GERALDINE September 29th - October 1st 2017

Welcome to the Spring Challenge!

 

Geraldine will be hosting the 11th Torpedo 7 Spring Challenge, all women adventure race.

Spring Challenge is one of the gems of New Zealand adventure racing, where450 teams of three women take part in the adventure that includes rafting, mountain biking, hiking and orienteering.

The event first began in 2007 in the village of Hanmer Springs with 327 women entering, making it the highest participated adventure race in NZ at the time. The following year in Kaikoura 600 women took part. The event continued to grow as it toured to Nelson Lakes National Park, Motueka, Marlborough, Methven. In 2013 the event was held in Gibbston (Queenstown) with 960 entrants. Hokitika 2014 hosted 1050 and the largest field to date was Wanaka in 2015 with 1260 entrants. Golden Bay was the biggest yet with 1350-taking part.

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 +)

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 29 September:

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 30 September: 

(subject to change depending on how many teams in each category)
6:30am – Start 1 (9-hour teams and 6-hour veterans)
9:00am – Start 2 (6-hour junior, open, super vets teams)
12:00pm – Start 3 (3-hour teams & school teams)

Sunday 1 october:

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

Gear and Equipment Required

Wetsuit: Everyone needs a wetsuit for rafting. We strongly suggest full-length wetsuits for warmth and protection.  (plus wear running shoes & bike helmet).

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

Each team needs its own support crew. Ideally 2-3 people is the best number, but some teams manage fine with 1-person. The support crew meet the team at the Transition Areas (TA's) and help the team to change from one discipline to the next. We strongly suggest a 4WD vehicle as the crew vehicle, motorhomes, trailers and large vehicles are not ideal for the areas the TA's are.

Accommodation

Geraldine / Timaru / Fairlie / South Canterbury