Ipswich Shines as over 350 adventurers of all ages descend on spectacular Kholo Gardens, with Team Mountain Designs Victors in a Tough Hardcore Event.

This weekend the adventure continued in Ipswich, Queensland's new destination for adventure, at the Mountain Designs Adventure Race Australia Qld Series event and Family Adventure Day. Spectacular Kholo Gardens proved the perfect base for some hardcore adventure, as well as a family challenge for all ages.

Go Hardcore

The day kicked off with teams in the Hardcore Course tackling a short foot leg in Kholo Gardens followed by a 3km picturesque paddle on the Brisbane River, before exiting the boats and trekking to their Mountain Bikes which had been left at a predetermined location before the start of the race.

Team Rogue lead into the water with Team Mountain Designs in hot pursuit in 2nd, and Team Rolton in 3rd.

Team Mountain Designs made a strong move on the first foot leg to overtake Team Rogue and arrive at the MTB leg in 1st place.

A tough Mountain Bike Course followed with over 20km where teams strategised to determine the best route to collect 8 check points. During this time Team Mountain Designs raced neck & neck with Team Rogue with only one minute seperating the teams at the finish of the Mountain Bike leg.

After the challenge of the Moutain Bike it was back on foot to the kayaks with another paddle back to Kholo Gardens, followed by a trek leg within the beautiful rainforest surrounds before heading for the welcome site of the Finish Line.

At the finish it was Team Mountain Designs in the Premier Mixed category who took line honours in a time of 3:23:25, with Team Rogue in the Male Category just 30 seconds behind in 3:23:55. Third across the line was Team Special K in the premier mixed category in 4:27:42 and in 4th was our first female team from Tri Adventure in 4:27:59.

Time to Raw

Beginners, and those looking for a slightly shorter challenge took on the Raw Course which started 2 hours after the Hardcore Race. This involved a similar course with shorter distances and less challenging terrain and navigation. It was still a tough day out though, with teams taking up to 4 hours to finish.

Line honours in the Raw event went to solo racer Nic Droste in a blistering time of 2:54:45 with team Topper Trouble being the first team to cross the line in a time of 3:31:32.

Time for some Family Fun

Then at 11am Kholo Gardens came to life with families of all ages donning their race bibs and tackling a fun orienteering course on foot around the park. Along the way they also tackled some fun challenges including a giant slingshot, a team ropes course with lots of mud, water and dirt and a short kayak leg, as well as some mental challenges.

Event Director Robyn Lazenby told us that "To see so many Mums, Dads and their little ones out and enjoying the outdoors and getting wet & muddy and finishing with HUGE smiles on their faces, was such a special experience and thanks go to Ipswich CIty Council and Mountain Designs for supporting the event and making it possible for us to create such a great experience for everyone involved."

Results for the Hardcore and Raw Course are out now and stay tuned for your FREE event photos and family day photos that will be uploaded onto facebook very soon.


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  QLD HARDCORE: Premier Mixed
Team Mountain Designs Kim Beckinsale
Gary Sutherland
Special K's Cass Kimlin
Darryn Kimlin
Brooky Bandits Shameem Khan
Kay Gilroy


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Ipswich unveiled as Queensland's New Destination for Adventure, as Team Mountain Designs take out the 2014/15 18hr Dark Side Championships

This weekend Ipswich unveiled itself as Queensland's new destination for adventure at the Mountain Designs Adventure Race Australia 18hr Dark Side Championships and 12hr Dawn Attack.

Almost 200 brave souls battled it out throughout the night and day on mountain bike, foot and boat to cover the 110km Dark Side and 70k Dawn Attack courses in some of Queensland's most picturesque recreational areas which have never before been open to the public.

Ipswich council is leading the way in encouraging recreation in this beautiful part of the world and our competitors got to experience it first hand in a challenging, gruelling, yet rewarding night and day of adventure action. Couple this with a family day of fun in Kholo Gardens and Ipswich had it all covered.

In a hard fought battle it was Team Mountain Designs who took out the win for the second consecutive year with Team Explore in 2nd and Tri Adventure in 3rd.

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    Posted by In 2 Adventure on Sunday, 29 March 2015
  18hr DARK SIDE CHAMPS: Premier Mixed
Team Mountain Designs Dave Schloss
Leo Theoharis
Kim Beckinsale
Gary Sutherland
Teamexplore Paul Elby
Todd Valance
Angela Harris
Gary Palmer
Tri Adventure Cass Kimlin
Dyson Findlay
Alex Austin


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Queensland Sprint Event
Woodford, Sunshine Coast, Qld
27th July, 2014

An All New Adventure for MD ARA Qld.... PLUS FREE PHOTOS!

Queensland's Sunshine Coast turned on a spectacular day for the hosting of Round 2 of the Mountain Designs Adventure Race Australia Series as teams took on the challenge of Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Navigation, Rogaining and a surprise Stand Up Paddle Board and Tubing leg. Congratulations to Team MD's who took out line honours in the Hardcore event. Results are out now with more coming soon. Photos are now to download for FREE, with more coming at the end of the week.




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'Come & Try' Sprint Event
Brisbane, Qld
18th May, 2014

Now That's An Adventure!

A huge congratulations to all our competitors at the first MD ARA Adventure Race 'come & try' sprint. It was so great to see so many families and first timers tackling a new adventure and challenges.

The rock climb, low ropes, slingshot, tubing and paddling legs were a surprise for teams on the day and with a combination of trepidation and gusto teams threw themselves into every new challenge along the way to make it to the finish line with a huge smile & tremendous sense of achievement.

In the elite event there was some tough competition to take out the $3,000 cash prizes and a huge congratulations goes out to:

Team Mountain Designs Ridgeline Kim Beckensale
Gary Sutherland
Team Mountain Designs Dare You Gina Dunsdon
Dave Schloss
Adventure Time Heather Muir
Sam Marrable

Elite Results are out now. 'Come & Try' results, photos & video coming soon






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