Adventure Racing World Series

Last updated

The Adventure Racing World Series (ARWS [1] ) comprises a number of expedition-length adventure races that push the world’s best endurance athletes to their limits [2] in a season of competition that tests their skills in a range of disciplines including navigation, trekking, mountain biking, paddling and climbing.

Navigation The process of monitoring and controlling the movement of a craft or vehicle from one place to another

Navigation is a field of study that focuses on the process of monitoring and controlling the movement of a craft or vehicle from one place to another. The field of navigation includes four general categories: land navigation, marine navigation, aeronautic navigation, and space navigation.

Mountain biking bicycling sport

Mountain biking is a sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes. Mountain bikes share similarities with other bikes but incorporate features designed to enhance durability and performance in rough terrain. Mountain biking can generally be broken down into multiple categories: cross country, trail riding, all mountain, downhill, freeride and dirt jumping.

Paddling with regard to watercraft is the act of manually propelling a boat using a paddle. The paddle, which consists of one or two blades joined to a shaft, is also used to steer the vessel. The paddle is not connected to the boat.

Contents

Format

Mixed gender teams of four competitors compete in a series of up to a dozen races held in locations spread across the globe. These races culminate in the staging of the Adventure Racing World Championships, the winner of which is crowned World Champions.

Champion victor in a challenge, contest or competition

A champion is the victor in a challenge, contest or competition. There can be a territorial pyramid of championships, e.g. local, regional / provincial, state, national, continental and world championships, and even further (artificial) divisions at one or more of these levels, as in soccer. Their champions can be accordingly styled, e.g. national champion, world champion. The champions

The competition's format provides that each of the individual events of the World Series function as a qualifier for the World Championships. The top two finishing teams in each event secure the opportunity to compete in the World Championships. The field of event winners and second place getters is then supplemented by the reigning world champions, who are given the right to defend their title, and a selection of wild card entrants round out the number of starters.

A wild card is a tournament or playoff berth awarded to an individual or team that fails to qualify in the normal way, for example by having a high ranking or winning a qualifying stage. In some events, wild cards are chosen freely by the organizers. Other events have fixed rules. Some North American professional sports leagues compare the records of teams which did not qualify directly by winning a division or conference.

The actual World Championship race rotates each year. One of the qualifying events is singled out and designated as the World Championship event and this event provides a dramatic conclusion to the end of the World Series racing season.

In addition to the World Championship race, points are assigned to results from each of the qualifying races in the series to determine a World Ranking. Points are allocated on a teams best two results in a calendar year over a two-year period (with heavier weighting given to World Championship results), with the ranking cycle periodically refreshed every 4–6 months.

History

The Adventure Racing World Championship was the brainchild of Geoff Hunt and Pascale Lorre, long-time adventure racers who sought to "lend badly needed structure to the sport". [3] Hunt and Lorre's vision was first brought to fruition in Switzerland in 2001 where 41 teams contested the Discovery Channel World Championship with the controversy-plagued event eventually won by Finland's Team Nokia Adventure. [3] A team from New Zealand, including Kathy Lynch, came second that year. [4]

Kathleen "Kathy" Lynch is a retired competitive cyclist from New Zealand who competed both on and off the road. With a talent for multiple sports disciplines, she won the canoeing events New Zealand White Water Downriver and Slalom Championships in 1987 and represented her country at the 1988 Canoe Slalom World Cup. Around the same time, she was also a successful triathlete, but did not continue with that sport. She bought her first mountain bike in 1988 at the age of 31 in order to compete in an adventure sport event, and within a year she had become the New Zealand national cross country champion. Around the same time, she also took up road cycling. She was included in the New Zealand team for the 1990 Commonwealth Games and was assigned as domestique for the top New Zealand road rider, Madonna Harris. Harris and Lynch finished in fourth and ninth places respectively. In September 1990, Lynch competed at the inaugural UCI Mountain Bike World Championships and finished tenth. In November 1990, she became a household name in New Zealand by winning a 22-day multi-sport race the length of the country that had prime time TV coverage every night.

After a two-year hiatus the Adventure Racing World Championships was next held in Canada in 2004 and has subsequently been held every year since.

In 2011 management of the series was passed to the Australian company Geocentric Outdoors. [5] The 2011 World Championships - won by Thule Adventure Team - were staged at the XPD Expedition Race in Tasmania, Australia, where 90 teams drawn from 21 countries made for the largest starting field in the event's history. [6] This is testament to the fact that the World Series hosts the very best teams in the world and "continues to grow and become more prominent". [7] Geocentric Outdoors also instigated a number of new initiatives for the world series, including standardized equipment lists and logistics across the races, restrictions on mixed nationality teams at the World Championship race each year as well as the introduction of the World Series ranking system. These initiatives have encouraged larger international fields at the various races by lowering the logistical barriers for participation and rewarding participation in multiple events.

