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 Rotana, where we stayed last year. It’s divine – 5 Star, friendly and stylish. What a treat!

So often friends and family confuse Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Sure, Dubai has, in the past, had more PR. But it’s like getting Jo’burg and Cape Town mixed up; or New York and Washington.

Abu Dhabi is the ‘sporty’ Emirate. They’re really working hard to position themselves as a sporting and outdoor environment destination. Abu Dhabui Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi Triathlon, Marathon, Red Bull Air Race, power boating champs, tennis, cricket and, of course, Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge, which is an amazing showcase of the terrain and environment.

The other two teams – Cyanosis and Mzansi – fly out on Tuesday. We’ll spend Tuesday and Wednesday doing touristy things – gonna be so much fun.

I’ve put relevant links on the front page of to follow blog postings to our team blog ( and live tracking through the event website at

You’ll hear from me on the other side. Till then… bye!


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Adventure racing author, athlete and founder of FEAT (Fascinating Expedition ad Adventure Talks) and, Lisa is keenly interested in anything related to outdoor adventure, especially orienteering and trail running.

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