Race against adventure at Port Stephens
When you think of Port Stephens you might think of warm sun, clear water and friendly dolphins… but don’t forget the sand! If there is one thing that the final AROC Sport event for the season will be remembered for, sand will be it. There were sandy trails, sandy hills and sandy beaches all linked together to provide a course that was both pristine and punishing at the same time.
Two courses were on offer, novice and classic, to cater for racers of all ability. Team Australian Geographic Adventure Magazine fronted up for the classic course which would see 188 teams traverse from the north end of Stocton beach, past Anna Bay and One Mile Beach then over to Fingal Bay, taking in the best the area had to offer along the way. The bulk of the riding and running was over sand, which made for high heart rates and tired legs but the smiles sported by all teams as they crossed the finish line was testament to the fun that is key to the sport of adventure racing.
Team Australian Geographic Adventure Magazine had a bit of a change in teammates for this race. With Sean and Kim unable to compete, Andrew was joined by Tsalina and Luke.
Line honours for the classic course was taken by the all-male team Undecided in just under three hours after a long battle with team Crank. Australian Geographic Adventure Magazine dominated the mixed category, being the only mixed team to qualify for the bonus leg, only available to the top ten teams. Blasko Era and The Smiling Assassins vied for the top of the podium in the female category. Blasko Era proved stronger on the day.
Living up to expectations, the team at AROC Sport again provided an event to satisfy and remember. This was the final race in the Paddy Pallin Adventure Race series. Check their website for future events that will fulfil your adventure needs.