Short course (time range 4 – 12hrs)

An introduction to adventure racing, something to challenge all women willing to give it a go.

  • Map reading navigation & strategic thinking – with compass knowledge useful if the sun goes down on you!
  • Kayaking skills & fitness (craft/paddles and life vests are all provided)
  • A confident swimmer – just in case… you never know!
  • Mountain biking – it would not be “Mountain” biking without a few hills!
  • On & off-trail trekking (running or walking) – expect to climb up & down; get your feet wet & muddy!
  • Fun but challenging mystery activity – it would not be an adventure racing without one!

4hr predicted winning team’s time for a skilled, fit and prepared team. We expect the slowest teams will take three times the time of the winning team’s time.
As navigation is involved it is hard to estimate the distance (as it depends on the team’s route choice), however, an approximate total distance for the Short course is: roughly up to 2k paddling, 10-20k mountain biking, 5-10km trekking, in no set order and could be split up.

Note: We prefer not to focus on the distances of each discipline because they can vary so much – 1). from race to race and 2). with different route choices. Instead, we focus on the approximate time it will take the fastest short course team to complete the course.

Medium course (time range 6 – 15hrs)

For those who already have some fitness behind them and want to step it up a notch. This course takes the adventure to the next level and provides something to sink your teeth into.

  • Navigation & strategic thinking – map reading with compass knowledge is advantageous particularly to navigate at night… don’t bank on having other teams around you that know!
  • Kayaking skills & fitness (craft/paddles and life vests are all provided)
  • A confident swimmer – just in case… you never know!
  • Mountain biking –  with the odd steep pinch & tricky bit thrown in for good measure.
  • On & off-trail trekking – embrace the hills and expect to get your feet wet and muddy!
  • Fun mystery activities – it wouldn’t be an adventure racing without a couple!

6hr predicted winning team’s time for a fit, skilled well-prepared team. We expect the slowest teams will take two and a half times the time of the winning team’s time.

As navigation is involved it is hard to estimate the distance (as it depends on the team’s route choice), however, an approximate total distance for the Medium course is: roughly up to 3k paddle, 15-25km mountain bike, 10-15km trek, in no set order and could be split up.

Note: We prefer not to focus on the distances of each discipline because they can vary so much – 1). from race to race; and 2). with different route choices. Instead, we focus on the approximate time it will take the fastest short course team to complete the course.

Long course (time range 9 – 18hrs)

An epic adventure! Expect the unexpected, some hardcore/gnarly bits, but it’s by no means a mission impossible! You don’t need to be an elite athlete, but you do need to be fit and skilled in all aspects of adventure racing. Be prepared to be out there having fun for the best part of the day and night!.

  • Navigation & strategic thinking – good map reading with compass knowledge essential… confidence to find your way in the dark!
  • Good kayaking skills & fitness (craft/paddles and life vests are all provided)
  • A competent swimmer for coasteering/river crossings – you will be getting wet!
  • Adept at mountain biking and up for anything! Hike-a-bike – no problem!
  • Strong on & off-trail trekking – positively adventurous… no walk in the park! Will be impossible to keep your shoes clean and dry!
  • Three fun mystery activities – it wouldn’t be an adventure racing without them!

9 hr predicted winning team’s time. We expect the slowest teams will take two times the time of the winning team’s time.

As navigation is involved it is hard to estimate the distance (as it depends on the team’s route choice), however, an approximate total distance for the Long course is: roughly up to 4k Kayak, 20–30k Mtb, 15–20km Trekking, in no set order and could be split up.

Note: We prefer not to focus on the distances of each discipline because they can vary so much – 1). from race to race; and 2). with different route choices. Instead, we focus on the approximate time it will take the fastest short course team to complete the course.