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You don't need to be super-human to do an expedition adventure race. Average people compete in these races and do well. The best advice we can give is to train consistently - in all events. (Hint: endurance training). Do most of your training off road and practise racing at night. You need to train with your teammates and get to know each other's strengths. When you race, decide on a common team goal. Remember, it isn't necessarily the strongest person that wins an adventure race, it is usually the team that works together the best.
Due to the diversity of terrain, unpredictable nature of the weather and the different activities you will be taking part in there is no single piece of equipment that is most important. Spend time working through the mandatory gear list. Nine times out of ten it will never be used but your safety is dependent on these items in an emergency situation. Comfortable shoes/boots and fresh socks are always a lifesaver. It's hard to finish a race when your feet are covered with blisters. Also, don’t buy the cheap gear. Having an item fail on you mid race late at night is not something you want to have happen.
You can sign up before you have all of your teammates but we need to know your final roster a minimum of one month prior to the race. We wouldn’t leave this too long as you need to spend time training with your team mates. The best adventure racing teams have a very close bond and work with each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
Sure you can - the list provided is a minimum requirement. As long as it isn't a banned item, like GPS, it should be fine. If you are in doubt, ask the Race Director before the event. If it's something wild that goes against the spirit of the race, you'll probably be asked to put it away. Just remember you have to carry it on it has to fit in your gear boxes. We strongly advise practising packing before race week and get used to racing with a full pack.
You will receive all of the maps and instructions you need. In fact, you are not allowed to bring your own maps - it is against the rules as it may give an unfair advantage.
Bad news – the entire course will be based on checkpoints and the team plotting the best route. You will need to be proficient at navigation as well as terrain and map reading.
WildsideAR 2017 is an unsupported race. So – good news - you just need to find trusty teammates. We will move your gear from transition to transition. You will need to be super organised however.
No! Teams can be all female, all male or mixed. However, aligned with expedition racing across the world we are recognising mixed teams and pairs as the premier category.
You will be on either flat water or class II river; it wouldn't be any fun if we told you before the race. There is also a chance of white water. You will be using high-quality plastic kayaks. Don't turn up your nose - these are great stable little boats.
All distances may vary depending on your route choice. This is why you need to keep your wits about you and prepare for plenty of decisions throughout the race. Sometimes the quickest route on the map may not be the easiest route. A leg at night may take twice as long as the same one during the day.
There will be water at each transition. Capacity to carry at least 2 litres of water is a part of your mandatory gear list. There will be some shops along the course however they may not be open when you pass them. You need to plan you nutrition strategies carefully and pack your gear crates accordingly.
For WildsideAR racers must be 18 or older on the start day. However, if you have a younger racer wanting to race touch base with us so we can discuss options.
We have designed the course to get everyone home and this may involve short course options. In the interests of safety of staff and racers some parts of the course will have cut offs. Details will be explained during the pre-race brief.
This style of adventure racing involves no course markings. You will need to have your wits about you as how you move across the course will depend on how good your navigation and map reading is.