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expedition Africa – mNweni – drakensberg

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Online Entry, Entry Fee, Banking Details, Cancellations and Refunds

ONLINE ENTRY

  • A cycle box transfer is available from Johannesburg to venue. R 500 return. Please contact us for a reservation before 17 February 2023.

ENTRY FEE – 24 to 40 hours (+/- 200 KM)

  • R 8000 per team of four members.
  • R 4000 per team of two members. 
  • All athletes will receive an Event Peak cap.
  • All team members will receive Sunday breakfast.

ENTRY FEE – 12 to 24 hours (+/- 120 KM)

  • R 7400 per team of four members.
  • R 3700 per team of two members. 
  • All athletes will receive an Event Peak cap.
  • All team members will receive Sunday breakfast.

ENTRY FEE – 6 to 12 hours (+/- 60 KM)

  • R 4000 per team of four members.
  • R 2000 per team of two members. 
  • All athletes will receive an Event Peak cap.
  • All team members will receive Sunday breakfast.

BANKING DETAILS

  • Expedition Africa
  • First National Bank
  • Account no: 628 004 891 73
  • Use team name and Drakensberg as reference

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

Teams may cancel their entry at any stage by e-mailing the event organizers. 

  • No refunds are applicable at any time.
  • Only make a payment for your entry when certain that you will attend the event. Once you have made a payment, we start planning for your participation and costs are being incurred.
  • Teams are not permitted to transfer their fees paid to future events if they are not able to make this edition of the event.
  • Teams are permitted to transfer or sell their entry to another team if available. This will be a transaction between the teams. Teams must notify Expedition Africa as soon as possible in the case of a team entry being transferred or sold.
  • If two teams do not have sufficient members and decide to join together, this will be strictly considered as one team cancelling their entry. Refund policy will be as stated above, no exceptions.
  • If the race is cancelled due to acts of God, natural disasters, terrorism, or other reasons, the organizers will make every effort to refund as much of the entry fee as possible to all teams. However, all teams should be aware that any refunds will be considered after event costs have been calculated. Given the high number of fixed costs associated with organizing the race teams should also be aware that any refund is likely to be minimal. The race will not be re-scheduled.
ARWS Africa Regional Series

ARWS AFRICA REGIONAL SERIEShttps://arworldseries.com/africa/

REGIONAL RACE CALENDER 2023

  1. Expedition Africa – Mnweni, Drakensberg: 24 – 26 Feb 2023 – https://expafrica.net/
  2. Expedition Africa – Hermanus, Western Cape: 24 – 26 March 2023 – https://expafrica.net/
  3. Mammoth Woodridge AR – Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape: 21 – 23 April 2023 – https://adventureracing.co.za/
  4. No Frills, No Fuss – Montagu, Western Cape: 16 – 18 June 2023 – https://www.nfnf.co.za/homepage/races
  5. Merrell Transkei Tuff, The Haven, Wild Coast: 28 – 30 July 2023 – http://www.aloeadventures.co.za/

AFRICA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2023

Expedition Africa 2023 – Adventure Racing World Championship taking place on 16 – 29 October 2023 will also be the Africa Regional Championship for 2023.

ARWS AFRICA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP LOG

  • The team with the highest score on completion of Expedition Africa 2023 – Adventure Racing World Championship will be crowned the Adventure Racing Africa Champions and be awarded a free entry for the Wolrld Championship 2024 in Ecuador.
  • Best placing at two of the five regional events plus the placing at the Adventure Racing World Championship in South Africa will count towards the teams ARWS Africa Regional rankings.
  • Mixed teams of 4 is the only category to be eligible to win a free entry to the ARWS World Championships – 2024 in Ecuador.
  • Teams may substitute members with a team roster containing a maximum of 7 team members for the year. If team exceeds the 7 team member limit, there lowest event score will be omitted from the total score.
  • Log will be updated after each event, see points allocated below.

