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2010 North Georgia Adventure Race
posted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 by Yak @ 11:34 AM - 0 comments

Just got a few pics of the course from race director Tony Berwald. This legendary southeastern sufferfest is returning in 2010 after a 3 year hiatus. Visit the official race homepage for more information.

Checkpoint Zero/Inov-8 is the 2009 Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Series National Champion
posted Monday, September 28, 2009 by Yak @ 10:13 AM - 0 comments

With the 100 points earned for their win at this past weekend's Bushwhack Adventure Race, the team has wracked up a perfect 400 points for the season.

They beat out over 100 other adventure racing teams from across the United States who competed in 26 different events since January.

For winning the Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Series...presented by Inov-8, the team will receive the lion's share of the cash prize purse and an all expenses paid trip to compete in the Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge in the United Arab Emirates in December.

Nice work team...way to go!!!!

Abu Dhabi Adventure Challenge Prolongs The Pleasure
posted Sunday, September 27, 2009 by Yak @ 3:33 PM - 0 comments

All good things must come to an end but there's no reason why you can't stretch out the proceedings a little and make the most of it while it lasts, so we've made the race even longer this year, to give you more challenges, more excitement...and loads more vitamin D.

Abu Dhabi is a country in full flower - the kind of place that requires a rewrite of the travel guides on a weekly basis. New buildings, resplendent experiments juxtaposing futuristic design with cutting-edge material's science, sweeping cultural projects, luxury resorts and wildlife reserves all combine with the timeless hospitality of the Bedouin tribe to compose one of the world's most enticing tourist destinations. With all that available, we could hardly pass up the chance make the race the longest yet, giving you the opportunity to race more, see more and, of course, achieve more.

This year's race includes all those familiar and favourite aspects of the last 2 plus a few tweaks based on your fascinating feedback. On 4th December, Abu Dhabi City, with its skyline of tall, modern buildings interspersed with delicate minarets and elegant seafront promenades will repeat its role as urban showcase for the event by hosting the opening act: a triathlon-style opener that involves 34km of running, cycling, sea kayaking and, for the first time, swimming in the calm waters around the Abu Dhabi Corniche. Not much of a breather later the Arabian Gulf, an essential in the race itinerary with its picturesque desert islands and pristine waters, is an ideal playground for the keen kayaker and an ideal choice for backdrop to the next stage.

In contrast to previous itineraries, when the teams would paddle west of Abu Dhabi and confront vast expanses of open water, this demanding 110km sea-kayaking leg that will take you east around the coast and past the 27 square mile Saadiyat Island, currently in the process of becoming Abu Dhabi's cultural and recreational haven. This international tourist destination in the making will eventually boast 5-star resorts, immaculate sandy beaches, lagoons, a wildlife reserve and the only seaside golf course in the region. A vibrant cultural district, housing some of the Middle East's most audacious architectural gems and extensive art collections, is also under construction. An island bivouac among the lush mangroves will give you time to dry your socks, get some sleep and prepare for the another day's racing on the crystal waters.

After a three hour transfer to the Liwa Desert, via the Liwa Oasis, you are only one authentic Bedouin bivouac away from a very close up and personal rub with the Rub' al Khali (Empty Quarter), the world's largest expanse of unbroken sand, equivalent in size to France, Holland and Belgium combined. The dunes of red and gold are so tall that they attract visitors from around the globe with only one objective in mind: get to the top. A 2-day struggle across 120km of dramatic and uncompromising desert will confront you with one of the most challenging stages of the race. You will need to manage water, effort and itinerary choice to have any chance of "beating" the desert. As if that wasn't enough, this is the home of the legendary "shouting sands" (Za'eeq al Raml), a phenomenon that local legends often describe as evil spirits trying to disorient travellers and draw them deeper into peril...and you thought that role belonged to your teammates A trusty compass and reliable map should keep you safe from any interfering djinn but watch out for the early morning fog which, if last year is anything to go by, can really stir things up.

On the 5th day, you will take to the saddle to cover a punishing 95km biking stage. Split into 2 legs, the first 40km section, from the heart of the Liwa desert to Hamim, includes a cameo appearance for the luxury, five-star Qasr Al Sarab desert resort, due to opens its doors to guests in October 2009. You won’t get as far as checking in at this unique, authentic Arabian retreat but a quick detour through the palm-shaded grounds should give you a feel for the place. The 54 remaining kilometres will take you from Hamim all the way to the outskirts of the Oasis city of Al Ain. Otherwise known as the "Garden City of the Gulf", strict planning rules, limiting the height of new buildings, lends an intimacy to the city and an abundance of pleasant parks, age-old markets and cultural attractions, including the recently inaugurated Zayed National Museum, which houses temporary and permanent collections illustrating the life and values of the United Arab Emirates' illustrious founder, gives it, and the delightfully leafy streets, a distinctly traditional Arabian atmosphere.

After a night camped in a cool canyon to the east of the Jebel Hafeet range, the all important final day starts with a novel, night-orienteering section followed by a trek up the jagged slopes of the mountain range which, at 1,340m, dominates the surrounding area and is one of the UAE's highest peaks. A technically demanding rope works section will give you a stunning view across the fertile plains studded with date farms that reach the outskirts of Al Ain. From the top of what is one of the UAE's highest mountains, you will careen 37km down into the city centre of Al Ain along roads closed expressly for the race. The final 4km will be on foot, with teams sprinting through the popular Central Gardens, where a large cosmopolitan crowd comes at weekends to picnic and play, to the finish line at the Jahili Fort, one of the country's most important historical monuments and the largest castle in Al Ain. You'll most certainly be exhausted but also a lot wiser. In a race renowned for the quality of its course set in a country celebrated for its hospitality and cultural heritage, longer can only mean better.

UPDATED: Shootout at the Bushwhack Adventure Race
posted Thursday, September 24, 2009 by Yak @ 9:42 AM - 1 comments

UPDATE: I was just reminded that Alpine Shop won Thunder Rolls and is sitting at 280 points. They're at the Berryman Adventure this weekend. If they win and both CPZ and EMS crash and burn at Bushwhack they'd tie Checkpoint Zero/Inov-8 on points at 380.

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The overall points winner of the Checkpoint Tracker Adventure Racing Series presented by Inov-8 will be decided this weekend at the Bushwhack Adventure Race in Raleigh, NC.

Checkpoint Zero/Inov-8 is presently sitting in 1st place with 380 points. They're up against Eastern Mountain Sports, who finished the 2008 Series in 2nd place. EMS is in 7th with an even 300 points.

A win will put either team at a perfect 400 points for the year and clinch the Series.

If neither team takes first place, EMS will have to finish in the top 3 and ahead of Checkpoint Zero/Inov-8 to win the 2009 Series.