With all 26 Wild Card spots to the Adventure Racing World Championship 2017 in Wyoming USA filling in under 3 minutes, the question now on many teams lips is “how else can we get a spot to the world champs?” Race Director Mark Harris said “We are super excited to have the wildcard registration for the  2017 AR World Championship sell out so quickly.  It really was beyond our expectations.” For the elite teams the normal process of qualification occurs through winning or placing second at one of the 7 Qualifiers during the year.  The winning team has their entry fee covered by the championship host.  The good news is that if the 1st or 2nd place team has already… Read More →

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Expedición Guaraní Joins the Adventure Racing World Series


The premier expedition race in Paraguay, Expedición Guaraní, has joined the Adventure Racing World Series, a circuit of the top international adventure races across the planet. The annual 600km race travels through the incredible landscapes of Paraguay including over the highest peaks of the country, through the last remnants of the Atlantic Forests and along the mighty Paraguay river. AR World Series Director Craig Bycroft said, “I would like to welcome Expedición Guaraní to the AR World Series and look forward to world series teams experiencing the adventure and hospitality of Paraguay.” Dates for 2016 have been set for the 2nd to 10th of July. Event General Manager Gustavo Borgognon Montero said, “Paraguay is a beautiful country full of friendly… Read More →

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After six days of racing, and a navigating the notorious ‘Maze’, Team Mountain Designs have won XPD 8th Edition. A difficult and technical 48km trek in the Harveys Ranges, lived up to expectations, shaking up the leaderboard and delivering teams a navigational head-ache in the final stages of the race. The trek explored some inaccessible private stations in the Harveys Ranges. The first section started in an area described by Race Director, Craig Bycroft as “The Maze”. “This is followed by a canyon trek up the Reid River and finishing with a view to the finish line from an escarpment”, he says. “This is a crucial stage of the race. After days of racing and little sleep” says Bycroft, “this… Read More →

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As night fell on Day Three of racing, teams continued to navigate through the rocky terrain down the Running River gorge, whilst climbing, scrambling and swimming through rock pools. Continuing to forge ahead, Peak Adventure, now with a four hour penalty for forgetting a piece of compulsory equipment, completed the trek just before midnight. This left the other top teams in the rock gorge to battle on, before the dawn fell. Team Merrell Adventure Addicts endured a cold canyon swim through three rock pools at 2am in the morning. Grant Ross from the team says “The night navigation was very tricky and the water was very cold.” Despite a two hour navigation error towards the end of the leg, Raidlight… Read More →

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The race commenced today with 36 teams sea kayaking 8km from The Stand, Townsville, to Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island in near perfect conditions. Team Raidlight set the pace for the day arriving first to Picnic Bay. Followed closely by Peak Adventure and Team Mountain Designs, one minute apart. Raidlight then extended their lead during the 30km coasteering leg by boulder hopping around the first major headland, whilst other lead teams climbed high up along ridge lines avoiding the swims. The boulder hopping proved testing for many teams. Team Mountain Designs describing the course as “bloody rocky”. Many teams chose difficult inland routes through scratchy bush terrain as an alternate. Teams completed two snorkelling sections where they had to use team… Read More →

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Five Days Until Australia’s Toughest Race Begins


Next Wednesday the 5th of August at 0900, 36 teams representing 10 different countries will set off on the start of Australia’s toughest race, XPD Expedition Adventure race. These adventurers race non stop, day and night over a 650km course pushing themselves to the ultimate limits of human endurance. They must navigate, bike, hike and kayak through a course that is only revealed to them 24hours before the start. This years race is hosted out of the Mercure in Townsville.They will kayak around tropical islands, trek over rain forested mountains and make their way through vast outback canyons during this epic event. XPD is an international event on the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) calendar. The winners of this years… Read More →

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Tecnu proves they are Cowboy Tough with a three-peat performance in Wyoming


Tecnu Extreme Adventure Racing retains their title as the reigning champions at the Cameco Cowboy Tough Expedition Race. After more than 3 days of racing, strategy proved to be the deciding factor as Tecnu was able to outlast the Swedish Armed Forces team, which dropped out during day 3. This was also the team’s second Adventure Racing World Series win in less than a month. Team YogaSlackers crossed the finish line in second place after overcoming an early issue during the race when one of the team members was unable to hold food down. With their top finishes, both Tecnu and YogaSlackers have earned entry into the AR World Championship this November. Congratulations to all the teams that officially crossed… Read More →

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It Takes Strength…and Strategy


For some competitors in the Cameco Cowboy Tough (CCT) 3.5-day Expedition Race across Wyoming, Day 3 started before Day 2 ended for other teams. As with any endurance event, competitors must be physically tough enough to put in the distance and just as strong mentally to keep those feet moving forward. But in adventure racing, strategy often comes in to play. Do you rest or do you try to find as many checkpoints as possible? It depends on the race and your team. On Day 2 of the Cameco Cowboy Tough (CCT) 3.5-day Expedition Race across Wyoming, two teams raced neck and neck–Tecnu Extreme Adventure Racing (two-time Cameco Cowboy Tough champions and fourth place in the Adventure Racing World Series)… Read More →

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2015 Cameco Cowboy Tough Expedition Race is Well Underway!


Thirty teams set out this morning at 9am from Crazy Woman Square in Buffalo, Wyoming in what promises to be one of the ‘toughest’ adventures this season. On Day 1, racers have four mandatory checkpoints to pick up in and around downtown Buffalo, including taking a shot of Wyoming Whiskey (or tea) at the famous Occidental Hotel, picking up a telegram and a gun casing (both needed later in the race), and diving to the bottom of an open-air spring-fed pool before biking to the Johnson County Fairgrounds to perform a rodeo challenge. Cameco Cowboy Tough participants then biked away from civilization, heading to Lake DeSmet, where they will transitioned to canoes after which point they could choose to collect… Read More →

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Expedition Alaska – Deliverance at the Last Frontier


Expedition Alaska promised to take Adventure Racing back to the more adventurous roots of the sport and, with a course set to raise the stakes in expedition racing, it delivered. The race is one of the newest members of the AR World Series and attracted a full complement of 20 teams, 15 of them on the full course, including the world #1 ranked Columbia Vidaraid and #4 ranked Tecnu. It wasn’t surprising that Tecnu lead a strong US contingent, but perhaps more surprising was the presence of 6 teams from Australia or including Aussie racers. Maybe their experience of XPD Australia, the longest race in the World Series at 10 days, encouraged them to head for a race at ‘the… Read More →

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