Adventure Racers Prepare for Godzone Chapter 6

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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?

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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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Adventure Racing World Championship coming to the US

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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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Expedición Guaraní Joins the Adventure Racing World Series

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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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TEAM MOUNTAIN DESIGNS WINS XPD IN A CLIFF HANGER FINISH

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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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XPD DAY 4 – CHALLENGING ‘RUNNING RIVER’ TREK DELIVERS THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF ADVENTURE RACING TO TOP TEAMS

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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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XPD DAY 1 – FRENCH TEAM RAIDLIGHT DOMINATE A DAY ON MAGNETIC ISLAND

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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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It Takes Strength…and Strategy

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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!

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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

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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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