Southern Drakensberg | 60 hr | Jan 20-23
Western Cape | 36 hr | April 29 - 1 May
Mpumalanga Escarpment | 42 hr | Jun 16 - 18
Cederberg | 40 hr | October 15-16
Heading into its 5th year, South Africa’s National Adventure Racing series returns in 2022 with another spectacular 4 race series that will explore the wild corners of South Africa while pushing you to your absolute limits. Make no mistake this is the toughest adventure racing series you’ll attempt, but with new short course options for newbies and unbeatable locations, you’ll want to be part of it whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior.
Once again your team’s best 3 of 4 races count to your season total and you can use up to 7 team members across the season to share the load, with the National champions taking home the coveted ticket to the world’s biggest expedition adventure race GODZone Adventure in New Zealand.
The A1 series kicks off in the Southern Drakensberg with the Vasbyt 60hr, an area with big mountains, fast-flowing rivers, and vast areas of rural countryside. With a format that allows all teams to race for between 45-60 hours, it offers a challenging event for both the experienced and novice adventure racer. Great training for Expedition Africa. For those wanting something a little less, we will have a Vasbyt 12hr and Vasbyt 6hr running alongside the main A1 event.
At the end of April, Race 02 WCAD takes us to Western Cape for the long weekend. Team up with friends, sharpen your navigation skills and head into the mountains. Or get one of your expedition racing buddies to show you the ropes, in one of the races, from 6 to 36 hours.
Then Race 03 Cyanosis takes us to the Mpumalanga escarpment town of Graskop. The views in this part of the country are always spectacular and teams will definitely encounter some challenging physical and mental conditions on their journey through the high altitude grasslands and forest plantations of this spectacular landscape.
Finally making up the last race of the A1 Series 2022 is No Frills, No fuss, that will take participants through the beautiful wilderness of the Cederberg mountains, in all its beauty. The 30hr race is aimed at the seasoned campaigners and teams wanting to step it up to the challenge of going through the night and what it will ask of them navigationally, mentally and physically. The 12hr race is aimed at those still finding their feet or looking to get into the sport, set with a spectacular course with some spicey challenges along the way.
The A1 series of races are organised by a collective of racers who actively compete themselves. They know what they like in a race and put their heart into developing courses that they would want to race.
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