18hr Dark Side Champs
12hr Dawn Attack
Friday 29th & Saturday 30th April, 2016

HAVE YOU GOT THE KAHOONAS to take on Australia's most Uniquely Challenging,
Hardcore Adventure Race?

The 18 hr championship is open to 4 person teams and starts at Midnight Friday and finishes at 6pm Saturday. This event will test the hearts and minds of even the most experienced racers, because 18hrs at MD ARA means 18hrs of non-stop racing, even for teams at the pinnacle of the sport. This is truly a unique event, where darkness, sleep deprivation and experiencing unfamiliar surroundings at night adds an all new challenge, to what is one of the most demanding events on the Australian Adventure Race Calendar. 

Couple this with the 12hr Dawn Attack starting at 6am Saturday and there's an adventure waiting for everyone..



ABOUT THE 18 HR DARK SIDE CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 18 hr championship is open to 4 person teams. The race starts at Midnight Friday and finishes at 6pm Saturday. This is an event that will test the hearts and minds of even the most experienced racers. This is truly a unique event, where darkness, sleep deprivation and experiencing unfamiliar surroundings at night adds an all new challenge, to what is one of the most demanding events on the Australian Adventure Race Calendar. 

Non-Supported Event

Racers are required to be self-sufficient as this is a non-supported event and support crews are not required or permitted.

Categories

Categories include Premier Mixed, Female and Male.

The Course

The 18hr Dark Side course includes:

  • Up to 70km Mountain Biking
  • Up to 40km Trail Running / Trekking
  • Up to 15km Paddling
  • Adventure Legs
  • Intermediate Navigation

ABOUT THE 12 HR DAWN ATTACK

The 12hr Dawn Attack is open to 2 person teams. Run in conjunction with the 18 hour Dark Side Championships, the 12 hour Dawn Attack offers a shorter option for those who have competed in the Raw Course in the Series events and fancy trying their hand at a slightly longer challenge.

The distances are easily achievable within the 12 hour limit and the navigation is similar to the Raw Course. Teams have up to to 12 hours to complete the event. It is expected that most teams will finish faster than the allocated 12 hours. The event starts at 6am on Saturday and teams have up until 6pm to complete the course. .Teams taking on the 12 hour dawn attack will complete:

  • Up to 40km Mountain Biking
  • Up to 20km Trail Running / Trekking
  • Up to 10km Paddling
  • Adventure Legs
  • Basic Navigation

The 12 hr ARA Dawn Attack is an event for teams of two. Racers are required to be self-sufficient as this is a non-supported.

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TEAM SIZE

18hr DARK SIDE CHAMPS

  • 4 Person Teams

12hr DAWN ATTACK

  • 2 Person Teams

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THE 18HR & 12HR COURSE .

The Dark Side 18hr event will include up to 70km of mountain biking, up to 40km of Trail Running and up to 15km of Paddling and adventure legs.

The Dawn Attack will include up to approx 40-50km of mountain biking, 20km of Trail Running, 10km of Paddling and adventure legs.

The riding and navigation is perfect for a night event and in the morning the course takes teams into some of the most picturesque landscapes Australia has to offer. This course will challenge the 'hearts & minds' of even the most experienced adventure racers so expect a few surprises along the way.

This is a non-supported event where teams must be self sufficient for the full 18 or 12 hours.

The Paddle Course

The paddle will take place on an enclosed, mainly wide open water way with a slight current. Lined with overhanging forest it is a beautiful paddle location and ideal for novice paddlers. There is abundant bird life and jumping fish to spot and plenty of tiny beaches along the way.

Use of Personal Water Craft

As outlined above the paddle course takes place on a mainly open water way with a slight current, however, no matter what the location, there is always risks of fallen trees & rocks.  All competitors are expected to take all due precautions to avoid such obstructions and it is up to competitors to determine the suitability of their own craft based on the information provided. If concerned about damage to your personal water craft then there is the option of hiring skis.

Participants choose to use their own water craft at their own risk. In 2 Adventure bears no liability for any loss or damage suffered to personal boats or equipment as part of the event.

