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Swedish Adventure Racing Success

November 7, 2011

The winning Team Thule Adventure. (Pic from one of many podiums 2010)

The past week I have been following Adventure Racing World Championship via Internet. The race started early wednesday local time in Bernie, Tasmania. Today, after 5,5 days non-stop racing in burning hot sand dunes, wet, cold rivers and forests the first teams crossed the finish: 1st Thule Adventure Team, a 50/50 Swedish & French team; 2nd Team Silva Gerber with three swedes and one kiwi; 3rd Team Seagate NZL who had to sit out 4 hours penalty at the last check point due to a mistake early in the race, when they forgot to bring a mandatory GPS transponder. In long adventure races the key factor to success is avoiding mistakes and minimizing the mistakes you will make. Several teams, among them Silva and Seagate, suffered from stomach problems, possibly from drinking from creeks. Both these teams also experienced problems with their bikes, just like many other teams. I’m sure Team Thule’s race wasn’t flawless, they probably suffered too, but they skillfully managed to avoid big mistakes. This edition of ARWC showed without doubt Sweden’s strenght in Adventure Racing. Reaching two podium places wasn’t enough for the Swedes: Team Axa Sportsclub will finish top-5 and FJS top-10, as it seems. Congratulations! Read more about the race here.

Epilogue: Team AXA Sportsclub finished 5th after losing a sprint finish against Adidas Terrex (UK) and Team FJS managed to claim 6th place after a strong performance in the end of the race. 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th in a world championship is of course an amazing success for Swedish multisport.

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