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Expedition Africa 120km & 60km – Cape St Francis Resort
Expedition Africa 120km & 60km – Cape St Francis Resort

Saturday, 18th of September will see the top adventure racers of South Africa line up for the 4th event in the Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS) Africa. Adventure Racing World Series – Africa Series

Teams have now visited all corners of South Africa during 2021 with events in Bronkhorstspruit, Gauteng followed by Swellendam, Western Cape and Parys in the Northwest province.

The Eastern Cape will now play host for the 4th event in the series at the magnificent Cape St Francis Resort Cape St Francis Resort https://www.capestfrancis.co.za/

The top teams in the country are currently:

1. DSV Cyanosis

2. Songlines

3. Pinegold

4. Addicted2Adventure.co.za

5. Jabberwock

6. Balega

7. Truffle Hunters

8. Shnazen Hazen

9. Die Draad Klimmers

10. Red Ants Adventure Racing Team

11. Plett Adventure

With 2 events remaining in the series, Expedition Africa 120 km in Cape St Francis Expedition Africa 60km & 120km Cape St Francis Resort and the Merrell Transkei Tuff Transkei Tuff before the final, the momentum to crown the best AR team in South Africa in November at Alpine Heath Resort in the Drakensberg are building. Aha Alpine Heath Resort & Conference Centre

Visit the website to see the current ARWS – Africa rankings: http://www.expafrica.net/

The winner of the ARWS Africa series ARWS Africa Regional Championship 120km AR will secure their place at the Adventure Racing World Championship in Paraguay 2022.

The two top teams on the current log, DSV Cyanosis Clinton Mac Nicholas Mulder Tracey Campbell and Songlines Kelvin Trautman Photographer Lance Kime Owen Gandar are neck and neck in this battle and a win at Cape St Francis will go far to secure their place at the top of the podium.

Teams Pinegold Garth Peinke Donovan Sims Hanno Smit, Shale Biggs Addicted2Adventure Thinus Matthysen Dewald Van Wyk, Jabberwock Craig Metherell, Team Balega Jarred Gosling Dylan Fenthum Ryno Grove and Truffle Hunters Franco Olivier Piers Pirow are in close competition with each other to secure the 3rd place on the log. A good showing by teams Shnazen Hazen, Red Ants Adventure racing David Barkhuisen and Plett Adventure Jeannette Walder will cement their place in the top 10.

A welcome return to the AR circuit is a new team – Team Wanderlust -with AR legends, Tatum Prins, Tatum Prins and John Collins. Watch out for them, they might “upset” the established leader board.

Visit the website to see the Entry list for the 18th of September: http://www.expafrica.net/…/Expedition-Africa-120-km…

Registration will be at the Cape St Francis Resort on Friday night. Early Saturday morning will see teams bussed out to – still secret – starting areas. This year their will be two events: 60km & 120km distances. The 120km event will see teams starting in the mountains and racing back to the beach at the Cape St Francis Resort. The highest point teams will cross is a mountain peak 800m above sea level with spectacular views of the sea in the distance.

The 60km route provides teams with an opportunity for a shorter taste of adventure. Teams who have not been able to train due to Covid and the restrictions imposed on them will also have an opportunity to get back into the game and be part of the Adventure Racing feeling again.

As always, we will welcome teams at the finish line with a boerewors roll and beer celebrating the moment. On Sunday morning teams can enjoy a hearty breakfast as its included in your entry fee followed by the Awards ceremony around the outside pool area. This is a fantastic venue to bring your friends and family to enjoy the absolute beauty of the area and with wonderful restaurants and facilities on site makes this the perfect getaway while your teams are racing.

