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Thule Adventure Team goes for gold at Speight’s Coast to Coast race in New Zealand

Press Release   •   Feb 17, 2010 19:28 GMT

Thule, world leader within sports and utility transportation, is pleased to announce that Gordon Walker – a member of the Thule Adventure Team – was crowned World Champion winner (men’s category) along with team member Elina Ussher, World Champion winner (women’s category), in the highly-competitive Speight’s Coast to Coast multi-sport competition held in New Zealand 12th – 13th February, 2010. Over the course of two days, competitors cycled 140 kms, ran 36 kms and kayaked 67 kms in New Zealand’s rugged outback.

With over 800 competitors vieing for places in the Coast to Coast race, it was stiff competition for the Thule Adventure Team who also had to endure difficult weather conditions. Due to heavy rainfall, the course was diverted and this last minute change made the race even more challenging for the competitors. Despite this modification, vetran multi-sport champion Elina Ussher began the race with a considerable lead and team-mate Gordon Walker competed against Dougal Allen – an impressive young athlete – before finally upstaging him in the last leg of the kayaking race. Multi-sport athlete Martin Flinta also participated in the competition and came in 4th place.

The Thule Adventure Team’s double win at the Coast to Coast race was an amazing start for the newly formed team who will go on to prepare for the upcoming MTB competition Baise challenge, China. Renowned multi-sport athlete Richard Ussher will also participate in the competition and will join the team to compete in the race.

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Thule Group is a world leader in products and brands that make it easy for people to transport their equipment securely, safely and in style. Under the motto Active Life, Simplified, Thule Group offers products within four business areas: Carry Solutions (laptop and camera bags, backpacks etc), Vehicle Solutions (roof racks, bike racks, ski boxes, snow chains etc), Work Solutions (ladder racks, tool boxes etc) and Towing Solutions (towbars and trailers). The Thule Group has about 3,500 employees at more than 50 production facilities and sales offices worldwide. In 2009 sales amounted to SEK 5.8 billion.

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