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PRIZES

$4,000 Mountain Designs Gift Vouchers: 1st Place Premier Mixed

18hr DARK SIDE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Where there are more than 10 teams entered in a category, prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Premier Mixed Team, Female Team & Male Team Categories. Where there are less then 10 teams entered in a category, 1st place only will be awarded.

PREMIER MIXED CATEGORY

  Place Prize to the value of  
  1st $1000 Mountain Designs Gift Voucher per person  
  2nd $200 value per person  
  3rd $100 value per person  

MALE & FEMALE CATEGORY

  Place Prize to the value of  
  1st $200 Mountain Designs Gift Voucher per person  
  2nd $150 value per person  
  3rd $100 value per person  

 

12hr DAWN ATTACK
Where there are more than 10 teams entered in a category, prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Premier Mixed Team, Female Team & Male Team Categories.

Where there are less then 10 teams entered in a category, 1st place only will be awarded.

  Place Prize to the value of  
  1st $100 value per person  
  2nd $75 value per person  
  3rd $50 value per person  

 

12hr EXPLORE DAWN ATTACK

  Place Prize to the value of  
  1st $100 value per person  

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LOCATION & RACE HQ

The 18hr Dark Side Champs & 12hr Dawn Attack will be based on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Woodford in the beautiful Moreton Bay Hinterland.

Race HQ for the 18hr & 12hr event will be based 1.5hrs drive north of Brisbane at:

Bushy Brown’s Adventure Ski Park
2 Martin Rd,
Woodford,
QLD, 5414

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ABOUT WOODFORD

Woodford is a small but very pretty town, 20 minutes west of Caboolture on the D'Aguilar Highway. Noted for its wide streets, grand old hotel and colonial style shops, it was one of the earliest settled areas of the shire and its history is reflected in several noted tourist spots.

Woodford is home to one of Australia's largest collections of narrow gauge steam locos. Members of the Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society have developed a museum off Archer Street and on the first and third Sunday of the month, volunteers run a restored steam loco through the town for visitors to enjoy.

The summit of Mount Mee offers panoramic views over the Caboolture Shire to Moreton Bay. The Mount Mee state forest with its walking tracks, picnic areas and camping sites, is extremely popular. The well signed walks wind through superb sub tropical rainforest and offer spectacular views.

Rich farm lands produce strawberries, bananas, pineapples, pawpaw with many roadside stalls and shops the place to stop and select produce fresh from the farm daily.

Woodford township oozes charm with its colonial shops offering a variety of goods from antiques, fashion, home wares and eateries. For something different pop into Grapeland Fruit shop where the King (Elvis) is immortalised in posters and you can be taken back to the years of rock n roll with impromptu renditions of Elvis' greatest hits.

The Storeybrook Herb and Cottage display gardens at Petersen Road Woodford, and is another charming spot where visitors can enjoy homemade Devonshire teas and a stroll through the attractive fragrant gardens.

Woodford is also home to a large annual music festival.

Accommodation in the area includes a motel and bed and breakfast at nearby D'Aguilar and a bed and breakfast establishment at Storeybrook herb and gardens.

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DIRECTIONS

Race HQ is located approx 1.5hrs drive north of Brisbane.

Directions from Brisbane

 

Directions from D'Aguilar Hwy Woodford

When entering Woodford on the D'Aguila Hwy you will pass a large White Water Tower. Follow these directions from the White Water Tower to Bushies.

 

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PARKING

Car parking will be located onsite at Bushy Brown’s.  Parking is limited and teams are encouraged to car pool where possible. 

IMPORTANT NOTE
On arrival at the main gate ALL VEHICLES MUST OBEY THE 20 kph SPEED LIMIT when driving to Race HQ.  There are horses in the adjacent paddock which are easily spooked, so please drive slowly.