In 2012, the World Championships was held at Raid in France and were won by Team Seagate from New Zealand. [8] The title of World Champion returned to the Thule Adventure Team at Costa Rica in 2013, before again being reclaimed by Team Seagate in Ecuador in 2014. Despite having never won a World Championship, Spanish team Columbia Vidaraid held the number-one position in the World Series ranking through 2014 and 2015 due to their string of wins in World Series qualifying races in addition to their second-place finishes in the 2013 and 2014 World Championships. Seagate regained the top position in the rankings in 2016 after dominating at the incredibly demanding 2015 World Championships, held in the Pantanal in Brazil, as well as in the Shoalhaven area of Australia in 2016.

World Championship results

YearCountryRaceWorld ChampionNationality
2001SwitzerlandDiscovery Channel World ChampionshipsTeam Nokia AdventureSweden
2004Canada Raid The North Extreme Nike ACG Balance BarUSA
2005New ZealandSouthern TraverseBalance VectorNew Zealand
2006SwedenExplore SwedenNike PowerBlastUSA
2007ScotlandWilderness ARC [9] NikeUSA
2008BrazilEcomotion [10] Orion HealthNew Zealand
2009PortugalPortugal XPD [11] Helly Hansen PrunescoBritain
2010SpainBimbache ExtremBuff ThermocoolSpain
2011AustraliaXPD Expedition RaceThule Adventure TeamSweden
2012FranceRaid in FranceTeam SeagateNew Zealand
2013Costa RicaCosta Rica ARThule Adventure TeamFrance
2014EcuadorHusirasinchi ExplorerSeagateNew Zealand
2015BrazilARWS BrazilSeagateNew Zealand
2016AustraliaXPD Expedition RaceSeagateNew Zealand
2017USACameco Cowboy ToughSeagateNew Zealand
2018La Reunion IslandRaid in FranceAvayaNew Zealand
2019Sri LankaCanceled--
2020ParaguayExpedition GuaraniTBDTBD

2015 Adventure Racing World Series

RaceCountryDatesWinnerNationality
GODZone Adventure RaceNew ZealandMarch 2015SeagateNew Zealand
Tierra VivaChileApril 2015SAFATSweden
Raid GallaeciaSpainMay 2015Haglofs SlivaSweden
Expedition AfricaSwazilandJune 2015Merrell Adventure AddictsRepublic of South Africa
Expedition AlaskaUSAJune 2015TecnuUSA
Cameco Cowboy ToughUSAJuly 2015TecnuUSA
XPD Expedition RaceAustraliaAugust 2015Mountain DesignsAustralia
Raid in FranceFranceSeptember 2015RaidlightFrance
ARWS BrazilBrazilNovember 2015SeagateNew Zealand

2016 Adventure Racing World Series

RaceCountryDatesWinnerNationality
Maya Mountain Adventure ChallengeBelizeFebruary 2016Team Adventure Medical KitsUSA
GODZone Adventure RaceNew ZealandApril 2016Team Yealands Family WinesNew Zealand
Tierra VivaChileApril 20162 DSN 74 HokaFrance
Expedition AfricaSouth AfricaMay 2016Team Featherbed Painted WolfSouth Africa
Expedition GuaraniParaguayJuly 2016Columbia VidaraidBrazil/Spain/UK
Cameco Cowboy ToughUSAJuly 2016Team Adventure Medical KitsUSA
HuairasinchiColombiaAugust 2016FairisEcuador
ITERA Expedition RaceIrelandAugust 2016TEAM FMRFrance
Raid in FranceFranceSeptember 2016SeagateNew Zealand
Xtrail Expedition (Demonstration Race)ChinaSeptember 2016Thule Adventure TeamSweden
XPD World ChampionshipsAustraliaNovember 2016SeagateNew Zealand

2017 Adventure Racing World Series

RaceCountryDatesWinnerNationality
Expedition GuaraniParaguayMarch 2017CyanosisSouth Africa
HuairasinchiEcuadorApril 2017Terra Aventura – FinalinEcuador
Raid GallaeciaSpainMay 2017NaturexFrance
Expedition AfricaSouth AfricaMay 2017Skylotec AdventureSweden
Xtrail ExpeditionChinaJune 2017SeagateNew Zealand
Raid in FranceFranceJune 2017Lozere Team2RaidFrance
Cameco Cowboy Tough World ChampionshipsUSAAugust 2017SeagateNew Zealand

