Adventure awaits


A1 Elgin 2022


We are extremely excited about the next A1 adventure race. You will be navigating your way around the Elgin valley. We will have a 36h and 12h event.

Date: 30 April - 1 May 2022
(this is a long weekend, so bring your family for a great weekend away) s 1 month to go before the EPIC ELGIN A1 ADVENTURE RACE
Here are a few details so that you can start planning
Get those entries in quickly and book accommodation before it's all gone
BODEMLOOS has offered really affordable rates for their pre-set up tents.


( Basic outline)

There are x2 events 36hr and 12 hr. The 36hr race is focused more on the AR elite racers - while the 12hr race is focused more on those newer to the AR sport.
The longer race starts early hours of Saturday morning while the shorter one only begins on Sunday morning. The aim is to have everyone finish together to enjoy dinner, music and prize giving before crawling in for a well-deserved night’s sleep.

~ Completing an adventure race no matter the duration is never an easy feat ~

Friday 29 April
* 15:00 – 20:00 - Participants arrive
* 20:00 – Race briefing for 36hr race

Saturday 30 April
* 05:00 – 08:00 – 36 HR race starts
* (teams will depart in a staggered start, sending the slower teams ahead of the elites.)
* TIME TBC – prologue trail run for 12 hrs teams
* Leisure time for 12hr teams and 36 hrs supporters – it’s the Elgin Cool Wine Festival so lots going on in the valley
* 20:00 – Race briefing for 12hr race

Sunday 1 May
* 05:00 – 12 hr race starts
* 09:00 – expect elites of the 36 hr race to start finishing. The teams that finish early will also be encouraged to support cool wine festival and see what else the valley has to offer
* 09:00 - 17:00 – expected time for all racers to finish both events
* 18:30 – 12hr & 36hr race cut off - all racers will be back at race village
* 19:00 – dinner
* 19:30 - Prize giving
* There will be live music and a bit of gees on this evening to celebrate

Monday 2 May
* 07:00 – 09:00 breakfast
* 10:00 – teams depart

Mandatory Equipment: - basic list

** No bike boxes or tie downs necessary for this race
* 1 Per team
* compass
* waterproof map bag
* basic first aid kit
* 5m rope
* (a bike board and highlighters for the navigator is a huge help)
* Bicycle tool kit
* Lighter
* Tape (insulation or duct) – just wrap a few wraps around the lighter – handier than you know
* Chain lube – small bottle
* Spare tyre
* at least x2 spare tubes per team of 4
* Small pump – or take a few bombs and put a BIG pump in your transition box
* Fully charged cell phone (this will be switched off and sealed into a ziplock bag by the race organizers, so you cant use it BUT you have it with you if you need it in case of an emergency)

Each person needs:
* a space blanket
* waterproof jacket
* 2 litres of water
* enough food for each leg of the race
* head lamp
* extra headlight batteries
* warm gear – the evenings can often get chilly
* dry bag / water proof bag / ziplock bags
* bicycle and bike helmet
* bicycle light
* Sunblock / Hat
* Chain Link
* Derailleur hanger


BODEMLOOS us has offered really affordable rates for their pre-set up tents.

1 Almenkerk 5km & 10km trail run on the Saturday – enter here
2 Race the train cycle (contact Trails End for details )
3 Elgin Cool Wine Festival
4 Elgin Railway Market
5 ELGIN AMAZING RACE – Entries opening soon
6 Ziplining
8 Quadbiking

** be sure to pre-book what you can in advance, activities will full up fast during the long weekend.

* We will have spectator spots that we will provide once each race has started. Be sure to advise the race organiser at registration so that we can add to you the necessary whatsapp groups.
* It's not an easy sport to watch, but we do our best to create spectator points for friends and family.
* We have the live tracking available to view at the race village and there will be link available for you to follow on your own as well

There will be awesome live music and then DJ’s playing on Sunday evening so we can all celebrate with our incredible athletes. They will have accomplished an incredibly tough race so gees and cheers will be the order of the evening.