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TIMETABLE

Day
Time Event
Friday
5:00pm Event Site Opens (Please do not arrive before this time as the venue is booked from 5pm only and entry is not permitted)
  6:00pm Bike Drop Opens
Kayak Drop Opens
See details on Event Information Packsent 5 days prior
7:30pm 18hr & 12hr Registration Opens
8:30pm 18hr & 12 hr Registration Closes
8:45pm 18hr Dark Side & 12hr Dawn Attack Course & Safety Brief (All competitors must attend)
  9:00pm 18hr Dark Side Equpment Check. Dark Side Competitors come to the Safety Brief with full event equipment
12hr Explore Course GPS Brief
  9:15pm Quiet Time at HQ

11:15pm

18 hr Dark Side Opening Ceremony & Start Brief
Bring all equipment ready to start the event
Midnight 18hr Dark Side Event Start
Saturday
5:15am 12hr Dawn Attack Opening Ceremony & Start Brief
Bring all equipment ready to start the event
  6:00am 12hr Dawn Attack Event Start
  3:00pm Catering at Race HQ
  6:00pm 18hr Champs & 12hr Dawn Attack Event Finish
  6:15pm Presentations
  8:00pm

Bike/Kayak Collection Closes
Important Note: All bikes and kayaks must be collected by this time as the area will be not be manned after 8pm.

Sunday
10:00am Event Site Closed

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EQUIPMENT

Teams must provide their own water craft for the 18hr and 12hr event (hire options are available if required). Click on the Links below for full equipment information:

Water Craft & Paddles

The type of water craft used may include any type of Kayak, Canoe or Surf Ski with positive buoyancy. The water craft must be in good working order. Teams may have a combination of either single seat or two or three seat water craft.

The water craft may not carry more paddlers than the boat is rated to carry. For the 18hr Dark Side Event each boat must have a glow stick attached to the front and rear.

Teams may bring their own water craft of hire.

The Paddle Course

The paddle will take place on an enclosed, mainly wide open water way with a slight current.

Lined with overhanging forest it is a beautiful paddle location and ideal for novice paddlers. There is abundant bird life and jumping fish to spot and plenty of tiny beaches along the way.

Use of Personal Water Craft

As outlined above the paddle course takes place on a mainly open water way with a slight current, however, no matter what the location, there is always risks of fallen trees & rocks.  All competitors are expected to take all due precautions to avoid such obstructions and it is up to competitors to determine the suitability of their own craft based on the information provided. If concerned about damage to your personal water craft then there is the option of hiring skis.

Participants choose to use their own water craft at their own risk. In 2 Adventure bears no liability for any loss or damage suffered to personal boats or equipment as part of the event.

PFD / Life Jackets
Each particpant must wear a PFD. For those competing in the 18hr Dark Side Event a a glow stick must be securely attached in a highly visible position during the paddle legs. PFD's must be at a minimum level of Australian Standard 50S or above.

Mountain Bike & Helmet
Each team member will require a mountain bike in good working condition and an Australian Standard Bike Helmet in good condition.

Water
It's important to stay well hydrated throughout the event, therefore participants must carry a minimum of at least 3 litres of water with them at all times.   A hydration pack, or bottles that fit into a backpack or your bike work well.   Water will be available at resupply points on the course, however, teams will need to plan water supplies to ensure they have sufficient water for the duration of the event.

Nutrition
Teams will be out on the course for up to eighteen hours and nutrition planning will be essential. Bring sufficient nutrition for the entire event.  Energy Drinks, Energy Gels, Muesli bars, bananas and dried fruit mixes are all great ideas to keep your energy levels high during the event.

Safety
Safety is a key priority therefore participants will be required to carry mandatory kit which includes:

Compulsory Team Kit (1 per team)

  • 2 x glow sticks per boat- attached at the front and rear.
  • Mobile phone - In a waterproof bag and switched off.
  • Waterproof map case or plastic contact to cover your map.
  • Permanent Marker Pen (To write on the map)
  • Course info, timing chip & maps (provided)

Compulsory Individual Kit (1 per team member)