2018 Adventure Racing World Series

RaceCountryDatesWinnerNationality
Maya Mountain Adventure ChallengeBelizeMarch 2018BonesUSA
XPD Expedition RaceAustraliaApril 2018Tri Adventure AntelopesAustralia
Expedition GuaraniParaguayMay 2018Columbia VidaraidBrazil
Expedition AfricaSouth AfricaMay 2018BlizzardRussia
Expedition OregonUSAJune 2018LekiSweden
HuairasinchiEcuadorJune 2018Movistar - Terra AventuraEcuador
Nordic Islands ARSweden/FinlandAugust 2018Swedish Armed ForcesSweden
Shenandoah ToughUSASeptember 2018Mountain Race CompanyUSA
Raid in France World ChampionshipsLa Reunion Island, FranceDecember 2018AvayaNew Zealand

2019 Adventure Racing World Series

RaceCountryDatesWinnerNationality
Expedition IndiaIndiaMarch 2019NaturexSouth Africa
Expedition GuaraniParaguayApril 2019Columbia VidaraidBrazil
Expedition OregonUSAApril 2019Quest ARUSA
Raid GallaeciaSpainMay 2019Team YetiDenmark
HuairasinchiEcuadorJune 2019Columbia VidaraidBrazil
Nordic Islands ARSweden/NorwayJuly 2019Swedish Armed ForcesSweden
ITERAScotlandAugust 2019Lozere Team2RaidFrance
Expedition AfricaRodrigues IslandSeptember 2019TBDTBD
Adventure Race CroatiaCroatiaSeptember 2019TBDTBD

Related Research Articles

Track cycling type of sport

Track cycling is a bicycle racing sport usually held on specially built banked tracks or velodromes using track bicycles.

Supercars Championship touring car racing category

The Supercars Championship is a touring car racing category based in Australia and run as an International Series under Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) regulations.

Skeleton (sport) Winter sliding sport

Skeleton is a winter sliding sport in which a person rides a small sled, known as a skeleton bobsled, down a frozen track while lying face down and head-first. The sport and the sled may have been named from the bony appearance of the sled.

Adventure racing multi-disciplinary team sport

Adventure racing is typically a multi-disciplinary team sport involving navigation over an unmarked wilderness course with races extending anywhere from two hours up to two weeks in length. (What Is Adventure Racing Video) Some races offer solo competition as well. The principal disciplines in adventure racing include trekking, mountain biking, and paddling although races can incorporate a multitude of other disciplines including climbing, abseiling, horse riding, skiing and white water rafting. Teams generally vary in gender mix and in size from two to five competitors, however the premier format is considered to be mixed gender teams of four racers. There is typically no suspension of the clock during races, irrespective of length; elapsed competition time runs concurrently with real time, and competitors must choose if or when to rest.

Andy Priaulx British racing driver

Andrew Graham "Andy" Priaulx, MBE is a British professional racing driver from Guernsey, currently racing for Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK in the FIA World Endurance Championship, having been a former BMW factory driver. He is a European Touring Car Championship champion, three times World Touring Car Championship champion and the only FIA Touring Car champion to win an international-level championship for four consecutive years. The previous record was Roberto Ravaglia's three successive championships (1986–1988).

Chris McCormack (triathlete) Australian triathlete

Chris McCormack, also known as Macca, is an Australian triathlete. McCormack is a two-time winner of the Ironman World Championship, winning the titles in 2007 and 2010. He is also the winner of the 1997 International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup Series, the 1997 Triathlon World Championships, and the 2012 Long Distance World Championships.

Karun Chandhok racing driver

Karun Chandhok is an Indian racing driver and television presenter who last competed in Formula E for Mahindra Racing. Previously, Chandhok has competed for Hispania Racing in Formula One in 2010. Before this, he drove in the GP2 Series for three years, winning two races. In 2013, Chandhok competed in the FIA GT Series for Seyffarth Motorsport.

2006 Champ Car season sports season

The 2006 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford season was the 28th overall and the third and penultimate season of the Champ Car World Series era of American open wheel racing. It began on April 9, 2006 in Long Beach, California and ended on November 12 in Mexico City, Mexico after 14 races. The Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Drivers' Champion was Sébastien Bourdais, his third consecutive championship. He was the first driver to win three American open wheel National Championships in a row since Ted Horn in 1948. The Rookie of the Year was Will Power.

Warren Hughes British racing driver.

Warren Hughes is a racing driver from Newcastle, England. He has raced in a variety of different series, most notably the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), the FIA GT1 World Championship, the Le Mans Series, the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He won the LMP2 category of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2005, driving for RML Group alongside Tommy Erdos and Mike Newton.

