Race Analysis at CPZ

Check Point Zero has been a great source of Primal Quest news all week long, with blogs from several teams, reporting from the field, and some great images from the race. Now comes this article that looks at some of the transition times the top teams have been taking through the checkpoints. Clearly there are a few teams who have more rest than others at this point of the race. As I’ve mentioned in my posts, it seems like Nike has been banking more sleep time, and now with the race drawing to a close, it’ll serve them well as they make the stretch run.

The article is written by Lisa de Speville, who has often done race reports for CPZ in the past, and has an excellent understand of the strategy that goes into the races. Lisa, if you’re reading this, we miss your race reports!!

Update: Lisa has been kind enough to send along the split times she used to analyize the race for the above article. I think they are interesting to look at and clearly show Nike’s built up rest time and how the other top teams are lacking in that area. Thanks Lisa for sharing this info with me. It’s much appreciated!

Leg 1: Horseback Riding – about 29 miles

Team: Total Leg Total T1
Cyanosis 5:44 0:45
Duesouth 7:01 0:19
Merrell 4:38 0:05
Spyder 4:36 0:00
Nike Power 4:33 0:03

Leg 2: Desert Trekking – about 21 miles (CP5-CP8)

Team: Total Leg Total T2
Cyanosis 08:34 3:40
Duesouth 09:30 1:22
Merrell 07:22 1:00*
Spyder 07:02 1:13
Nike Power 06:00 0:41

Leg 3: Mountain Biking – about 65 miles (CP8 – CP10)

Team: Total Leg Total T3
Cyanosis 06:25 1:03
Duesouth 09:57 0:26
Merrell 05:59* 0:33
Spyder 05:59 0:33
Nike Power 05:59 0:23

Leg 4: Whitewater Swimming (incl trek to start) – about 8 miles (CP10 – CP12)

Team: Total Leg Total T4
Cyanosis 03:29 1:28
Duesouth 03:13 1:02
Merrell 04:50 0:27
Spyder 05:53 0:29
Nike Power 07:36 0:29

Leg 5: Kayaking – about 35 miles (CP12 to CP13)

Team: Total Leg Total T5
Cyanosis 05:52 0:38
Duesouth 05:54 0:40
Merrell 05:00 0:21
Spyder 04:58 0:23
Nike Power 05:16 0:08

Leg 6: Canyoneering – about 26 miles.., incl ropes (CP13 to CP19)

Team: Total Leg Total T6
Cyanosis 17:52 1:46
Duesouth 16:42 0:47
Merrell 13:49 0:20
Spyder 11:41 0:36
Nike Power 15:11 0:28

Leg 7: Kayaking – about 45 miles (CP19 to CP20)

Team: Total Leg Total T7
Cyanosis 8:25 0:58
Duesouth 8:07 0:47
Merrell 6:39 0:09
Spyder 8:49 0:47
Nike Power 6:57 0:30

Leg 8: Canyoneering – about 29 miles… incl ropes (CP20 – CP24)

Team: Total Leg Total T8
Cyanosis 21:12 05:47
Duesouth 20:32 01:36
Merrell 15:18 00:52
Spyder 19:00 00:52
Nike Power 14:32 03:55

Leg 9: Mountain Trekking, incl ropes – about 38 miles (CP24 – CP29)
Total Leg Total T9

Team: Total Leg Total T9
Cyanosis not yet here  
Duesouth not yet here  
Merrell 23:00 03:37
Spyder 23:13 01:12
Nike Power 19:36 05:10

TOTAL TRANSITION TIMES

     
Merrell 384 + 60* 07:24
Spyder 365 06:05
Nike Power 707 11:47

* CP8 out time for Merrell is missing.I’ve just given them 1hr, which is between Nike and Spyder