The North Face Greater China finishes top team in Asia and take 6th overall in WuLong Mountain Quest

WuLong09The North Face Greater China continued its rein as Asia’s top adventure racing team with an impressive 6th place overall finish in Wu Long Mountain Quest, just one place behind the 2008 World Champions from New Zealand. The four day stage race, held September 20th-23rd, included mountain biking, river and lake kayaking, caving, trail running, rafting, and technical ropes challenges through some of Central China’s most spectacular canyons and gorges.

Wulong09Wu Long is the region’s most competitive international adventure race event with over $HK 1 million in prize money and each year attracting the best teams from New Zealand, USA and Europe.

The battle for Asia’s bragging rights remarkably came down to just a few minutes after 23 hours of racing over the 4 days. The North Face Greater China only managed to lock in 6th place in the final river cave section on day four in the final 45 minutes of the race when they jumped off a small waterfall and passed around Team Kolumb, Mainland China’s top team. Hong Kong-based team captain of The North Face Greater China team, Ryan S. Blair, reflected, “It was such a tough day as we fell back 7 minutes before the final 3 hour mountain bike leg leading us to the cave. After 3 days of hard, fast racing in our legs we had to dig so deep to make up the time. Only at the end of the bike we could see Kolumb, enabling us to make our final push around them in the river cave.”

Wulong09Blair’s team included Mainland China’s top adventure racer, Wei Biao, Beijing-based Australian, Piers Touzel and new Filipino female team member and South East Asian Games x 2 cycling gold medalist, Marites BitBit.

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