Kia Ora and welcome to the North Island Torpedo7 Spring Challenge!
120-teams will be taking part in the event which will be starting and finishing from Vector Wero Whitewater Park on Great South Road in Wiri.
This is the first time in the world an Adventure Race has used artificial whitewater and it is also rare for such events to be held in urban city environments. The course designers have been really creative with building a course in such an environment but believe the course meets all the criteria of an Adventure Race and that teams will have an awesome day.
Navigation, team work and strategy will be big components in the event, with the core sporting disciplines being rafting, mountain biking and orienteering (hiking & running), with a splash of swimming.
Teams will start in waves from 7:00am, on the hour until 11:00am, with 24-teams starting at a time.
The race will start at Vector Wero, once the start horn blasts, teams will dash to the lake and leap in for a 100-metre swim to the awaiting rafts and guides. Then it’s a 250-metre flat water paddle to one of 2-conveyer belts that will transport teams to the top of the rivers.
Teams will have the option of doing one of two rafting options. They can opt to do the recommended 2-laps of the grade 2 river and 2-laps of the grade 4, or they can do 5-laps of the grade 2.
Exiting the rafts they enter TA1, chuck on their back packs and mount their bikes for a short transit ride to the Auckland Botanic Gardens and TA2 (off Everglade Drive).This is an un-timed stage. Once in the Gardens they drop their bikes and head off on an orienteering stage, with 19-control points to find.
Returning to TA2 they collect their bikes and the next map for the mountain bike stage in Totara Park. All teams ride in Totara Park with the 3-hour teams doing a shorter stage than the 6 & 9-hour teams.
On completing the bike stage, the 3-hour teams return to TA1 and Vector Wero, then there is one more navigation challenge before they cross the finish line.
For the 6 & 9-hour teams they return to TA2 after the mountain bike and exchange bike helmets for running shoes as they have a forest orienteering stage in the Puhinui Stream area. On completing that they return to Vector Wero. The 6-hour teams do the final navigation stage to finish but the 9-hour teams turn their Adventure Race into an Amazing Race!
The 9-hour teams load their bikes and gear into their vehicles and head out to Duder Regional Park for a coasteering orienteering stage. After that they have another short drive stage to Waitawa Regional Park for a mountain bike stage, both these stages are coastal parks with incredible ocean views. Then it’s back to Vector Wero for the final challenge and special stage - think rafting off a waterfall …
The first 6-hour teams are expected to finish from midday, the first 3-hour teams from1:00pm and the first 9-hour teams between 4:00 and 5:00pm.
Spectators are encouraged to enjoy the action from Vector Wero, the Botanic Gardens and Totara Park (off Redoubt Road).