Preparation for the 2022/23 Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Races

Preparation is vital not only to your success in Adventure Racing but also your enjoyment. When preparing your body, mind & soul and learning new skills, you’ll strengthen your friendships with your team members while enjoying adventurous training weekends in new and exciting places. On this page, you’ll find plenty of information to help your team achieve your adventure racing goals.


Bike Skills with Paula Pietersma from Bikecraft NZ

We know that Mountain biking is a bit daunting for many of you, so we have teamed up with Bike Craft to provide Mountain Bike (MTB) Coaching Clinics to entrants.  Clinics are 3 hours and held at 3 different levels : Rookie, Competent and Seasoned Riders

NORTH ISLAND LOCATIONS (Sept/Oct/Jan): Kapiti, Taranaki, Taupo, Hawkes Bay, Auckland

SOUTH ISLAND LOCATIONS (Sept/Oct): Blenheim, Hamner Springs, Christchurch, Dunedin, Wanaka

For further details and to register click here

Women’s Adventure Race Skills Weekends

Fast track your success in adventure racing. So many factors come into play with adventure racing and it’s important to practice and up skill in all areas that make up a great team! But where do you start?

Join Kym from NZ Adventure Retreats and Rach from Navigation North for an intensive weekend course to get you up-to-speed fast, for the upcoming Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race.

If you are new to adventure racing or want to build your skills so you have the confidence to enter or to perform better and step up to a longer race category, then this is for you. Come along on your own or as a team.

Areas covered include:

  • Navigation on foot and bike
  • Practical skills sessions for mountain biking and rough ground running
  • Nutrition pre-race and during the race
  • Gear choice
  • Bike repairs and maintenance
  • Injury prevention
  • Training schedules
  • Fast and efficient transitions
  • Strategies for race day
  • Team roles
For more information, click here.
Kym 0272500435


Read here what others have learnt at the Women’s Adventure Race Skills Weekend.

Kayak Skills with Auckland Sea Kayaks

Do you live in Auckland and want to improve your kayak skills? The aim of these sessions is to give you a good foundation in the knowledge and skills essential for safe and enjoyable paddling. During the lesson you will learn about: kayak equipment, kayak design and what to wear, as well as how to manoeuvre your kayak (forward, reverse, sideways, turning and steering) support strokes and how to recover from a capsize.

The session is 2 hours long and will involve paddling approx. 3.5 km

Click here for more information 

Orienteering New Zealand

National orienteering events

Orienteering NZ has events throughout the year, the vast majority of which will cater to all levels of skill and experience. These events are very affordable and a great way to practice your navigation skills leading up to the Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race. The ‘filters’ at the top of the page are good for narrowing down the search by area/region and type of event foot, MTB, Rogaine, etc.

For more details or to register, please check out their website here.

North Island Navigation and Adventure Racing Clinics

Rachel Smith of Navigation North will be running skills based navigation and adventure racing clinics in the North Island ahead of the Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race. Rachel has over 30 years of navigation and adventure racing experience and has been running navigation clinics for 5 years.  The clinics run for three hours and include basic maps skills including reading and understanding maps, using a compass, route choice and map preparation, teamwork as well as other adventure racing specific skills. Each clinic will be followed by a two-hour rogaine on a nearby area  (note: more experienced teams can just come along and participate in the rogaine, but will still need to register)  There are limited spots available for each clinic so register early for a place.

Rachel also offers small group navigation clinics in the Central North Island.

For more information on upcoming clinics or to register, please check out Navigation North’s Facebook page here or email Rachel

First timers information – blog site

For all women considering doing their first adventure race, the ‘Adventure Racing Basics’ blogs provide some invaluable reading.

  • Blog 1: What is Adventure Racing – Click here
  • Blog 2: Gear and Clothing – Click here 
  • Blog 3: Food, Food, Food, What to eat during a race – Click here
  • Blog 4: Preparing your headspace is as important as preparing your body – Click here
  • Blog 5: Navigation for beginners – Click here
  • Blog 6: Question & Answer Session with Debbie Chambers (Spirited Women Event Manager) – Click here
  • Blog 7: 2016 Race report by team #53 – Expedio GOT – Click here