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THE NORTH FACE ADVENTURE TEAM

Established 2006

THE NORTH FACE ADVENTURE TEAM has been Asia’s most successful trail running and adventure sport athlete team over the past decade. The team consists of a small group of endurance sport champions based in the Asia Pacific region.
 
Team members strive to live out their passion for adventure, travel, charity and international competition, while helping to promote the value and protection of Asia’s spectacular outdoor areas.
 
The team is managed by Asia Pacific Adventure (APA), and sponsors include: The North Face, Champion System, C3fit, Hammer Nutrition, Princeton Tec, SRAM and Rockshox.


Team Management

Team Director – Ryan S. Blair

Team Coordination & Marketing – Stan Leung

Team Administrator – Cherrie Pang

 

 

 
THE NORTH FACE ADVENTURE TEAM 2018

 


Tsang Siu Keung, Stone

Sport: Trail Running & Adventure Racing
Nationality: Chinese, resident of Hong Kong

Born and raised in a small town in Mainland China, Stone moved to Hong Kong as a teenager and has become one of the most successful trail runners in Asia over the past decade. Stone is a 2 x top 10 finisher of the Ultra Trail World Tour and is the top Chinese finisher in history of the UTMB, the world’s most competitve Ultra Trail race. He has finished in the UTMB’s top 20 overall on multiple occasions, and was the Overall Champion of Europe’s Ultra Trail Mount Rosa in 2017. When not training, racing, or embracing fatherhood, Stone works as an Motorcycle Paramedic helping to treat casualties and save lives throughout Hong Kong.


Race career highlights:

•    Top 10 Ultra Trail World Tour x 2 (8th and 10th) – Global
•    Overall Champion Ultra Trail Mount Rosa (UTMR) – Europe
•    18th place x 3 – UTMB (World Tour) – Europe
•    11th place UTMF (World Tour) – Japan
•    2nd place Vibram HK100 – Hong Kong
•    1st place The North Face 100 – Hong Kong
•    4 x King Of The Hills Overall Series Champion – Hong Kong
•    1st place Trailwalker 100Km – Hong Kong
•    1st place Action Asia Challenge – Hong Kong
•    1st place Lantau 2 Peaks Mountain Run – Hong Kong
•    1st place x 2 and record holder 65km Round the Island trail run – Hong Kong
•    1st place x 4 times and record holder Raleigh Challenge Wilson Trail 78Km – Hong Kong
•    2nd place International Gobi March 250Km – China

 


Ryan S. Blair

Sport: Adventure Racing, Mountain Biking & Trail Running
Nationality: American, resident of Hong Kong

Ryan is one of Asia’s top adventure sport athletes and Founder & Director of The North Face Adventure Team and APA Group (www.APA.co). He is one of Asia’s adventure sports pioneers across many areas of outdoor industry including event management, outdoor education, skills training, film production and much more.

Ryan has won numerous trail running events in Asia including Hong Kong’s MoonTrekker, Thailand’s The North Face 50, and is a 4 for 4 podium finisher of the world’s largest 100km team footrace – Oxfam Trailwalker.

Ryan is also perhaps the most decorated adventure racer (mountain bike/trail run/kayak) in Asia with countless elite race wins, including Action Asia Challenge six times. In addition, Ryan has captained his team to a yellow jersey and multiple stage podiums in the world’s most competitive stage adventure race, Wu Long International Mountain Quest.

 

Race career highlights:

•    1st place x 6 - Action Asia Challenge adventure race – Hong Kong
•    Yellow jersey holder and multiple stage podiums Wulong International Mountain Quest – China
•    1st place The North Face 24–hr Exploration Race – China
•    1st place International Exploration Adventure Race – Taiwan 
•    1st place River Kwai Trophy Adventure Race – Thailand
•    1st place Shandong National Championships Adventure Race – China
•    1st place x 2 Green Power 50km Trail Run Champs – Hong Kong
•    1st place 12 hour Oregon Adventure Race (solo) – USA
•    1st place Moontrekker 40k Trail Run Champs – Hong Kong
•    1st place The North Face 50k Trail Run Champs – Thailand
•    Top 3 podium x 3 in 100km Oxfam Trailwalker – Hong Kong
•    3rd place Baise International Outdoor Quest - China

 


Jay Kiangchaipaiphana
Sport: Mountain Biking & Adventure racing
Nationality: Thailand

Jay is arguably Asia’s #1 all-mountain athlete. He has been a sportsman his whole life, starting with Muay Thai boxing before moving on to mountain biking, adventure racing, and more recently ultra trail running. Jay joined the Athlete Team in 2011 and has reached the top of the podium across Asia, as well as, a remarkable 6th place in the PRO XC mountain bike race at the USA’s All Mountain World Championships. In 2017, Jay broke out on the Ultra Trail World Tour with a top 10 finish in his first 100km solo foot race. Remarkably, he then followed this up with a 5th place in his first 100 mile trail run on the Ultra Trail World Tour in 2018. Jay is also part Karen, an important hill tribe of SE Asia.

