The Even Darker Side... Adventure Racing!

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The Even Darker Side... Adventure Racing!

Postby jonovision_man » Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:22 am

Anyone else around here partake? :dance:

I've done a bunch of the Storm Racing events, they're really awesome and well done.
Their website: http://www.stormevents.ca/

Did Rockstar on Saturday:
http://www.marshmallowman2ironman.com/2 ... nture.html

It's a great format especially for beginners to adventure racing - it's time based, so there's no falling behind. You will finish in 4 or 8 hours (depending which race you pick), how many checkpoints you get to determines your points and placing.

Some of the checkpoints were a little "zany" - floating on an inner tube out to a checkpoint, finding a CD on the bottom of the lake, etc.
Some were difficult from a navigation standpoint - have to read the map, take headings, follow creeks/marshes...
Some were difficult terrain (especially in the 8 hour) - going through dense forest, getting cuts and stuff... (I like these the least!).

This year we could use the canoe, bike or run at our discretion for the full time to reach the checkpoints - so there was some strategy involved in how you'd get to each one.

Thought I'd pass it along in case folks were thinking about it but tentative or looking for something to dip their toe in... this is the right event! :)

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Re: The Even Darker Side... Adventure Racing!

Postby Dstew » Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:06 pm

A grand total of one such race that is within driving distance so something that has not really taken off around here. The closest is an off road tri and du but that would mean I would have to run and who in their right mind would want to do that? :D As a side note, lost two Fondos this year. 160 K Fondos $175 - 200 Fondos are being replaced by $45 90 - 105 K rides so not sure what appetite there is for an adventure race. Although oddly enough, raise at least $2,500 multi day rides seem to be very strong.

I have to admit that I would never think I would ever say this but I have really embraced the "ride" rather than "race" mentality. I am actually stopping at the aid stations and not using them as some sort of Nascar pit spot. I can still ride very hard but actually taking the time to look up and take in the surroundings. It was such a great feeling to look back and see that during one of these rides I was towing 20 guys up a small hill and was not sad or disappointed when I fell behind because of that effort.

Sounds like you are having a ton of fun.

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Re: The Even Darker Side... Adventure Racing!

Postby Annelizabeth » Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:30 am

I will be doing Bruce Peninsula Multi sport race this summer http://www.brucepeninsulamultisportrace.ca/ Doing the long course

Although it it a marked course and not check point. I am very much stressed about the unknown distance for the paddle, my ability to complete it with in cut off and my ability to paddle in open water. Terifed , I always stick to the shoreline.

Would love to try a adventure race, the people i know who do this are really intense and carbon fibre mtn bikes sooo a little worried about holding them back to join their team. We talked about it once and there was discussion about team practices and roping the bikes together and that was not for me. I just want to have fun. If you have any desire for a female on the team and want to have fun, oh and I know first aid please contact me.

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Re: The Even Darker Side... Adventure Racing!

Postby jonovision_man » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:01 am

Annelizabeth wrote:I will be doing Bruce Peninsula Multi sport race this summer http://www.brucepeninsulamultisportrace.ca/ Doing the long course

Although it it a marked course and not check point. I am very much stressed about the unknown distance for the paddle, my ability to complete it with in cut off and my ability to paddle in open water. Terifed , I always stick to the shoreline.

Would love to try a adventure race, the people i know who do this are really intense and carbon fibre mtn bikes sooo a little worried about holding them back to join their team. We talked about it once and there was discussion about team practices and roping the bikes together and that was not for me. I just want to have fun. If you have any desire for a female on the team and want to have fun, oh and I know first aid please contact me.


Nice! Bruce Penninsula looks amazing - we've avoided it mostly due to the kayak (instead of canoe, which is our thing). Maybe someday.

We're pretty intense ... :dance: Teams are tricky, you really want to be with people of similar ability, or it's frustrating for everyone. Canoe is the only time it doesn't matter (since the boat will go the same speed with one strong paddler and one weak one and nobody gets left behind!).
I've seen teams of 3 where one guy is dying and the other 3 are bombing ahead constantly... but ultimately you have to stay together, so there's no benefit to dropping your own teammate! My buddy and I are pretty closely matched, so it works.

Sean's races (Storm the Trent and Rockstar) are both really awesome though, very diverse crowds of all abilities. Much less intimidating than Bruce, that's for sure.

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Re: The Even Darker Side... Adventure Racing!

Postby jonovision_man » Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:03 am

Dstew wrote:A grand total of one such race that is within driving distance so something that has not really taken off around here.


That seems to be a problem everywhere... we have a handful in Ontario and we're lucky we have Storm Racing, otherwise it'd be similarly niche.

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