Gippsland VIC | 24hr | 7-8 Mar
Brisbane QLD | 24hr | 2-3 May
SE QLD |12hr | 5 Sept
NSW | 36hr | 3-5 Oct
Paynesville VIC | 36hr | 31 Oct - 2 Nov
Heading into its fourth year, Australia's own national Adventure Racing series returns in 2020 under Adventure 1's not-for-profit structure. To say we are excited would be an understatement, as we bring you a 5 race series backed by race directors and athletes working in synergy to explore the wild corners of Australia with a set of spectacular courses. A1's vision realised and growing.
The 2019 season finale, WILDSIDE ADVENTURE RACE, in the southern highlands of New South Wales promises to be a cracking finish to the year with the title of national Adventure Racing Champion still on the line. The level of competitive racing has stepped up another notch this year with continued growth of the sport.
After a summer hiatus, the 2020 series kicks off in March with a new race in Victoria: EXPLORE GIPPSLAND. Hosted by Australia's current top adventure racer Rob Preston, this course has been over a year in the planning and will sure to be a tough navigational challenge that pushes teams across an amazing wilderness course.
In May, the A1 series heads north to Queensland for the ROGUE RAID. The unique 24 hour rogaine course format has been challenging Australia's elite teams for over a decade now, however the race still remains accessible to all levels of athlete as the teams select how much of the course they want to take on. The Rogue Raid heads Bayside near Brisbane to explore the islands, waterways and local bushland for a strategic mission that is sure to sell out early as it always does.
Following the Rogue Raid, we are excited to announce that the series will be joined in September by its younger cousin, the MOJO RAID. Entering its seventh year, the Mojo Raid is hosted by the team at Mojo Adventure and is a 12 hour, rogaine-format course. The Mojo Raid has always been a fantastic bridging race for teams looking to make the step up to longer format racing and has a grass-roots focus on competitor inclusiveness. Don't be fooled though: competitive teams will be racing hard for every minute of 12 hours and the preliminary course planned within the South East Queensland region will be a testing challenge.
In October, the A1 series then travels to NSW for the WILDSIDE ADVENTURE RACE. As a founding member of the A1 series, the seventh edition of Wildside will be a point-to-point race over a 36 hour course. As the second to last race in the series, it will play an important role in the battle for positions on the national series ladder.
Finally, the 2020 A1 series will wrap up with the return of X-MARATHON. Hosted from the adventure playground of Paynesville, Victoria, X-Marathon is another 36 hour race where all will be decided. X-Marathon organisers Adventure Junkies are known for the high quality of courses they pull together, with the 2020 edition marking a decade of races.
Once again, not only is a ranking within Australia's national series on the line, but the coveted ticket of a GODZone Adventure entry for our future national champions.
Same rules apply... Best 3 of 5 races count and you can use up to 7 team members for the season so you can share the load!
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.
The A1 team have come together for the growth and development of the sport: to that end keep an eye out for an upcoming announcement about the "A2" state based series of sprint races coming down the line shortly.