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HELLY HANSEN-PRUNESCO WON THE WENGER PATAGONIAN EXPEDITION RACE FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE TIME

The team became the first team to retain the championship title won in the 2009 version

The Helly-Hansen  Prunesco team, sponsored by Prunesco, leading producer of dehydrated prunes in Chile and with a history of almost 70 years, became the first team to retain the title of the Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race.

The four members of the Helly Hansen-Prunesco Team took less than seven days to complete the race that is considered as the world’s toughest adventure race. The route covered nearly 600 miles of trekking, kayaking and mountain biking on the plains of Tierra del Fuego, Karukinka Reserve, Cordillera Darwin and the Beagle Channel.

Helly Hansen-Prunesco, current adventure racing world champion, defeated 14 teams from around the world, to clinch the victory. “This race is very special and it’s incredible to win it again,” said team captain Nicola MacLeod, “more so considering that we came with the same team members and our rivals were high level.”

Last year, only 30 percent of the teams managed to reach the goal, largely due to unpredictable weather in this part of the world. This year, however, conditions were not as severe and all were able to complete the first part, from the beaches of Tierra del Fuego and up to the foothills of the Cordillera Darwin.

At first the competition was virtually disputed every minute by Helly Hansen-Prunesco, the Spanish Air Europa Bimont and the Canadians from Untamed New England. However, the winners managed to get away in the mountain bike stage and became virtually unattainable in the trekking.

Finally, they completed nearly 600 miles of route after rowing through the Beagle Channel and climbing Mt Scott King, almost one and a half days ahead of their closest rivals, the Spanish Air Europa Bimont.

Stjepan Pavicic, race director, said that “I am impressed with Helly Hansen- Prunesco, who did an incredible job to come back and win, especially considering that the route was very challenging this year.”

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