TEAM MOUNTAIN DESIGNS WINS XPD IN A CLIFF HANGER FINISH

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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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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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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Expedition Alaska Adventure Race Now Underway!

Twenty teams of racers set out on what promises to be the adventure of a lifetime this morning, as the Expedition Alaska adventure race got underway along the shores of Eklutna Lake. The teams now face 350 miles of trekking, mountain biking, and paddling, spread out over seven days of non-stop racing, reaching the finish line in Seward on July 5. The course ahead will take the coed teams of four into some of the most challenging and beautiful backcountry found anywhere in the U.S. Their route will lead them across glaciers, down raging rivers, over serene lakes, along stunning coastlines, and through dense forests. They’ll travel on foot, bike, packraft, and kayak as they navigate using only a compass… Read More →

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It’s about to get REAL!

By Stacey Rybar (Team Boom Boom Pow) WOW…by the time you are reading this…we will be making final preparations for Expedition Alaska. The pressure…the excitement…the nerves!!! After receiving the 9 page update this past week we had an “oh sh**!” moment! I mean we kind of always knew that this was going to be much bigger than anything we have ever dreamed but the update definitely cemented that feeling. We read through it 3 times and took notes. It made us go back through all of our gear and figure out what we needed to buy according to the update. We had originally bought sliding snow skis for the glacier portion of the race only to find out that skis… Read More →

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Starting Point and Course Revealed for Expedition Alaska Adventure Race

Via Release Endurance athletes preparing to compete in Expedition Alaska – the seven-day, 350+ mile wilderness race that gets underway this weekend – now have a better understanding of what they are in for in the days ahead. Last night, at a special pre-race briefing, event organizers unveiled the full course for the very first time, revealing not only the scenic backcountry that the teams must navigate on their way to the finish line, but some of the challenges they’ll face along the way. At 10:00 AM on Sunday, 20 coed teams of four will take to the starting line at Eklutna Lake to begin what promises to be one of the most difficult human-powered competitions ever. Over the following… Read More →

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Expedition Alaska Adventure Race Set to Begin

Via press release The world’s best adventure racers will descend on south central Alaska this week in preparation for the start of Expedition Alaska – a 7-day, non-stop endurance event that will pit coed teams of four against one another on a course that promises to be as tough as it is beautiful. Created and organized by Perpetual Motion Events, a company that specializes in staging challenging endurance competitions, Expedition Alaska is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, June 28. On that day, Racers will assemble at a yet to be disclosed starting location north of Anchorage where they will embark on a 350+ mile odyssey on foot, mountain bike, pack raft, and kayak. The course will take them through… Read More →

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The Race before the Race – Part II

By Brent Freedland Stage 4-The “I”s and “T”s: Abby and I are fortunate to both work on the academic calendar which allows us vacation and play time unlike most working adults. That said, our expedition racing has to happen over the summer, and when an event like Alaska is slated for June, we inevitably find ourselves crawling to the plane after marathon grading sessions, comment writing and whatever else our jobs require we do before departing for a couple of months of restoration. Things were no different this year, but the final checklist this week also involves the little matter of race directing a 24-hour event of our own for GOALS ARA. Finalizing maps and race-day documents and logistics. Checking… Read More →

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The Race before the Race – Part I

By Brent Freedland Officially, Expedition Alaska kicks off on June 28, somewhere in the wilderness in the vicinity of Anchorage. Unofficially, the race began back in December when we signed up for the race and began considering training regimens, flight plans, and the economics of funding one of the more gear-intensive expedition races on the ARWS circuit. In the small circles of expedition-adventure racers, one always hears the refrain: “Getting to the start line is the hard part.” Clichéd? Absolutely. But never have I been so ready to get on the plane and start racing. If I have any energy left for the actual race, I’ll be amazed. The Prologue: GOALS ARA or representatives from the team have typically been… Read More →

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