Adventure 1 (A1) is the premier international adventure race producer that supports and promotes local, national, and international athletes, events, and race directors.
A1 started in 2016, setting up the first Australian Adventure Racing Series and quickly expanded to become the premier national series in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, bringing together the best athletes and races in the most challenging yet stunning landscapes each country has on offer.
FAST FORWARD 6 YEARS….. and a new era in adventure racing is here, with A1 excited to announce the launch of the 2022 A1 World Cup, World Cup Final, and World Championships and expansion of its A1 National Series model.
A1 is also very proud to be announced as the official World Cup for Adventure Racing by World Obstacle, the international governing body for the sports of Ninja, Obstacle Course Racing and Adventure Racing.
A1 is adding races on all five “sport” continents, including events in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the Philippines, with additional races in Europe, Africa, and the Americas to be announced in the coming months.
The A1 World Cup builds upon the grassroots of the A1 National Series where teams compete for the opportunity to qualify and race at selected World Cup events around the globe.
A1 World Cup events vary from 24hr to multi-day, testing teams in the disciplines of trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, and outdoor skills all while navigating wilderness courses using a map and compass. A1 World Cup events are challenging and fast-paced, while the race length and logistics remain accessible and cost-effective.
The Exploration Adventure Racing format accommodates competitors' busy lives, facilitates rapid recovery, and allows teams to compete multiple times throughout the year due to the relatively low cost and time commitment.
A1 provides athletes the chance to race head-to-head as mixed-gender teams in the most challenging and stunning landscapes each country has to offer. It is the long-term vision of the A1 World Cup to reach the point where it can provide financial and other support to the world’s best teams so they can compete in all World Cup events.
A1 will continue collaboration with event directors to add national adventure racing series', to support athletes, race directors, and the sport in each country.
"A1 National Series’ has been very well received in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa over the past five years,” said Vickery. “A1 provides a framework that allows new and existing events to come together in a structure tailored to the adventure racing audience in each country.
Partnering with World Obstacle goes a long way to enabling A1 to realize its vision of uniting the sport of adventure racing globally as we work with World Obstacles 100 + member countries.
A1 National Series races lead into the A1 World Cup, World Cup Final and World Championships. This structure follows Olympic and international sport practices and provides a pathway for those wishing to qualify for their national team and compete at the highest level on the world stage.
A1’s vision is to provide race directors, athletes, and the adventure racing community a platform to make the sport more widely accessible by lowering barriers to entry and providing a voice and representation for all stakeholders.
The number of races in the 2022 A1 World Cup and National Series will be limited due to health concerns and travel restrictions related to the global pandemic. This will help A1 National Series events proliferate and mature and allow the A1 World Cup to fully develop.
The World Cup culminates in the World Cup Final, providing an opportunity for countries to send their top teams to compete at the highest level. The inaugural World Cup Final will be hosted in New Zealand by six-times Expedition Adventure Racing World Champion Nathan Fa'avae from December 1st to the 4th, 2022.
"I'm excited to host the first A1 World Cup Final in New Zealand with my new race True West, a 48-hour non-stop race based on the South Island's West Coast. There is a growing desire for the world's top teams to compete more regularly over this race distance and True West promises to deliver one that is world-class," said Fa’avae.
Agreements are being finalized for the inaugural A1 World Championships to be held in 2023. The format will be exciting, cost-effective, and accessible with world-class media coverage and a global broadcast.
REWIND A SECOND…. so what is an A1 Adventure Race….
Glad you asked…. In a nutshell adventure racing is a team sport that involves the core disciplines of trekking, kayaking, mountain biking, and navigation. Athletes race in mixed-gender teams (must have at least one male and female) with races varying in length from several hours to several days!
For all the detail check out our “What is Adventure Racing” page.
For the current National Series’ each team can call on up to 7 members across their selected races that count towards their season total and points are awarded at the end of each race according to a results scale and accumulated over the series to determine the National Adventure Racing Champions.
To enter the series, simply grab your mates enter any of the races on offer and you will be automatically entered. Time to start your life-changing adventure with us.
It's your gateway to a lifestyle and community with the creation of the A1 Club, a home to both elite athletes and newbies to the sport where you can build, achieve and share your adventure racing dreams, and inspire others as they marvel at what you achieve. Being part of the A1 Club will become synonymous with conquering the ultimate in human endurance sports.
Adventure 1 National Series is designed to develop adventure racing and offers a range of race lengths depending on what works best for the specific country, to assist in growing the sport of adventure racing domestically. The National Adventure Racing Champions is often the team that can conquer not just the multi-day race lengths, but the heart-stopping pace of the 12 and 24 hour races.
Its ok to feel overwhelmed. Make no mistake this is tough racing and a lot of preparation and training goes into being race ready…. Not to mention pulling together a team. But Adventure 1 is committed to removing barriers to entry, so if you’re adventurous at heart and want to explore and race in the stunning and beautiful locations we offer, we are here to ensure you take that first step.