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Paddling: six things adventure racers need to know

Graham Bird is one of the leading figures in South Africa’s adventure racing world. He has been involved in the sport since 1986, and has been one of South Africa’s top canoeists since the early Nineties. Graham now focuses his energies on competing in adventure racing, trail running, mountain biking, canoeing, and multisport events around the country. He is also the leader of one of the world’s top adventure racing teams, the Merrell Adventure Addicts.

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Merrell withdraw from AR World Champs after Knysna fires

When life gives you lemons, you make lemon pie, we all know that. When life sends the massive #KnysnaFires to destroy your home along with everything you own and burn down your pine plantations and livelihood, it can be difficult to find that pie recipe amidst the smouldering ashes. So we poked around and found another metaphor: The hardest/toughest/ finest steel is forged in the hottest fire.  And this, we feel, is much more applicable […]

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Merrell Adventure Addicts rule Expedition Africa

Over 73 hours and 400km through the mountains, valleys and rivers of Swaziland on foot, bicycle, kayak and pure human grit and determination all came to an end for the 92 competitors of the Expedition Africa race on Wednesday. It was South Africa’s very own Team Merrell Adventure Addicts who came in as the winners winners of the 5th edition of the epic race. For captain Graham Bird and teammate Don Sims, this is their […]

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Team Merrell finalise Expedition Africa lineup

With less than two months until the start of Expedition Africa, the MERRELL Adventure Addict’s suffered a further disruption to their preparations. Expedition Africa, which is now in its third year, forms part of the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) that sees teams lining up for a non-stop 500km adventure through the spectacular Drakensberg region of South Africa. Team MERRELL has established itself as one of the top adventure racing units in South Africa. The […]

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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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Merrell Adventure Addicts win Expedition Africa with near-flawless race

Merrell Adventure Addicts overcome all obstacles to win Expedition Africa The MERRELL Adventure Addicts cemented their position as South Africa’s blue-chip AR team with a near-flawless race at this week’s 500km Expedition Africa, presented by Kinetic, South Africa’s first expedition length AR race in three years. After more than 60 hours of non-stop racing, they claimed top of the podium ahead of local rivals Cyanosis and a gutsy Team Accelerate from the UK.

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Merrell Adventure Addicts back on track

Top local AR team plan on going big Mountain biking, trail running and adventure racing are booming around the country, especially as part of the mushrooming number of outdoor multi-sport races presented around SA. As a means of getting people of all walks of life into the great outdoors, the Run/Bike/Swim/Paddle scenario has got to be the best way to get people off the couch and OUTSIDE.

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