Merrell trekking and trail running shoes will be on display and can be tested before and after your race! PLUS we have an event discount on all shoes!! so bring your credit card! Entries close 10 September 2021.Book your accommodation: http://www.expafrica.net/…/Expedition-Africa-120-km…

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Expedition Africa 120km & 60km – Cape St Francis Resort

Saturday, 18th of September will see the top adventure racers of South Africa line up for the 4th event in... Read More
Competition Heats up for Race 3 of the ARWS Africa Series
Competition Heats up for Race 3 of the ARWS Africa Series

Excitement is building for the third event in the 2021 series.

Expedition Africa 120 km Adventure in Parys will take place on Saturday 29 May 2021 at Hadeda Creek. The host venue Hadeda Creek is a stunning venue situated on the banks of the Vaal river. Hadeda Creek offer world-class facilities to our athletes and the luxury tented camp with breathtaking views of the Vaal river is perfectly suited for Adventure Racing. Teams will gather on Friday night at a massive bonfire, sampling the finest braai cuisine on offer while being entertained with an explosive display of fire dancing.

The top adventure racing teams in South Africa will convene in the Parys – Vredefort Dome area, an area made for adventure. Teams will kayak, trek and mountain bike through the Dome area on a 120 km route with an expecting winning time of 12 hours and with the last team expected on Sunday morning at sunrise, ready for a hearty breakfast at the host venue Hadeda Creek.

To improve their standings on the ARWS Africa series log for 2021 will be the goal for most team’s next weekend. The top three teams, DSV Cyanosis, Songlines and Pinegold will all be at the starting line. All three teams will be giving it all to cement their place in the top three. Any mistakes by these three teams will put their position in jeopardy, so tunnel vision towards the end goal will be the order of the day.

Team Jabberwock will make a welcome return, after they unfortunately had to miss the Swellendam event at Kam’bati River Resort and will be racing all out to make up for lost ground in the series.

Fantastic news is that one of our strongest teams in South Africa will once again make their appearance at a ARWS Africa series. Team Red Ants Adventure Racing needs no introduction and team captain Brian Gardner will lead his team of experienced adventure racers to the goal of unsetting the other top teams’ stranglehold on the top of the log.

The rest of the top ten rankings could be re-arranged if teams, Addicted2 Adventure.co.za, Truffle Hunters and the youth team Balega puts the hammer down.

Teams of 4 are allowed a 7-member squad for the year and teams are utilizing this squad system to the maximum to gain position on the log.

The focus is on the mixed teams of four. One of these teams will be crowned the South African Adventure Racing Champions at the end of 2021 and will win a free entry to the ARWS World Championship in 2022.

Although the focus is on this category, champions will also be announced in all the other categories – male teams, male pairs, mixed pairs and female pairs at the end of the year, with a free entry up for grabs to an event of their choice in 2022.

A little-known fact is that teams of two (pairs) can also use a squad system to maximize attendance to the series (a squad of three athletes are allowed for the year).

The log is still wide open in the pair’s category and it all depends on who will attend the event in Parys. Visit the ARWS -Africa 2021 log here http://www.expafrica.net/

Competition Heats up for Race 3 of the ARWS Africa Series

Excitement is building for the third event in the 2021 series. Expedition Africa 120 km Adventure in Parys... Read More
Expedition Africa 120km Swellendam

Youth and Experience at Expedition Africa Swellendam

Press Release / 06.05.2021
Team RadAR - one of the local teams from Swellendam
Team RadAR – one of the local teams from Swellendam / © Cathy van Eeden

The second leg of the Adventure Racing World Series – Africa is due to start in 2 days’ time at the Kam’Bati River Resort. 

It’s the second event of 6 in the series, and has received fantastic support with 50 teams (pairs and 4’s) due to race at the first Expedition Africa 120km race in the Western Cape.  Among them are 6 Youth teams (all 4 members under 25), so this is the strongest youth entry seen at a race in South Africa.

The venue at the Kam’Bati River resort is situated on an Overberg farm called Jubileeskraal, approximately 20km west of Swellendam.   The Sonderendriver and Breede rivers meet on the property, which is owned and managed by the Badenhorst Family, and given the unprecedented heavy rains and floods in the last 24 hours this has presented the Race Directors with the challenging task of working out a last minute plan B in case the Breede river is not safe to paddle.

