It was the Australia Day weekend and we (Jon, Jude & Pete) were headed to the beautiful Eurobodalla Coast NSW for the 2007 AROC 24 hour Adventure Race on 26 and 27 January 2007, camping at Barlings Beach where the majority of the teams were setting up. Jon has about a day’s notice to get ready for this race – his first adventure race – and loves it. We took lots of photos this weekend… (not!).
After registration there was a quick competency check out on the surf using the 3 person sit on top kayaks just to ensure we could re-enter the boat after capsizing out on the water and to ensure we could catch and handle the waves & surf.
The start was on the beach at 9.30AM – 46 teams.
- leg 1 – coasteering – on foot along beaches and rocky coastline with a few water jumps and a channel crossings.
- leg 2 – kayak – paddle out through a small river into the ocean. The weather had turned for the worst and the wind had really picked up. The sky had turned that dark foreboding grey color, the wind was howling and the swell just got bigger. Common sense prevailed and organizers modified the course accordingly making it safer and more enjoyable. The remainder of leg 2 involved swimming across a river to access the State Forest before commencing a challenging rogaining section through the bush.
- leg 3 – mountainbiking approximately 20km – some single track, beach crossings and some beautiful inland bushland.
- leg 4 – short run and swim followed by a beautiful inland river kayak late in the afternoon, which was extremely serene and peaceful, particularly when compared to that first paddle.
- leg 5 – mountainbiking 20km – sweet single track
- leg 6 – coasteering
- leg 7 – a night time kayak from the Southern headland at Batemans Bay, past some rocky islands and up the Clyde River to TA7
- leg 8 – rogaining – forest and thick scrub. It finished with a mangrove crossing which was totally unique, although we were a little tentative at first not knowing what was underfoot, with no one keen to take a swim at night.
- leg 9 – mountainbiking 17km
- leg 10 – mountainbiking – 17.3 km with a river crossing, where one team member had to swim across the channel and retrieve a raft for the entire team to cross on with their bikes. It was fun but was certainly tough for the person trying to paddle the raft across the river on their own, as the current was quickly taking them down stream. Mountain biking along the beach to cross the finish line back at Barlings Beach.