. 2006 Land Rover G4 Adventure Challenge
- On Sunday, 23 April, in the thriving metropolis of Bangkok, 18
competitors will eagerly await the signal announcing the start of
the 2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge. The Challenge, which lasts 28
days, will see the 16 men and two women climb, kayak, abseil, bike,
drive off-road and navigate their way over 4000 km of varied terrain
in four countries, across two continents.
The urban competition
kicks off the Land Rover G4 Challenge in Bangkok. Then, the competition
ventures north into Laos for two-weeks of remote activity within
the steamy mountains and valleys around the Mekong River where the
jungle, mud, water and river crossings will provide an exciting
array of 4x4 driving and multi-sport challenges.
On 5 May, the Challenge
crosses the world to Brazil for the start of Stage 3 and a spectacular
activity staged on the crowded beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Then they
move onto Bolivia, where it gets tougher. Climbing the Andes Mountain
range to altitudes of over 4000m and taking in such natural wonders
as the vast salt plains of Salar de Uyuni, the event reaches its
climax with the Challenge Final in a stunning remote natural amphitheatre
near the city of Tarija. It is in this setting that the 18 competitors
will complete the adventure and the ultimate victor of the 2006
Land Rover G4 Challenge will claim a brand new Range Rover.
"The terrain of Laos
and Bolivia will ensure some really challenging driving," explains
Niki Davies, event director for the Land Rover G4 Challenge. "With
very few tarmac roads, competitors will encounter deep rutted tracks,
slippery mud crawls, slow winch sections and deep river crossings."
In total there will be 134
Land Rovers working in a variety of roles to support the 2006 Challenge.
The competitors will use the all-new Range Rover Sport 4.4-litre V8 HSE
in Southeast Asia, the 3-door 2.5-litre V6 SE Freelander during the Urban
Challenge in Rio de Janeiro
and then the wilds of Bolivia will be tackled in the 4.4-litre V8 Discovery
Training has been intense for
the 18 competitors, as they prepare to push themselves to the limit in temperatures
ranging from + 40 to -20 degrees and extreme altitude. Their physical fitness,
sporting and driving skills will need to be complimented with an ability
to apply initiative and strategy to every situation.
"I've been dreaming of the
moment I can represent the UK in the G4 Challenge for over 3 years. With
the support of my employers GNER, my family and most of all my wife and
6 month old daughter I feel I am in the best shape I have ever been. What
I don't know is whether it is better than the other 17, but I will be trying
100% all the way to win through for the UK!" commented Brian Reynolds, UK
The field of 18 competitors
includes a fire-fighter, paramedic, lifeguard, army instructor, and graphic
Throughout the Challenge, progress
of each of the competitors will be available on a daily basis from www.landroverG4challenge.com.