  • Mountain Bike that has been serviced is in good working order
  • Australian Standard Bike Helmet in good condition.
  • White Front Bike Light: With sufficient battery life for the night portion of the event (18hr & 12hr event)
  • Red Rear Bike Light: With sufficient battery life for the night portion of the event (18hr & 12hr event)
  • Head Torch: With sufficient battery life for the night portion of the event (18hr & 12hr event)
  • One glow stick securely attached to the front of each PFD. (18hr event only)
  • A first aid kit including 1x Foil Blanket, 1 x Crepe Bandage, 2 x Safety Pins, 1 x Medium Would Dressing, 1 x triangular bandage, 1 small roll of strapping tape, 1 pair of tweasers, Band Aids & Antiseptic Swabs
  • Compass
  • 3 litres of water per person minimum. More is recommended
  • A pealess whistle
  • Waterproof jacket. Note: This must be a jacket. Rain ponchos are not acceptable as they do not provide adequate protection in the case of injury and/or inclement weather.
  • A sealed waterproof dry bag or similar to waterproof equipment that you don't want to get wet. Be warned... You and your kit will get wet & muddy!
  • A rucsac to carry your kit. Important Note: If you wear clip in bike shoes you will need to be able to carry a pair of running shoes with you as you may be required to run midway through the bike leg.
  • Leg protection such as gaiters or long pants. 
  • A sense of adventure!

12HR EXPLORE CATEGORY ONLY

  • 1 x GPS unit or GPS Capable Smart Phone
  • Note: Any form of GPS capable device are prohibited in the 12hr or 18hr Course


Suggested Additional Kit

  • Off Road Trail Running Shoes
  • Socks including spare pairs
  • Food & snacks
  • Bike Computer
  • Map measurer
  • Highlighter pens (to mark your map)
  • Bicycle repair kit & spare inner tubes
  • Water proof watch
  • Hat
  • Protective glasses / sunglasses
  • Sunscreen & Insect Repellent
  • Towel & warm, dry clothes
  • Chairs to relax in after the event
  • Table to prepare map on
  • A small shade/rain shelter
  • Plastic bags for rubbish
  • Warm clothing.  IT WILL BE COLD on the day, especially in the morning. Have a warm layer that you can wear at the start of the event and then remove if the day gets warmer

Prohibited Equipment

  • GPS - This includes and watches or bike computers that have any GPS capable functions. (18hr & 12hr Dawn Attack)
  • Any maps other than those provided. No other maps may be used after registration for planning and no other maps may be carried during the event.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Shoes
: Your feet will get wet.  Lighter off road trail runners are preferable to heavy walking boots or ‘on road’ runners.  An Off Road Trail Running Shoe will give you stability, grip & drainage which will all be important. Check out the great range at your Nearest Mountain Designs Store

Carrying your Shoes: If you ride with clipless peddles come prepared to carry a set of runners with you as you will have to run in the middle of a bike leg.

A final kit list will be sent to competitors prior to the event.

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SKI HIRE: On Site Ski Hire Sold Out | Direct Hire Available until 28/4/16

On Site Ski hire has sold out, however skis can be hired directly from Adam and the team at Navis Outdoors. Details are below.

Hire Direct from Navis Outdoors

Skis can be hired directly from Navis Outdoors to be picked up from Chapel Hill before Thursday 28th April, 2016 at the cost of $45. Please contact Adam on the details below

Contact Details

About the 2-Person Spirit CTR Skis

These are a tandem Surf Ski with rudder control steering. They weigh 30kg, are 4.8m in length with a width of 70cm.

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ACCOMMODATION & TENTS AT RACE HQ

Camping is not permitted at Race HQ, however, teams are permitted to put up a small tent for rest and shelter whilst at the event. No camping trailers or caravans are permitted at the event site.

There are accommodation and camping options in the area if desired.

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PRESENTATIONS

Presentations will take place at Race HQ at approx 6:15pm on Saturday evening where our MD ARA Dark Side Champions and Dawn Attack Champions will be honoured along with an opportunity to win some awesome prizes in the spot prize draw.

