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Mountain Designs Adventure 1 Series 

Explore Gippsland will be a qualifying member of the Adventure 1 national series. Teams of 4 competitors are eligible for the points series with not only a national ranking up for grabs but a free entry to the GODZone expedition race for the series winners.

Thanks to iconic Australian outdoor brand Mountain Designs for supporting the Adventure 1 Series.

 Event Location

Latrobe City will be hosting the 2022 Explore Gippsland Adventure Race, with the Race Headquarters just 10mins drive north of the main centre of Traralgon. 

Latrobe Valley is better known for it's industrial and energy producing history, but it is also the gateway to many beautiful landscapes. Rob and Kathryn have lived in the area for over 15 years and have found some great secret places even the locals don't know about. 

Explore Gippsland HQ is only 2hrs20mins drive from Melbourne airport, and less than 2hrs from Melbourne. 

For interstate/international teams we will offer a pick up from Melbourne Airport on Saturday, and drop off on Monday evening to help make the experience of travelling as easy as possible. Entrants will be given more travel details, including recommended flight times. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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EVENT OVERVIEW

2021 brought Explore Gippsland to the foreground of Adventure Racing in Australia. A challenging course was made even more challenging by extremely difficult weather conditions and the best athletes in the country expressed their satisfaction with the amazing terrain Gippsland has to offer. 

Explore Gippsland Adventure Race cemented itself into the Australian Adventure Race scene with Chapter 1 in 2021. Join Australia’s best adventure athletes for the opening round of the 2022 Mountain Designs A1 Adventure Series. Explore Gippsland highly respected management team brings more racing experience than any other event in Australia. 

 

Race Director Rob Preston has been a #1 Adventure Racer in the world as a member of the Swedish based Team Haglofs/Silva and AR World Champion medalist with US based Team Adventure Medical Kits . As an ambassador for the A1 series, Rob is now excited to share his passion and experience through Explore Gippsland. 

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EVENT DETAILS

30hr - A1 Series

The Mountain Designs Adventure 1 Series started in 2017 and has built in size and reputation over the last 3 seasons. Drawing together Australia’s premier Adventure event organisers under the one brand has created a vibrant and exciting future for the sport in Australia. The premier division is the Mixed class with teams of 4. 

 

30hr course is open for…...30hrs. Winning team is expected to finish in 25-27hrs. The course will consist of compulsory and optional checkpoints, and a bonus leg for the lead teams. 

13hr - A2 Series

The A2 is a new development series of Adventure Races across Australia and will become a pathway for athletes to start small and then build up to longer races. The 13hr event will still involve navigation, kayaking, tough mountain biking and trekking but with no packrafting and therefore less intensive gear requirements. 

Expected winning time is approx 11hrs and last team will be on the course about 18hrs. 

3-6hrs - Sprint

A perfect introduction to the sport of Adventure racing with basic navigation, kayaking equipment provided and still visiting amazing locations. Teams of 2 and only a general level of fitness required. 

Winning time 3 hours and course open for 6 hours. 

Race Disciplines

  • Trail Running/Trekking,

  • Mountain Biking,

  • Paddling,

  • Packrafting (30hr Race only).

  • All races involve navigation. 

Race Format

All Explore Gippsland events will be Un-supported Format. What does this mean? It means you do not need to bring your own support crew and we will do the hard work for you.. 

 

Can I still bring my family and friends? 

Absolutely. But they won’t need to wash your bikes or load boats onto cars so they will actually enjoy their weekend away. 

 

There are several places where your supporters will be able to watch and cheer you on, and we can suggest some fun tourist activities. 

Preliminary Schedule

Race HQ - Burnet Park, Glengarry

Burnet Park is a small Girl Guides Camp just outside Traralgon and on the edge of forest and foothills that lead all the way to Mt Baw Baw and beyond. Race registration, briefing, per-event dinner and presentation will all take place At Burnet Park. 

Accommodation

Camping will be available at Race HQ with limited facilities and needs to be booked through the race entry site to aid planning. 

Other accommodation options such as Motels/Caravan Parks are within 10-20mins drive from the Race HQ.  Please contact us if you want more details about accommodation for your team and family. 

Mandatory Equipment

Mandatory Equipment for the 3 different events are listed below.

30hr course: PDF, or Google Spreadsheet. 

13hr course :PDF, or Google Spreadsheet. 

3hr course :PDF, or Google Spreadsheet. 

Logistics

We will keep the logistics of this race nice and easy for both you and us. We guarantee you won’t have your race ruined by waiting for your bike box. 

 

Below is an example of our 2021 logistics planner which was released one week prior to the event to aid with packing and planning.