The British team of Helly Hansen-Prunesco became the first team in the history of the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race to defend its title. After moving ahead during the second mountain bike section on day two, they pushed hard to gain an untouched advantage the rest of the way, finishing the race at around 6am on Monday morning. Their final race time was 126 hrs 8mins – five days, six hours and eight minutes.
As reported on the race website, Team captain Nicola MacLeod, who also captained the team to victory last year, 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 Spanish team of Air Europa Bimont finished second place in the early hours of Tuesday morning, 16hrs 38mins behind the winners. Canadians Untamed New England finished sixth.
Top 10 Results
1. Helly Hansen-Prunesco (UK) 126 hrs 8 mins
2. Air Europa Bimont (ESP) 142 hrs 46 mins*
3. Switzerland (SWI) 145 hrs 6 mins**
4. Herbertz (GER) 145 hrs 18 mins**
5. GearJunkie.com (USA) 147 hrs 31 mins**
6. Untamed New England (CAN) 148 hrs 17 mins**
7. East Wind ( JPN) TBC**
8. Nord Water (FIN/SWE) reached PC15
9. Almost Famous (USA) reached PC10
10. Terra Mundo Lontra (BRA) reached PC10
*Inc 6hrs penalty
** All teams who did not climb mount King Scott have a correction of 7hrs