Team No Boundaries Media – USARA National Championship Race

Dispatches from my first USARA National Championship race By Will Schaefer Kudos to USARA for putting on a great race!! The venue, the course, the rain, the competition, the rain. All exceeded my expectations. Shout out to the race director, the sponsors, all the volunteers and Pineville State Forest Resort Park staff for everything, plus the comforts provided and yummy Chuck Wagon.  Bravo for a challenging course in steep Kentucky! Here’s my first timer’s championship sum… Prologue EVERYONE runs the whole prologue at Nationals, especially given the chilly rain. Well, at times some slipperiness or narrows or race start jitters reduced teams to a march, but teams were here to race! The prologue was pick your points to suit, and… Read More →

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Chesapeake Headwaters 12-hour Adventure Race

By: Will Schaefer What: Chesapeake Headwaters 12-hour Adventure Race When: August 29, 2015 Event Website: http://www.delmarvaadventuresports.com/chesapeake.html I could not give up an opportunity to race near where I grew up at the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay. I also anticipated that Delmarva Adventure Sports might bring back memories of Hampton Roads Adventures’ races of the Virginia tidewater from nearly a decade ago.  In many respects race director Jonathan nailed that spirit, albeit with a little more elevation gain of the Piedmont. The race brought us through typical hardwood mid Atlantic forest, rolling country roads, respectable mountain biking, a few winding fire roads and one quagmire of a creek valley bushwhack. Gotta love it. Kudos to DAS for a race… Read More →

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Alpine Gran Fondo in Harrisonburg VA

By: Michelle Faucher What: Jeremiah Bishop’s Alpine Gran Fondo in Harrisonburg VA When: Sunday Sept 20th Why: A great training day on the bike Distance: 80 miles with 6700 feet of climbing Event Website: http://alpineloopgranfondo.com/ On Sunday morning bright and early, Liz and I headed over the mountain (literally from Charlottesville to Harrisonburg) for a little bike ride put on by Jeremiah Bishop, a heavyweight in the Mountain Biking world. This ride was a road ride…with a little bit of gravel thrown in. There were five different routes and the longer the route, the more gravel.  Our route only had a mile of gravel so I decided to use my road bike (Specialized Roubaix) instead of my gravel grinder. The route… Read More →

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REV3 Shenandoah Epic Race Report

by John Cloutier – Team No Boundaries Media Up until last weekend, I had never done an adventure race.  I didn’t bother starting out with a 6 or 12 hour race to see if I would like it. Baptism by fire! My first adventure race was the Rev3 Shenandoah Epic, a grueling 26-hour race that covers over 100+ miles, through the rugged mountains of Virginia.

 I was extremely fortunate to be asked to be a part of Team No Boundaries Media. This coed team consisted of three other very experienced athletes, all with several years of experience. I brought years of Army Infantry training, mountain bike racing experience and most importantly a sense of adventure. 

A few months before the race, my trainer/girlfriend… Read More →

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Race Report: Brake The Habit 2014

This was my fourth outing for a race put on by the original Adventure Addicts Andy and Michelle, and once again they produced an excellent event. I’ll quickly observe that organizing high quality adventure races is a talent; Michelle and Andy are becoming masters. My intent in writing here is to document the Brake the Habit for my team, but also to throw in a little feedback for the AR community. Jason Reed and I raced this as a male duo—a bit of a throwback to our first few adventure races together (in recent years we mostly race 3- or 4-person co-ed). We are experienced racers and we have learned a lot since those neophyte days. For example, we learned… Read More →

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Video of Tecnu Adventure Racing at the 2013 AR World Championship

This video chronicles Tecnu Adventure Racing from last fall’s AR World Championship in Costa Rica where they finished in 3rd place. Check it out!

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Race Report: Speight’s Coast to Coast 2014

By Richard Ussher Speight’s Coast to Coast: February 14-15 The 4 weeks between Challenge Wanaka and Coast to Coast went by in a flash. I’d had enough time to squeeze in a short recovery, get some time on the course and then attempt to freshen up for the last long effort before a few weeks with the feet up. Race day looked like being a good one and as we set off in the usual stampede from the beach. I could help think the pace seemed a little hotter than the usual ridiculously fast speed for the start of a minimum 11 hour race day – no wonder when the results came out our front group had clocked in at… Read More →

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Competitors find their groove in Day 2 of the Mark Webber Challenge

The two New Zealanders, Richard Ussher and Braden Currie crossed the finish line first again on day two of the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge. After a fairly eventful day yesterday with course navigation, Ussher and Currie had a much easier run today with only a small mishap along the way. “It was a really smooth day today, we were pretty good on the nav and we’re both feeling pretty good”, said Ussher. “Our only concern is that I rolled my ankle on the last run leg, but I’ll get some ice on it and we should be fine”. The team further extended their overall lead by collecting all the optional time bonuses, including the run up to Cradle Mountain… Read More →

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Day 1 of the Mark Webber adventure race proves challenging for elite competitors

Mole Creek, TAS – Day 1 – The Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge kicked off in Tassie’s Mole Creek today and there was plenty of action right from the start challenging the most elite competitors. Teams were surprised with a mystery activity at the start line and keeping true to its Tasmanian heritage, Challenge competitors were paired up for some doubled-handed sawing in Chudleigh. The teams quickly got stuck into the activity with most completing the sawing within five minutes. From there, experienced adventure racers, who finished second in last year’s Challenge Richard Ussher and Braden Currie, competing for Team Tasmania, established a big lead on their mountain bikes but quickly fell back when navigation proved a problem. “I had… Read More →

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Tecnu’s Expedition Africa Race Report

Drakensburg, the origins of the name alone brings to mind a treacherous, dangerous, and hostile environment. In Zulu the area is known as the “Barrier of Spears” and in Afrikaans the translation is “Dragon Mountains”. The landscape is vast and was formed from the vicious lava eruptions over 200 million years ago that created the second highest waterfall in the world and the second highest mountains and plateaus in Africa. While beautiful and picturesque, the race directors Heidi and Stephen brought over 31 teams here because they knew that this would be a foreboding area that would take the most seasoned adventure racing teams and best navigators in the world to their limits. Our team was comprised of some of… Read More →

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