Most of the top teams from the first race in Bronkhorstspruit in April have returned seeking series points and the focus will be on the mixed teams of four competing to be crowned the South African Adventure Racing Champions at the end of the year in Lesotho. (They are ultimately racing to win the coveted entry spot for the World Championship in 2022 in Paraguay.)

Cyanosis Adventure Racing, Pinegold, Balega and Addicted2Adventure held the top spots after the first race, and are all entered this time around.   Winners and series leaders Cyanosis will field a different team, captained for the first time by Tracey Campbell.

Also racing are Team Songlines, who lead for the first half of the race in April, but due to a navigational error missed the top spot and finished 6th.  The team consisting of Lance Kime, Owen Gandar, Tamika Gandar and Kelvin Trautman raced a few times together last year, but under a different team names. The consensus this year was that they would make their partnership a little more formal and so Team Songlines was born.   

It’s an interesting team name. A Songline marks a route across land, sea and sky and has been used by Aboriginals for generations to find their way. The melody of these songs is said to describe the contours and features of the landscape, which the team thought was marvelous way to think about navigating their way around an adventure race course. It’s a very special meaning and name, and they will be keen to re-establish themselves at the front end of the field to gain valuable points towards the rankings. Let’s see what this team will bring to the table in Swellendam.

Team Truffle Hunters are also attending with the goal to break open a spot in the top five. They are among a big group of Cape-based teams that did not travel up to Gauteng in April, so will be looking to register their first points.

The race is due to start at 7:30 am on Saturday and there will be live tracking at www.expafrica.live.

https://www.sleepmonsters.com/races.php?article_id=10948

Expedition Africa 120km Swellendam

Youth and Experience at Expedition Africa Swellendam Press Release / 06.05.2021 The second leg of the... Read More

Route Information

LEG 1
LEG 1
DISCIPLINE: TREK DISTANCE: 21 KM ELEVATION GAIN: + 1173 M ELEVATION LOSS: – 816 M
CONTROL POINTS ON THIS LEG:DESCRIPTION
STARTAlpine Heath Resort
CP1Hiking path / River crossing
CP2Foot of big waterfall
CP3Big tree between big rocks
CP4Big tree in riverbed
CP5 – TAKE TEAM PHOTOFence at Trig beacon – TAKE TEAM PHOTO
FINISH – T1Jetty
LEG NOTES
Start in the Expedition Arch in front of hall.Ensure CP1 to CP6 and T1 is copied on map.Ensure all team and personal compulsory gear is with team.Ensure team carry enough food and water for Leg 1.Collect Spot tracker at start area.Trekking poles recommended Climb through all fences and not over.Use gates where possible. Close all gates behind you.Thank the landowners if you see them.See map for no entry area before CP3. Adhere to no entry signs.TAKE TEAM PHOTO AT CP5 WITH CP BOARD IN BACKGROUND   Hand in passport to marshal on arrival at T1 for verification.Show marshal on arrival at T1 team photo at CP5.There is restaurant and shop 700 meters from T1.Evaluate teams progress continuously to ensure team can start and complete Leg 2 – Kayak before sunset. Adjust route if necessary.  
TRANSITION ONE – T1
  Re-supply box A, kayak bag, drinking water, toilets and restaurant. No medic, electricity or sleeping facilities.  

