After seven days – Thule
Adventure Team crossed the finish line as Winners in one of the hardest Adventure
Racing World Championships ever. This is
the second time Thule Adventure Team wins the title. Last time was 2011.
Jacky Boisset and Mimi Guillot from
France, Stuart Lynch from New Zealand and Albert Roca from Spain has been
racing together through jungle, paddling in whitewater rivers, climbed
challenging mountains, trekked in mud up to their chests in tough mangrove
swamps during an entire week with only a few hours of sleep.
The 2013 World Championships in Costa Rica
was even tougher than expected and many teams had to withdraw during the race.
Thule Adventure Team managed to conquer all the challenges thanks to a
successful team strategy and excellent navigation by Jacky and Stuart. During
the almost seven days, the team has only stopped for about 8 hours to sleep,
but in combination with micro naps during paddling sections they lost less time
compared the teams who stopped for several hours to sleep.
When starting on the second last section
of the race, Thule Adventure Team was seven hours ahead of the second team,
Columbia Vidaraid from Spain who still haven’t finished the race.
"Jacky, Mimi, Stuart and Albert has
done an immense race in Costa Rica. They won thanks to their incredible team
work and a successful strategy in anticipating each challenge of this race.
They have prepared themselves in the best possible way, both physically and mentally
with a the strategy for the most evident aspects of the race, sleep, nutrition,
to get sufficient drinking water and to prevent infections and blisters as much
as possible. “ - says Martin Flinta, Thule Adventure Team Captain.
Stuart and Albert has done an excellent
job as stand-ins for Martin, who had to stay home due to an infection caught
during the Ironman and X Terra races on Hawaii a few weeks ago, and for Per
Vestling, who's taken a year off from racing.