Miguel Duhamel is a Canadian former professional motorcycle racer. He is the son of Canadian Motorsport Hall of Fame member Yvon Duhamel. He is the third-winningest rider in the AMA Superbike series with 32 wins. Duhamel was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2016.

Formula Palmer Audi

Formula Palmer Audi, officially abbreviated to FPA, and sometimes informally abbreviated to Palmer Audi, was a one-make class of open wheel Formula racing founded in 1998 by former Formula One driver, Jonathan Palmer. It was based in the United Kingdom (UK), and was organised and operated by MotorSport Vision. It had a high proportion of British drivers and venues, but it also featured international drivers, and races in mainland Europe.

1990 CART PPG Indy Car World Series

The 1990 CART PPG Indy Car World Series season was the 12th national championship season of American open wheel racing sanctioned by CART. The season consisted of 16 races, and one non-points exhibition event. Al Unser Jr. was the national champion, and the rookie of the year was Eddie Cheever. The 1990 Indianapolis 500 was sanctioned by USAC, but counted towards the CART points championship. Arie Luyendyk won the Indy 500, his first-ever victory in championship-level competition, and the fastest 500 until the 2013 Indianapolis 500.

2004 Champ Car season sports season

The 2004 Champ Car World Series season was the 25th overall season in the CART/Champ Car genealogy, and the first under the ownership of Open Wheel Racing Series (OWRS). It began on April 18, 2004 and ended on November 7 after 14 races. For sponsorship purposes, it was branded as Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford. The Drivers' Champion was Sébastien Bourdais. The Rookie of the Year was A. J. Allmendinger.

Motorsport in Australia

Motorsport is a popular spectator sport in Australia, although there are relatively few competitors compared to other sports due to the high costs of competing. The oldest motorsport competition in Australia is the Alpine Rally which was first staged in 1921 followed by the Australian Grand Prix, first staged in 1928. The most widely watched motorsport category is Supercars, especially at the Bathurst 1000. Other classes in Australia include Australian GT, Formula 3 and Formula Ford, Superbikes, as well as various forms of speedway racing.

Frontier Adventure Sports & Training

Frontier Adventure Sports and Training (FAST) is the most establishedneeds citation Adventure Race organizer in Canada, in operation since 1997. Frontier Adventure Sports has established an international reputation for solid logistics and challenging racecourses. FAST hosts events under several banners: the Frontier Adventure Challenge, Raid the North and Raid the North Extreme. These non-stop races range in length from 8 hours to six days and require coed teams of three or four to hike, mountain bike, paddle and negotiate fixed ropes, while navigating an unmarked racecourse through the wilderness.

ITU World Triathlon Series world championship series in the sport of triathlon

The ITU World Triathlon Series is the International Triathlon Union's annual series of triathlon events used to crown an annual world champion. There are multiple rounds of competitions culminating in a Grand Final race. Athletes compete head-to-head for points in these races that will determine the overall ITU world champion. The elite championship races are held over two distances the standard and the sprint distance.

Stéphane Richelmi racing driver

Stéphane Richelmi is a professional racing driver from Monaco. He is the son of former World Rally Championship driver Jean-Pierre Richelmi.

2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series

The 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series was an FIA sanctioned international motor racing series for V8 Supercars. It was the twelfth V8 Supercar Championship Series and the fourteenth series in which V8 Supercars have contested the premier Australian touring car title. The championship began on 19 February in the Middle East at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit and finished on 5 December at the Homebush Street Circuit after 26 races at 15 events. These events were held in all states of Australia and in the Northern Territory as well as in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and New Zealand. The 51st Australian Touring Car Championship title was awarded to the winner of the Drivers Championship by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport.

Kevin Swindell NASCAR driver

Kevin Swindell is an American racing driver, who has competed in USAC and NASCAR competition. He has won 77 races in various dirt racing series including the Chili Bowl Nationals. Swindell is the son of three time World of Outlaws Sprint Car champion Sammy Swindell.

References

  1. The Free Dictionary, 2011.
  2. Science Daily, 2011.
  3. 1 2 Swift, 2001.
  4. "Multisport: Heroes make a year of it". The New Zealand Herald . 9 January 2002. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  5. Sleepmonsters, 2011.
  6. AG Outdoor, 2011.
  7. Adventure Junkie, 2011.
  8. Explore Compete Live, 2011.
  9. Scotland, 2011.
  10. Xtreme Sport, 2008.
  11. Xtreme Sport, 2009.

Bibliography