Male competitors in this weekend’s Central Otago 24 Hour Adventure Race had best be wary of Queenstown cop Zoe Albon.
Albon is part of New Zealand’s most successful all-girl adventure racing team – Girls on Top – and her North Island-based teammates Debbie Chambers, Anne Lowerson and Erin Roberts are heading to Cromwell for the race.
The uber-fit females will give all-boy teams a run for their money – the dynamic quartet have already beaten all rival men’s teams in the past three gut-busting 48-hour Australian GeoQuest races.
They also came 16th out of 47 starting teams in the mammoth 700km Australian XPD adventure race in May this year. Girls on Top took nine days to finish – and Albon copped a leech in the eye on the way.
But the completely different terrain and hardy southern competitors will still test the girls, Albon says.
“We know we’re going to come up against some really strong teams.”
They hope to be one of the first five teams to finish the point-collecting course after kayaking, trekking, abseiling and mountain biking non-stop from 6am Saturday to 6am Sunday.
“We might do a 20-minute kip,” Albon says.
Local multi-sport organiser Geoff Hunt – in charge of last Saturday’s Adventure Quest – is also donning running shoes for the race.