1 Icebreaker R&R Sport 14:20 (4 person team)
2 Paper Plus Queenstown 14:41 (2 person team)
3 Kapa Design Gallery 16:56 (4 person team)
The 24 hours course again drew widespread praise for its diversity and its fantastic scenery.
Geoff Hunt says he is pleased with the reaction to the course.
"We always work to try and achieve a race course that we would want to race on.
This actually forms part of our company mission statement and each year we strive to achieve that. This year the trekking legs were mostly uphill which lead to downhill mountain bike stages and this was well appreciated by all the racers."
With winning times of around 15 hours, slow times of between 20- 23 hours, a variety of stages and a relaxed atmosphere, the 24 hours of southern traverse have proven over the last two years that they provide one of 'the best experience' in adventure racing in the country.
With those events based permanently in the Wakatipu Southern Lakes region, 24 hours of southern traverse promises many more exciting and achievable courses in the future.
The organisers are now looking towards staging the new 3 day format 'classic southern traverse' which will be held in the Hanmer area in April. The event which has been postponed from an earlier date closely resembles the original format but for its length. With mountain biking, trekking, and kayaking over 3 days, the 400 kms course provides orienteering challenges, night racing experience and the chance to compete for a coveted free entry in the next AR World Championship to be held in Brazil in September 2008.
This event will have great appeal to those hundreds of Coast to Coast athletes who have come off a summer of training and are looking forward to another challenge. Navigation provides a different aspect for the multisport athlete and sleep deprivation is kept to a reasonable level with a compulsory rest zone.
For more information contact the organisers on www.southerntraverse.com