ADVENTURE RACING 101

Some basic information, tips and advice to any newcomers to adventure racing. 

THE BASICS

Adventure racing is an outdoor adventure team sport that involves a number of  outdoor  sports and navigation. Teams of 2, 3 or 4 people race against each other to locate controls that have been placed in different locations on each stage of the race. An adventure race is usually divided into different stages and teams will mark controls on their own race map in advance of the start and use this to navigate their way to each control on either on bike or foot or on water. 


Usually one member of each team is responsible for navigation and route selection. Teams are expected to pick up as many controls as possible over the course of a race and get bact to the finish line before a designated finish time.

TOP TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

1. Try to have one person on your team that can read a map and navigate from one location to another.

2. Purchase the race map in advance and get used to looking at it and spotting different features on it.

3. Purchase a map board holder for your bike and get used to riding with the map mounted on the board.

4. When marking up controls on your map, double check them before the start of the race.

5.  Try to have all your race gear sorted and ready to go before your arrive for registeration on race day, paying particular attention to the manditory kit.

6. Make sure your mountain bike is running well and ensure you have spare tupes, tyre levers, pump, chain tool and power links packed in your saddle bag. A general multi tool is always useful on races like this, along with some duck tape and a few cable ties ( you never know when they might come in handy !) 

7. lots of adventure racers laminate their race maps after marking them up to protect them in poor weather. You can do this or purchase a good waterprooof map case.

8. Try to get too the race HQ early on race morning to allow plenty of time to get gear sorted, check maps and chat to other competitors

TIPS DURING A RACE

1. Try to avoid following other teams as this may put you off as they may be looking for another control or going in the wrong direction!

2. If you cant find a control, dont spend too long looking for it, just move on to the next one and "keep moving forward"

3. keep eating a little bit often during an 8 hour race and keep your energy up

4. Be ready for a quick tupe change if you get a flat - good adventure racers can do a tupe change and pump in under two or three minutes.

5. work as a team always, helping each other out and using all eyes when looking for a control

6. Many adventure racing teams use tow lines. This is where a strong biker woud give a tow to another member of their team up hill. Its a good system ...

7. 8 hours slips by fast in an adventure race so always keep moving, dont get het up if you miss a control, just move to the next and leave enough time to get back to the finish in time. 

THE BASICS

Adventure racing is an outdoor adventure team sport that involves a number of  outdoor  sports and navigation. Teams of 2, 3 or 4 people race against each other to locate controls that have been placed in different locations on each stage of the race. An adventure race is usually divided into different stages and teams will mark controls on their own race map in advance of the start and use this to navigate their way to each control on either on bike or foot or on water. 


Usually one member of each team is responsible for navigation and route selection. Teams are expected to pick up as many controls as possible over the course of a race and get bact to the finish line before a designated finish time.

TOP TIPS FOR BEGINNERS

1. Try to have one person on your team that can read a map and navigate from one location to another.

2. Purchase the race map in advance and get used to looking at it and spotting different features on it.

3. Purchase a map board holder for your bike and get used to riding with the map mounted on the board.

4. When marking up controls on your map, double check them before the start of the race.

5.  Try to have all your race gear sorted and ready to go before your arrive for registeration on race day, paying particular attention to the manditory kit.

6. Make sure your mountain bike is running well and ensure you have spare tupes, tyre levers, pump, chain tool and power links packed in your saddle bag. A general multi tool is always useful on races like this, along with some duck tape and a few cable ties ( you never know when they might come in handy !) 

7. lots of adventure racers laminate their race maps after marking them up to protect them in poor weather. You can do this or purchase a good waterprooof map case.

8. Try to get too the race HQ early on race morning to allow plenty of time to get gear sorted, check maps and chat to other competitors

TIPS DURING A RACE

1. Try to avoid following other teams as this may put you off as they may be looking for another control or going in the wrong direction!

2. If you cant find a control, dont spend too long looking for it, just move on to the next one and "keep moving forward"

3. keep eating a little bit often during an 8 hour race and keep your energy up

4. Be ready for a quick tupe change if you get a flat - good adventure racers can do a tupe change and pump in under two or three minutes.

5. work as a team always, helping each other out and using all eyes when looking for a control

6. Many adventure racing teams use tow lines. This is where a strong biker woud give a tow to another member of their team up hill. Its a good system ...

7. 8 hours slips by fast in an adventure race so always keep moving, dont get het up if you miss a control, just move to the next and leave enough time to get back to the finish in time.