Steve developed GurneyGoo to win races with his team, but not just any old races - Adventure racing. In extreme elements, and for up to 10 days of continuous racing.
Searing hot deserts
Long ocean paddles
Bum-numbing bike, horse and camels rides
Soggy, claustrophobic caves...
Athletes are constantly searching for anything that will give them the edge. It’s not only the glory of the win though, these highly competitive adventure masochists are also driven by the lucrative prize purses.
GurneyGoo is the secret weapon that gave us the edge. Over 20 years of international racing we developed and refined GurneyGoo to its current winning formula.
Winning an Adventure Race is about overcoming the challenges, being, resilient, adaptable and resourceful. There are obstacles like rough weather, getting lost, crashing off your bike, falling out of the kayak, running low on energy. But blisters and foot problems are probably some of the most race-threatening challenges.
We needed a product that was going to prevent blisters, chafing and prune-foot. GurneyGoo was one of the key resources in our winning races
Steve and his team became world champions. GurneyGoo was a key part of that success. GurneyGoo helped them win in the worst extremes, and it can help you achieve your next adventure too.
Keeping your skin in good shape is absolutely key to any Ultra/Extreme/Endurance race and GurneyGoo is invaluable to racers looking for reliability and consistency.
GurneyGoo has been brutally tested on world champion athletes and not on animals.
How to use
Before racing/exercise apply GurneyGoo™ liberally to areas prone to friction eg toes, crotch, nipples, feet, armpits, shoulders in vicinity of pack straps.
For the best protection, rub in a moderate amount 12 hours before start in addition to the liberal layer at the start.
To prevent hand blisters during long kayaking sessions: thoroughly rub GurneyGoo™ into hands up to 8 hours before start (eg night before), and no closer than 1 hour before the start of your race.
For some of us, a shower on waking on race morning is a nice way to wake up, warm up, and soothe any pre-race nerves. If you've applied GurneyGoo the night before (a great idea for maximum chaffing prevention), then a light shower won't remove the all important component of the "night -before" GurneyGoo.
The all important bit is that some GurneyGoo will remain, having had your sleep time to "soak in" to the outer layers of epidermis. A light rinse in the shower won't wash this off much at all. If you scrub with soap and flannel and hot water, then yes you'll remove 90% of this, so avoid scrubbing and keep the shower short.
So, a shower is all good so long as you don't scrub the bits you've applied the GurneyGoo to.
After your shower, give your bits a second application of Gurney Goo and you're all set to go!
The only exception is kayaking fingers if it's less than 2 hours before the event, in which case, make sure your shower is more than 2 hours before and apply Goo sparingly, and vigorously rub your hands together to heat and absorb.
If it's a long and chaffing-prone event, then you might also consider applying some goo to the clothing that can cause chaffing in addition to your skin. eg cycle chamois, running short crotch, sox, bra strap, kayak pants, etc.
How to use GurneyGoo to avoid chafing in adventure races
Steve is patron of the GODZone Adventure race and made a video to show the 2015 entrants how to use the GurneyGoo in their race packs. It's classic Steve - funny, self deprecating, knowledgeable and a bit NSFW. Enjoy.
Click on the video link next to the price.