In just eight weeks time the world’s toughest adventure athletes will be arriving in Australia to take part in the 2016 Adventure Racing World Championship (ARWC). After landing in Sydney, New South Wales (NSW) they will be transported South to the host town of Ulladulla in the Shoalhaven.
The championship has attracted almost 100 teams of four athletes representing 20 countries. The worlds top teams secured their spot through the various qualifying races during the year. The remaining teams had to secure a limited wild card spot which filled in 15 minutes.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events and Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres said the event promised to showcase the NSW South Coast to a global audience.
“The Adventure Racing World Championships is coming to the South Coast, and with a large number of local and international teams competing it promises to be the best Championships yet. These incredible athletes will tackle the breathtaking terrain in the spectacular Shoalhaven region, and the event will be beamed around the world as part of a National Geographic documentary. The NSW Government is proud to support this event which will provide a great boost to the South Coast local visitor economy.”
The opening ceremony will take place on the famous surf beach of Mollymook on the evening of 8th November. The 9th of November is scheduled for team registrations and equipment checks. Then 600km course is revealed to them for the first time on the morning of 10th November followed by the official race start at midday.
Once teams start they will mountain bike, hike and paddle non-stop through the wilderness of the Shoalhaven to the finish line in Ulladulla. Teams are expected to take between 4 and 8 days to complete the course.
The Shoalhaven is a two hour drive South of Sydney, spanning over 160km of spectacular coast-line containing 109 beaches and extending 65 km inland through wild and remote national parks. The weather should be ideal for the teams with average daily minimum temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius and average maximums of 24 degrees.
A Destination Guide to NSW for the event can be downloaded at http://www.xpd.com.au/ARWC2016_Destination_Guide_by_Destination_NSW.pdf
High Res Media images can be found at http://www.xpd.com.au/mediaph.htm.