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Not just a sport

For me adventure racing is not just a sport. It has become a way of life. I love the outdoors. I love pushing to the limits. I love battling the odds and succeeding. I love a challenge. I love spending time with my mates. I love the mental solitude. Adventure racing gives me all this and way more. I came from a paddling background where I competed for 16 years. While paddling I did a […]

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Amazing Amanzingwe

Lying in the Magaliesberg is a new trail running paradise waiting to be explored Tucked away among the hills and valleys of the ancient Magaliesberg mountain range and in the bustling Hartbeespoort Dam area, you will find the beautiful and tranquil Amanzingwe Lodge. Besides upmarket accommodation, wedding and conference facilities, Amanzingwe also caters for outdoor and adventure lovers. With the help of WildTrail SA, they have laid out and constructed two trails of 5km and […]

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Captivating Contermanskloof

A mountain biking hotspot just outside Cape Town The rolling hills of Durbanville are home to a staggering 80km of grin-inducing trail. Dedicated efforts by the Tygerberg Mountain Bike Club have been instrumental in gaining access to the land and building beautiful, flowing singletrack through vineyards, grasslands and Renosterveld. Contermanskloof falls in the middle of the trail network and is privately built and managed by Robert Starke of Contermanskloof Farm. The trailhead overlooks a fishing […]

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Feeling Lost, Again?

Navigation is the most critical adventure racing (AR) discipline, and is very often completely overlooked until the last minute. Navigation is also the only AR discipline that is a constant throughout the entire race, be it a mountain bike leg, a run or a paddling leg. This skill is almost always left up to one team member, unless you are lucky enough to have two competent navigators in your team. Physically, you can be a […]

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South African extreme athlete team to attempt world first

Alex Harris, renowned South African mountaineer and extreme athlete, will be leading a team who are attempting a world record by being the first men to cross the Empty Quarter (Rub’ al Khali) in the Arabian Peninsula unsupported in February 2013. In order to achieve this world first, Harris’ walk will be approximately 1,000km in length walking north from Salalah in Oman and ending in Dubai and is expected to take approximately 40 days. Not […]

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Off to Abu Dhabi

Ready for Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge After six months of preparation with my new team, we’re ready for Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge. I’m racing with Steven Erasmus, Lizelle van der Merwe and Lizelle Smit. We packed our crates this afternoon Sunday 5 December and will hit the airport by 10h30 tomorrow (Monday). We arrive in Abu Dhabi at midnight and will be picked up and taken to the race hotel. The hotel is the Park […]

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Tips for the Merrell Eden Duo

Tips for the Merrell Eden Duo Guidelines to get you racing off the beaten track at the end of October 2010. Experience South Africa’s fabled Garden Route in all its splendour.

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Pricey perspective: are AR entry fees realistic?

Pricey perspective: entry fees Shelling out cold, hard-earned cash to participate in events is a fact of event participation. It is also a factor that limits participation because the entry fee is only part of the equation – there’s travel, food and accommodation to add on top of this.

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Peparing for your first multi-day adventure race

Seven steps to the big time Lisa de Speville The multi-day adventure racing scene in South Africa has slowed to a stumble over the last two years; yet sprint races, which strictly speaking are not adventure races, have flourished. I’ve always believed that if you give people an easier option they’ll take it.

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Location, location, location in adventure racing

I’m not crazy about the wet and cold and my constitution doesn’t hold up to rolling swell on the open ocean; this explains why you are unlikely to find me doing a race in a wintery Scotland and I hesitate to enter a local event on the Wild Coast if it features a large sea kayaking leg. Race location is an important participation decider as it sets the seasonal, climatic (temperature, humidity, weather condition – […]

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