Rockiní 2008 in China and HK with big wins for Athlete team!

Kayak.ShandongApril 26th and 27th saw the region’s top Adventure Racers battle it out in Shandong, China in a 2 day stage race. Day one saw the top 4 teams just 90 seconds apart after blistering running, kayaking and mountain bike legs, with Team The North Face in second place by just 14 seconds.

 

 

 

 

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The leaders, made up of professional adventure athletes based in Guizhou and Tibet, opened up day 2 with a 3 minute lead in the run. The North Face paddled hard through high winds and chop taking a short lead into the MTB transition. The top three teams started the mountain bike a few hundred meters apart but The North Face was able to pull away and build a 1 and 5 minute lead over the chasing 2nd and 3rd team respectively.

 

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But the race was anything but over with a huge 30 minute rock scramble to a 200 ft. abseil followed by a downhill mountain run to the finish. Neck and neck with the team from Tibet, The North Face hurled themselves off the rock face and hit the deck with a 1 minute lead. Chased all the way down the mountain The North Face held on to win by 35 seconds and overall by 21 seconds. Ryan S. Blair who teamed up with Wei Biao for the first time, noted "For sure this was one of the most intense days racing of my career...just an epic battle where every little decision and detail during the race and in preparation was critical to us claiming the championship. "

 

 

Stone Bonaqua Champion

April 27th was also a great day for the team in Hong Kong with Stone wrapping up the 2008 Bonaqua Action Sprint Series with another record performance. Stone now holds 3 new course records and crushed the competition in each race he entered, setting a new standard for the Hong Kong trail/adventure running scene.

 
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