A NEW PARTNERSHIP FOR THE TEAMPosted on 2015-11-06
Friday 6th November 2015 For immediate release
BRITAIN’S CHAMPION ADVENTURE RACING TEAM JOINS FORCES
WITH NEW ZEALAND’S GODZone
A new international sporting partnership has been announced today between GODZone and Britain’s champion adventure racing team, Adidas Terrex, who will now be known as the GODZone Adventure Team.
The world’s largest expedition adventure race, GODZone, has welcomed the new development that will see the world class team race under the GODZone banner at a host of top level adventure races.
GODZone Media Manager Margo Berryman says the idea was spawned out of GODZone being represented at the US Primal Quest race earlier in the year.
“ Our race director Warren Bates recently led a New Zealand based team to victory at Primal Quest which provided great publicity and increased international awareness of the GODZone brand.
He has also been a core member of Adidas Terrex since 2002 along with the team captain Nick Gracie and together they have raced in no less than nine World Championship events. We felt the timing was right for GODZone to partner with this world ranked team who shares both our passion for adventure racing and a constant quest for excellence.”
The newly minted GODZone Adventure Team will have a squad of seven high profile adventure racers to call on over the next 12 months as they represent at major events around the world. Captain Nick Gracie says throughout its history, the team has pushed the limits in the pursuit of victory.
“We are always very proud to represent Great Britain and our aim is always to get the Union Jack as far up the leader board as possible.
This new partnership with GODZone will be of great benefit in assisting us to race in more exciting places around the globe while raising our profile and media activity.”
The first outing for the GODZone Adventure Team will be competing against the worlds best at next weeks Adventure Racing World Championships in Brazil
(11th – 21st November 2015).
Gracie says he and Warren Bates will race with New Zealand’s Sarah Fairmaid and Brazilian Gui Pahl, both of whom bring a wealth of adventure experience, navigational expertise and motivation to the team. He expects the event to be one of the toughest.
“We go to every race with the objective and desire of winning, sometimes knowing this will be very challenging to achieve, but there is no where better to test yourself than at the World Championships. Pantanal in Brazil is a very wild and wonderful place to race with some unique challenges and my gut feel at the moment is that this will be the hardest race we have ever done.”
The GODZone media group has selected several international photographers and videographers to follow the team’s progress and report back from the event.
GODZone Media Manager Margo Berryman says this is an extension of the successful media framework that operates around the annual GODZone event held in New Zealand.
“ It lends support to our company’s vision of creating a well resourced multi media platform that delivers cutting edge adventure racing content to a global audience.
We are hugely committed to the development and promotion of adventure racing worldwide and we know that the GODZone Adventure Team will help to expedite our progress towards achieving this goal.”
Photo Caption: Warren Bates, Tom Gibbs, Nicola Macleod, Nick Gracie 2009 ARWC
More images available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/godzoneadventure/
About GODZone Adventure Team: An international team led by British adventure racer Nick Gracie. The team (formerly known as Team Adidas Terrex) have been British Champions since 2005 and were crowned the Adventure Racing European Champions in 2014 and successfully defended the title again in 2015. They were victorious in 2009 winning the Adventure Racing World Championship in Portugal and have won the Patagonia Expedition Race five consecutive times between 2009 – 2013. The squad is made up of seven revolving team members including four based in Great Britain, two in New Zealand and one in Brazil. The team has over 60 years of adventure racing experience between them and has competed in most major AR events around the world.
GODZone Adventure Team Members: Nick Gracie (GB), Warren Bates (GB- living in NZ), Tom Gibbs (GB), Chris Hope (GB), Jo Thom (GB), Sarah Fairmaid (NZ), Gul Pahl (Brazil)
About GODZone: The largest, multi day, nonstop; expedition adventure race in the world. Since its inception in 2012, GODZone has quickly established itself at one of the most desirable events on the adventure-racing calendar attracting the worlds best racing teams. Each chapter of GODZone showcases a unique wilderness area of the South Island of New Zealand, known as the home of adventure racing. Chapter One: Milford Sound, Chapter Two: Mt Cook, Chapter Three: Kaikoura, Chapter Four: Wanaka. Chapter Five is set to take place in Tasman in 2016.