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AR Meets Chinese Culture

The pre-race information warned teams to expect a cultural element in the Xtrail Expedition Race and rumours began to circulate it might be Yurt building or camel riding.  Race Director Wei Jun revealed it would have a compulsory 2 hour stop to make traditional noodles from scratch in the small …

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Speed Records Being Set at Xtrail Expedition

The first AR World Series race in Asia began at 10am local time with a 53km mountain trek and top teams set a blistering pace.  The first 4.6km was uphill, all 631 vertical metres of it, on a popular 4.6km tourist trail to the impressive “Viewing Fish Platform”. The final section …

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Opening Ceremony China Style

112 athletes from 15 countries were treated to an extravagant opening ceremony on Lake Kanas today.  Traditional Kazak dancers and singers welcomed teams into the Kanas Tourist Centre Square and was followed by a number of official speeches and many many photos. The organisers of this AR World Series demonstration race …

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AR World Series Arrives in China

28 Teams have arrived in the remote town of Kanas for the pre race briefings of the first AR World Series development race in Asia. The Jia Deng Yu Castle Hotel in the far North Western Provence of Xinjiang is a hive of activity, much of it involving teams scrambling …

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Expedition Africa 2017 to Visit the Kouga

The 7th edition of Expedition Africa; South Africa’s only multi-day adventure race, will take place in the Baviaans and Kouga Regions between 14 and 21 May next year, with Cape St Francis acting as the base of the competition.  The announcement was made in Johannesburg by race organisers Stephen and …

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ARWS Introduces Race Referees


Race Referees will adjudicate this year’s AR World Championship and also 2017 Qualifiers.  Referees will be independent of the race organisation and their role will be to check that ARWS Rules of Competition are followed by teams and issue penalties if they are not. Over time the ARWS will develop a …

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Adventure Racing World Championship Countdown Has Begun

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 …

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Seagate Win Raid in France in the Pyrenees


Raid in France went ‘Back to Nature’ in the Pyrenees this year, delivering their traditional mix of tough and technical racing in exceptional scenery. This year 28 teams from around the world gathered at the town of Font-Romeu, among them the defending World Champions, Seagate, and the defending Raid in …

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Seagate Victorious at Raid in France


It’s a beautiful morning in Saint-Pierre-La-Mer for the finish of Raid in France 2016, where New Zealand team, Seagate, took first place at around 8:30 this morning.  The team was firmly set for a finish in the dark, but poor conditions in the sea forced the race to halt them …

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French White Water Relieves Aching Feet

With the ferocious, highest peaks of the Pyrenees at their backs, and a few hours of well deserved sleep, fifteen teams set off at first light on day 2 of Raid in France to navigate the short distance to CP 8 and the start of the Raft section.  In the …

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