is a great sport. In fact it’s rather a combination of sports.
What is AR?
AR is an outdoor sport, during which one has to cover a distance from
A to B to C (etc.) through several sporting disciplines.
You are free in choosing your own route. It’s for this reason, that
reading a map is an important aspect of AR, as this will have great influence
on the length of time, needed to move from A to B to C (etc.).
on the type of race, you may have to walk, bike or canoe. Or you may have
to swim, skeeler, cross-country ski, etc. What makes this sport so special
is, that it’s (for the most part) a non-stop race. Dependent on
the kind of race, you’ll get no sleep at all, or just very little.
Apart from the disciplines mentioned above, you’ll get some instructions
as well, which are called Special Tasks. These may vary from descending
by rope, to climbing, from archery to biathlon style shooting, but also
from pot-holing to building bridges with the most bizarre rope constructions.
It all depends on the terrain and the fantasy and opportunities of the
The differences in race types are not only determined by the sports being
practised. Length, environment and climate play an important part as well.
of a short race varies from five to twelve hours. The next step will be
a twenty-four-hour race, which will mostly include at least one entire
step consists of races of more than one day. These will require a different
kind of pace, are meant for teams of three to four persons and are mentally
a lot heavier, as you’ll get less sleep.
will be interested?
The image of this sport is one of adventure, being capable of extending
one’s limits - the sky is the limit - being an all-round sportsman,
possessing a large amount of money and leisure time. It’s not quite
true, that this sport is reserved for these people only. It’s your
own goal which is decisive. We are convinced, that many sporting people
can practise this sport, even the races that take more than one day.
Highly classified results abroad are not our main goal. We are interested
in regular participation both in our own country and abroad, not only
with pleasure as an important factor, but with finishing (abroad) as main
Pleasure and accomplishment will create the urge for achievements in a
it by yourself.
There is much more to be told about AR, but actually you should just do
it. In case you would want to read more about it, you could visit several
sites (see page ‘referring to links’ on top of this page)
or read written reports about races on this site.
next thing you should just do is: get your boots, borrow a bike and subscribe
to a short AR.
team members wish you a lot of fun!
is a summing up of the extensive explanation of Adventure Racing, to be
found on Winfried Bats’s personal website: bats.nl
has made a selection of AR-links.
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