RedBull TransSiberian Extreme - Most Difficult Bike Race in the World

07 August 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

One of our Team Formthotics Ambassadors, Peter Sandholt, is racing in the 2017 Redbull Trans Siberian Extreme Cycling Race that goes 9,278 km across the nation of Russia.  The race began 18th July 2017 and will run 24 days to 10th August.  It covers a huge scope of Russa -  Moscow to Vladivostock.

This is by far the toughest, longest, ultra-cycling stage race in the world. The cyclists will cover 5 climate zones, 8 time zones, 14 stages, 9287 km, all in 24 days.  The cycling across Russia race is very prestigious - being the world's longest and most difficult. You have to be invited to race in this one.  Peter began with 7 other men cyclists and 2 women cyclists in the race.  The TransSiberian Extreme is 2X longer than the Race Across America & 3X longer than the Tour de France.

 Watch the first week of the race here:

Peter Sandholt is a High School teacher from DenmarkPeter has found tremendous help with Formthotics in his cycling shoes as they have worked to prevent a common difficulty with long distance cycling - "hotfeet", have helped position Peter's feet better over his pedals to provide more power, have prevented injury and helped prevail foot strength. 

 Pictures credits to *RedBull TransSiberian Extreme photographers

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A Firefighters Run for New Zealand

28 July 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ
We have had the great honour to follow Maaka McKinney as he traveled from Bluff, NZ the southern point of New Zealand to Cape Reinga, NZ the northern point of New Zealand all in 17 days on bicycle up the South island and foot up the North island. Toward the end of this major journey, Maaka joined the firefighters of New Zealand and climbed the Sky Tower in Auckland with 25KG of firefighter equipment.
 
The journey began on Anzac Day, 23 April, 2017 - a noteworthy day as Maaka did this major journey to raise funds for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Depression within the First Responder community (his bike and walk through the entire nation) and for Leukemia and Blood Cancer of New Zealand ( Sky Tower Challenge).  Maaka served in the Middle East and found when he returned to his work as a Firefighter in New Zealand, he personally experienced a lot of post traumatic stress disorder and depression. He knew he needed to seek out professional help and realised there are others in his same situation serving in first responder roles who also may need professional mental help. 
 
"I walked, ran, cycled the length of NZ to raise awareness about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression within the First Responder community, Police, Fire and Ambulance. The aim was to encourage First Responders to seek professional help with any work related mental issues. And not to bottle them up out of fear of the stigma or perception percieved by others etc. But to be open and learn from their work related experiences." -Maaka McKinney
 
   
"In total with the challenge that I had laid in front of me , I knew my body was going to be put through its paces and more importantly, I had to develop ways to combat likely injuries.  I left Bluff, NZ and over a 1 month period with no support crew, living off pretty much what I carried on my back, I headed North. "
 
"My shoulders, followed by my back, and then knees finally my feet slowly started to give me major problems. Luckily my feet, although blistered, managed to survive ok thanks to Jean from Resonance Aspiring Podiatry meeting me at Lake Taupo with a pair of Formthotics to fit in my cycling shoes and hiking boots.  Formthotics  moulded to my feet easily and gave great support especially along undulating ground and even when my feet and socks were wet from crossing through creeks. They quickly dried over night and were ready to go the next day. The other thing I found about Formthotics was they also fitted into my boots firmly thus minimising movement within the boot."
 
"When I started on the cycling phase of my journey I simply took the Formthotics foot orthotics sole from my boots and inserted them with ease into my cycling shoes. And again they provided great comfort and support. I highly recommend the Formthotics foot orthotics for sporting, adventure, or endurance type activities."
 
 
 
 
It was a tremendous effort Maaka did in 17 days of raising awareness about depression and PTSD within the first responder community and encouraging our Police Officers Firefighters and Ambulance Officers to access professional help if experiencing work related mental issues. He stopped at numerous places to meet first responders and see a lot of these heros he knows. It raised a great awareness for the entire country of NZ.  Article and Video Link from NZ Herald
 
   
 
 
 
Maaka journeyed by foot all the way up the North island to Auckland to join other first resonders to climb the steps of the Sky Tower with all of their gear (25KG +) to raise funds for  Leukemia & Blood Cancer NZ. Overall, $1.65 million was raised through the Sky Tower Challenge and Maaka raised $16,430 of these funds! He was met that morning in Auckland before the climb with an emotional Haka ceremony. Then they took the 20 minute challenge to run up  51 flights, 1,103 steps wearing 25kg of kit breathing apparatus!
 