 

Race career highlights:

•    5th place Ultra Trail Mt. Fuji (World Tour) – Japan
•    6th place –PRO XC  All Mountain World Championships – USA
•    7th Place Hong Kong 100 (World Tour) – Hong Kong
•    Yellow jersey holder and multiple stage podiums Wulong International Mountain Quest – China
•    1st place x 2 Action Asia Challenge – Hong Kong
•    1st place x 5 River Kwai Trophy Adventure Race – Thailand 
•    1st place and course record holder - AA MTB Festival – Hong Kong
•    Stage winner and podium overall – Genghis Khan Grasslands MTB – China
•    1st place Singapore 12 hour Mountain Bike Enduro – Singapore
•    1st place King of the Hills – Hong Kong
•    1st place Doi Inthanon Hill Climb MTB champs  – Thailand
•    1st place multiple Thailand XC Mountain bike races – Thailand

  


Piers Touzel
Sport: Mountain Biking & Adventure Racing
Nationality: Australian, resident of Beijing, China

Piers is one of Asia’s top all-mountain athletes, while holding down a day job as a partner in an Environmental Resources Management firm. He has lived in Mainland China for over 10 years, yet has raced on 5 continents and continues to travel the globe in search of the ultimate mountain biking adventure. Piers has won several of both China’s and Hong Kong’s most prestigious mountian bike competitions, as well as, the some of the most competitive 1-day adventure races in Asia.

Race career highlights:
•    1st place Huangshan International Mountain Bike Race – China
•    1st place x 2 Action Asia Challenge Adventure Race – Hong Kong
•    1st place UCC and Kenda Olympic Bike Festival – China
•    1st place Great Wall Mountain Bike Festival – China
•    1st place Action Asia Lamma Enduro – Hong Kong
•    1st place Seyon Asia King of the Hills 2 day Trail Run/MTB Race – China
•    1st place North Face Guangxi 24–hour Adventure Race – China
•    2nd Trailwalker 100km – Hong Kong
•    2nd place Moontrekker 40k Trail Run Champs – Hong Kong
•    Top 40 finisher several world’s biggest multi–stage MTB events



Safrey Sumping

Sport: Mountain Running & Trail Running 
Nationality: Malaysian

Safrey is a world–class mountain runner who grew up and lives at the base of Mt. Kinabalu, S.E. Asia’s highest mountain. Safrey has been a top Malaysian mountain & trail runner for more than a decade and has held his own against some of the world’s best each October in the Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon. In 2014 Safrey started racing longer distance and won the largest 100km event in Malaysia in his first attempt.

 

Race career highlights:

•    1st place x 2 Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon – Malaysia
•    1st place TMBT 100km Trail Champs – Malaysia
•    1st place TMBT 100km Trail Champs – Malaysia
•    3rd place The North Face 100 – Hong Kong
•    1st place TMBT 50km Trail Champs x 2 – Malaysia

 


John Ray Onifa (a.k.a. ‘StingRay’)
Sport: Trail Running
Nationality: Philippines

John is currently the #1 trail runner from the Philippines and a break-out star regionally in 2018. In just two years of competitive trail racing, John has already won numerous ultra-trail events in Asia including Thailand’s The North Face 50 and Hong Kong’s 100km Rebel Walker, and recently was a top 5 finisher in Japan’s 92km STY. John is from a small village on Panay Island in the Philippines, and was a fisherman and farmer before pursuing trail running professionally in 2018.

 

Race career highlights:

•    1st place 100km Rebel Walker – Hong Kong
•    1st place The North Face 50 – Thailand
•    2nd place CMU 50km – Philippines
•    1st place Rizal Mountain Run 50km – Philippines
•    Overall Champion Mapawa trail series 50km – Philippines





chung.jpgWong Ho Chung
Sport: Trail Running
Nationality: Chinese, resident of Hong Kong

Chung has been one of the most dominent trail runners in Asia for the past 7 years with numerous podiums in a wide variety of races and distances, including overall wins in Korea’s DMZ stage Ultra, The Phillippines North Face 100, and Hong Kong’s King of the Hills.

In addition, Chung has had remarkable further international results with both top 10 finishes on the Ultra Trail World Tour and in the 2017 Xterra Trail World Championships in the USA.

Chung has also quickly become one of the world’s top desert stage racers with a top 10 finish in the 2017 Marathon de Sables in Morocco, as well as, runner-up in the 2018 Racing the Planet Nambia.

 

Race career highlights:

•    Top 10 Xterra Trail World Championships – USA
•    Top 10 Marathon De Sables (World Tour) – Morroco
•    1st place DMZ stage Ultra – Korea
•    1st place The North Face 50km & 100km – Philippines
•    Top 10 Hong Kong 100 (World Tour) – Hong Kong
•    16th Overall UTMF (World Tour) – Japan
•    3rd place The North Face 100km – Hong Kong
•    1st place King of the Hills – Hong Kong
•    1st place NE Mountain Marathon – Hong Kong
•    2nd Place Racing the Planet – Nambia
  

 


Daved Simpat
Sport: Trail Running
Nationality: Malaysian

Daved is a local Sabah native who burst onto the scene in 2014. He has shown his incredible natural talent by winning several key events in S.E. Asia, including the Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon. Remarkably, in 2015 Daved won the TMBT, Malaysia’s biggest trail running event, in his first attempt at the 100km distance.

 

Race career highlights:

•   1st place TMBT 100km – Malaysia
•   1st place  Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon – Malaysia
•   1st place Lantau 2 Peaks Mountain Run – Hong Kong
•   2nd place The North Face 50km – Hong Kong
•   1st place – Action Asia Trail Champs – Malaysia

 

 


 
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