Have you ever wondered what your Primal Quest experience could be like? Do you want a behind the scenes look? We have the inside scoop straight from Primal Quest racers themselves!
Warren Bates, captain of Team GodZone from New Zealand, reflects on their 2015 Primal Quest win in Lake Tahoe, USA. Their 3 women and 1 man team broke the standard of the usual 3 men and 1 woman team combination. He had zero worries about his race partners and knew they could withstand the pressures of no sleep, altitude sickness, dehydration and everything else that comes with a race of this length. He knows the vast majority of people who sign up for an expedition race do so because they want an adventure, not a race. Bates said “I sense that the sport of expedition adventure racing has received a much needed boost from the re-emergence of Primal Quest.”
Primal Quest Tahoe was the opportunity for Roy and Mari to compete in their own backyard. They invited some experienced East Coast racers, Jim Driscoll and Jason Brown to join their team. Their journey included missing a critical left turn, costing them a few hours; kayaking a river Roy had guided for 8 years, but still gave them some trouble and a broken paddle; a stop at an abandoned campground for a water fill up, after Jason flew superman style off a steep embankment on his bike and many more feats before finishing after 183 hours of racing!
Katie and her team finished 3rd overall at Primal Quest 2015. Her experience started off with a jolt when her team thought they were showing up for early check-in, only to find out that they were the last team to check in and the race would be starting a day earlier than they expected! Like in all adventure races, they hit some issues: nutritional hiccups, navigation problems and temporary bike repairs (including duct taping a rock to a pedal, thus resulting in a bike exchange with a volunteer). Her own personal battles occurred due to sleep deprivation (aka sleep monsters) and intense foot pain, but 8.5 days after they started, Katie and Team Journey crossed the finish line.
Olof decided that instead of a full write up about the race, which “had already been done better”, he decided to write about and reflect on “Things that happened in Primal Quest that I have never done before.” Beginning with starting a race with a fever, then almost getting bit by a rattlesnake, to walking around campsites asking for food, and then having a borrow a bike towards the end of the race!
“A race of sacrifice, struggle, and selfless determination” is Fletcher’s view of his 2015 Primal Quest experience. His story of personal challenges during his training for Primal Quest including battling through an injury (which he never even told his teammates about), and having his bike stolen out of his garage. No matter what, he persevered on and made it to race day! No adventure race or racer is without hiccups during the race. From facing his fear of heights, to having to hike and rappel with his bike on his back, to singing bad rock ballads with teammates, Fletcher’s review of Primal Quest is quite the read!