ARWS AFRICA POINTS ALLOCATION

  • Regional (1st = 500 points) World Championship 5 * regional points(1st = 2500 points)
  • 2nd = 425 points
  • 3rd = 365 points
  • 4th = 315 points
  • 5th = 275 points
  • 6th = 250 points
  • 7th = 225 points
  • 8th = 200 points
  • 9th = 175 points
  • 10th = 150 points
  • 11th = 140 points
  • 12th = 130 points
  • 13th = 120 points
  • 14th = 110 points
  • 15th = 100 points
  • 16th = 90 points
  • 17th = 80 points
  • 18th = 70 points
  • 19th = 60 points
  • 20th = 50 points
  • 21th = 49 points
  • 22th = 48 points
  • 23th = 47 points
  • 24th = 46 points
  • 25th = 45 points
  • 26th = 44 points
  • 27th = 43 points
  • 28th = 42 points
  • 29th = 41 points
  • 30th = 40 points
  • 31th = 39 points
  • 32th = 38 points
  • 33th = 37 points
  • 34th = 36 points
  • 35th = 35 point
  • 36th = 34 points
  • 37th = 33 points
  • 38th = 32 points
  • 39th = 31 points
  • 40th = 30 points
  • 41th = 29 points
  • 42th = 28 points
  • 43th = 27 points
  • 44th = 26 points
  • 45th = 25 points
  • 46th = 24 points
  • 47th = 23 points
  • 48th = 22 points
  • 49th = 21 points
  • 50th = 20 points
  • 51th = 19 points
  • 52th = 18 points
  • 53th = 17 points
  • 54th = 16 points
  • 55th = 15 points
  • 56th = 14 points
  • 57th = 13 points
  • 58th = 12 points
  • 59th = 11 points
  • 60th = 10 points
  • 61th = 9 points
  • 62th = 8 points
  • 63th = 7 points
  • 64th = 6 points
  • 66th = 5 points
  • 67th = 4 points
  • 68th = 3 points
  • 69th = 2 points
  • 70th + = 1 point
Adventure Concept

ADVENTURE CONCEPT

  • What is Adventure Racing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=occW94DgWT4&t=17s
  • Adventure racing is a multi-discipline endurance sport where competitors compete in teams, navigating from control point to control point in a number of disciplines.
  • Disciplines include: mountain biking, trekking, kayaking and orienteering.
  • Teams are expected to navigate using a map and landmarks.
  • Teams must be able to operate in harsh remote environments in all weather conditions.
  • Teams travel throughout the day and night.  They can decide if, when and where to rest.
  • The first team to complete the whole course, with all the control points visited will be declared the winner.
  • Teams are required to complete the entire distance together (always within hearing and visual distance of each other), helping and assisting each other.
  • Teamwork and team dynamics are essential. A detailed understanding of your teammates and of your own capabilities is essential.
Sponsors

SPONSORS

Team Media and Supporters

TEAM MEDIA and team supporters

  • Teams may be joined at the event by team media and supporters.
  • Team media and supporters may have contact with teams only at pre -determined areas.
  • Areas where team media and supporters may have contact with teams will be outlined in event race book.

Find a Team

FIND A TEAM

If you want to join an existing team, create a new team or are looking for members to fill up your team, contact us at jolene@addicted2adventure.co.za and we will list your contact details below:

  • Craig Murchie. Male. Top 10 at Mac Mac 46km, 5th Overall at SOX, Ironman Kona, mountain biking, orienteering. Based in JHB. Any competitive teams looking for a member please get in touch. Contact: Hireallza@gmail.com Cell: 0832287028
  • Werner Stoltz wants to join for a team in February. 40 year old male. Yacht captain in Spain but from South Africa so i am good with navigation. Excellent kayaker, runner and cyclist. Competed in Ironman and will be a great team member. Contact: werner.stoltz@gmail.com, captain@sy-sultana.com, Spain:+44 7909 253 549.
  • Christelle Cilliers wants to join a team for the 60km Adventure. Contact 084 344 4999
Volunteers

VOLUNTEERS

  • The best way to be part of the race if you cannot participate yourself is to become a volunteer.
  • If you are interested please contact Jolene – 083 641 8081 or mail at jolene@addicted2adventure.co.za
  • Volunteers just need to reach the registration venue on their own cost.
  • Volunteers will receive an event peak cap and Sunday morning breakfast.
  • Accommodation will be provided. Specific details to be provided on request.
  • Come and be part of this adventure.
Team format

TEAM FORMAT

  • Teams of 4 members and teams of 2 members.
  • Teams can consist of members of any combination – (males and/or females).
Location Information & Accommodation

LOCATION

  • Mnweni Cultural and Hiking Centre, Drakensberg.

