WILD RACERS - New Zealand - ep 12
Length / 22mins
The list of teams drastically on the decline, this challenging course has brought many to their knees. Those that have risen again have found new found solace in the thought that the finish is in their sights. With each leg comes new challenges and new terrain to endure, both making life and times that more difficult.
Leg 7 Mountain Bike 129km – Bodies bruised and feet no coming apart then next 129km Mountain Bike leg brings on fast terrain and a small sense of urgency as those being chased know that one wrong turn could change the course of the race. Taking in some of the most stunning vistas on earth the teams are treated to adventure racing in its purest form … all heading towards the valleys of middle earth. For some it’s a torturous drive to make the crucial time cut offs.
Leg 8 Trek/Ropes 24km – With the final legs in sight what stands in the way of our teams is the formidable Earnslaw Burn. This vertical cascade or ridges is standing in the way of the homeward run and presents some staggering scenery and tortured terrain. For some this is a challenge to brutal whist others take heed of their abilities and surpass this epic challenge with gusto and a final rappel to the Rees Valley.
Leg 9 Mountain Bike 20km – With the wind finally in their favour and the clear cut glacial valley ahead it proves to be the quiet before the storm for those on the final run into the finish. This is Mountain Biking at its finest, with flat sweeping terrain and stunning conditions. Could this be the time to bridge the gaps or have our lead teams pushed just too hard.
Leg 10 Kayak 46km – Facing one of the worlds most spectacular kayaks our teams now face a monumental 46km kayak towards the frosty Queenstown shores. Conditions are clear but wind and currents are against the adventurers making going very tough. Could this be the last final hurdle to overcome or will our teams take it in their stride and forge a triumphant finish.
In the end as dusk settles over a fiery vista our teams reach the completion of the journey.
Some complete a personal saga whilst others feel this is just the beginning.
This is Wild Racers and many will return next time. Stop number four on the adventure highway is Puntarenas, Costa Rica … Stay tuned.
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