What are you going to be up to:
You will be hiking / running
Cycling (maybe sometimes carrying your bicycle, we call this a “hike-a-bike”)
Kloofing and or Paddling (so you might get wet)
Adventure racing race organisers try to throw in a range of different disciplines to keep it interesting and allow participants to experience as much of what the area has to offer as possible.
Be prepared to go off the beaten track, often. LONG gaiters / long socks or long pants are invaluable to help protect your shins
Carry light and smart. Heavy will just slow you down, especially on the cycle legs
Get a dry bag (beg and borrow OR just use a ziplock bag inside another ziplock bag) – you won’t be regretful to keep food and dry clothes dry
Be sure to carry enough food for each leg – don’t underestimate how important staying well fuelled is. This is NOT a triathlon and the distances are longer than you think when you add the navigational aspect. A “quick 20km” bike ride suddenly takes a good 4 hrs and you need to be sure that you are carrying enough food and water.
You need to drink enough water throughout the race, as you cannot survive on energy drinks and goo. Even a “shorter” 12hr race is too long to survive on goo and sugar high foods – rather think protein and carbs
The organisers provide a transition box for you to keep whatever gear you are not using for the next leg as well as additional food and snacks for the team. Rolls & wraps go down well in-between legs, nuts / fruit / biltong and droewors are great sustainable snacks. Pre-pack snacks into small bags so you only carry what you need for each leg – no point in carrying a kg of droewors for a whole race.
Remember to pack enough food and snacks in each transition box – you can always take home what you done eat
Get you bicycle serviced or checked before your race – make sure that your brakes are working that you have slime in your tyres (even if they not tubeless, get slime put in)

Tricks of the trade:
Rennies are amazing for cramps – pop one the minute you feel the cramp and all sorted
Shin socks are a prefect more cost-effective substitute for long gaiters
Arm sleeves are great way to take the chill off and protect you from the sun
Keep a close eye on the weather forecasts leading up to the race so you know what to pack
A good quality Rain jacket is a privilege, but to be honest, even those have a saturation point, don’t discard the value of a black bag with pre-cut out neck and arm holes. It’s the only thing that will keep you truly dry and its light to carry
Throw clean socks into your transition box, it's amazing what fresh socks can do for team morale
Don’t underestimate the importance of foot management, especially when it's wet. (you can put a bit of baby powder into your socks before you roll them up, this really helps dry out your feet as you go)
If you know you get blisters – pack plenty plasters and lots of vaseline to rub between toes.
Baby bum cream is the BEST chaff cream out there (bebanthen / sudocream)
Carry extra batteries for your headlamp
Be sure to keep your lips hydrated, many people struggle with sores that develop from long hours of sucking on a bladder pipe
Be sure to have your navigator DRAW out the nav plan on the map before each leg, so that you can follow a clear line. Once you are on the go it's easy to forget where you are in your map.
Make yourself a BIKE map board – navigating on the bike is tough enough, you want to have your navigator stay in the map as you go and not stop every now and again to see where you are


Check Points (CP’s) are not designed to trick you, if it’s not relatively obvious you probably not in the correct place
Race organisers won’t take you somewhere extremely unsafe, if you find yourself on a cliff edge you probably went wrong somewhere, backtrack to your last confirmed location on your map and try again.
Remember this is a TEAM event – listen to your team members and move at the slowest members’ pace. If 1 member of the team bails out your team gets a DNF (did not finish) - so getting your whole team to the finish line should be your number 1 priority.
Regularly check in with each other so see how everyone is feeling and gage when to rest and when to push based on the strength of the full team.
If you are serious about racing – discuss your transition strategy. Time passes very quickly in transition. Discuss who does what. Remember that your navigator must plan your next route, so be sure to take care of him/her too. Offer to fill water bottles/ bladder / pack food etc – so that they can focus on the map.
A quick check in as you leave transition is critical – just to ensure everyone is carrying the necessary gear for the next leg – don’t get caught out later (if you know you are going into the dark and cold – does everyone have their headlamp and warm top?)
Pack an “in-case” after race dinner - Many times races finish at strange times (like early hours of the morning) where finding food isn’t possible, make sure you and your team always pack food for after the race as a just in case.
Pack essential after race beers – yes you will be tired but a team beer to celebrate is the perfect way to end the race together

Why do we get information so last minute?
Its purely due to the navigational aspect of the sport
Its to try discouraging teams from working out where the race will go and thus having a navigational advantage – race directors withhold as much information as possible until the last minute
Never feel shy to send questions to your race organizer – they usually do what they can to answer whatever questions you have.

What is covered in the race briefing?
Teams are given their race booklets, this tells them what the various disciplines they will be required to do as well as the distances.
This is given to the teams the evening before so that they can plan and pack their supplies and gear accordingly. (they need to know what gear to carry when)
For some of the much longer races the splits are sent out earlier, but for many of the smaller races the first time you get these splits is the evening before. (again this is just to prevent those seasoned navigators from working out where the route will go) Safety, general rules, out of bounds areas as well as anything unusual or unique to the race is addressed at this point.
Maps are only given out the morning of each race (usually 15-30min before the race starts so navigators can orientate themselves and plan)

Also check out the A1 newbie page:


Epic video about adventure racing

A documentary on Nathan Farve and his team – the top AR team in the world – its got some great advice about team dynamics

Transition – another race discipline

Advice from women of AR

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Navigation is a key ingredient in the success of a team.

There are no route markers along the way. You get a map and will need to find checkpoints.

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