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On Casper Mountain

By Rob Howard http://www.sleepmonsters.com/ After the big hills of Wyoming the penultimate checkpoint on the 2017 Cowboy Tough course was set on top of Casper Mountain, overlooking the finish line in Casper itself.  In the context of the race it’s not a big climb, but it’s all relative and coming right …

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An International Top 10

By Rob Howard http://www.sleepmonsters.com Team Godzone Adventure came into a hot finish line at Casper on Monday afternoon to complete Cowboy Tough and finish in 10th place at the AR World Champs 2017.  Through the day teams Estonia ACE Adventure, FMR, Columbia Vidaraid and Black Hill/Opavanet had finished ahead of them. …

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The Podium Places Are Decided

By Rob Howard http://www.sleepmonsters.com/ Behind Seagate several teams have been battling for a podium position and it’s been impossible to guess who might come out on top as positions kept changing. Teams would make mistakes, lose places and recover as others made their own mistakes. And the final night of the …

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New Zealand Seagate – Still the Champions!

Written by Rob Howard http://www.sleepmonsters.com/ For the adventure racing fans dot-watching around the world the progress of Team New Zealand Seagate to the finish line of the AR World Champs at Cowboy Tough in Wyoming seemed assured.  But the world’s most experienced and successful AR team know it’s not over until …

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Resting Up, Re-Directs and Route Choices

Report by Rob Howard http://www.sleepmonsters.com/ As the sun rises on the 4th day of the race the remaining teams are scattered across the course, and all of them are making tough choices.  For those who are very close to their limit the toughest of all is whether they can keep going …

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New Zealand Seagate in Sinks Canyon

By Rob Howard  – www.sleepmonsters.com On the 3rd day of the 2017 Adventure Racing World Championships defending champions Team New Zealand Seagate had opened up a strong lead and were the first team to arrive at the ropes and caving stage in Sinks Canyon. They’d slept for a couple of hours …

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Wyoming Range To Wind River Range – The Gap Opens

Written by Rob Howard http://www.sleepmonsters.com The first overnight trek of a big race always splits the field up, with the leaders maintaining a much faster pace on foot and in the darkness.  And that’s just what happened on leg 4 as teams tackled the 38 mile trekking leg across the Wyoming …

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Down the Snake River on Day One – ARWC 2017

by Rob Howard http://www.sleepmonsters.com Day one of Cowboy Tough 2017 started early with teams meeting at race HQ at 05.30 to board buses to the start line in Jackson Hole.  It was raining and there was no breakfast at the race hotel that early in the day … so perhaps it …

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The Teams Now Have Their Maps

 By Rob Howard, Sleep Monsters When teams got on the busses to the start line at Jackson Hole just after 05.30 this morning they were all issued with their race maps and at last had full details of the race ahead of them. The navigators won’t have the chance to sleep …

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Bringing Adventure Racing To The Wild West & Wyoming

by Rob Howard http://www.sleepmonsters.com Cowboy Tough bringing the AR World Championships to Wyoming is the culmination of a 5 year plan for Mark and Margo Harris and their company Adventure Enablers. It’s been a long journey, both in terms of developing the support and skilled staff to deliver the race here, …

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AR World Championships Headed to Wyoming

For the first time in its 16-year history the Adventure Racing World Championship (ARWC) will be held in the United States and hosted by the Cameco Cowboy Tough Expedition Race in Wyoming from August 10–16. Sixty teams from 20 countries will have 6 days to cover 450 miles of the …

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ARWS Rankings Release – July 2017

The second cycle of rankings have been released for 2017 including results from Raid Gallaecia in Spain, Expedition Africa in South Africa, the XTrail Expedition in China and the Raid in France. http://arworldseries.com/rankings/

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ARWC 2018 – REUNION ISLAND

“Oh goodness, it’s the lost world.”  That’s what Louise Foulkes, co-director of the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) said when Raid in France organizers Nancy and Pascal Bahuaud approached her with the idea to host the ARWS World Championships in Reunion Island. Reunion Island, a region of France and the …

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Sharing The Spoils

Raid In France – Medal Share 400 Team Naturex and Gravelibes Tri- DSN 74 Scott Hoka (25) share the silver medal of this Raid in France in Ardèche. Gravelines started the last MTB bike session at AT11/CP29 4 minutes ahead of 400 Team Naturex. Then, a chase to Cheylard camping …

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Raid In France Victory

Raid in France Winners – via Raid In France Live Site Lozère Sport Nature (15) wins this 9th edition of Raid in France. Fanny Fréchinet, Benjamin Monier, Nicolas Rambier and Maxime Brajon crossed the finish line, on Devesset lake, at 10:52 pm after 94 hours and 52 minutes of constant …

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Tales from the lobby of the Jindu Hotel

by Nicola Cameron As teams continue to pour in, conversations with teams help us piece together a more complete picture of the race. Teams Bones arrived in a gale of emotion – after an incredibly challenging, fast, tight race, they let themselves go after the finish line and some team …

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Altay Expedition Race Day 4: Finish Line Stories

By Nicola Cameron   Just outside the luxurious Jindu hotel in the pleasant city of Altay, China (the city rather than the region of Altay), a high quality speaker is playing American music as part of the finish line.  This is the first time I have heard an American song …

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Columbia Vida Raid Struggles

By Nicola Cameron We spotted Columbia Vida Raid picking their way through the rocky hills of the trekking section.  It’s rolling hills are beautiful but exposed and dry.  We squinted and could see Julie Chrysler bend over from the waist repeatedly.  We all groaned.  She were sure she was vomiting …

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Beauty and the Tour Bus

By Nicola Cameron In order to cover the race, the international race directors (Louise and Santi), James the photographer, and myself (Nicky the writer), have been driving back and forth on the most immaculate piece of pavement.  As a Canadian, I’m used to roads that seize and buckle in the …

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Rough Water; Tough People

Day 1 of the Altay Expedition Adventure Race began with a performance during the opening ceremonies by a Mongolian throat singer. Mongolian singing, developed to travel across wide open spaces, specializes in overtones – the ability to produce two tones at once. It sounds like a human didgeridoo – vibrant, …

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