2020 has been a tough one for all of us. Events have been cancelled around the globe but not so for the Big Bang Adventure Race that was held in Shannon in the Horowhenua on Saturday 7th November. Race director Carrie Yaxley said: “The initial uptake was slow, we opened entries not long before lockdown but as soon as the restrictions lifted the entries flooded in. Startline numbers are comparable to the past few years, amazing given what we are going through”
Teams of 2 or 4 from all over New Zealand flocked to Shannon for the early morning start shrouded in cloud. It was perfect racing conditions, not too hot, nor too cold. The start line buzz was amazing.
The event is low key, friendly and encourages teams to look after one another out in the field but there is always an underlying need from those top teams to get their name on the BBA trophy.
Team ‘Old Worldly’ from Levin was first back after the first navigation leg but made some dramatic errors in the following MTB leg which saw them drop back in the field.
Each year there is a water activity, readily advertised to teams but this year’s activity was kept under wraps until the day. Teams rafted down the National Whitewater course in Shannon, the highlight of the day for many. “We try and showcase different parts of the area we operate in. The Kapiti Horowheuna region is so beautiful and filled with lots of hidden gems. Many teams did not know this whitewater course even existed’
1st into the water leg, approx. halfway through the event was ‘Team Macpac’ from Taranaki, in hot pursuit was ‘Muffin Men’ from Whanganui. Muffin men have placed multiple times but never made it into the trophy and once again this was not their year. Team Macpac held the lead throughout the final navigation and bike legs to take first place in a time of 3hrs, 38mins and 55 seconds, just 5min and 10 sec ahead of Muffin men.
The Big Bang Adventure Race was celebrating their 10th Birthday this year and COVID was not going to put a damper on that one. ‘We had many teams email and thank us for continuing to put the event on’ says Yaxley ‘it gave people something to look forward to. What a feel-good!”
“It’s a hard day for the teams, as well as the Big Bang crew and 50 + volunteers required to make the day a success, but we love it and can’t wait to do it all again in 2021” Says Yaxley.
Entries will open March 2021, with race day set for 6th November.