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Team Nike Beaver Creek claims victory in the Crux and the Crucible at Adventure Sports Week
posted Saturday, June 20, 2009 by Yak @ 11:23 AM - 0 comments

Team Nike-Beaver Creek, comprised of Jay Henry, Gretchen Reeves and AR legend Mike Kloser claimed the overall co-ed "Crux and Crucible" title at Adventure Sports Week at Farragut State Park, just north of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, June 13—14.

The north Idaho wilderness created a race venue and backdrop as spectacular as any in the world, and was unanimously praised by the racers for its sheer beauty and the challenges it provided for the teams. "An amazing venue," said Kloser, veteran of over a hundred races from all over the world. "This was an awesome course...the views from some of the mountain summits, as well as those from on the lake were stunning." Added Henry, one of the top mountain bike professionals in the US, "the single track to finish up the second day was one of the best tracks ever. In Adventure Racing, we don't usually get such a great amount of top quality single track, so to have over 15 miles of outstanding trail (7 mixed the first day, and a solid 8 down the mountain the second) in a single adventure race was pretty special."

The Crux and the Crucible was a points-style race that kept the top teams racing full speed and out on the course for as close to the cutoff time as possible, in order to collect the largest number of points from the many mandatory and optional checkpoints along the challenging route.

Saturday dawned clear and hot, and at 7:00, the teams received their maps and got to work plotting out the many controls of the first day. At 8:00 a.m., the shotgun fired, and the race was on. The "warm-up" challenge was a 2 mile "locate and run" around a distant water tower before hitting the bikes for one of the most challenging tests around; over the next several hours, the teams made their way north over multiple mountain peaks bordering Lake Pend Oreille. Teams would navigate, bike, trek and kayak their way through some of Northern Idaho's most rugged terrain.

Along the way, they had to take multiple bearings, and plot additional UTMs as they earned more clues. Despite a slow start while taking time to make sure their maps were plotted properly, team Nike made up time on the bike and was the first to reach the manned bike way point.

The next challenge was a 13 mile kayak down the lake, made more challenging by the fact that a thunder storm was approaching from the east, and would catch some of the later teams, forcing them onto the support boats in the midst of golf ball sized hail and lightning. The kayakers had to stop in the small town of Bayview to complete a mind puzzle before making their way to idyllic Buttonhook Bay, where they had to portage their kayaks up a 200 meter hill before completing a 4 mile orienteering task on foot. Many of the teams were using their headlamps as they approached the 14 hour cutoff of day one.

After Day one, Nike had a slim 5 point lead over True Grit, meaning the race would come down to the second day. With a short night's rest, the surviving teams gathered at 5:00am for the Crucible briefing and maps, and at 6:00 a.m., they headed out on foot long the technical lake shore trail. Day 2 commenced in a slight mist, and with definitely cooler temperatures, which would help the racers later in the day.

After a 2 mile run, the teams had a 250 meter swim with their gear in dry bags, and hiked over the peninsula before retrieving their kayaks and beginning a 7 mile kayak east along Idylwilde Bay toward Lakeview.

Team Life-cycle, an all-male team, were first out of the water, using their super fast 3 man kayak, and a fast swim. Nike and True Grit were only minutes behind, with the remainder of the teams coming in over the next 40 minutes. The second day's challenges were less based on navigation and more on physical ability, as nearly 9000 feet of climbing—both on foot and on bike—awaited them.

There were 10 mandatory points and 11 optional points available the second day, all with varying values, so teams had a choice of route and difficulty, as long as they were back at the finish within the 13 hour time limit. The first check points included river crossings and mountain tops on the way to the base of Chilco Mountain, where the teams dismounted and climbed two miles to the summit on foot, where they were treated to panoramic, 360 degree views of Northern Idaho, Washington, Montana and even Canada in the distance.

Back at the Chilco way point, the teams received the coordinates to the day's toughest challenge: the Crucible, which sat atop Bernard Peak, just across the bay from the venue. Even after 8 hours, it would take teams another hour of climbing to reach the peak, and begin one of the true joys of the day, the 8 mile single track ride down the western bowl of Bernard Peak back into the park. This is truly one of the great single tracks in the world, consisting of a narrow, twisting, smooth dirt trail with numerous switchbacks, stream crossings and jumps to keep the rider's occupied during the 40 minute descent.

The final task of the day was a challenging on-foot orienteering course through the brush and forest of the park before biking to the finish. Only 4 teams were able to achieve all of the checkpoints on Day 2 and get a perfect score: though all the teams were able to get all the mandatory markers and complete the course. Team Nike-Beaver Creek with their combined two day results bested the rest!

"In all, it was a terrific race," said Kloser. "We'll definitely be back next year. It was a great test, with two days of challenging, fun and exciting racing, I'm personally looking forward to the additions and changes they have in mind for next year."

As for next year, the organizers are already well underway with their plans, but the only thing they will share about next year's course at this point is that roller coasters will be involved!

The Crux and Crucible adventure race at Adventure Sports Week is part of the Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Series presented by Inov-8.

Send us your best adventure racing photos and race for FREE
posted Friday, June 19, 2009 by Yak @ 3:50 PM - 0 comments

We're up to 13 entries for our Adventure Racing Stimulus photo contest.

Team Checkpoint Zero/Inov-8 in partnership with Odyssey Adventure Racing is giving away 3 FREE entries to the upcoming Odyssey One Day Adventure Race set for July 25th in Roanoke, VA.

We're accepting entries through the end of June.

