With iconic names such as Bay of Fires, Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails and Wine Glass Bay, the North East Coast of Tasmania needs little introduction to adventure fans. Organisers are excited to announce that the Australian leg of the AR World Series is headed there from 16-24 March 2018. Athletes will race the XPD non-stop over a 500km course that includes trekking, mountain biking and kayaking. Entries close on November 16th at www.xpd.com.au .
The region is a second home to race director, Louise Foulkes, which makes this race doubly special. “My family owns a “shack” (small house) and has holidayed there each summer for 45 years. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world. As well as the famous coast line, the region is pocketed with hidden gems including some of the most majestic mountains, gorges and waterfalls in Tasmania. More recently, it is home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the world, Blue Derby. The course has been 15 years the making and I look forward to taking teams on an incredible journey through the area.”
The town of St Helens will be the home of the race while the event is on and where teams will gather before and after the race. “St Helens is the perfect place to host the event. It has everything the event needs logistically such as supermarkets and accommodation, yet a small town feel”. Teams will need to fly into Launceston, which has regular connections from Melbourne and Sydney. From there they will be bussed to the east coast and St Helens.
Louise Foulkes said “This year we wanted to include a lot of diversity of legs and in particular some shorter and snappier legs – especially many of the treks and paddles. Not to say there aren’t some classic expedition legs – in fact there is one long trek we are planning that has scenery like nothing we have seen before. Team navigators will also be kept on their toes with many route choices from the small and intricate to the large scale and huge”.
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Craig Bycroft said “For the paddling we have a real mix of legs planned, from lakes, to moving rivers to the ocean. We the help of Jarad Kohlar we carefully assessed all the water legs and decided that Pack Rafts will not be needed this time. We will use the CTR double skis from Peak Adventure for all the teams in the race.”
The Bay of Fires is consistently rated as one of the world’s best beaches and was named the Lonely Planet’s hottest travel destination in 2009. The guide describes it as “the secret edge of Tasmania, laid out like a pirate’s treasure map of perfect beach after sheltered cove, all fringed with forest.”
Teams are invited to bring family along to visit Tasmania. As well as incredible natural scenery, the state boasts other recent accolades including the world’s best whisky, best golf links course and arguably the cleanest air on the planet.
More information at www.xpd.com.au