ACCOMMODATION

  • Mnweni Cultural and Hiking Centre, Drakensberg.
  • All bookings and payments only at stephan@kinetic-events.co.za
  • All bookings must be for at least two nights. Friday and Saturday night.(no one night bookings)
  • Add payment to your entry fee.
  • Rondavel 1: 4 beds – R250 p.p.p.n – RESERVED – TEAM ROCKET / TEAM ONS TWEE
  • Rondavel 2: 4 beds – R250 p.p.p.n – RESERVED – TEAM GOBADGER
  • Rondavel 3: 4 beds – R250 p.p.p.n – RESERVED – TEAM PINEGOLD
  • Rondavel 4: 4 beds – R250 p.p.p.n – RESERVED – TEAM ADVENTURE DUO
  • Chalet: 5 beds – R250 p.p.p.n
  • Dormitory Room 1: 9 beds – R230 p.p.p.n
  • Dormitory Room 1: 9 Beds – R230 p.p.p.n
  • Camping: R 90 p.p.p.n
  • All accommodation types use the two ablution blocks in the village.
  • Limited accommodation available, book early.
  • Teams and supporters who do not want too camp or stay in basic accommodation can book in the town of Bergville. 34 km / 50 min drive away from venue.

SUNRISE AND SUNSET

  • Sunrise: 5h25
  • Sunset: 19h04
  • Full moon: 7 March
Dates & Times

DATES

24 – 26 FEBRUARY 2023

TIMES

TUESDAY  2023

  • 13h00: Expedition book to be emailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Indemnity form to be emailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Team medical information form to be emailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Route flow chart and Logistical planner emailed to all teams.
  • 13h00: Sample of 1:50 000 scale map to be emailed to all teams

FRIDAY 2023

  • 13H00: Cycle drop of at transition – 24 to 40 hours teams..
  • 15h00: Registration – 24 to 40 hours teams.
  • 16h00: Team introduction and Adventure briefing – 24 to 40 hours teams.
  • 17h00: Race start – 24 to 40 hours teams.

SATURDAY 2023

  • 5h00: Registration – 12 to 24 hours teams and 6 to 12 hours teams.
  • 6h00: Team introduction and Adventure briefing
  • 7h00: Race start – 12 to 24 hours teams and 6 to 12 hours teams.

SUNDAY 2023

  • 7h00 – 9h00: Breakfast.
  • 9h00: Awards Ceremony
Distance, Route and Disciplines

DISTANCE AND ROUTE24 to 40 hours (+/-200 KM)

  • Mountain biking =  km
  • Trekking =   km
  • Kayaking =   km

DISTANCE AND ROUTE12 to 24 hours (+/- 120 KM)

  • Mountain biking =  km
  • Trekking =   km
  • Kayaking =   km

DISTANCE AND ROUTE6 to 12 hours (+/- 60 KM)

  • Mountain biking = km
  • Trekking =   km
  • Kayaking =  km

DISCIPLINES

  • Mountain biking – teams should be prepared for a range of riding including single track, steep hills, gravel roads and sealed roads.
  • Trekking – will involve traveling by foot through rugged and diverse terrain. 
  • Kayaking – each team will receive a 2 double Fluid kayaks http://www.fluidkayaks.com/project/synergy-recreational-kayak/  NO SAILS ALLOWED
  • Orienteering – orienteering is an extremely important part of the race. The course is not marked and teams are required to navigate using maps. 
  • Mountain biking – teams should be prepared for a range of riding including single track, steep hills, gravel roads and sealed roads.
  • Trekking – will involve traveling by foot through rugged and diverse terrain. 
  • Kayaking – each team will receive a 2 double Fluid kayaks http://www.fluidkayaks.com/project/synergy-recreational-kayak/  NO SAILS ALLOWED
  • Orienteering – orienteering is an extremely important part of the race. The course is not marked and teams are required to navigate using maps. 
Maps

