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Patagonian Expedition Race: Second victory for Helly Hansen-Prunesco

February 16, 2010

British team Helly Hansen-Prunesco became the first team to retain the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race after crossing the finish line in Chilean Patagonia on Monday morning.

For the second year in a row, the experienced group of four rose to the challenge of the world’s most daring race, which sees competitors, traverse some of the world’s most extreme and beautiful scenery at the tip of the world.

Over six and a half days, the participants travelled 600 kilometres: kayaking over rough seas, stomping across peat bogs, trekking up snow-capped mountains and biking over pampas and through cool forests in the hope of conquering the course.

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Team captain Nicola MacLeod, who also captained the team to victory in 2009, said: “This is such a special race and it’s amazing to win it again – even more so because we have come back here with exactly the same team and beaten a high quality field. It has been tough, but we were well prepared and have had a great race.

“The route this year was challenging but also spectacular and it took us through some absolutely stunning surroundings. We race hard, but we still stop sometimes to take it all in and it is obvious Patagonia is at the tip of a continent – big wind, big weather, big sea and big mountains. Everything is extreme but also beautiful.”

The Patagonia Expedition Race is notoriously difficult as it combines the need for immense physical and mental stamina with unpredictable weather conditions.  Last year only 30% of teams made it to the finish line.  This year, of 14 international teams who started the race, only Helly Hansen-Prunesco have so far completed the course, with British team Fast and Light first to drop out at the half waypoint. Attention now turns to the eight teams still out and hoping to finish by the cut off date of February 17th.

Alice Neal, Sportsister,
The Woman’s Sports Magazine

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