I was so busy last week trying to catch-up on work that it completely slipped my mind that the Adventure Racing World Championships got underway in Tasmania. The race actually started last Wednesday and will continue through Thursday of this week, and while a lot of teams remain out on the course, the three podium finishers have crossed the finish line. The winners of this year’s ARWC is the very talented Thule Adventure Team, with Team Silva and Seagate taking second and third respectively. As of this writing, they are the only three teams to complete the full course.
Apparently, Team Seagate dominated much of the race and were in front most of the time, but they suffered a four hour penalty for leaving the SPOT tracker behind at one of the checkpoints. As a result, they had to sit out that penalty, which ultimately led to the other two teams passing them by. Indications are that they could have won the race going away if it weren’t for the penalty, which seems like a very stiff one.
The race began with 79 of the best AR teams from around the globe, although six of those were forced to retire and another 11 are currently proceeding as unranked. The teams have been racing non-stop since the middle of last week across a very tough course that is more than 700km (435 miles) in length and offering them plenty of trekking, mountain biking, and paddling. More teams will continue to straggle across the finish line in the next few days before the event officially wraps up.
The 2011 edition of the ARWC seems like it was another great event and a great way to cap what has been an excellent year for the sport of adventure racing. While there are still a few good races on the schedule, lets hope 2012 continues the trend of great events.
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