Mr Bas is part GPS, part phys-ed teacher; with excellent navigational and motivational skills. Mr GPS is the TriHard responsible for direction and motivation. It has been said that you could drop Mr GPS in the middle of nowhere, armed with nothing but a topo map and compass, and within hours he will find his way back to your house, coffee in hand, to demand his 100 push-ups for causing him inconvenience.
As with all the Bas children, Mr GPS was subjected to the agoge, his first test coming on his seventh birthday, when the Bas family dropped him off in the remote countryside to find his own way home relying only on his instinctive sense of direction. Over the years, the intensity of his training increased, with greater and greater distances, and more challenges, including only being permitted back into the ancestral threshold if he was carrying hot coffees - a tradition which lingers in his adventure racing today.
Time has moved on and Mr GPS has completed his training. During the week, the mild-mannered Mr Bas is responsible for a crack(ed) team of IT professionals, ensuring the smooth operations of his business domain. But, on the weekend, he becomes Mr GPS, bold navigator of no-man’s land, leading teams where they’ve never been before, through wild unknowns, the known unknowns and back into the known knowns. Since they began relying on Mr GPS’s skills, the TriHards have moved from strength to strength in every race they’ve undertaken, even managing to find the finish line!
And, with the help of his ever faithful and supportive partner, Mrs Bas, has commenced development of his own super adventure racing team; starting with the Basette, who has already conquered Pigeon House mountain. He has his sights set high, intending for the Basette to be capable of undertaking her first full blown adventure race in time for the 2011 Southern Traverse. While many may consider this too great a challenge for a three-year-old, the Basette will, as a member of the Bas clan, be well and truly adept in all aspects of adventure racing...
|Favourite Sayings:||“Why aren’t you zig-zagging?”, “It’s 40 metres that way, just over that hill. Hurry up.” and “Okay then, I’ll have a short black.”|
|Worst race injury:||Mr GPS’s worst injury is common to that of another Greek hero, Achilles; he lost his heels during the ACT Metrogaine.|
|Favourite piece of kit:||Climbing harness (it enables his dream of creating his own super adventure racing team).|
|Paddling Position:||King of the World|