AUckland October 13th-15th 2017

Welcome to the Spring Challenge!

 

Auckland will be hosting the Torpedo 7 Spring Challenge North, all women adventure race.

Spring Challenge is one of the gems of New Zealand adventure racing, where 450 teams of three women take part in the adventure that includes rafting, mountain biking, hiking and orienteering.

Event Details       

Categories

  • School Girls(15-18 years old) 3-hour only
  • Junior (combined age under 60-years) 6-hour only
  • Open
  • Veteran (combined age 120-years +)
  • Super Veteran (combined age 150-years +)
  • Corporate Challenge

Note: Minimum Age - 13-years old if competing with caregiver

3-HOUR - School, Open, Veteran, super veteran
6-HOUR - Junior, Open, Veterans, Super Veteran
9-HOUR - Open, Veteran 

Events

3-hour (beginner) – Introduction to Adventure Racing. Rafting, non-technical mountain biking, trail and easy off-trail hiking – a bit of a challenge but nothing too silly. Navigation is basic level. Time range 3 to 6 hours.

6-hour (intermediate) – Something to get your teeth into. Rafting, mostly non-technical mountain biking but can have a few rugged bits linking the course together – walking with bike an option in these sections if you're a bit of a Nana (or officially a Nana). Hiking mostly can be on and off trails, can contain rough ground to pass over, slippery stuff, cow poos, stream crossings. Navigation is intermediate level, map and compass knowledge needed. (Unless you trust the team in front of you and you tuck in behind them).  Time range 6 to 12-hours.

9-hour (advanced) – The epic version of the Spring Challenge, expect a mission! Time range 9 to 20-hours.

Distances

We don't like to focus on distances because they can be misleading, the 6-hour event for example will be a winning time close to 6-hours whether the course is 50km or 100km, because speed over terrain will vary so much. But as a rough guide, here's a few numbers to crunch. 
3-hour Event: 10-15km Rafting, 15-20km Biking, 4-5km hiking
6-hour Event: 10-15km Rafting, 25-35km Biking, 8-12km hiking
9-hour Event: 10-15km Rafting, 45-55km Biking, 20-30km hiking

Schedule

Friday 13th october:

2:00pm – 5:00pm 

  • Sign in
  • Collect Event Pack
  • Event Booklet
  • Race Bibs
  • Final check of your team details
  • Sign waiver
  • (one member can pick up the team gear but we do need everyone's signature on Friday at some stage)

5:00pm – 5:45pm
Maps
This year you can collect maps and race notes before the event briefings. This is so you can read the notes and look at your maps prior to briefing, which will allow more time to digest the information. The maps are waterproof.

6:00 – 9:00pm
Race briefings
One member of your team must come to briefing but we strongly suggest the whole team attends, we can explain further details if needed and answer any questions.
Briefing times (maybe adjusted closer to the event)
6:00 - 6:45pm - 6-hour
7:15 - 8:00pm - 9-hour
8:15 - 9:00pm - 3-hour

Saturday 14th october: 

Starts from 7:00am - details to come

Sunday 15th october:

9:00am - 10:00am Event Breakfast
10:00am – 11:00am Awards & Prizes

Gear and Equipment Required

Wetsuit: Everyone needs a full length wetsuit for rafting (plus wear running shoes).

Mountain bike: Everyone needs a mountain bike. Each team needs tools for basic trail repairs. You'll need front & rear bike lights if you're night riding.

COMPULSORY GEAR

This gear needs to be carried by the team for ALL hiking and biking stages

3-Hour Individual Gear

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm thermal jersey
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal pants (leggings)
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves
  • Backpack

3-Hour Team Gear

  • Basic first aid kit (minimum; bandage, strapping tape, pain killers)
  • Compass
  • Phone

6-Hour Individual Gear

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof over trousers / pants
  • Warm thermal jersey
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal pants (leggings)
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves
  • Backpack
  • Headtorch

6-Hour Team Gear

  • Basic first aid kit (minimum; bandage, strapping tape, pain killers)
  • Compass
  • Survival blanket
  • Phone

9-Hour Individual Gear

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof over trousers / pants
  • Warm thermal jersey
  • Thermal top
  • Thermal pants (leggings)
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves
  • Whistle
  • Headtorch
  • Survival blanket
  • Backpack

9-Hour Team Gear

  • Basic first aid kit (minimum; bandage, strapping tape, pain killers)
  • Compass
  • Phone

+ Maps and Control Card (supplied)


Support Crew?

For the 2017 Auckland event, support crews are not required. 3 and 6-hour teams will be self-supported. We’ll explain more on that closer to the event but it’ll be very easy for teams to manage themselves.
9-hour teams won’t need a support crew, but will need a vehicle capable of moving your team and bikes during the event!  If you need a driver that’s fine, the driving legs are short and not included in your race time, car racing is not part of the event! 

Accommodation

Auckland, Manukau Area