LEG 1

DISCIPLINE: TREK DISTANCE: 21 KM ELEVATION GAIN: + 1173 M ELEVATION LOSS: – 816 M CONTROL POINTS ON... Read More
LEG 2
LEG 2
DISCIPLINE: KAYAK DISTANCE: 15 KM  
CONTROL POINTSDESCRIPTION
START – T1Jetty
CP6Edge of dam in bay
FINISH – T2Edge of dam
LEG NOTES
Collect map from marshal for Leg 2 – Kayak and Leg 3 – Trek. Plot CP6, T2 and T3 from master map.Load re-supply box A on trailer before leaving T1.Take empty kayak bag on kayak to T2.Ensure kayak bag is secured inside backpackUse numbered kayak with team number on.Paddle with waterproof jacket on, to avoid drop in core body temperature.Evaluate teams progress continuously to ensure team can complete Leg 2 – Kayak before sunset. Adjust route if necessary.     On arrival at T2, carry kayak from dam and load into truck.Pack kayak bag and load onto truck.  
TRANSITION ONE – T1
  Re-supply box A, kayak bag, drinking water, toilets and restaurant. No medic, electricity or sleeping facilities.  
TRANSITION TWO – T2
  No re-supply box, medic, drinking water, toilets, electricity, restaurant or sleeping facilities.  

LEG 2

DISCIPLINE: KAYAK DISTANCE: 15 KM   CONTROL POINTS DESCRIPTION START – T1 Jetty CP6 Edge of dam in bay... Read More
LEG 3
LEG 3
DISCIPLINE: TREK DISTANCE: 4 KM ELEVATION GAIN: + 39 M ELEVATION LOSS: – 49 M
CONTROL POINTSDESCRIPTION
START – T2Edge of dam
FINISH – T3Farm
LEG NOTES
  Load packed kayak bag in transport indicated by marshal before departing T2.Close all gates behind you.   Be careful when crossing tar road. Hand in passport to marshal on arrival at T3 for verification.  
TRANSITION TWO – T2
  No re-supply box, medic, drinking water, toilets, electricity, restaurant or sleeping facilities.  
TRANSITION THREE – T3
  Re-supply box B, medic, drinking water, electricity and sleeping facilities. No toilets and restaurant.  

LEG 3

DISCIPLINE: TREK DISTANCE: 4 KM ELEVATION GAIN: + 39 M ELEVATION LOSS: – 49 M CONTROL POINTS... Read More
LEG 4
LEG 4
DISCIPLINE: CYCLE DISTANCE: 75 KM ELEVATION GAIN: + 1111 M ELEVATION LOSS: – 1458 M
CONTROL POINTSDESCRIPTION
START – T3Farm
CP7Gate in game fence
CP8Gate
CP9Track – River crossing
CP10Road – River crossing
CP11Fence next to canal track
CP12Willow tree river crossing
CP13Truck tyre top of waterfall
CP14River crossing
CP15Bridge on jeep track
CP16Mountain bike small gate
FINISHAlpine Heath Resort
LEG NOTES
Collect map from marshal at T3 for Leg 4 – Cycle. Copy CP7 – CP16 and the finish from master map.Load re-supply box B in transport indicated by marshal before departing T3.No roads are closed for the event. Use caution on roads.Helmet compulsory on this leg.Red flickering light on rear of cycle compulsory on this leg. MARSHAL WILL CHECK FOR LIGHT.Be careful on taking shortcuts, ensure roads are open to general traffic, and are not for private use and fenced and gated closed.Be careful on pass towards CP7. Some cycle pushing will be involved.Cycle track is vague on ground between CP7 and CP9. Be aware and try to be there before dark.See map for no entry areas from CP12 to CP15. Farmlands and informal settlements.   Hand in passport to marshal on arrival at finish for verification.Hand in Spot Tracker to marshal at finish.Clean and hand in, re-supply boxes and kayak bag.
TRANSITION THREE – T3
  Re-supply box B, medic, drinking water, electricity and sleeping facilities. No toilets and restaurant.  
FINISH
  Re-supply box A, re-supply box B, kayak bag, medic, drinking water, toilets, sleeping facilities and electricity.

LEG 4

DISCIPLINE: CYCLE DISTANCE: 75 KM ELEVATION GAIN: + 1111 M ELEVATION LOSS: – 1458 M CONTROL POINTS... Read More
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