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

All participants in the 18hr and 12 hr event must:

  • Be at least 15 years of Age
  • Be able to swim at least 100m unassisted
  • If providing their own water craft (as outlined above) it must be in good working order and participants must be familiar with the craft and have extensive experience paddling it.
  • Have the ability to read a map and navigate to at least an intermediate standard.
  • Be at a fitness level equal to the distances of the event and be able to cope with the physical and mental demands of the event
  • Accept responsibility for themselves and their belongings during the event.
  • Be prepared to abide by the rules and safety regulations associated with the event.
  • Follow all directions given by event officials.
  • Be ready for some hardcore adventure!

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AGE LIMITS

18hr Dark Side Champs 18+ yrs

Competitors must be at least 18 years of age on the day of the event to take part.

12hr Dawn Attack 15+ yrs

Competitors must be over 15 years of age on the day of the event to take part in the 12hr event. Participants ages 15-18 years must have one member of the team (The Team Guardian) who is over 18 years of age on the day of the event.

Participants who are under 18 years of age
Any competitors under the age of 18 years, on the day of the event, must have a signed Parental Consent Form and at least one team member (The Team Guardian) must be over 18 years of age on the day of the event.

Parents or guardians of participants under 18 years of age must give written consent for their child to compete in the event and for the team guardian to be responsible for their child on the day of the event. These terms and conditions are outlined in the PARENTAL CONSENT FORM

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GEAR BOXES, TRANSITION AREAS & BIKE, BOAT & GEAR DROPS

There will be kayak, bike and gear drops prior to the event where competitors will drop off these items. Full details will be released 5 days prior to the event when the Event Information Pack is emailed to all participants.

Gear Boxes: 18hr

  • 18hr teams are permitted 2 gear boxes.
  • Box 1: Will be accessed approx 1/3 of the way into the event and can be up to 90 litres
  • Box 2: Will be left at HQ and will be transported to the transition area for you. This box will be accessed approx 2/3 of the way into the event and must be no more than 50 litres with dimensions no bigger than 50cm (L) x 37cm (W) x 32cm (H)
  • Please ensure that Box 2 does not exceed these dimentsion as they WILL NOT be able to be transported, which means teams will not have access to gear at the 2nd transition area.

Gear Boxes: 12hr

  • 12hr teams are permitted 2 gear boxes.
  • Box 1: Will be accessed near the beginning of the event and can be up to 90 litres
  • Box 2: Will be left at HQ and will be transported to the transition area for you. This box will be accessed approx 2/3 of the way into the event and must be no more than 50 litres with dimensions no bigger than 50cm (L) x 37cm (W) x 32cm (H)
  • Please ensure that Box 2 does not exceed these dimentsion as they WILL NOT be able to be transported, which means teams will not have access to gear at the 2nd transition area.

The gear boxes must be:

  • No bigger than the sizes outlined above;
  • Sealed and waterproof; and
  • Labelled with you team name clearly visible on the top and outside of the box.

Teams must start the event at HQ with all equipment as outlined in the compulsory equipment list except for bike and paddle equipment.

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CATERING

Jungle Bean Coffee

Tarryn & the Jungle Bean Coffe Van will be back at Adventure Race Australia, serving up some of Australia's best coffee, hot drinks and ice cold frappes at the follwing times:

  • Friday 6pm to 8:45pm
  • Saturday 2pm to 6:30pm

Post Race BBQ

The Woodford Scouts will be on site at Bushy's cooking up a storm at the post race BBQ. A voucher for a burger will be issued to each competitor when bibs are returned at race finish.

Drinks and snacks can also be purchased from the scouts. Cash only please

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TEAM LISTS

Team lists will be published after entry closure on Thursday prior to the event.

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MOUNTAIN BIKE HIRE

Have Fun Tours

Catch up with John & the team at Have Fun tours if you're looking for mountain bike hire in South East Qld or if you're looking for some great mountain bike tours in spectacular areas. .

Mountain Bikes can be hired for just $40 per day. HIre includes a helmet and the team at Have Fun Tours have all bike sizes available. 

Bikes will need to be collected from the Sunshine Coast. Please call John for details

Pre-booking is essential:
Tel: 0419 795586 or check out the website at www.havefuntours.com.au

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