9th running of the Berryman Adventure set for September 26th
posted Thursday, June 18, 2009 by Yak @ 1:36 PM - 0 comments

Bonk Hard Racing, LLC is excited to announce that the ninth running of the Berryman Adventure will be taking place the weekend of September 26th. The Berryman Adventure - presented by The North Face - always draws top teams from across the U.S. because of its true backwoods setting and top competition.

The race is set in the rugged and beautiful Mark Twain National Forest and Ozark National Scenic Riverways of southern Missouri. The 2009 course is completely new and will offer racers miles and miles of single track trails, beautiful crystal-clear rivers and steep, rugged terrain; the Berryman Adventure is what adventure racing is all about.

The race will offer two courses: a 12-Hour course and a 36-Hour course. Both courses will once again reinforce the motto of the race, "a real ass kicker", but the 36-Hour course will continue to be one of the toughest non-expedition races in the United States. Teams must be extremely proficient with a map and compass and should not show up unprepared. The 36-Hour course is the closest you can get to a mini-expedition race and teams should not take it lightly.

This race is by-far one of the cheapest races in the U.S., with a $170 early registration fee for 36-Hours of true backwoods adventure racing. With prizes like North Face tents and sleeping bags, Salomon XT Wing trail shoes, great gear from Columbia Sportswear, Numa Sport Optic sunglasses, Kuat bike racks and a TON of great prizes from regional outdoor stores like Alpine Shop, you will not want to miss this year's race!

This Berryman Adventure 36-Hour 4-Person Coed Elite division will once again be a Regional Qualifier for the USARA National Championships race as well as a part of the Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Series presented by Inov-8.

Get your team together today and come see for yourself why the Berryman Adventure has the slogan "a real ass kicker!"

To learn more about the race, or to register, visit http://www.theberrymanadventure.com.

Lionheart Adventure Race
posted Wednesday, June 17, 2009 by Yak @ 10:09 AM - 0 comments

The 5th edition of the American Adventure Sports Lionheart Adventure Race is set for August 8th in Ohiopyle, PA.

Solo racers will compete alongside coed and same sex teams of two, three or four racers along a ~90 mile course featuring mountain biking, trekking, orienteering, kayaking, swimming and rappelling.

The race is unsupported and features a rogaine format centered around the Start/Finish/Transition are at Wilderness Voyageurs.

The Lionheart is part of the Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Series presented by Inov-8 and is a USARA Nationals Regioinal Qualifier.

Registration is open through August 4th.

Adventure Racing Stimulus Bill
posted Tuesday, June 9, 2009 by Yak @ 3:04 PM - 2 comments

Team Checkpoint Zero/Inov-8, in partnership with Odyssey Adventure Racing, is giving away 3 FREE entries to the upcoming Odyssey One Day Adventure Race set for July 25th in Roanoke, VA.

To win, send us your best adventure racing photos by June 30th. Checkpoint Zero/Inov-8 team members will each select their 3 favorite photos from among all submissions. Winners will be notified on July 6th.

Registration for the race closes on July 13th so if your team doesn't win you'll still have plenty of time to sign up.

Contest Rules
  • One entry per team member.

  • Entries must relate to adventure racing. Photos of teams racing, training or otherwise participating in adventure racing related activities (shopping, at a clinic, visiting the emergency room, etc) will be accepted.

  • Copyrighted photos will only be accepted if submitted by the person holding the copyright. Photos copyrighted by Odyssey Adventure Racing or Checkpoint Zero, LLC will also be accepted.

  • Entries with inappropriate, obscene content will not be accepted.

  • Checkpoint Zero, LLC and Odyssey Adventure Racing reserve the right to use submitted photos for marketing purposes.

  • Winners will receive a paid entry to the 2009 Odyssey One Day Adventure Race for a single team in any category (1/2/4 person team) and Checkpoint Zero branded Headsweats.

  • Prizes are non-transferable and may not be exchanged for cash. If a winning team has already paid for their entry to the One Day Adventure Race they will be granted Odyssey dollars equal to the amount paid for use at any future Odyssey event through the end of 2010.

  • Only one winner (and prize) per team.

  • Entries must be received by June 30th.

  • Winners will be selected by Team Checkpoint Zero/Inov-8 and be notified on July 6th.

  • Checkpoint Zero, LLC reserves the right to modify these rules at any time to guarantee the integrity of the contest.

  • All entries will be showcased in the Adventure Racing Stimulus Bill photo gallery for your entertainment.
Send entries including a single photo in JPG format, team name, names of all persons in the photo and the name, date and location of the event if the photo was taken at a race to yak@checkpointzero.com.

North Georgia Adventure Race to return in 2010
posted Monday, June 8, 2009 by Yak @ 3:14 PM - 0 comments

"Every time I try to get out...they pull me back in..."

That's the response I got from Tony Berwald when I asked him what on earth would possess him to bring the NGAR out of mothballs.

Really, this was inevitable. Tony never lost his desire to produce the race...rather two kids, a little burnout and the chance handle course design for the 2007 and 2008 editions of the Checkpoint Zero Adventure Race gave him a hard-to-resist opportunity to take a break without walking away entirely.

The 2010 edition of this favorite, frigid, Georgian suffer-fest is set for January 16th in Ellijay, GA. Coed and same sex teams of 3 will bike, paddle and trek 90+ miles while navigating by map and compass. Registration will open July 1st and the entry fee is $345 per team.

The 2010 North Georgia Adventure Race will be part of the 2010 Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Series presented by Inov-8.

For more information visit the official race website at http://www.northgeorgiaar.com.