Athlete Team captures GOLD and SILVER in Thailand.

PRESS RELEASE  - Feb 17th 2012.  Bangkok

Athlete Team captures GOLD and SILVER in Thailand.

 

Top 3 Finish

 

Bike FrontThe Champion System Adventure team just wrapped up a great week in Thailand with big results in two of the country's premiere adventure sport events.  First, was a strongoverall win in the 5th annual Bangkok Eco Challenge adventure race, part of the Amazing Thailand Adventure Race Series.  Team captain, Ryan S. Blair, partnered with new Thai team member, Saman Gunan, in a heated showdown against four elite local endurance athletes.  The race, located remarkably just 1 hour outside Bangkok, involved  70km of fast off-road mountain biking, running, kayaking, along with 2km of swimming. 


Ryan said after the race, "We won by a good margin but it was not easy as two teams behind werechasing very hard and only after four hours did we pull away on the final run and finally could see our lead and relax a bit.” “Managing the heat on a flat course with no downhills to recover was a delicate balancing act between pushing for maximum speed and not blowing up..…I could not get my heart rate under 160 (beats per minute) the entire race!"

 

Team with Feelfree

 

A day later in Northern Thailand near Chiang Mai, Thai-Karen team member, Jay Kiangchaipriphana, pulled off an incredible 2nd place finish in the country’s biggest hill climb event.  Competing against over 1,200 bikers, Jay led much of the race battling with the top national team rider (and a former SE Asian Games Gold medalist) to the finish line with just 2 minutes separating the top two. Both broke the 50km courserecord climbing Thailand’s highest peak, Doi Inthanon, in under 2 hours 31 minutes.
 

Jay on Podium  

 

The Champion System Adventure 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 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, and sponsors include: Champion System, The North Face, Specialized Bikes, High Performance Sports, Garmin, SportsWorld, Feelfree Kayaks, Paradigm, Pure Fitness, ChungYung Cycle Co., Active Nutrition, Sports and Spinal Physios and Sports Plus.

 

 

 
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