Adventure Racing

Adventure Racing is an exciting & challenging team sport. It involves travelling on foot and by mountain bike to collect checkpoints marked on a map. The course will take teams on an exciting, cross country adventure through native bush, streams, farmland trails and forestry.  The course will be kept secret until the day of the race and you will receive your maps before race start so you can plan your strategy and route choice.

 

This race will be part of a brand new Adventure 1 series in New Zealand that will bring together a National Championships. The 12hr kayak event will be part of the national series.

More details to follow.

 

 

The 12hr race will be a different format to what we have usually done. It will be traditional style adventure race where teams must collect every checkpoint, and the fastest team wins. There will be less checkpoints on the course which will provide for more route choice and more challenging navigation.  

The race will be designed for a 12hr winning time and a 16 – 17hr slowest time. 

The 12hr kayak will be the hardest race. The 12hr duathlon will be easier and is recommended for less experienced teams or those who are new to the 12hr distance. 

The 6hr race will follow the usual format. 

 

Disciplines

Mountain biking – the mountain biking will take place on forestry roads, gravel roads and farm land. There’s not much flat land around Whangamata so be prepared for some steep hills, up and down! 

Trekking – the trekking will be a mixture of trails, streams, native bush and forestry.

Navigation – a key part of the race is navigating to the checkpoints using map and compass. No GPS allowed. Maps are provided and are generally 1:25000 topographical style maps. The 6hr race will be beginner – intermediate level with some optional checkpoints being trickier to navigate to. The 12hr event will feature challenging off track bush navigation. Be prepared to use your compass and traverse some tricky terrain.

Kayaking – There is a kayak option for the 12hr race. The kayak will be on the open ocean and you must be competent kayaking in swell, wind, chop and tidal currents. Single and double kayaks are allowed. Ensure you are confident handling your kayak in open ocean conditions.    

Mystery activities – these will be revealed on the day. Previous mystery activities have included suduko, MTB seesaw, mud run, paint ball shooting, scrabble and quoits!

 

Difficulty

6hr Race 

The 6hr event is designed so the everyday athlete can complete the course. The navigation in this event will be based around tracks, roads and rivers making it achievable for those new to navigation.

The use of optional checkpoints means that the 6hr event will still be a challenge for intermediate level competitors who have some experience in adventure racing.

To complete the 6hr event you will need to be able to jog/walk approx. 10km off road, and mountain bike approx. 25km on forestry roads and farmland (distances will be longer if getting optional checkpoints).

The race is set so that everyone needs to be back within the 6 hours

12hr Race

This 12hr event is designed to be an exciting challenge for more experienced adventure racers.

The navigation in the 12hr race will be much more challenging and will require a competent navigator in your team. There will be off track navigation (aka bush bashing), route choice options and some night navigation. Hint – you will need to be able to accurately navigate through bush at night.

There are two options – kayak and duathlon. 

The 12hr kayak will be the harder race. The 12hr duathlon will be shorter and slightly easier in navigation. The duathlon is recommended for less experienced teams or those who are new to the 12hr distance. 

 

Team Size

You can race in a team of 2, 3 or 4 people. 2 & 3 person teams are in the same category. 

 

School Teams 

There are two age categories for school team. Junior (yr 9 – 10) and Senior (yr 11 – 13).   

Experienced senior school teams can compete in the 12hr event. Junior teams should enter the 6hr.

Mixed school teams must have two boys and two girls. 

The premier events for schools are the 12hr duathlon for seniors and the 6hr for juniors. 

 

Prizes

The trophies and main prizes are awarded for the premier category in each age grade. As is traditional in Adventure Racing the premier category is 4-person mixed.

The premier adult category is the 12hr kayak, 4-person mixed.

Prizes will be given to other categories if there are more than 4 teams entered.

Thanks to our generous sponsors we will have a fantastic array of spot prizes that everyone will go into the draw to win.

 

Support Crew

No support crews are required. 

The race is unsupported. That means support crews are not allowed. You have to do all your transitions yourself. This creates an even playing field and means you don’t have to rope in support crew. Friends and family are of course welcome to come to cheer you on and take photos. There will be plenty of spots along to course to view the race. 

 

Gear Check

This will be at the registration. You will need to have and carry the items on the gear list but we will only be checking the following.

Survival Bag or Blanket

First Aid Kit

Jacket

Beanie

Headlight

Whistle

We will be collecting the Cell phone number from the phone you will be taking. There will be spot gear checks during the race and if you don’t have an item a 2hr time penalty will be given to your team.

The weather could be wet so please bring all the clothes you require for the race. Please check the gear list here carefully and ensure you have everything listed

Compulsory Gear

12hr

INDIVIDUAL (must be carried by each person)

Survival Blanket
Thermal top long-sleeved
Thermal bottoms
Fleece/ Merino Top (200 weight min) long sleeves
Beanie
Whistle
Poly prop gloves
Water proof Jacket
Cycle helmet
Head lamp with spare batteries 
Mountain Bike (brakes must work, wheels safe, tires in good condition)
Rear Red Flashing Bike light
Running shoes
Backpack
Food & water

TEAM

First Aid kit
– Minimum: triangular bandage, crepe bandage, strapping tape, knife, antihistamine, gauze bandage
Compass -2 per team
Topo Maps- Provided
Cell Phone (Fully Charged) 
Map pens & map bags

KAYAK – 12HR ONLY

1 Lifejacket per person
1 pump/bailer per kayak
1 paddle per person
Drybags to keep compulsory gear dry
 

6hr

INDIVIDUAL (must be carried by each person)

Survival Blanket
Headlamp 
Thermal top long-sleeved
Thermal bottoms
Beanie
Whistle
Water proof Jacket
Cycle helmet
Head lamp with spare batteries 
Mountain Bike (brakes must work, wheels safe, tires in good condition)
Rear Red Flashing Bike light
Running shoes
Backpack
Food & water

TEAM

First Aid kit
– Minimum: triangular bandage, crepe bandage, strapping tape, knife, antihistamine, gauze bandage
Compass -2 per team
Topo Maps- Provided
Cell Phone (Fully Charged) 
Map pens & map bags