Adventure Racers Prepare for Godzone Chapter 6

An impressive field of New Zealand and international teams will line up in Queenstown later this month for the sixth chapter of GODZone. Today, the official team list for the 2017 event was unveiled on the GODZone website. GODZone Race Director Warren Bates says it’s a showcase of Kiwi flair with a sprinkling of international talent. “Given this event sold out so quickly with all the racing spots gone within 30 minutes on opening day it not surprising that the New Zealand teams were the quickest off the mark. This field has by far the largest representation of Kiwis racing in the history of the event which means the sport is rapidly growing in this country and in a very… Read More →

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ARWC2017 WILDCARDS SELL OUT – SO HOW DO YOU GET A SPOT NOW?

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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Registrations to Open for the AR World Championship 2017

In August 2017 the Cameco Cowboy Tough AR will host the AR World Championship in Wyoming, USA. 50 team spots are available, 24 of those reserved for 2017 ARWS Qualifying teams and the remaining 26 spots wild card entries open on January 15, 2017 and are expected to sell out. Entries can me made online at http://www.cowboytoughwy.com Race Director Mark Harris said “Since the first Cowboy Tough race in 2013 it has been our goal to traverse all the different regions of Wyoming, culminating in a finish in Casper. The plan has been for the first 4 years to be a 3.5-day race, with the fifth year finishing out the Cowboy Tough journey as a 6-day AR. Having it be the… Read More →

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Adventure Racing World Championship coming to the US

REV3 ADVENTURE TO HOST THE 2017 ADVENTURE RACING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WYOMING, USA Rev3 Adventure’s Cameco Cowboy Tough will be the host of the 2017 Adventure Racing World Championship (ARWC). In August 2017, teams from around the globe will race across the wilds of Wyoming, USA, in this annual championship adventure race. “The AR World Championship has waited a long time to come to the USA and 2017 will be the year,” said AR World Series director Craig Bycroft. Rev Adventure race director Mark Harris added, “It’s fitting that the toughest adventure racers in the world will prove their mettle at something called the Cameco Cowboy Tough. We’re thrilled to be hosting this prestigious event and can’t wait to put… Read More →

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World’s Best Battle it Out in New Zealand at Godzone Adventure

The Adventure Racing World Series had a spectacular start at the recent Godzone Adventure Race in New Zealand. The race attracted one of the biggest fields in the AR World Series with 55 teams entered and 11 nations represented. The big showdown however was between the current World Champions, Seagate (New Zealand) and the current No. 1 team in the ARWS rankings, Columbia Vidaraid (Spain). Neither team took a top position for granted as the standard of competition was exceptional, including many strong New Zealand teams taking part. The final result ran to the home team who were in top form with Seagate finishing ahead of the Columbia Vidaraid to maintain their unbeaten record at the 4th Godzone Adventure race…. Read More →

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Stormy Return for Raid in France

Raid in France, one of the oldest established AR World Series events, made a stormy return to the series recently with their ‘Volcanoes to Carmargue’ edition. RIF had taken a break after so successfully organising the 2012 World Championships, and rejoined the AR World Series this year as the final qualifier before the 2014 World Champs in Ecuador. The international race line up of 29 teams came from the U.K., South Africa, Australia, Sweden, Belgium, Switzerland and Slovenia, but as the week of adventure unfolded it was the French teams who dominated a race which was weather interrupted. All the teams gathered for their preparations, competency testing and the prologue at Puy en Velay, where they were joined by the… Read More →

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Untamed New England: Personal and Team Gear Bins

Untamed New England does not allow support crews; instead, the race organization will stage gear for racers at specific locations along the course. Summary • Teams will leave gear bins with race management for staging around the race course. • The race allows 1 x 35 pound (15.8 kilogram) bin per racer that will be staged at a few Transition Areas around the race course • The race allows 1 x 40 pound (18 kilogram) bin per team that will be staged before and after paddling sections (so we often refer to this as the “paddle bin”) • The race allows 1 x 40 pound (18 kilogram) bin per team that will be staged at one specific, remote, location along the… Read More →

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Packrafting at Untamed New England – Part 2

By Grant Killian Having covered the topic of “what kind of packrafts” and “where can you get them” a month ago, for the next part of our Untamed New England packrafting manifestolet’s dissect one of the race sections from the 2012 expedition course. This section involved a signficant amount of packrafting and strategy and will serve as a great example for racers in the 2014 event to learn from. Refer to this map and put yourself in the shoes of an adventure race team who is at the Transition Area marked as a red cirle “CP 12” at the East edge of the map. The brown lines show reliable trails. The rest of the map is standard USGS topographic style… Read More →

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An interview with Andrea Peebles…GODZone racer who joined a team 6 days before the race!

Andrea Peebles joined a team of strangers only 6 days before GODZone Adventure began. We caught up with her for a little Q&A to get a little more perspective on how this all transpired and her thoughts post race. You joined a team of strangers less than a week before GODZone…how did that happen? A week and a half out from the race on the GODZOne Facebook page was a post from the Hill Billys team urgently requiring a female competitor as theirs was no longer available due to a family bereavement. I eagerly responded and with just 6 days notice was selected for one of the toughest Adventure Races in the World. It was then a mad rush to… Read More →

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Spectacular Start to the ARWS 2014 calendar at Godzone Adventure

The Adventure Racing World Series got off to a spectacular start for 2014 with Godzone Adventure staging the first race of the year in Kaikoura. New Zealand is seen by many as the spiritual home of Adventure Racing as it was the venue for the first Raid Gauloises in 1989 and Godzone follows on from other iconic international expedition races held there, including Eco-Challenge and Southern Traverse. It is a legacy Kiwi racers take very seriously and the 3rd Edition of Godzone lived up to their expectations by delivering a 520km course that took teams through the stunning coastal and mountain scenery of South Island. The course took teams on a circuit starting and finishing in the coastal town of… Read More →

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