Race categories

Short course (time range 3 – 9hrs)
An introduction to adventure racing, something all women can achieve.

  • Super easy map reading navigation
  • Short beginner kayak (craft/paddles an life vests are all provided)
  • A confident swimmer – just in case… you never know!
  • Novice non-technical mountain biking
  • Easy on & off-trail trekking (running or walking)
  • Fun mystery activity – it wouldn’t be an adventure racing without one!

3 – 4hr predicted winning team’s time. We expect the slowest teams will take three times the time of the winning team’s time. Loose approximate distances (depends on the teams route choice): Up to roughly a total of 2k paddling, 10 -20k mountain biking, 5 -10km trekking, in any (or multiple) order.

Note: We prefer not to focus on the disciple distances because they can vary so much from race to race with teams different route choices that they can be quite misleading. Instead we focus on the approximate time it will take the fastest short course team to complete the course.

Medium course (time range 6 – 12hrs)
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.

  • Basic navigation – simple map reading with some compass knowledge advantageous… unless you trust the team you are following!
  • Average kayaking skills & fitness (craft/paddles an life vests are all provided)
  • A confident swimmer – just in case… you never know!
  • Intermediate mountain biking with the odd tricky bit thrown in for good measure – walking with your bike over or around these bits is fine
  • Moderate on & off-trail trekking – expect to get your feet wet and muddy!
  • Fun mystery activities – it wouldn’t be an adventure racing without a couple!

6 – 7hr predicted winning team’s time. We expect the slowest teams will take two-three times the time of the winning team’s time. Loose distances: Up to 3k paddle, 15-25km mountain bike, 10-15km trek, in any (or multiple) order.

Note: We prefer not to focus on the disciple distances because they can vary so much from race to race with teams different route choices that they can be quite misleading. Instead we focus on the approximate time it will take the fastest medium 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 prepared to be out there having fun for the best part of the day.

  • A little more challenging navigation – good map reading with compass knowledge necessary… as teams can get spread out at night!
  • Good kayaking skills & fitness (craft/paddles an 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!
  • Fun mystery activities – it wouldn’t be an adventure racing without a good few!

9 – 10hr predicted winning team’s time. We expect the slowest teams will take two times the time of the winning team’s time. Loose distances: Up to 4k Kayak, 20-30k Mtb, 15-20km Trekking, in any (or multiple) order.

Note: We prefer not to focus on the disciple distances because they can vary so much from race to race with teams different route choices that they can be quite misleading. Instead we focus on the approximate time it will take the fastest long course team to complete the course.