Adventure awaits




Heading into its third year, South Africa’s National Adventure Racing series, Adventure 1 returns in 2020 with another spectacular 5 race series that will explore the wild corners of South Africa while pushing you to your absolute limits. Make no mistake this is the toughest adventure racing series you’ll attempt, but with new short course options for newbies and unbeatable locations, you’ll want to be part of it whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior.

Once again your team’s best 3 of 5 races count to your season total and you can use up to 7 team members across the season to share the load, with the National champions taking home the coveted ticket the world’s biggest expedition adventure race GODZone Adventure in New Zealand.

The 2019 Adventure 1 season finale, Cyanosis Adventure Race in Tugela Valley on Oct 19, promises to be an exciting finish to the season. Entries are still available until Oct 9. The race will take place in spectacularly remote bushveld in the heart of rural Kwa-Zulu Natal, with a fun course featuring abseiling, rafting and kayaking.

The A1 2020 series then kicks off in March in the Gauteng region with the Nevarest 24hr race. This race aims to help introduce teams to the longer, slightly tougher aspects of adventure racing, being outdoors and exploring with friends is what it's all about! This race will incorporate a shorter 12hr race as well as an assisted category where teams will be able to get the GPS track of the suggested route to help assist teams when navigating.

In June, the A1 series heads to Garden Route for the Vasbyt 30 hr, which is known for its testing routes in the forests surrounding Knysna. With a format that allows all teams to race for between 24-30 hours, it offers a challenging event for both the experienced and novice adventure racer.

Following Vasbyt, we head back to the KwaZulu-Natal region in August for the Cyanosis 30 hr race. This will be the 3rd edition of the Cyanosis A1 event and will once again feature a challenging but fun course through the wild frontiers of KZN. The race will be hosted by Team Cyanosis. With a course layout designed by Nicholas Mulder and Hillary Pitchford Bruss, good quality up-to-date maps and great enjoyable scenery will be essentially guaranteed.

In September the series heads to Stilbaai in the Western Cape for the WCAD 24 hr race. Stilbaai is well known for touch rugby, surfing and sunshine but it is time to get to know the unexplored parts of the Hessequa region. The Langeberg mountains has spectacular valleys that you will be thrilled to get access to. The ruggedness of the arid fynbos sections will surprise you. And the untouched coastal sections of sandstone cliffs and long sandy beaches will take your breath away. This race also caters for those new to the sport with a 12 hr option. WCAD are thrilled to partner with the Gourikwa Nature Reserve, that will welcome you at the finish line.

Finally, the 2020 A1 SA series will wrap up in October with the 30 hr Gariep race in Freestate / Northern Cape. After some icy conditions at the inaugural Gariep race, Team Castle Lite would like to invite teams back to the area for a superb spring experience. Rising rivers and lush green grass are all signs of new life in the area and you will have to conquer whatever Mother Nature presents, as she tends to always surprise us during this time of the year. Guaranteed to be a navigational challenge for most, there will also be a 15 hr race on offer that would be kinder to the less experienced.

Details for the full series are as follows:

Race 01: Nevarest, Gauteng | 24 hr | March 7-8
Race 02: Vasbyt, Garden Route | 30 hr | June 13-15
Race 03: Cyanosis, KwaZulu-Natal| 30 hr | August 15-16
Race 04: WCAD, Stilbaai, Western Cape | 24 hr | September 25-27
Race 05: Gariep, Freestate / Northern Cape | 30 hr | October 16-18

The A1 series of races are organised by a collective of racers who actively compete themselves. They know what they like in a race and put their heart into developing courses that they would want to race.

The A1 team have come together for the growth and development of the sport: to that end keep an eye out for an upcoming announcement about the "A2" series of sprint races coming down the line shortly.

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