Thule Wins Expedition IdahoÂ© 2011 Adventure Race, Gramicci is Title Sponsor
Silver Mountain Resort ID, August 14th-21st
AGOURA HILLS, Calif., September 1, 2011 â€” Gramicci, the legendary climbing apparel brand with NPT- Natural Performance Technology â„¢ and title sponsor for the Expedition IdahoÂ© 2011 Adventure Race announces Team Thule as the official event winner. Gramicci outfitted event staff and all participant teams for the week of extreme endurance.
Thule captured the title, crossing the finish line in 146 hours, 15 minutes, claiming each of the 120 CPs over the 500+ mile course that had more than 130,000 vertical feet of climbing.
As reported form the official EXPED Idaho web site, http://www.xydo.com/toolbar/27426630-expedition_idaho_update Jacky Boisset, Mryiam, â€œMimiâ€ Guillot, Stuart Lynch and Albert Roca led from start to finish in one of the most amazing AR and navigation displays in recent memory, edging out Nathan Fa'ave's Team Seagate by over 8 hours.
US-based â€œTeam Bones,â€ led by captain Roy Malone was 3rd, fending off strong challenges from Team Light & Motion and Team Gear Junkie/Yogaslackers, despite GJYS having to race without Chelsea Gribbon-Magness, who came down with a gall stone attack on the first day. http://gearjunkie.com/expedition-idaho-race-2011-report-and-video
Team Gramicci also lost a teammate, as Paulette Kirby fell on Segment 3 â€“ â€œBigâ€ â€“ and was airlifted to safety. They continued on through a number of other difficulties, and were one of only 7 teams to finish the first four segments completely.â€
Congratulations Team Gramicci - Picture below: Tom Ambrose, Jeni McNeal, Andy Tucker.
â€œExpedition Idaho is much more about the journey and the expedition than the pure race results,â€ said Race Director, Dave Adlard. â€œEven though GJYS were without Chelsea, they never slowed down, and raced their butts off, and as they were one of only 5 teams to make it to the final segment, we decided they deserved to be ranked as â€œ4Aâ€ for their efforts, just behind Team LiM, who waged a great head-to-head battle over the final few days.â€
The final CPT rankings for points would be as follows: (this is with all 4 person teams ranked ahead of three person, and all CPs being of equal value)â€¨â€¢ Thuleâ€¨â€¢ Seagateâ€¨â€¢ Bonesâ€¨â€¢ Light in Motionâ€¨â€¢ SOGâ€¨â€¢ Team Florida Xtremeâ€¨â€¢ NYARAâ€¨â€¢ Gung Hoâ€¨â€¢ Topo Adventure Sportsâ€¨â€¢ Team Idahoâ€¨â€¢ Team Gear Junkie Yogaslackers (3 person)â€¨â€¢ Team Gramicci (3 person)â€¨â€¢ Train Chicago Studios (3 person)
Because of the unique Expedition Idaho format, every team, including â€œSport courseâ€ teams all gathered at the Dark Zone on Friday night, and participated in the â€œMad Dashâ€ final victory lap to the mountain top finish in the midst of the â€œBrews, Booze and Bluesâ€ fest hosted by Silver Mountain Resort. The finish line was directly beside the stage, and the athletes finished in the midst of over 1800 happy, appreciate and enthusiastic fans, who showered all the finishers with standing ovations, high fives and opportune glasses of beer.
The final day and the final trek up Silver Mountain â€“ this time on foot. Teams Thule, Seagate, Bones and Light in Motion are greeted at the finish line by 2,000 cheering fans, live music and beer at the Silver Mountain Blues & Brews music festival!
About the Race:
Co-ed teams of 4 covered over 800K (500 miles) at Expedition Idaho 2011 in nearly 7 non-stop days of racing, and after it's inaugural running, EXPID was hailed as one of the best expedition-length races in many years, with racers lauding the organization, course design and scenery and the awesome volunteers as some of the best ever. It began and finished at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, Idaho. Racers used map, compass and their own wits and skills to navigate their way over an unmarked route by mountain biking, rafting, paddling, trekking, orienteering, trail running, using fixed ropes, and all through the wild panhandle of northern Idaho. The exact course and specifics of each leg were not given to the teams until the night before the race. The 2012 edition is scheduled for August 12 - 18, 2012, once again at Silver Mountain.
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Gramicci is often called the â€˜soul brand' of the outdoor industry, known in the climbing community as the originator of the iconic G-series climbing pant and short. Thirty years later Gramicci is still setting the standard for performance climbing and outdoor apparel with its introduction of NPT- Natural Performance Technology â„¢, a pesticide-free, certified organic and hemp blend that naturally produces higher levels of moisture management, breathability and body temperature regulation than synthetics or the new performance cottons that are treated with environmentally harmful chemicals. Gramicci is deeply committed to greener manufacturing. It is developing and adopting new standards of manufacturing that substantially reduce its impact on the environment by using less water and energy. Its organic products have received certification from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), OE Blended (Organic Exchange for blended fabrics) and OE 100 (Organic Exchange for all organic fabrics). Gramicci is also a fair labor manufacturer assuring fair wages, clean work environments and zero-tolerance child labor policies. For more information visit www.gramicci.com
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