Rockin' start to 2014 for APA's Athlete team, Champion System Adventure


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After ending 2013 with a remarkable 4 podiums in THE NORTH FACE's first 100/50km Hong Kong event, 2014 has started off equally impressive for APA's Athlete team, Champion System Adventure.

Chung has already won two events and kicked 2014 off in style by defending his title in the Hong Kong New Years day classic, NE Mountain Marathon.

Ryan then followed this up with taking GOLD in GREENPOWER 50, Hong Kong Island's iconic annual race that’s in its 21st year and attracts over 3,000 participants. Inspired by finding a solution to his 4-year old Achilles injury, Ryan then went on to take the overall victory in The North Face –Thailand 50km event two weeks later. The race is Thailand's biggest trail running event attracting 2,500 runners across four distances. After missing a turn early on, Ryan managed to catch the leaders half way and pull away from American, Poland and Russian challengers on the hilly course in the last 10km to take the 50km title in 4 hours and 8 min.

Also in Thailand, Jay continues to set new records and benchmarks –winning the inaugural 24 hour bike event in January that saw him complete a mind-boggling 175 laps around Huay Tung lake without stopping! Jay then followed this up by defending his title 2 weeks ago in Thailand's biggest hill climb event, a huge 2,185 meter climb up the countries highest mountain. Jay was 1st amongst 1,800 MTB riders.

In New Zealand, Louis suffered bad luck getting sick and twisting an ankle during the Coast to Coast Multi-sport World Championships but somehow still gutted it out to not only finish, but in 6th place. We all know how tough the Kiwis are!

And of course Stone started the year in solid form once again with an impressive top 10 in Vibram 100 against a world-class field and despite not being fully recovered from December's big result in the The North Face HK 100. Stone beat several top international runners including the UK's top ultra runner and a former UTMB champion. Last week Stone was at it again taking 2nd Overall in Hong Kong's highly competitive MSIG 50km Sai Kung event beating Australia's ultra runner of the year and several other international competitors.

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