Adventure race Expedition Africa to put spotlight on Namaqua West Coast

Preparations for Adventure Racing World Series' Expedition Africa, which officially launched in Vanrhynsdorp recently and will bring one of the world's most prominent adventure races to South Africa's Namaqua West Coast, have moved into overdrive. When competitors line up for the start of Expedition Africa Namaqua West Coast in May next year, global attention will be focused on a region known for its wilderness and hospitality.

The Race

The event will see teams of athletes at their peak race unsupported across more than 500km of arduous terrain, using disciplines including navigation, trekking, MTB, kayaking and mountaineering. 

Expedition Africa is one of a series of premier qualifier events held annually around the world. The entrants comprise teams of four individuals – top endurance athletes who compete for a chance to represent their country at the sport’s pinnacle showdown, the Adventure Race World Championship. Each series qualifier devises a unique course to test the teams, which comprise men and women, for up to five days of non-stop racing. Courses are always kept secret until just before the start. The Adventure Race World Championship has defined the sport of adventure racing and crowned the world’s top adventure racing teams since 2001.

Expedition Africa is followed by hundreds of thousands of outdoor and adventure racing enthusiasts and many more who track the Adventure Race World Championship. In addition, interest is growing at a substantial rate – between 2016 and this year, when Expedition Africa covered the Baviaans and Kouga regions of the Eastern Cape, publicity exposure tripled. Expedition Africa Baviaans saw the Swedish Skylotec Adventure team first to successfully cover the 514km, finishing in a time of just over 80 hours. The teams started at Cape St Francis and showcased amongst others the Addo Elephant Park as well as the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site. The community project beneficiary for the event was seabird NPO SANCCOB.

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Source: BizCommunity