Interview Stromlonauts

What is your ranking?
Ranked 125th in the World 2017.

For what reasons do you want to participate in the World Championship?
A world championship race in an inspired location. We would otherwise never have come to Reunion Island, but this race should really live up to its namesake.

How would you describe your team in three words?
Relaxed, bad jokes.

What is your wishing list for this year?
World peace and a couple of new bikes. Some new skis wouldn’t be bad either.

If you could choose one sportsman that represents the best your team spirit, who would it be?
Dolly Parton’s a sportsperson right?

What is the motto or the philosophy of the team?
Chill, gog hard, make no mistakes and chill.

What is the funniest moment you experienced during your training or race?
This (from an earlier race):
It was serene; set on a river bank with cascades downstream and slow moving pools swirling by. For a minute we sat and enjoyed the setting.  Just as it seemed we’d all reached a moment of zen stillness Pete declared loudly: “I’m doing a poo! It’s been there for ages.  It’s huge.”

It was an abrupt end to one of very few peaceful moments of Geoquest 2013.  Renwick, stirred into action then made sure everyone was aware of his intention to follow suit. For some reason he then traipsed into the bush to nestle down, back to back with Pete.  Horrified at Renwicks proximity, Pete tried to shoo Renwick away.  “Get out of here Renwick!”  But it was useless, like trying to shoo away a besotted puppy, Renwick would only move a short distance.  Pete returned with a disturbed look on his face followed by Renwick who looked very pleased with himself.

We slowly began to switch on – but gave up all hope of a top 10 finish. We met briefly with team 24 (Bec, Ray, Steve and John). Turns out Bec Wilson (the pinup girl or Adventure Racing – See Rogue Adventures site) knew Sean. A hilarious interaction ensued where Bec dived in for a greeting kiss on the cheek, while Sean – too shy and gentlemanly to ever kiss a girl – shot out his hand for a firm manly shake while calling her “Missy”. Somehow she landed puckered lips on muddy, sweaty stubble and Sean went instantly quiet. The remaining lads were slack-jawed, wide-eyed and stunned that the most haggard-looking man of the entire race scored a kiss from the supermodel of Geoquest, despite trying to punch her in the guts with a wayward handshake.  Unfortunately they powered ahead of us on foot, leaving us for dead in the undergrowth. The jog/shuffle into the next checkpoint was slow and ‘uncomfortable’. Sean and I especially were feeling the last 28 hours of racing.”

What is your guilty pleasure? The one thing you could hardly live without?
Being towed, and crystalized ginger.