After climbing the tower with other firefighters, army members, ambulance responders and police officer s, Maaka continued for the next 5 days on foot up to the top of the North island to Cape Reinga. The full 1800 KM challenge, plus 51 flights of steps wearing 25 kg of gear - all in 17 days. 
 

"I completed my journey and made it to the Cape. A very hilly route getting there.

"Completing my journey has now found me with mixed emotions. Sad, as I'm actually going to miss living on the road and slogging my body everyday and pushing the limits. Sad, because I met so many beautiful people and received so much love and support from all of you. I'm going to miss that. Happy though as I can now rest and look forward to the "What next?""

"This journey has developed my passion to now think of ways how I can use my experience to assist, support and educate our first responders through PTSD and Depression. And so I am seriously looking into setting up a charitable organisation that can achieve these aims.  Arohanui ki a koutou katoa whānau. Thank you "

 
 

 

 

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Adam Hall at Para Alpine Skiing World Championships 2017

20 March 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ

New Zealand grown paralympic alpine ski racer and Team Formthotics superstar, Adam Hall, recently claimed huge success at the Para Alpine Skiing World Championships in Travisio, Italy, adding a bronze in slalom to his medal tally – and we couldn't be prouder!

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Triathlete Mike Phillips comes in 2nd at his first ironman race

23 February 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ
Mike Phillips, New Zealand triathlete and a member of team Formthotics, took part in his first ironman distance race in Challenge Wanaka (New Zealand) last weekend (3.8km swim, 180km bike, 42km run). He did amazing, coming in at 2nd place! Below he shares a snapshot of the day. 
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Jamie Prebble Ski Cross Results - Going Big!

03 February 2017 - posted by Formthotics HQ
Formthotics is thrilled to have Jamie Prebble as our Ambassador in Ski Cross representing the New Zealand Ski Team. Jamie has worn Formthotics in his ski boots finding they are a true help with the perfect positioning of his feet inside his boots when racing in the intense way this sport requires. The increased responsiveness and feedback along with the comfort Formthotics Snow and Ice provide are all major power to his ski racing. Jamie has had some success with great results in several World Cups in December 2016 and January 2017 along with a big win at the Europe Cup Ski Cross Race this January 2017. 
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Jamie Prebble - How he trains and competes as world class skier

16 December 2016 - posted by Formthotics HQ
New Zealand ski-cross athlete and dedicated  Formthotics wearer,  Jamie Prebble , admits: 'my   second home is with the snow and on the mountains'  – a nd true to form, he is working long and  hard to compete in   world-class sporting events. Currently  training for the 2018 Winter Olympics and World Cup freestyle skiing races, he shares insight into what is involved on all levels: 
mental, physical and emotional.
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The Ultimate Running Adventures with Dr. Andrew Murray

05 December 2016 - posted by Dr. Andrew Murray

We have recently had the priviledge of seeing Doc Andrew Murray at the College of Podiatry Conference in Glasgow, Scotland November 17-19 as he was one of the main keynote speakers.

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Formthotics, I wouldn't go skiing without them | Jamie Prebble

18 November 2016 - posted by Formthotics HQ
New Zealand ski-cross skier (aka Team Formthotics terrain master), Jamie Prebble, has his eye (and feet) on the prize – and he's giving it everything to qualify and compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Leaving no stone unturned in his quest to break history for New Zealand and achieve his dream of winning an Olympic medal, Jamie admits that when he thinks of Formthotics, he thinks of a 'competitive edge.' Here's why:
 
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Michaela Herlbauer's - Successful Ironman Triathlon Hawaii Debut

25 October 2016 - posted by Michaela Herlbauer

 

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The European Transcontinental Race - A Rewarding Challenge!

21 October 2016 - posted by Peter Sandholt

Peter Sandholt is a part of Team Formthotics in Denmark. He has done several challenging long distance cycling races around the world - all with the support of Formthotics in his cycle shoes. Benefits Peter gets through Formthotics are more power in his pedals and a lack of 'hotfoot' on those long distances.

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