MAPS

  • Maps supplied will be 1:50 000 topographical maps – A4 and A3 size and Google maps.
  • 24 to 40 hours teams will receive two sets of maps.
  • Teams will copy route on to maps from a master map as Expedition progresses. Information on this will be given at briefing.
  • Waterproofing of maps is essential.
  • Stationary to prepare route on map is needed. Different colours pens, sellotape, scissors etc. Two sets to be placed in both re-supply boxes.
  • Maps will not be replaced if team misplaces maps.
Re-supply boxes

RE-SUPPLY BOXES

  • The organisers will provide teams with 2 re-supply boxes each at registration in which to pack gear and food.
  • Teams will need to plan meticulously all their equipment and sustenance, and then pack them into their re-supply boxes.
  • Size of the re-supply box is – 160 liter. (81 cm long * 37 cm wide * 40 cm high). Maximum packed weight 25 kg.
  • Only boxes supplied by the organizers may be used, teams can’t use their own re-supply boxes.
  • The organizers will move these boxes to various points on the route.
  • Boxes will be available at designated transition areas on route. The position of these transition areas will be indicated in the adventure book.
  • Re-supply boxes needs to be secured with cable ties by the teams before being moved by the organisers.
Competency Required

COMPETENCY REQUIRED

  • At least two members of the team must be capable of navigating by compass and map during the day and night. The team must be able to orientate a map, take a bearing between two points on a map, and understand the impact of magnetic declination.
  • The teams must be able to describe what your team will do if it became lost.
  • All team members must be suitably competent in all the disciplines included in the event as specified by the race organizer and be able to complete the event without any assistance from any person other than their own team members.
  • Swim 100 m of any stroke.
  • By entering this event, teams acknowledge that they are competent in all skills as stated above to complete such an event.
Equipment required and Inspection

EQUIPMENT

Click HERE for the equipment list (download & save a copy)

Ensure all equipment is with team when arriving for registration.

Event Rules & Regulations & Personal Responsibility

EVENT RULES & REGULATIONS

Click HERE for the ARWS rules & regulations (download & save a copy)

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY

  •  I understand and acknowledge that participating in this event is a dangerous activity. I am aware and understand the activities I will be involved in. I am aware of the hazards involved and acknowledge that there is always risk of injury (including permanent injury, mental injury, paralysis and death). In my judgment I have sufficient competence, knowledge, common sense, experience, survival skills and equipment to participate in all the event activities in a manner safe to myself and others.
  • I understand and agree that, in the first instance, I am responsible for the provision of first aid to myself and those around me, I know and accept that rescue by the organisers, or emergency services, may not be possible immediately (e.g.: Night, rain, equipment failure, other rescue etc.)
  • If I get to a point in the course that I believe the level of inherent risk is unacceptable for me, and I am not confident in completing it safely, it is my responsibility to take action. I must choose an alternate route, avoid the hazard, or even withdraw from that leg or the race. I accept this self-responsibility.
  • Use common sense to “assess” areas for personal safety
  • I and my whole team have read this paragraph, understand it and indemnify the event organiser against all claims.
Eco Awareness

ECO AWARENESS

Teams are to adhere to the following stipulations at all times:

  • All waste is to be carried to the closest transition for disposal.
  • Human waste is to be buried between 20 and 25 cm below the soil surface.
  • Picking of flowers, cutting of walking sticks and/or any damage to the natural vegetation (even though they might appear to be dead) is prohibited. The making of fires, whatever the circumstances and no matter how small, are prohibited along the entire route.
  • No tree, rock etc. may be defaced in any manner.
  • Be polite and courteous to local inhabitants. Pass quietly through settlements, especially at night.
Prizes & Awards

PRIZES / AWARDS

  • The winning 4 member mixed team of the 2023 ARWS Africa regional series will receive a free entry for the ARWS World Championship in Ecuador in 2024. 
  • The team who earns the most points at the 5 regional events (best 2 events counts) and the Adventure Racing World Championship in the Eastern Cape in October 2023 will be crowned the Africa Regional Champions.
  • All adventures will receive an Expedition Africa medal.