for the 7-day Read More


Akaroa Ready to Welcome GODZone Teams

Akaroa Ready to Welcome GODZone Teams
The Banks Peninsula French inspired village of Akaroa is preparing to welcome over 250 adventure racing competitors next month for the Read More


Plant Power to Rock the GodZone

Plant Power to Rock the GodZone
Endurance racing doesn’t come much tougher than the GodZone. This 7 day 4 person team expedition race traverses over 500 km of Read More


World’s Best Prepare For Adventure Racing Glory At Godzone

World’s Best Prepare For Adventure Racing Glory At Godzone
The battle lines have been drawn for the upcoming GODZone adventure race being held in Canterbury from the 10th– 17thMarch with over Read More


Fa'avae Joins Design Team For Godzone

Fa'avae Joins Design Team For Godzone
Fa'avae Joins Design Team For Godzone World famous adventure racer Nathan Fa'avae will bring his adventure racing expertise and Read More


Network Links

Add a link to the SleepMonsters network

Reporting On

SleepMonsters Patreon

SleepMonsters Patreon

Teams on the Finish Line On Day 6

Facebook

like us on facebook

SleepMonsters Patreon