Report Stage 2 – By Martin Flinta
The fog covered the steep mountain closures when stage 2 of Wulong Mountain Quest started today with a 20 km kayak section.
All teams started at the same time and we got off very good and advanced to a front position of the pack with Team Toread Redbull & Australian Team Peak Adventure.
Just a couple of kilometers after the start Peak Adventure didn’t keep up with us and Team Toread Redbull. Halfway into this section Toread Redbull made a breakaway that we didn’t had the power to match.
We managed to keep a good pace thru the kayaking and had only 2 minutes up to Toread Redbull and way back to the next team at TA1.
The following trailrunning section over 10 km contained over 1000 positive meters of altitude. The course was very exposed with 600 meter cliffsides.
We found a good pace and kept a good flow thru this section but at the end Jacky’s energy levels where dropping so we had to help him with towing lines, and with a good teamwork we managed not to loose the distance to Toread Redbull in the front.
At TA2 we had a well deserved 15 min mandatory rest and we got the information that we very only 3 min behind leading Toread Redbull and 8 min (!) to the nearest team behind us.
The first couple of kilometers was going very well on the mountainbike section, but pretty fast Jacky was getting tired again. With towing lines and a very good teamwork again we managed to keep a good pace and not loose that much time on leading Toread Redbull.
The following sections contained a rope skill section followed by a 300 meter swim and a 2-3 km long rafting section.
We ended stage 2 very good and is just 9 minutes behind Team Toread Redbull at the finishline.
Photo credits: Sylvain Boisset
A Sylvain Boisset movie from Stage 2:
Total standings after Stage 2:
1. Team Toread Redbull
2. Thule Adventure Team, + ca: 14 min
3. Team Silva Haglöfs, + ca 25 min (on the team infront)
We shall do what we can tomorrow to close the gap to leading Team Toread Redbull!