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Epic Camp New Zealand 2010 - Going Long, Very Long


epic campOnly a few athletes can say they have traversed New Zealand – here is your opportunity to join this select group. Epic Camp New Zealand will start at top of the North Island at Cape Reinga and cover over 2200 km in 16 days before reaching Bluff at the bottom of the South Island. “Since I began racing long course triathlons this has been on my hit list and I can’t wait to see the spectacular parts of New Zealand I have yet to explore” comments camp organiser John Newsom.

Over the past six years Epic Camps have been run in France, Italy, Hawaii, USA, Australia and New Zealand. In that time the Epic Crew have learned what makes athletes tick and most importantly the support they require to get through camps of this nature "Imagine training like a pro for 15 days whilst taking in breathtaking scenery. Epic Camp is all that and more. Every possible need you have is looked after. I've done 4 camps and I have no doubt that every single athlete who has been on the camps will testify to the fact that there is no possible way they could do that volume or intensity of training without the Epic Camp support and atmosphere. Bonds you form with other athletes are special ones that will last a lifetime. To sum up the camp in Aussie speak - its way too much fun to be legal." Says Australian Kona qualifier Andrew Charles

Scott Molina is looking forward to the experience “I love this country! There’s still plenty of it that I haven’t seen so this is a great opportunity for me to share the experience and take on the challenge with the type of people I enjoy being around most – fellow Epic Campers.”

Completing an Epic Camp is as much about mental toughness as ability. To qualify you need to have a strong cycling background and be able to ride a sub 5hr30 bike split at Ironman (or similar equivalent). On top of that you need to have an attitude that is going to get you out of bed every day to complete the mission.

The camp will start at Cape Reinga on January 2nd and departures will be from Invercargill on January 18th. There will be 14 days of riding with average daily distances being 150km. On top of the riding athletes will be ‘invited’ to swim the equivalent of the cook strait (26km) in some great open water locations such as Lake Taupo and various scenic runs will be included such as in the Tongariro National Park and at 90 mile beach. (click map to enlarge)

If you would like to find out more information on this unique opportunity please visit www.epiccamp.com

Distances:
- 2200km+ of riding with average daily total around 150km
- One rest day because we need to get across Cook Strait
- Structure of the camp will be a little different to other camps – we’ll all be in this together so helping each other out getting point to point to a certain degree will be important. We will still keep things competitive in doses though and the points jerseys will certainly have to be earned as always.

Required ability:
- Given the length of riding on this camp athletes should have registered a 5hr30 Ironman split (or equivalent) and be comfortable riding with bunch riding. Swimming and running speed is less important.

Included:
- 16 nights accommodation (mix of motels, hotels and holiday parks)
- Bus charter to Kaitaia
- All food (breakfast, snacks, lunch, dinners, sport nutrition) - usual epic deal (on this camp we will be eating out a little more often than other NZ camps)
- Ferry tickets for Wellington to Picton
- Airport pick-up at Auckland International Airport
- Airport drop off at Invercargill Airport
- Four sports massages (additional massage will be available)
- All sports drinks and on-road nutrition
- Full on-road support
- Coaches – World Champions Scott Molina and Gordo Byrn and Coach John Newsom
- Epic Gear – something unique for Epic New Zealand
- Other goodies from our sponsors