29 November 2018
| THE HEARTBEAT OF WOMEN'S SPORT

Adventure racing: Team Helly Hansen become Adventure Racing World Champions

November 25, 2009

Taking on the world’s elite adventure racers, British-based Team Helly Hansen have reinforced their class in the demanding sport, claiming the World Championship crown in style after a gruelling six days of cross-terrain racing and orienteering.

Team-Helly-HansenThe long and complex course totalled 907 kilometres across the beautiful, yet unforgiving central region of Portugal, testing the teams’ physical endurance and mental ability to the limit.

Team members, Nicola MacLeod (Army Doctor from Gillingham), Warren Bates (Fund Manager from Hertfordshire), Tom Gibbs (Aerospace Engineer from Chepstow) and Nick Gracie (Media Director from Richmond) joined together for the 2009 AR World Championship and were supported by Nicola Wiseman (Army Doctor from Camberley) and James Thurlow (Event Organiser from the Lake District).

They have all experienced international sporting success but never yet in a world championship.

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Team Helly Hansen strategised and worked collectively as a team in order to successfully navigate each stage of the race ahead of the competition and cut offs, relying heavily on their skills in trekking and orienteering, mountain biking, paddling and inline skating.

Crossing the finish line on the beach near Peniche shortly after 9:30am on Saturday 14th November, Team Helly Hansen proved their supporters right and confirmed their reputation as one of the world’s top teams.

They raced harder and smarter than the chasing pack which was comprised of vastly experienced international teams including Orion Health from New Zealand and Nike/Beaver Creek from the USA.

Louise Hudson, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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