The Bull of Africa, one of the biggest adventure races on that continent, gets underway this weekend, with 42 teams from around the globe, descending on South Africa for this year’s event. Teams of four will be racing through the Eastern Cape Province over a course that is 568 km (352 miles) in length. Competitors will begin with a 10 km trail run, and then proceed to the other traditional disciplines of mountain biking and paddling, with a ropes course thrown in, as they pass through 16 total stages.
The Bull website has a list of all the teams prominently displayed on the webpage, as well as information on the local weather. There is an introduction to the event, written by Lisa de Speville, one of my favorite adventure racing writers, who is coming out of semi-retirement to cover this race. She’ll be posting updates to Checkpoint Zero, SleepMonsters, and her own excellent website.
And as a side note, I want to wish Dave Poleto of the Adventure World Magazine Team good luck in the event. I met and worked with Dave at Primal Quest in Montana and I look forward to following his progress.
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