An Adventure Race includes cross country running, mountain biking, orienteering, and some races also include climbing and paddling. There are sprint events that last for 3 to 5 hours as well as longer ones that last for several days. In either case, a race like this one will seriously test you even if you are at a high level of fitness.
The Shropshire Hills event is the second Open5 race in the winter season and will start from Church Stretton on November 6th. You win by visiting the most control points within the five hour time limit by a combination of mountain biking and cross country running. You switch about half way through and can choose to either cycle or run first. There are no predetermined roots and each person or team must navigate themselves to each control point without referring to a GPS device.
Because it is a multi-discipline event, preparing for an adventure race will involve endurance running and cycling, strength training, and paddling and rope training (as several other events include these skills). In order to have a fun time, you won’t need an expert knowledge in all these disciplines, but you’ll find that the experienced competitors are prepared for most contingencies. Another thing to consider is that you’ll need a basic knowledge of navigation; if you’re competing as a team, at least one of you needs to know how to read a map and use a compass.
You’ll also need to be prepared for all types of weather.
Equipment you’ll need:
- Mountain Bike and Bike Helmet
- Food and Water
- Mobile Phone
- First Aid Kit
- Foil Blanket and Whistle
Optional Recommended Equipment
- Bike Repair: spare inner tube, pump, puncture repair kit
- Watch and compass
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